Consent put in spotlight at Irish colleges

Posted in Teaching on October 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new campaign surrounding consent is running across universities and colleges, now that students have returned. Dr Avril Hutch, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCC, and Professor Louise Crowley, School of Law, UCC, tell us more …” (more)

[EchoLive, 12 October]

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UCC unveils Rainbow Walkway to mark ‘national coming out’ day

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish university which established the first LGBT+ staff and student groups in the 1980s has unveiled a rainbow path on campus to celebrate diversity and inclusivity …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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Returning to campus across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland has begun to open up again, with restrictions being cautiously lowered, universities have begun to solidify their approach to the semester, heading into a new academic year with an overall trend of much more in-person learning and on-campus activities …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 11 October]

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‘Students who are coming to us are very hungry,’ says Cork Penny Dinners coordinator as cost of living soars

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The coordinator of a charity which provides cheap dinners in Cork City has said ‘students who are coming to us are very hungry’. Penny Dinners Trustees volunteer coordinator Caitríona Twomey said the high cost of rent and utilities means some students in Cork have ‘nothing left over for food’ …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 8 October]

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Demand for UCC food bank highlights ‘reality of student poverty’

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the hardship faced by college students in the wake of a UCC food bank running out of supplies in less than 50 minutes …” (more)

[Ellen O’Regan, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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Government support called for after UCC food bank runs out of supplies in less than 50 minutes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders have pleaded for immediate government support after their food bank ran out of supplies in less than 50 minutes following unprecedented demand from hungry students …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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Cork students open on-campus food bank as government plan offers ‘no action on accommodation crisis’

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

Ireland“On the day that government ministers went to UCC to discuss the National Development Plan, the college’s Student’s Union has announced that they are being forced to reopen an on-campus food bank as the accommodation crisis has left a large number of students without money for food …” (more)

[Eimer McAuley, CorkBeo, 4 October]

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Fed-up locals call gardai as video shows massive street party near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardai were called to Connaucht Avenue last night after locals were given abuse from an ‘aggressive’ group who were part of a street party that broke out. A video shows loads of people singing and dancing on the residential road …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 1 October]

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Penny Dinners: Cork college students quitting studies due to hunger

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students have been turning to a Cork soup kitchen as a last resort before quitting their studies due to extreme hunger. Caitríona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street said that they have always welcomed university students. However, this new college term has seen growing numbers as a result of serious financial hardship among young people …” (more)

[EchoLive, 27 September]

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UCC to host on-campus graduations next month for the class of 2020-21

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

Ireland“All UCC graduates of the class of 2020-21 were virtually conferred between April 2020 – July 2021. That was of course because on-campus graduations could not occur due to restrictions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown …” (more)

[James Clancy, CorkBeo, 25 September]

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Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

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

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott,, 24 September]

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Pop-up vaccination centres to be established on college campuses across Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres are to be established on third level campuses across Cork next week. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres for colleges across the country …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 22 September]

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More than 400 UCC staff and students taking part in Covid-19 rapid test project

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has launched a large-scale Covid-19 rapid testing project to inform the development of early warning systems. As staff and students return to the Cork campus, more than 400 of them will take part in the comparative analysis of testing technologies for use in disease surveillance and prevention …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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UCC to hire community engagement officer after local residents complain of noise, bottles being smashed and urinating on streets

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

Ireland“UCC is to hire a community engagement officer to work with residents, local businesses and landlords for a period of two to three years in response to ongoing antisocial behaviour in the residential areas around the college. The college promised the new officer would be recruited to liaise with the counterparts of the society in the vicinity of the college following a week of intense partying around the college during the newly created ‘sophomore week’ …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 17 September]

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Residents near UCC call for National Strategy on anti-social behaviour

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

Ireland“Residents of the area surrounding University College Cork (UCC) who have been plagued by anti-social behaviour have called for a national strategy to deal with such issues after experiencing an ‘an unprecedented’ period of unrest as students return for the new college term …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Up to 300 students gather on Cork’s College Road as Fresher’s week returns

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

Ireland“Residents in the College Road area of Cork fear Fresher’s Week will be twice as long this year as second-year students who had no in-person college last year are welcomed back with ‘Sophomore Week’ next week. Residents are reporting glass bottles being thrown at them, public urination and littering around homes on College Road …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 13 September]

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UCC bystander intervention programme to be rolled out across campuses

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A programme developed at University College Cork (UCC) which teaches students how to intervene if they witness sexual harassment is being rolled out to third-level institutions nationwide today …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Ireland’s ‘first green university president’ takes UCC helm

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Acting as interim president since September 2020, Professor John O’Halloran was at the helm of the university during an unprecedented year. Now, on his first official day in office as newly installed president, he told the Irish Examiner about his plans for leading one of Cork’s oldest institutions into a challenging future …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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‘Love Island’ used to discuss tough topics at UCC

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The popular reality TV show Love Island, which came to a conclusion this week, is being used by UCC graduates to discuss relationship and societal problems, such as victim blaming, gas lighting and toxic relationships …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 24 August]

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