UCC announces plans to deliver large amount of teaching online for next semester

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC has announced plans to operate its second semester in a similar manner to the first, where a significant proportion of teaching has been delivered online. For their first semester, the university remained open with restrictions in place. A large percentage of lectures were delivered online, while research, laboratory, and practical work was carried out on campus where possible …” (more)

[John Bohane, EchoLive, 2 December]

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UCC-owned education centre backtracks in staff row after thousands bombard president with angry emails

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A major Irish education centre – fully owned by University College Cork (UCC) – has been forced into a spectacular climbdown amid a fight over unpopular restructuring plans responsible for more than a dozen redundancies. The Irish Management Institute (IMI) – bought by UCC in 2016 – finally backed down this week on a refusal to talk to staff with their trade union, promising to enter discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 18 November]

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UCC students temporarily suspended after public health breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has confirmed that 11 students have been suspended on a temporary basis following breaches of student rules relating to public health. In a statement issued this afternoon, UCC acknowledge that while the vast majority of their students have been adhering to national public health guidelines, its Campus Watch had received 11 complaints since the term recommenced earlier this week …” (more)

[Jennie O’Sullivan, RTÉ News, 1 October]

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Student house parties continue in Cork during Freshers’ Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties are continuing to be a problem in Cork city during Freshers’ Week. Gardaí said they responded to call-outs to five house parties last night where there were upwards of between 20 and 40 people in attendance, despite calls for students to behave responsibly …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 September]

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UCC Students’ Union not cancelling Freshers’ Week plans

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

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union is urging students to behave responsibly but says it will not be cancelling plans for Freshers’ Week. SU Commercial and Fundraising Officer Beth O’Reilly said even if they cancelled all their events – which are all online this year – it would not stop house parties going ahead …” (more)

[Jennie O’Sullivan, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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‘Shocking irresponsibility’: Residents in Cork criticise decision to proceed with Freshers Week event

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents in Cork city have called for University College Cork (UCC) to call off Freshers Week as the number of Covid-19 cases in Cork continue to rise. Yesterday, a further 54 cases were confirmed in Cork and the county is under consideration for additional lockdown measures …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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UCC students face expulsion if they breach Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students, who breach Covid-19 regulations including guidelines on attending or visiting households on university-owned accommodation, could face expulsion, UCC interim president Prof John O’Halloran has warned …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Professor John O’Halloran announced as UCC’s Interim President

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

Ireland“It was announced this afternoon that Professor John O’Halloran has been appointed as interim President of University College Cork (UCC) for the coming academic year. The Governing Body of UCC made this announcement as a result of the unexpected retirement of Professor Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Maebh McCarthy, University Express, 15 September]

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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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UCC staff welcome removal of Watson’s name from building

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

Ireland“University College Cork staff have welcomed the decision by the university authorities to remove the name of American geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Dr James D Watson (90) from one of its buildings after he re-iterated racist comments on a recent documentary …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 18 February]

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