‘If it wasn’t for college friends giving me couch, I’d have slept in the park’

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two 22-year-old DCU students have spoken about their experiences with ‘couch-surfing’ as a way to get through the academic year without paying extortionate rents. A student from Co Mayo found himself effectively homeless last summer after his accommodation fell through …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 May]

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What ails the leading college of Irish athletics?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no such thing as the right way to finish a race, only the best way, and Infinite Tucker may well have found it. With a name like that who could forget him now? Caught somewhere between hope and the hope not, and the gravity which might pull him through, Tucker performed the perfect Superman dive to win a college 400m hurdles race in America last Saturday – the Southeastern Conference Championships, staged in Fayetteville, Arkansas …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 18 May]


Enda Fitzpatrick expresses ‘hurt and disappointment’ over DCU decision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enda Fitzpatrick has expressed his ‘hurt and disappointment’ over Dublin City University’s (DCU) decision not to pursue an extension to his position as the university’s Athletics Academy director. Fitzpatrick, a former international 1,500m runner and sub-four minute miler, has held the full-time position since 2005, on a secondment basis, having previously worked as a teacher in Holy Faith secondary school in Clontarf …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan Irish Times, 16 May]


Dublin lecture theatre to be named after Veronica Guerin

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

Ireland“A lecture theatre at Dublin City University is being named after journalist Veronica Guerin. It is part of the university’s Women in Leadership initiative, which plans to name half of its major buildings after inspiring females …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 May]

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Areas for improvement highlighted in new quality report card on DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Inconsistencies in the level of training and guidance provided to postgraduate research students who teach undergraduates at Dublin City University (DCU), have been highlighted in a new quality report card on the institution. Practice varies depending on individual programme chairpersons and module co-ordinators, according to a report carried out for the higher education regulatory watchdog, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 May]

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Concern over lack of training for doctoral students in teaching roles at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concern over the lack of training for doctoral students who are given teaching roles has been flagged in a new review of Dublin City University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. It is the first wide-ranging quality review to be carried out of an Irish university by a team of academics commissioned by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 May]

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DCU planning 1,240-bed student housing scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is planning a significant new student accommodation building, with 1,240 bedspaces. It comes amid a surge in the number of such facilities being built around the capital …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 12 April]

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New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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DCUSU senior executives have been criticised for bypassing class representatives to call a referendum on USI membership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student societies have condemned Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) for showing ‘a clear disregard for democracy and transparency’, after the union executive voted to support disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) without consulting class representatives …” (more)

[Jack Synnott and Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 23 February]

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Concern over Queen’s University’s Saudi partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

“Concerns have been raised over Queen’s University’s plans to enter a partnership with a Saudi Arabian university. The move will see a number of Queen’s academics provide training to staff at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulraham University (PNU) …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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DCU purchased rodents for scientific research

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The university bought 1790 mice and rats between 2016 and 2017 for scientific research purposes, The College View has learned. Mice took up the majority of the purchases with 1,296 of the 1,790 rodents. The other 494 were rats. DCU also declined to provide the name of the supplier of the rodent …” (more)

[Brian Mahon, The College View, 6 February]

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How Dublin’s ‘young’ university expanded by fostering 700 tech jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What is Dublin City University? Is it a business college? A technology-focused one? This is one of the first questions I put to Professor Brian MacCraith, the university’s energetic president. ‘Believe it or not, our biggest faculty is now humanities and social sciences’ …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 31 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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DCU Paid for a Square on the Dublin Monopoly Board

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) paid to prevent any other universities from appearing on the new Dublin version of Monopoly, repeatedly requesting confirmation from the game’s makers that “no other third-level partners” aside from DCU would appear on the famous board …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 January]

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DCU exams to be held before Christmas break from 2020

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The DCU academic calendar is on the road to change in 2020 when semester one exams will take place before the Christmas break as opposed to afterwards, according to DCU Students’ Union VP for Academic Affairs Callaghan Commons …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, The College View, 12 December]

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