DCU accommodation plans postponed indefinitely due to financial strain caused by Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New planned accommodation at Dublin City University has been postponed indefinitely due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the university. A spokesperson for DCU said, ‘We are working towards delivering new on-campus accommodation but there is no specific date for the construction to begin’ …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 27 July]

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Students struggle to get the most from their Intra placements during Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many students Integrated Training (Intra) is their first experience into the world of work of their chosen profession. It can create opportunities for final year students and for some students Intra placement results in a full time job for after they graduate. Employers mentor these interns and look out for potential future graduates …” (more)

[Aoife Breslin, The College View, 21 July]

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How POC Students Feel Marginalised on Irish Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the 1990s, Ireland has witnessed a large wave of social change, including in schools, universities and workplaces. The majority of current Black Irish university students are the children of first generation immigrants that made this place their home – a country that prides itself on immigration …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran and Melanie Fidel, University Times, 18 July]

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Discrimination and Apathy: Students Describe Culture of Racism on Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On placement, Trinity student nurse Florence Nwaje has had to learn to ignore patients telling her that her skin looks like ‘dirt’. College, she told The University Times, does not provide students with the necessary training for dealing with racism while on placement …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran, Melanie Fidel and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 July]

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Prof Daire Keogh Takes the Reins as DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Daire Keogh today took over as president of Dublin City University (DCU), succeeding Prof Brian MacCraith whose 10-year term ended on Monday. In a press statement, Prof Keogh said: ‘It is my great honour to lead the university in the next phase of its development …'” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 15 July]

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New President of Dublin City University: Professor Daire Keogh

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professor Keogh was President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 2012 to 2016, at which time the college was incorporated into DCU. Since then he has served as Deputy President of DCU. Speaking ahead of his address to staff on Thursday, July 16, Professor Keogh said …” (more)

[Education Matters, 15 July]

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Brian MacCraith Finishes Decade-Long Tenure as DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Brian MacCraith’s tenure as president of Dublin City University (DCU) ended today, after ten years in the role. In a tweet this evening, MacCraith said: ‘My overriding emotion is gratitude: Gratitude for the honour. Gratitude for the amazing students (& alumni) & wonderful staff who have shared the journey. Gratitude for all the friends I’ve made’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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UCD Residences to be ‘Filled as Normal’ Despite No Clear Guidance from Government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD), Professor Mark Rogers, has this week outlined plans regarding on-campus student accommodation for the coming academic year. Despite ongoing concerns over the pandemic, UCD’s eight student residences, which remained open to some students throughout the lockdown period, will ‘be filled as normal’, with ‘additional special arrangements’ to ensure the safety of its occupants from September …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 12 July]

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Undergrads at UCD to spend 40-60% of Studies In Person

Posted in Teaching on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On July 8th, Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD) Mark Rogers announced to current students via email the plan for the upcoming academic year, stating that ‘your education remains our top priority’ …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 8 July]

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Incoming university students are worried about how Covid-19 will affect their education

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The uncertainty on what lies ahead for incoming first year college students is poignant with only three months left until they start third level education. For many it is very difficult during these times to decide what they want to study and where they want to study, as access to information is limited to online resources …” (more)

[Aoife Breslin, The College View, 21 June]

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DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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DCU introduces flexible student housing system to accommodate for ‘new reality’ in coming year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at DCU can avail of a new flexible housing system for the upcoming academic year. The university is delivering a hybrid model of teaching which includes online learning and on-campus lectures. DCU said it is highly unlikely that any student would need to be on campus for more than a small number of days per week, so the accommodation requirements will be very different …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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CAO applicants willing to go to college in autumn, but concern around making friends and online learning – survey

Posted in Life on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost all CAO applicants in a recent survey said they would take up a college place in autumn, despite the Covid-19 restrictions. However, many have concerns about adapting to an online learning environment and making friends …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 June]

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DCU students finding new ways to interact – President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has found it can only fit 48 students in a 500-seat lecture hall under the social distancing measures currently in place. The university, which will accept returning students in September, says large lectures are simply impossible, and plans are being put in place for a mixed online and face to face learning scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 June]

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DCU offers flexible accommodation to meet new Covid-19 arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been offered flexible accommodation for the upcoming academic year as it is ‘highly unlikely’ they will be on campus for full weeks. With the university planning a mix of face-to-face lab classes, practical sessions and online lectures in the coming academic year, not all students will be on campus at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 May]

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Covid-19 student days: Empty lecture theatres, online learning and micro-communities

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith requested experts to advise on how the capacity of its largest lecture theatre would be affected by social-distancing rules. ‘We have a 500-seat, tiered lecture theatre here’, says MacCraith. ‘When we measured it, we realised it would only accommodate about 50 people’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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A question of loyalty

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Let’s suppose your institution is promoting ideas that you believe are potentially damaging. What should you do? It’s a tricky question, especially if you have a certain degree of attachment to your institution, as I have …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 25 May]


The unsurprising performance of our work placement students

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In my school in DCU we spend an awful lot of time angsting about our students. We worry abut how much they study. We worry about their writing skills, their attention to detail and their numerical skills …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 May]

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DCU launches Covid-19 emergency fund as university sees 183% increase in students seeking financial help

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has said it has seen a 183% increase in students looking for help from its Student Assistance Fund since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dublin university has today launched the Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 May]

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DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a ‘hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 16 May]

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