Union calls on UCD to drop appeal on ageism ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“The university lecturers’ union has hit back at plans by UCD to appeal a ruling that it discriminated against a female member of staff on age grounds in a competition for promotion when she was 61. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered UCD to pay lecturer Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and to promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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IFUT calls on UCD President to desist from appealing age discrimination ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on UCD President, Andrew Deeks, to withdraw his statement that the college ‘does not accept’ a highly significant age discrimination ruling against UCD by the Workplace Relations Commission. In the case taken by IFUT regarding a Senior Lecturer promotion, the WRC ruled that the college breached Sections 6(2)(f) and 8(1)(d) of the Employment Equality Acts and issued an order for retrospective promotion and compensation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 April]

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UCD to appeal WRC ruling over age discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“UCD is to appeal a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that the university discriminated against a member of its academic staff on the ground of age. In a communication to staff, college president Andrew Deeks said UCD does not accept the finding and the university will be appealing the decision to the Labour Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 April]

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IFUT Wins Major Age Discrimination Case Against UCD

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has won a highly significant age discrimination case against University College Dublin, taken on behalf of a Lecturer denied promotion to Senior Lecturer status. The Workplace Relations Commission ruled that the college had breached Sections 6(2)(f) and 8(1)(d) of the Equality Employments Acts and issued an order for retrospective promotion and compensation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 23 April]

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Lecturer (61) wins €30,000 and top job in UCD age row

Posted in Legal issues on April 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The country’s largest university has been ordered to pay €30,000 to an academic after it was found to have discriminated against her when passing her over for promotion. In the case before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), UCD has been ordered …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 April]

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UCD lecturer denied promotion on age grounds awarded €30,000

Posted in Legal issues on April 22nd, 2018 by steve

“University College Dublin has been ordered to pay €30,000 to an academic after it was found to have discriminated against her when passing her over for promotion …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 22 April]

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UCD continue heavy investment in sport as National Hockey Stadium set for much-needed upgrade

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“The funding stand-off which has left the National Hockey Stadium unfit for purpose is nearing a resolution, with University College Dublin (UCD) now in a position to make a significant investment towards its much-needed upgrade …” (more)

[The 42, 12 April]

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Should We ‘Take Back’ UCD?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Recently there was a meeting in the Trinity Arts Block, held by activists involved in the Take Back Trinity movement. The discourse of the meeting followed the lines of how to move on from the dining hall occupation, and how to escalate from here. The capacity of these students to organise themselves, the sheer strength in numbers, and their genuine belief in the idea that they can win this battle against their administration is both heartening and aspirational …” (more)

[Benjamin Jordan, University Observer, 30 March]

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UCD’s Gender-Neutral Toilets

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just recently University College Dublin announced that they are planning to re-designate 170 toilets as gender neutral and construct new transgender changing facilities. Supposedly this move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and ‘gender-fluid’ students and employees …” (more)

[Michael O’Dwyer Connolly, Burkean Journal, 28 February]

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Deeks: Project Ireland 2040’s Capital Funding Projections may be ‘Inadequate’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has expressed concern that the government’s funding projections for capital developments in the education sector in its recent National Planning Framework – Project Ireland 2040 report may be ‘inadequate’. He made the comment, alongside other observations, to staff in a recent Presidential Bulletin …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 February]

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UCD Launches Gender Identity and Expression Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last Thursday saw the launch of UCD’s Gender Identity and Expression Policy. At the launch, UCD’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) group joined with UCD’s LGBTQ+ Society, and at the same event, the LGBTQ+ Society presented LGBT+ rights activist Tonie Walsh with their Foy-Zappone award …” (more)

[Ruth Murphy, University Observer, 26 February]

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UCD Students Have Paid €43 million through the Student Centre Levy since 2006

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information received by the University Observer under the Freedom of Information Act 2004 reveals that UCD students have paid an estimated €43 million via the Student Centre Levy since 2006. The capitalised value of all costs associated with the New Student is €52.9 million. In the 2016/2017 academic year alone, UCD students paid an estimated €6.5 million through the student centre levy …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 22 February]

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UCD to re-designate more than 170 toilets as ‘gender neutral’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD is to re-designate more than 170 toilets across the entire campus as ‘gender neutral’ and introduce transgender changing facilities at its sport centre. The move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and gender-fluid students and employees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Governing Authority Approves €145 Million for Residence Masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s Governing Authority has formally approved spending €145 million on Phase 1 of UCD’s Residence Masterplan. It aims to have 924 beds across three buildings ready for September 2020. President Andrew Deeks confirmed the decision was made at yesterday’s meeting of the Governing Authority …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 February]

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Are colleges really a ‘safe space’ for leftists?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Modern students, we are told, don’t want to be challenged. They would prefer to stay in a ‘Safe Space’, receiving an education devoid of challenges to their views from social conservatives. Conservative students, meanwhile, have extreme difficulty fitting in socially if their views become known …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 21 February]

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Public Accounts Committee Probing UCD over Non Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas is investigating UCD over its failure to competitively tender €8.5 million worth of procurement contracts. PAC began to look into the matter when UCD’s ‘Financial Statement for the 2016 Year’ was put before it on the 14th December 2017 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Aramark Responds to ‘Aramark off UCD Campus’ Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In response to the launch of the campaign to boycott Aramark on UCD campus, Aramark have released a statement to the University Observer. Aramark provide catering for three out of the 35 direct provision centres in Ireland. The boycott campaign has been set up by students who believe Aramark are profiting from a system in which asylum seekers are ill-treated …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 9 February]

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Aramark Off UCD Campus set to Officially Launch Campaign on Wednesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off UCD Campus, a student group formed to boycott the presence of catering company Aramark on campus, due to their involvement with the Direct Provision system, is set to officially launch their campaign on Wednesday, 7th February. Students first began to boycott the canteen in the Gerard Manley Hopkins building last November …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 February]

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UCD Developing Fee Supports For Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 has confirmed that UCD is planning to introduce applications for fee supports for refugees and asylum seekers. UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) will serve as the initial point of contact for refugees, asylum seekers, and those with leave to remain and subsidiary protection status …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 4 February]

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UCD medical students forced to resit ‘compromised’ exam as ‘230 get A-grade’

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A second-year class in University College Dublin is being forced to resit an exam after their lecturer said the original test had been ‘compromised’. Medical and physiology students in UCD did not receive the results for the module ‘Cell-Cell Communication’ and were instead told by email that they have to retake the exam in February …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, Independent, 3 February]

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