Do Irish Confucius Institutes Threaten Academic Freedom?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the bright hallways of the UCD Confucius Institute, a bronze sculpture of the eponymous philosopher surveys his kingdom. The newly opened building, which has been lauded for its design, is sleek and airy with whispers of Chinese influence …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 3 April]

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Varadkar suggests it could ‘make sense’ to extend Metro to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested it could be ‘make sense’ to extend the MetroLink line to UCD and on to Sandyford in future years. His remarks came as he was challenged in the Dáil on the current plan for the Metro Line to stop at Charlemont in the south city and the abandonment of the proposal to continue it along the existing Luas Green Line to Sandyford …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 26 March]

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Vote ­­­­No campaign launched in UCD student centre levy referendum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Vote No campaign has been launched against an upcoming University College Dublin (UCD) referendum on the continuation of a student levy to cover the cost of an extension to the student centre. The referendum is expected to ask the question: ‘Are you in favour of the proposed extension of the Student Centre levy to fund the Student Centre Extension?’ …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 26 March]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Apology after ‘consent app’ proposal sent to UCD computer science students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of computer science at University College Dublin (UCD) has apologised after the school distributed an email from a student seeking help developing a phone app aimed at combatting women ‘retracting’ consent after sex …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 March]

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The Gentle Revolution: 50 years on from UCD’s radical protests

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘I was very much a middle class boy from Stillorgan’, Basil Miller tells me, his voice crackling down the phone. ‘I went to UCD to study economics and politics, and that is what I was doing, in 1969, when all this stuff started to kick off.’ 27th February 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the student-led occupation of the administration offices at UCD Earlsfort Terrace …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 11 March]

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Talks over bus drivers’ refusal to stop at Belfield conclude

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Talks between Dublin Bus and University College Dublin Students’ Union over the refusal of bus drivers to stop at the university’s Belfield campus after 10pm have concluded. Following the talks, students’ union president Barry Murphy said that ‘the meeting was positive and all parties agreed to work together on a number of proposals’. Dublin Bus issued a similarly worded statement …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 7 March]

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‘It’s scary to walk alone at that hour’ – student’s fear as buses refuse to stop at UCD after 10pm

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin student has told of her frustration at being left stranded at University College Dublin, after night-time bus services were impacted by antisocial behaviour …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon and Denise Calnan, Herald, 7 March]

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Bus drivers ‘left out’ of talks to restore night services to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD management and Students’ Union representatives are to meet Dublin Bus on Thursday in a bid to resolve a situation in which bus drivers are refusing to serve the college after 10pm. However the meeting will not be attended by representatives of the drivers’ union, the National Bus and Rail Union, as they have not been invited, NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said on Wednesday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Patrick Kelly v University College Dublin, The Curious Case of

Posted in Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… This judgment is the most recent, publicly available determination in a dispute over gender discrimination that has spanned 17 years. The sprawling web of complaints and litigation has reached dizzyingly high levels of the Irish justice system and has even, at one point, been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. In a 2013 High Court judgment, Mr Justice John Hedigan, described the saga of litigation as a ‘sad and sorry tale of interminable, highly complex applications, most of which were found to be groundless’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 6 March]


Dublin Bus must stop discriminating against UCD students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Labour Transport spokesperson Kevin Humphreys has called on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision not to pick students up at UCD at night, and to work with students, An Garda Síochána, and the University to find a solution. Senator Humphreys said …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 6 March]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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‘Celtic Connection’ to protect higher education from fallout of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new ‘Celtic Connection’ of higher education institutions across Ireland – north and south – and Scotland and Wales is being forged to help protect the sector from the fallout of Brexit. It aims to strengthen links between individual colleges to allow for ease of movement for staff and students and to ensure institutions are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research funding handouts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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UCD Sports Clubs told to Support Student Levy or Face Funding Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sports club auditors were tonight handed a document by UCD Staff calling for their support to maintain the student levy at its current rate or else face cuts to student services across campus. The document handed to auditors mentions that certain clubs would face closures, be forced to pay rent for facilities and would see supports for teams reduced if the levy was not continued …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 4 March]

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Dublin Bus not stopping at UCD after dark, students say

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at UCD are spending upwards of €50 to get home due to Dublin Bus services not stopping at the college over anti-social behaviour concerns, according to the university’s students’ union …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 March]

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Students say Dublin Buses are not stopping for them outside UCD at night

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin buses are driving past people waiting at bus stops at University College Dublin (UCD) late at night, according to students. Students have said this is a regular occurrence at stops on campus from around 10pm onwards …” (more)

[, 2 March]

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Student Literacy, The Function of University, Truth about Poor Degrees

Posted in Teaching on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There were two alarming pieces about decline in university standards in the The Irish Times recently. The paper did not facilitate readers’ comments but here are some brief points that the articles ignored …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 28 February]

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Radical days at UCD – the Gentle Revolution 50 years on

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Whenever I walk or drive past that tall building in Ballsbridge, I see him staring right at me. This is despite the fact that he exists only in my imagination and mind’s eye. The individual in question happens to be my younger self, an arts student at University College Dublin in days gone by, and he is walking up and down on his own, carrying a placard …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 25 February]

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University College Dublin Announces €760 million Raised by Companies Supported Through NovaUCD Over the Last 15 Years

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) today announced the results of its latest survey of companies supported through NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, since it opened 15 years ago. UCD has supported over 360 companies and early-stage ventures through the services and supports provided by NovaUCD …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 25 February]

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