UCC Students’ Union not cancelling Freshers’ Week plans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union is urging students to behave responsibly but says it will not be cancelling plans for Freshers’ Week. SU Commercial and Fundraising Officer Beth O’Reilly said even if they cancelled all their events – which are all online this year – it would not stop house parties going ahead …” (more)

[Jennie O’Sullivan, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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‘Shocking irresponsibility’: Residents in Cork criticise decision to proceed with Freshers Week event

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents in Cork city have called for University College Cork (UCC) to call off Freshers Week as the number of Covid-19 cases in Cork continue to rise. Yesterday, a further 54 cases were confirmed in Cork and the county is under consideration for additional lockdown measures …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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UCC students face expulsion if they breach Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students, who breach Covid-19 regulations including guidelines on attending or visiting households on university-owned accommodation, could face expulsion, UCC interim president Prof John O’Halloran has warned …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 September]

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UCC students look for refunds for accommodation as classes go online for two weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork want their money back after paying up front for accommodation this semester. Earlier this week, the government’s ordered colleges to start the new semester with online classes only for the next two weeks …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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No parties or visitors allowed at UCC-owned accommodation; alcohol banned at campus events

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There will be a ban on visitors and parties at UCC owned accommodation when students return to college next week, and students who fail to abide by current public health guidelines around gatherings could find themselves facing repercussions …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 25 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

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

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Residents Living Near UCC Fear The New College Term Will Bring Another Spate Of Weekly House Parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s feared the current restrictions will drive students in doors to private house parties late into the night. Under the current restrictions socialising for college students will be limited with pubs closing at 11.30 and nightclubs remaining shut …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 September]

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2019 Leaving Cert student brings challenge over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has brought a High Court challenge after missing out on her first choice of university course …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 September]

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Student Accommodation and Renters Further Troubled by Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Decisions to be made around accommodation are compounding the stress and uncertainty of the upcoming term for students across the country. A blended learning model means that the number of times a student is on campus for lectures, as opposed to online, may only be a couple per month, decreasing the need to find housing close to college …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 16 September]

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Professor John O’Halloran announced as UCC’s Interim President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was announced this afternoon that Professor John O’Halloran has been appointed as interim President of University College Cork (UCC) for the coming academic year. The Governing Body of UCC made this announcement as a result of the unexpected retirement of Professor Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Maebh McCarthy, University Express, 15 September]

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Residents claim Holyland houses available for all-night parties at £20 a head

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

“Holyland residents have claimed that young people are coming from all over Northern Ireland to party and illegally stay in the south Belfast student houses for £20 a night …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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UCC to cut spending by almost 5% for upcoming academic year due to impact of Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is seeking to reduce its overall expenditure by almost 5% for the coming academic year, amid concerns in some Departments about cuts to part-time teaching hours …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 September]

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Planning granted for student accommodation near the Lough in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to increase the size of a student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been approved. Development Lyonshall has now been granted planning for 554 student beds on the site …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Potential for more than 1,000 student beds to be green-lit in Cork this year

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

Ireland“Early discussions are taking place surrounding the possibility of yet another student development in Cork city. Bellmount Developments Limited are at pre-application consultation phase with An Bord Pleanála currently, with a view to providing 265-bed spaces in the Bishopstown area …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 4 September]

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Extension of Bandon Road student development gets green light from planning authority

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans to increase the density of a controversial student apartment development in Cork city have been granted by An Bord Pleanála. Developers Lyonshall recently submitted a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) consultation application seeking to increase the size of its project at the former O’Riordan’s Joinery on the Bandon Road by more than 100 beds …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 3 September]

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Irish medical schools phase campus openings

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s six medical schools plan reopening this month on a phased basis for hybrid and campus teaching programmes while clinical placements have got underway …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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University places for asylum seekers ‘not even a drop in the ocean’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A revised education support scheme for asylum seekers has been described as too narrow, with a ‘minuscule’ number of places available at third level and no central government funding. That is according to Angela Flynn, a member of the university of sanctuary working group at UCC and president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Maresa Fagany, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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Students face accommodation and fees concern ahead of return to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are preparing for a return to college amid concerns over fees and accommodation costs. With some third level institutes opting largely for supporting students to learn from home, calls have been made for student contribution fees to be reduced …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 31 August]

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College students report in high numbers to Cork Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Cork Sexual Violence Centre received 3,469 calls and texts to its helpline in 2019 with 37% of all new clients indicating that they were third level students. The annual report for the centre reveals that more than 60% of new clients last year were under the age of 29. 75% of new clients were 23 or younger at the time of the sexual assault …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 31 August]

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