A breakdown of more than €364 million in spending by three universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“These three documents provide detail on expenditure of hundreds of millions of euro by three universities in recent years. The UCD record is by far the largest and covers a lengthy period and some €319 million in expenditure by the college between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, TheStory.ie, 24 July]

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How POC Students Feel Marginalised on Irish Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the 1990s, Ireland has witnessed a large wave of social change, including in schools, universities and workplaces. The majority of current Black Irish university students are the children of first generation immigrants that made this place their home – a country that prides itself on immigration …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran and Melanie Fidel, University Times, 18 July]

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Discrimination and Apathy: Students Describe Culture of Racism on Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On placement, Trinity student nurse Florence Nwaje has had to learn to ignore patients telling her that her skin looks like ‘dirt’. College, she told The University Times, does not provide students with the necessary training for dealing with racism while on placement …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran, Melanie Fidel and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 July]

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EU tasks TU Dublin to help create ‘European University of Technology’

Posted in Teaching on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TU Dublin is one of eight universities chosen as part of an EU project that could lead to a European-wide model for third-level education. An alliance including TU Dublin has been chosen as one of the 24 winners of the second call for proposals in an EU initiative to create European universities of the future …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 9 July]

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TU Dublin is planning September return to campus

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

Ireland“TU Dublin, one of the largest universities in the country, is finalising plans and adjustments for September return to campus. TU Dublin has over 28,000 full-time and part-time students – including apprentices, undergraduates, and postgraduates – on campuses in Blanchardstown and Tallaght, and in the city centre in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street …” (more)

[Education Matters, 1 July]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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Many students will struggle to find part-time jobs as costs drop only slightly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The projected cost of living for students away from home has dropped for the first time in a decade to just under €12,000, according to a survey by Technological University Dublin. The marginal decrease from €12,171 to €11,948.25 is primarily down to lower mobile costs and the curtailment of social activities due to Covid-19. The survey of over 1,500 students was completed last month …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 12 June]

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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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Coronavirus: Construction industry collapses as restrictions take hold

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Construction collapsed at record speed to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the Republic last month, the latest figures show. Work on big projects – including the National Children’s Hospital, Grangegorman Technological University Campus, new roads such as the Macroom-Ballyvourney route in Co Cork – and house-building stalled across the Republic last week, hitting up to 30,000 jobs …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 6 April]

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DIT Aungier Street campus hits the market at €110m

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

Ireland“The opportunity to deliver a brand new urban quarter at the heart of the most sought-after area in Dublin city centre is expected to see significant interest from an array of developers and investors in the sale of DIT’s Aungier Street campus. The property is being brought to the market today by agent CBRE on behalf of the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – at a guide price of €110 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Sharp Drop-Off in Student Satisfaction With Experience of Trinity

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student satisfaction with Trinity has fallen sharply in recent years, a survey has shown, with 37.5% more students than in 2016 admitting they would pick a different college if they were choosing again …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 February]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Women-only Professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yvonne Galligan, TU Dublin Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, speaks to Philip about the introduction of women-only professorships …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €10m capital grant scheme for institutes of technology and TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced €10 million funding in capital grants for the country’s 11 institutes of technology (IOT) and TU Dublin. The investment is being made under Project Ireland 2040 for the current academic year and the money will be used on small-scale and necessary infrastructure works and improvements …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Ireland’s newest university TU Dublin spent almost €200,000 on their logo and branding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s second largest and newest University, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), spent almost €200,000 on their branding and logo. The university, which was launched in January of this year, is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, Extra.ie, 21 November]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

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

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 October]

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More room for the National Archives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your Commercial Property supplement carried a report about the proposed sale of the Aungier Street campus currently owned by the Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT) (‘DIT tees up €100 million sale of Aungier Street campus’, September 25th) …” (more)

[James Paul McDonnell, Irish Times, 30 September]

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DIT tees up €100m sale of Aungier Street campus

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

Ireland“The process of selecting an agent to handle the sale of the DIT’s Aungier Street campus is underway, with expectations that it will be brought to the market shortly at a guide price of around €100 million. The move by the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – to dispose of the property forms part of its wider plan to relocate its entire student body and faculty to its new centralised campus at Grangegorman in Dublin 7 …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Tallaght village lands zoned for residential development guiding at €5m

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

Ireland“Developers involved in the delivery of student accommodation and apartments for the private rented sector will be interested in a well-located residential site in south Dublin, which has been brought to the market at a guide price of €5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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