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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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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UCD Investing €6.5 million to house 50% more start-up companies

Posted in Research on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last August, UCD announced a €6.5 million development project to expand the capacity of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, to increase capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50%. The project to renovate and extend the facility’s east courtyard commenced in August 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer this year …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 20 February]

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Two UCD staff members disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been ten cases in the past three years where lecturers and other staff members at Irish universities have been accused of sexual misconduct …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 February]

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Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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Intercession: UCD founder Newman to be made saint after ‘second miracle’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pope Francis will make Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was instrumental in founding the university that became UCD, a saint. The Pope has decided that Newman has committed two miracles. Newman was one of the highest-profile Anglicans to convert to Catholicism during the Victorian era …” (more)

[Dean Gray, Independent, 14 February]

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UCD founder Newman to be made a saint

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of what later became known as University College Dublin, is to be made a saint. The Vatican announced the decision after finding that a second miracle was due to the intercession of the Englishman who converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 February]

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UCD confirms one student has been diagnosed with mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has confirmed one of its students has been diagnosed with mumps and has issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday. It comes after a number of cases of the virus were diagnosed at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Calls For Minimum Standards And Guidelines On Grading Practices

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Grading practices are fundamental to the university as an institution. After multiple interviews with UCD tutors citing a strong possibility of malpractice occurring within the UCD grading structure, the Tribune conducted an investigation into the matter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Minister for Education to argue against right of access to higher education

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an upcoming court appeal. The appeal is being made against a ruling carried out last September …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 6 February]

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University College Dublin Investing €6.5 million to Expand on Campus Facility to House Start-Up Companies by 50%

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced that it is to expand its on campus facility to house start-up companies by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project. The project to renovate and extend the east courtyard of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is expected to be completed this Summer …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 1 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Smurfit school handed €9m by US Ireland fund

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School was the big winner in the $29.47m donated to 352 organisations and projects here and across the world by the American Ireland Funds (AIF) in 2017 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 11 January]

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