October Date Set for Katie Ascough Impeachment Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to trigger a referendum to impeach Katie Ascough as University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) president has been successful. The petition gained the 1,200 signatures needed to call the referendum, which will take place on October 25th and 26th …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 10 October]

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Woman threatened with gun in UCD campus shop raid

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman working in a shop on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD) was threatened with a gun during a late-night armed raid. The incident happened at the Centra store on the UCD campus at Belfield, south Dublin, on Wednesday at about 10pm …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 October]

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Limited UCD Turnout at March for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s March for Education organised by the USI saw a turnout saw 5,000 students from across Ireland march against the introduction of an income contingent loan scheme in Ireland. The students also called for an end to government funding cuts to higher education and student grants which they claim are undermining the quality of the Irish Higher-level education system, and driving students into poverty …” (more)

[College Tribune, 4 October]

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Petition to impeach UCD Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to impeach the University College Dublin (UCD) Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected by the Returning Officer of the Students’ Union. Returning Officer Stephen Devine, rejected the petition on Monday as he was concerned with its validity …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 3 October]

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‘Anyone who speaks out for pro-life is lambasted … there is no free debate’ – UCD student union president facing impeachment over pro-life actions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students in University College Dublin (UCD) have called to impeach their student union president, saying that the pro-lifer doesn’t represent them and that she hasn’t followed her mandate …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 30 September]

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UCD to Vote on Ascough Impeachment, as Petition Succeeds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition calling for a referendum on the impeachment of embattled University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough has gained enough signatures in just one day to trigger a vote on her future …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 28 September]

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Concern Over Presence of Catholic Group on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The College Tribune has learnt that The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will be on campus operating under the UCD Chaplaincy for the next two years. FOCUS who are based in the United States are a volunteer organisation whose stated mission is to ‘share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students’. The group have been the subject of some controversy in the last number of years due to the hard-line fundamentalist approach to the Churches teaching …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 September]

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Are UCDSU and USI Getting Along Again?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are set to put aside their differences at the upcoming March for Education on Wednesday, October 4th 2017. In advance of the March, the Tribune spoke to the Presidents of the two Unions to assess their working relationship so far this year …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 September]

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UCD applies to fast-track provision of 3,000 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An application for a €300 million on-campus accommodation complex for 3,000 more students at University College Dublin (UCD) has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála for ‘fast-track’ planning approval. The State’s largest university has become the first applicant to use the new Strategic Housing Development system …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 25 September]

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UCDSU is What Happens When Apathy Prevails in Student Elections

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ union elections are more often than not described in a disparaging fashion: inconsequential, trivial, monotonous. The reasons as to why that is the case are multifaceted, but so too is the rationale behind the opposite kind of characterisation. For one thing, those who run students’ unions command hefty budgets …” (more)

[University Times, 24 September]

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UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis. The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 23 September]

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UCDSU president defends dropping abortion information from freshers’ guide

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union has defended her decision to withdraw information over access to abortion services in a magazine circulated to new students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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The Student Housing Crisis: Are Digs the Solution?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A campaign headed up by Campaigns & Communications Officer Barry Murphy has exposed the problems that students are facing with getting acceptable accommodation around Dublin. The campaign involves UCD students going undercover to view potential places and exposing their shoddy conditions using Snapchat …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 September]

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UCD loses 47 student beds as religious order terminates lease

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has lost 47 beds from its student residences after the religious order leasing the rooms to the college terminated the arrangement. The accommodation in Muckross Halls, Donnybrook, was owned by the Dominican Order of nuns and leased out to the university to use for student housing …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 21 August]

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UCDSU and ULSU Decline Offer from USI to Attend National Training Event

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An attempt by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to mend the historically fractious relationship with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) and University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) went unreciprocated this week, as the two unions declined an invitation to a USI-run training event …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 August]

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UCD Unable to Renew Lease on Muckross Halls Residence

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD has confirmed that the Muckross Halls Residence will no longer be available for students this year after the Dominican Order which owns the site opted against renewing the lease with the university. The off-campus accommodation is located near Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, on a large area of land owned by the Order …” (more)

[College Tribune, 18 August]

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Quality Time at St Chinian: a humorous take on higher education

Posted in Life on August 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“CE Kelly, the legendary editor of Dublin Opinion, once wrote that ‘true humour … has a useful function as a corrective of folly, pomposity and injustice’. Academic life is marked more than most other areas of human activity by folly and pomposity – and there are doubtless many who would point to injustice too – and so it has generated its fair share of humorous or satirical novels …” (more)

[Felix M Larkin, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Rising costs worsening college drop-out rate – students’ unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising back-to-college costs mean a growing number of students are being forced to drop out of third-level education, according to students’ unions. The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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UCD students union reveals video evidence of the state of rooms being rented during term time

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD students say they are being offered ‘semi-derelict’ buildings to live in during term time. Their students union has gone undercover using Snapchat to get video evidence of the substandard accommodation they are being offered on the rental market …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 July]

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UCD Income Increases, Despite Drop in State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD has released its financial statements for the 2015/2016 year. The statements reveal that despite a decrease of state funding, UCD experienced an increased overall income of 3.1% in the 2015/2016 academic year. State grants for UCD decreased by 2.3% from the previous academic year …” (more)

[Ruth Murphy, University Observer, 14 July]

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