University College Cork appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has today, (3 August 2021), appointed Professor John O’Halloran as the sixteenth President of the University with effect from 30 August 2021. Professor O’Halloran has been Interim President since September 2020, leading the University through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 …” (more)

[UCC, 3 August]

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160 UCC students broke Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A total of 160 University College Cork students were found to have breached public health guidelines designed to stop the spread of Covid, with 43 of these students temporarily suspended while an investigation was conducted, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

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Cork City derelict site to be sold to facilitate €25m student apartment block

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

Ireland“A long-time derelict publicly-owned site in Cork City centre is to be sold to facilitate a €25m student apartment project. City councillors voted last night to dispose of the city council’s leasehold interest in number 96 North Main St to Pantherlee Ltd for €100,000 – half its current market value. The disposal price was agreed over two years ago …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 July]

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Staff and students in four universities urged to volunteer for antigen testing project

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

Ireland“Staff and students in four Irish universities are being urged to volunteer for a pilot antigen testing project that aims to help allow the safe return of college students to campuses. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is today urging staff and students in NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University College Cork to take part in the 16-week pilot scheme …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 12 July]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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Parents buying properties for students amid rental squeeze, says Cork agency

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A real estate agency in Cork has reported that parents are buying investment properties in the city in order to secure accommodation for their teenagers who are due to attend college locally later this year. Mark Rose, managing director of Rose Properties, says that certain sectors in Ireland have an abundance of cash and are using it to purchase properties for their children when they reach university age …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 3 June]

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‘There is still an opportunity to contain these cases’: Third level students in Cork offered Covid-testing amid increase in cases in community

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

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are being offered testing for Covid-19 amid an increase in cases of the virus reported in the student community in recent weeks. A pop-up testing facility has been established at University College Cork (UCC) and students from UCC and Munter Technological University were invited to attend for free testing at the facility. Testing took place today and will also take place again tomorrow …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 20 May]

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Ten-storey student apartment block planned for Cork’s Victoria Cross

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning sought for €31m development of 40 student apartments, ranging in size from single-bed studio apartments to eight-bed apartments, comprising 243 bed spaces …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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UCC redevelopment plans to double size of Tyndall institute and build bridge across River Lee

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has lodged a planning application to double the size of the Tyndall National Institute by redeveloping a major site on Cork’s North Mall and building a new bridge crossing the River Lee. The university said the planned new research centre will allow Tyndall to rapidly transition from research into prototyping and manufacturing of various technologies …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Planning Lodged For An Expansion Of The Tyndall National Institute Facilities On The North Mall

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The investment will result in a doubling of researcher numbers at Tyndall to over 1,000 in the coming years. UCC has lodged a planning application with the City Council for an expansion of the Tyndall National Institute facilities on the North Mall …” (more)

[Red FM, 23 April]

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Landlord welcomes High Court quashing of ruling over students’ Covid house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A landlord has welcomed a High Court order quashing a ruling by a district court judge which held him responsible for noise pollution emanating from students holding lockdown parties at two of his properties near University College Cork …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Irish-Chinese university collaborations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his letter ‘Trinity and Chinese universities’ (March 29th), Prof Nathan Hill writes that ‘the increasing marginalisation and oppression of minorities constitutes an imperative to pursue collaborations with the Central University for Nationalities [Minzu University of China (MUC)] and other nationality universities rather than a reason to hesitate in our engagement with Chinese university partners’ …” (more)

[Caitríona Ní Dhúill and others, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Long awaited new medical school for UCC gets the green light

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The construction of a new three-storey clinical medical school for University College Cork (UCC) at the campus of Cork University Hospital has been given the go ahead by Cork City Council. Permission, listed as ‘conditional’ came through to the Health Service Executive late last week …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 April]

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Supreme Court orders rehearing of UCC and ESB litigation over Cork flooding

Posted in Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has directed a rehearing in the High Court of aspects of the marathon litigation between University College Cork and the ESB concerning liability for extensive flood damage to buildings on the college campus in 2009. Some 400 other cases taken against the ESB over the flooding are likely to remain on hold pending the rehearing …” (more)

[, 25 March]

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Irish universities and China: walking an ethical tightrope

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have been forging closer links with China over recent years as they try to boost their private income against a backdrop of declining Government funding. In doing so, they are performing a delicate balancing act: trying to boost their bottom line while not compromising their principles over issues such as academic freedom and civil rights …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Students are not the problem – fix the rental issue

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

Ireland“I refer to article of March 3 last by your correspondent Eoin English Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties which outlined the stark reality of life for the residents of Magazine Road and the surrounding areas adjacent to UCC. Both UCC and MTU (formerly CIT) expanded significantly over the years, but little or no provision was made for the additional accommodation requirements of students …” (more)

[Tony Long, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Cork’s iconic Honan Chapel gets €1m makeover

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

Ireland“A comprehensive €1m+ restoration project is underway at the iconic Honan Chapel on the campus of University College Cork (UCC). Work on the project has continued during the current lockdown, with a scaled-back workforce, because of the significant heritage value of the building …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 17 March]


UCC scholarship to recognise role of Choctaw Nation in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A university scholarship in recognition of the solidarity shown by the Choctaw Nation towards the people of Ireland during the Great Famine has been extended for three years. A scholarship programme for members of the Choctaw community at University College Cork (UCC) has been extended following its pilot phase …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 15 March]

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NUI Universities Warned Over Links to International Partnerships

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will not proceed with a project to form a ‘joint college’ with Minzu University of China, a university that specialises in ethnic studies. UCC have not yet explained why they have chosen to abandon the project, but they warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the former partner university were to believe the project had been abandoned due to ethical concerns …” (more)

[Caolan Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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UCC to abandon joint college project with Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is not going ahead with a controversial project to form a ‘joint college’ with a Chinese university that specialises in ethnic studies. The university has not said why the project is being abandoned but, in an review commissioned by UCC, the university was warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the Chinese believed the project had been withdrawn over ethical concerns …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 March]

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