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,, 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)

[, 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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Students Should Not Choose Degree Until End of First Year, Says DCU Professor

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Incoming first year university students should ‘not be admitted to a particular degree programme until the end of their first year in college’, according to an Associate Professor in Dublin City University. Dr Greg Foley, a historically outspoken Irish academic from DCU’s School of Biotechnology made the statements in a letter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 16 May]

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DCU sets September 21 as start date for first year students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has set September 21 as the start date for first years, two weeks ahead of the general return of students on October 5. The September 21 date is provisional and will depend on the final timelines for the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 May]

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DCU establishes Research and Innovation Hub to tackle Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has established a new research hub focused entirely on finding solutions to challenges posed by Covid-19. Dublin City University (DCU) has established the Covid-19 Research and Innovation (R&I) Hub, which will support 16 multi-disciplinary projects focused exclusively on challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 13 May]

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UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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DCU and Maynooth University reverse student rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has said it is reversing a plan to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation from September. This follows a similar decision by Maynooth University which announced in late April it would reverse a proposed 3% rent increase and introduce a freeze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 May]

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DCU reverse plan to increase on-campus accommodation rent for the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“DCU has reversed its decision to implement a 4% rent increase on campus accommodation for the 2020/2021 academic year, DCU Students’ Union announced. DCUSU posted on their social media pages that the university will not proceed with the initially planned rent increase. The increase of 4% would have meant that DCU’s on-campus accommodation would have been increased to the maximum amount legally allowed under rent legislation …” (more)

[Shauna Burdis, The College View, 1 May]

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