College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: University College Cork

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received a request for funding for the renovation of the Kane Science Building in UCC; and the consideration given to it …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Calls For UCC To Take Stance On Vaping

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following University of Limerick’s President Dr Des Fitzgerald’s announcement that vaping on campus will banned , people in the UCC community are calling out for a similar action to be carried out, to restrict the usage of the addictive devices …” (more)

[University Express, 2 October]

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UCC to launch programme to support students through challenges of higher education

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The first programme of its kind in Ireland to help students choose the right degree and get through the challenges of higher education is to be launched today. The Graduate Attributes Programme at University College Cork (UCC) is aiming to support students through their life cycle of study at university while also developing their skills …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute calls on Govt to help establish quantum tech centre

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland could become a world leader in the emerging quantum technologies market if a national centre is established, according to researchers from Tyndall National Institute in Cork. Dr Georgios Fagas and Dr Emanuele Pelucchi concluded that despite a slow start, Ireland is still in a unique position to become internationally competitive in the burgeoning field, which some analysts have claimed could be worth trillions by 2030 …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Third Level Facilities: UCC Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Barry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the stage the upgrading of the Tyndall National Institute project is at; when the project will go out for tender; when construction will commence; when the project will be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 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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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[, 11 September]

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UCC Says No to Students Hoping to Hand Out Drug Testing Kits

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

Ireland“A group in University College Cork (UCC) planning to give out drug-testing kits to students have been refused permission to do so by the college’s authorities …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 10 September]

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New consent campaign launched across Cork colleges

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new consent campaign, targeted towards students, has been launched in Cork city this week. The campaign has been initiated in response to a spike last September in the cases of rape reported to the the Cork Sexual Violence Centre (CSVC) by students during colleges’ Fresher’s weeks …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Drug-testing kits to be handed out to UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Drug test kits will be handed out to students at UCC this week by a group pushing for harm reduction measures around drug-taking. The UCC Students for Sensible Drug Policy group will be handing out the kits on Tuesday and Thursday evening in the West Wing (W3) …” (more)

[Ann Murphy, EchoLive, 9 September]

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UCC issues 1,500 booklets to promote good relations between students and local residents

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

Ireland“As ‘Freshers’ Week’ gets underway at University College Cork (UCC), new information booklets encouraging students to respect their neighbours have been distributed to the surrounding areas of the university. Ahead of first-year orientation this year, 1,500 information booklets promoting good relations between students and local residents have been distributed throughout the surrounding areas of the university on College Road …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 September]


Trinity Working With Chinese Universities Accused of Cyber Crime

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is reportedly collaborating on research with Chinese universities that have been linked to cyber crime and international espionage. The Sunday Times today reports that Ireland’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is financing research collaborations between Irish universities – Trinity, University College Dublin and University College Cork – and two Chinese universities accused of cyber attacks …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 September]

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Cost of UCC Accommodation Soars

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5%, with the price range now €4029-€6179 yearly …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 7 September]

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Tyndall National Institute secures additional €8m in EU funding

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tyndall National Institute has announced that it successfully secured over €8m in European funding as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The institute was one of the biggest individual Irish beneficiaries of this significant round of 2019 funding, despite stiff competition from other European bodies …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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UCC to hold workshops for LGBT+ students focusing on coming out in college

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New workshops for LGBT+ students, focusing on coming out in college, are to take place as part of Freshers Week this year at University College Cork (UCC) for the first time ever. The two new facility-led workshops will be held for first-year LGBT+ students Saturday, September 7 during UCC orientation …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 2 September]


State approves €100m for higher education building projects

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

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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St Vincent de Paul will spend €200k in Cork this year helping students in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has said it expects to spend more than €200,000 in Cork by November this year, on assisting people in third-level education. South West Regional coordinator for SVP Gerry Garvey told The Echo that the organisation has seen a big increase over the last year in the number of people reaching out for help with back-to- education costs …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 26 August]

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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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