Investigation after creepy online posts target over 20 female UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“UCC are investigating after some online posts were made targeting a number of female students. A probe has been launched after over 20 women had their pictures posted on an Instagram account which appeared to run a competition where viewers could rate them based on their looks …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 3 April]

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UCC contact tracing centre ‘firefighting’ spread of Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a quiet call centre set up in the basement of the Boole library at University College Cork (UCC), volunteers are helping tackle the spread of Covid-19 by picking up the phone and methodically making their way through a national database. Sitting 2m apart, those staffing the phones are essentially ‘firefighting’ the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 2 April]

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Thousands of students petition UCC to adopt ‘fair’ approach to exams during pandemic

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Students of University College Cork (UCC) are calling for a fair approach to upcoming final examinations which are due to be sat online. UCC students are continuing to study from home as measures taken by the Government led to the further closure of universities across the country …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 1 April]

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Petition launched for Trinity to implement ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An online petition has been launched urging College to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessments. The policy, similar to measures taken by several UK universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 31 March]
[See: TCD petition, UCC petition, DCU petition, UCD petition]

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UCC and UCD to give free course to help more nurses treat coronavirus patients

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork and University College Dublin are to provide a course, free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, to help more nurses treat patients with Covid-19. The National Foundation module in Critical Care Nursing is an online accelerated programme aimed at increasing the number of nurses available to provide critical care to patients with Covid-19 as well as to other patients who require intensive care …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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UCC, CIT willing to open their facilities to HSE in virus fight

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Both University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology want to work with the HSE in the face of the global health crisis. CIT told The Echo it has provided the HSE with details of its premises and is standing by with possible staff allocations, if necessary, while UCC said it is ready to assist with any needs identified by the health service …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 March]

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Almost 20% of students in health-related courses in UCC suffer extreme stress

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“Almost one-in-five students across a range of medical third level courses suffer extreme stress according to a new study, with an academic supervisor claiming stress during training can help once they are working in frontline fields …” (more)

[Noel Baker,, 20 March]

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Rent prices are locking students out of education – and we won’t stand for it!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“As Students’ Unions around Ireland are stepping-up protests at universities and colleges demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation, a West Cork student shares his own three-month struggle to find affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Philip Brennan, Southern Star, 19 March]

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UCC students asked to leave accommodation by end of week due to coronavirus

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

“UCC students have been asked to leave campus accommodation by the end of the week. The college has urged students to leave the grounds if they can out of concern for safety during the coronavirus measures …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan and Frances Watkins, Cork Beo, 19 March]

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UCC replaces written exams with online assessments for end of semester exams

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

Ireland“The university said the decision was made now to give staff and students time to adjust to the change. University College Cork has announced it will use online assessments for its 2019/2020 end of semester examinations in light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak …” (more)

[Alan Loughnane,, 18 March]

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Landlord firm refuses rent refund for students who returned home due to virus

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

Ireland“One of Ireland’s largest student landlord firms has refused rent refunds to students who have chosen to go home during the Covid-19 crisis. Student leaders at University College Cork (UCC) urged Uninest, which operates two large student residences in Cork, as well as complexes in Dublin and around Europe, to show compassion during the unprecedented global public health crisis …” (more)

[Eoin English,, 18 March]

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UCC confirms second coronavirus case

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has confirmed its second case of Covid-19. Students were informed via email that a student has contracted the virus and contact tracing is underway. They did not specify the department the student was in. They said anyone deemed to have had close contact with the student is being contacted directly by HSE Public Health and people do not need to make contact with them …” (more)

[, 18 March]

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Objection lodged on Victoria Cross Road student apartment proposals

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

Ireland“Objectors to a student development in Cork city have said they would be like ‘goldfish in a bowl’ for the occupiers of multiples of apartments should it get the go-ahead. One third-party appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the proposed 154-bed development on the former Kelleher’s Tyres Service Centre on Victoria Cross Road …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 18 March]

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UCC students being used as ‘cash cows’

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

“Councillors have accused UCC of using students as ‘cash cows’ and described plans to seek rent hikes in five of their campus-owned student accommodation block as ‘disgraceful and appalling.’ North Cork-based Cllr William O’Leary (FF), who raised a motion at a meeting of the local authority this week, called on the governing body of UCC to implement a fixed term rent freeze on the campus owned student accommodation …” (more)

[Kieran O’Mahony, The Southern Star, 17 March]

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UCC confirms visitor tested positive for Covid-19; Contact tracing underway

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

Ireland“Contact tracing activities are underway after a case of COVID-19 was identified in a person who had visited UCC. According to a statement on the University’s website and on its social media channels, the individual had visited the Western Gateway Building on the Western Road in recent days …” (more)

[EchoLive, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: Campus closure leads to loss of catering jobs at UCC

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

Ireland“University College Cork is to seek a meeting with Kylemore Services Group (KSG) after the company laid off catering staff at the campus following its closure this week arising out of the Covid-19 outbreak. A spokesman for UCC said he was unable to comment on the specifics in relation to KSG …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 15 March]

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Coronavirus: Solidarity with catering workers laid off at UCC

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

“There has been widespread solidarity shown with catering workers in University College Cork, who have been laid off from their posts amid the shut-down of the campus. Kylemore (KSG) has the contract to provide catering services to UCC but, following the Government’s directive to close colleges, it is understood a number of staff who worked in the university have been laid off …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 15 March]

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Irish researchers win backing from €344m pilot fund

Posted in Research on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Researchers from University College Cork, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, as well as a number of Irish startup companies, were among the successful applicants to a new €344m European pilot innovation fund. The Irish universities were chosen from among what the European Innovation Council (EIC), which runs the fund, described as 100 game-changing ideas from across Europe …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Independent, 15 March]

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Professor slams ‘virus parties’ by students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A leading immunologist has slammed ‘virus parties’ as being irresponsible and selfish amid reports of thousands of students hosting impromptu house parties and large pub gatherings. Hours after the Government ordered all schools and colleges to close until further notice to combat Covid-19, hundreds of students in Cork were seen packing pubs around College Road and other student neighbourhoods …” (more)

[Allison Bray and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 14 March]

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UCC prepares to shut down classes and move to ‘remote teaching’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC is preparing to effectively shut down lectures and exams and go online as concerns about the coronavirus amongst students and staff grows. A message to students and staff seen by CorkBeo – sent from the university’s corporate office – says UCC will ‘take measures regarding delivery of teaching and learning online’ …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 12 March]

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