DCU’s proposed takeover of Morton Stadium a ‘fantastic opportunity’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A proposal by Dublin City University to take over the country’s leading athletics stadium looks likely to be approved by councillors. Under the plan, DCU would acquire a 40-year lease on Morton Stadium in Santry and aim to secure almost €16m in funding for its future development …” (more)

[Tony McCullagh, Independent, 13 September]


DCU announce reopening plans as college presidents urge students to get vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week Dublin City University announced their reopening plans to incoming and continuing undergraduate and master students. Continuing undergraduate students and master programmes will begin on the 20th of September, while incoming first year undergraduates will begin on the 27th of September. All students are expected to complete semester one on the 18th of December …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 29 August]

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Ireland’s first big e-scooter trial launches across DCU campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The collaboration between Tier, Luna, SmartDCU and Insight begins today and will run until early 2022. Ireland’s first major e-scooter trial has launched today (20 July) across the five campuses of Dublin City University (DCU) …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 20 July]


DCU told to pay €27,000 for victimising former employee days after she made allegation of sexual harassment

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been ordered to pay €27,500 for victimising a former employee two days after she made a complaint of sexual harassment against her male boss. In the case, Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudicator, Marian Duffy ordered DCU to pay Rene O’Reilly €27,500 to compensate her for the distress caused to her and the effects of the victimisation under the Employment Equality Act …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 31 May]

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Minister invites expressions of interest for ministerial nominees to the Governing Authorities of Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland, Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for nomination as Ministerial nominees to the Governing Authorities of Dublin City University (DCU) and NUI Galway. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[gov.ie, 12 May]

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Daire Keogh – A year in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lockdowns, restrictions, adapting and overcoming. This is how some might describe Daire Keogh’s first year as President of DCU. Taking over the role in July 2020, Keogh has yet to experience the bustling U bursting with student life. But he feels that DCU has been defined by what it has done this year, not what it has missed …” (more)

[Shauna Burdis and Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 21 April]

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DCU ‘astonished’ over Georgian and Ukrainian embassy complaints about course

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University says it is ‘astonished’ over a complaint made by the Embassies of Georgia and Ukraine in Ireland about the university’s teaching of a course on the geopolitics of the Caucasus and Ukraine …” (more)

[Diarmaid Fleming, RTÉ News, 18 April]

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DCU ‘astonished’ over letters sent by Ukrainian and Georgian embassies about geopolitics course

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“John Doyle, Director of DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution, discusses the joint letters sent by the Ukrainian and Georgian embassies to DCU and the Department of Foreign Affairs …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 18 April]

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DCU rolls out e-scooter scheme on its campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is launching a shared scooter scheme that will allow staff, students and companies located on its campuses to get around more easily. The electric scooters are being made available as part of a research pilot project intended to monitor how artificial intelligence and computer vision can improve safety for both riders and pedestrians. The initiative will also consider how e-scooters could be used to replace other modes of transport …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 15 April]


New DCU agreement signifies enhanced cooperation between IFUT and SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new co-operation agreement has been reached between DCU, SIPTU and IFUT on collective representational rights on behalf of the members of both unions in the University. The University recognises the positive role played by trade unions within the workplace and this agreement builds further on the existing positive industrial relations climate in the university between both SIPTU and IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 March]

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The Helix opens as Covid-19 vaccination hub

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Helix venue opened as a Covid-19 vaccination hub and began vaccinating over-85s on Wednesday, February 10th. The multi-purpose venue, located on DCU’s Glasnevin Campus, has been transformed with approximately 50 vaccination bays all located in the Mahony Hall within The Helix …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 15 February]

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Student Nursing and Midwifery placement suspended further with COVID-19 surge

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses’ and midwives clinical placement has been suspended further until February 8 due to rising Covid-19 cases. The rising number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 required the HSE to release senior nurses and midwives from supervision roles, for frontline duties …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 2 February]

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Paying Nursing Students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In my department in DCU, our third year students will soon go out on work placement (INTRA). Most will be paid the minimum wage at least: that’s about €400 per week. There was a time, during the financial crisis, when employers took advantage of the situation and did not pay students at all but thankfully those days are behind us – as far as I know …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 12 January]

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Covid-19: DCU warns students over parties in campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has issued a warning to students living in on-campus accommodation, following a party in ‘serious breach’ of the college’s Covid-19 rules. The warning came following a party in a student apartment on November 11th in the College Park Residences. One source confirmed the gathering was hosted by a short-stay renter on the north Dublin campus and that people from outside of the college were also in attendance …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Parties on campus lead to increased disciplinary action from DCU Campus Rez

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A series of gatherings in breach of Covid-19 restrictions have caused DCU Campus Residences to increase disciplinary actions towards tenants. This comes after a party with a gathering was hosted on the 11th of this month in House 11 in College Park Residences on campus. An inside source confirmed that the gathering was hosted by a short stay renter and had people from outside of DCU in attendance, including some students from Queens University Belfast …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, The College View, 25 November]

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Comunication in the time of Covid

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m always astonished by the poor communication skills of people who should know better. When I was Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in my faculty, I quickly realised that there were senior people with whom it was simply not worth communicating. No matter what the issue, there was a select few, often well-known celebrity academics, who simply lacked any sense of responsibility or respect and simply ignored me …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 17 November]

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Student accommodation to be used as short term stay for tourists and other renters

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

Ireland“Some 1,600 student accommodation in Dublin City Centre will be used by tourists and other renters for short-stay rental after a deal was struck with Dublin City Council. The five accommodation facilities, operating under the Uninest brand, has had a low demand for student accommodation as predicted for the coming academic year due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, The College View, 11 November]

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DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Trinity College spend over €4,500 on upgrades to hand sanitisation stations

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College was forced to spend €4,610 on upgrades to their campus’ hand sanitisation stations after criticisms. Upgrades to the hand sanitisation stations on Trinity’s campus were required after students complained about the lack of accessibility and Irish translations. The first installation of the stations included a foot pump to dispense the hand sanitiser. However, this was found to not be accessible, especially for people with physical disabilities and impairments …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, The College View, 28 October]

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