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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O’Shea bows out at UCC having made his mark

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

Ireland“‘A fine leader and most personable man’ is how one person described Professor Patrick O’Shea following the news of his impending departure from University College Cork (UCC). There are many in the university, and in Cork, who would agree with that …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

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UCC president to retire early for ‘personal reasons’

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

Ireland“The president of University College Cork Professor Patrick O’Shea has announced that he will retire early at the end of this year for ‘personal reasons’. Members of the university’s governing body were informed of Prof O’Shea’s plans at a meeting on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 July]

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University College Cork stunned by the early retirement of its President

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has been stunned by the early retirement of its President, Professor Patrick O’Shea. Prof O’Shea, who was only appointed in 2017, has confirmed his retirement from his UCC role for personal reasons and will finish up by the end of the year …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 15 July]

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Arresting students will stop parties, says CIT president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arrests and charges could help put a stop to some of the lockdown house party activity that has been blighting communities near Cork’s third-level institutions, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) said …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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‘We will continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’, says UCC President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC), Professor Patrick O’Shea has vowed that UCC will ‘continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’. In a message of solidarity with the black and minority ethnic community issued on Friday, Professor O’Shea said that he was saddened and angered by the violence against George Floyd and other people of colour that has been witnessed …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 5 June]

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Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

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

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

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

“Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Taoiseach to address medical graduates at historic UCC graduation

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

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University’s first-ever online graduation ceremony. Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 16 April]

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Medical students in Cork say racism is damaging their career prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Group of medical students in Cork have claimed that systematic racism is damaging their career prospects in the Irish health service. The Medical Research and Tech Society at University College Cork (UCC) will host an event this month aimed at discussing and tackling the issue of racism in the Irish health system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 4 March]

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UCC president’s blaming of Government for student rent crisis ‘a cop out’ says students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s president has been accused of blaming the Government so he can ‘cop out’ of his responsibility to students on his own campus. Pádraig Ó Sé urged his 3,458 Twitter followers to ‘call for Government action now’ on the current crisis in student accommodation …” (more)

[Neil Michael, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

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UCC students prepared to strike if rent hike goes ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) are prepared to take strike action unless rents are frozen in college-owned accommodation for the next three years. UCC Students’ Union made the warning following the news that UCC is increasing campus accommodation rents by 3% for the 2020/21 academic year. The decision came this week amid announcements of similar hikes at other universities across the country …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 February]

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Student accommodation discussions key focus for new city development plan

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

Ireland“The provision of student accommodation in Cork is a key focus of talks between city planners and the city’s third-level institutions as work starts of the drafting of a new city development plan. The city council said the series of engagements are ‘background research’ ahead of the formal preparation later this year of a draft development plan – the first to include the expanded city region …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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UCC keen to provide a ‘shot in the arm’ for city centre with new Trinity Quarter

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork expanded its footprint into the city in 2019 and its president said the college is looking forward to helping provide a ‘shot in the arm’ for the city centre in 2020. The emphasis is firmly being placed on helping to rejuvenate the city centre with two major projects in the offing on the city’s quays at Union Quay and North Mall …” (more)

[EchoLive, 7 January]

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UCC President is thinking ‘outside the box’ to minimise the impact of housing shortages on students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is looking at co-developing accommodation for both students and staff as a way to minimise the impact of housing shortages. UCC president Professor Patrick O’Shea said the college is thinking ‘outside the box’ to find affordable, suitable housing for students, young workers and families …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 December]

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Presidents of Cork colleges demand better public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of two Cork colleges have called for greater public transport in the region, labelling it crucial for prospective students, housing options and economic growth. Professor Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork, and Dr Barry O’Connor, his counterpart at Cork Institute of Technology, both highlighted the need for greater investment in public transport in Cork …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 December]

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Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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On Capitation, UCCSU Has Set a New Precedent – We Must Treat it With Caution

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, University College Cork (UCC) capitulated dramatically and reversed the massive €200 capitation fee increase that it had tried to push through over the summer. In response to the fee increase, members of the University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) initially camped outside the UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s office …” (more)

[University Times, 24 November]

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Justice Minister and UCC President back Muslim lecturer at centre of sinister ‘execution’ call

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The respected Muslim lecturer who received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution says he takes huge encouragement from all the messages of support which include a phone call from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and a strong statement from the President of UCC …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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UCC stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ says president as lecturer receives threatening voicemail

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC) says the university stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ after a respected Muslim lecturer received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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