Cocaine now the second-most common drug used by third-level students, new report show

Posted in Life, Research on January 20th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Cocaine has replaced ecstasy as the second-most common drug used by students at third-level, says a new report by University College Cork (UCC). The Drug Use in Higher Education Institutions survey found that while cannabis remains the most common drug at third level, cocaine use has risen in recent years …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally,, 20 January]

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University shows students how to intervene if a witness of sexual harassment

Posted in Teaching on January 18th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Mark Cooper, a second-year law and business student at University College Cork, last week joined the university’s efforts to safeguard women in the wake of the killing of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, Co Offaly. He was not alone …” (more)

[Colette Sheridan, Irish Times, 17 January]

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UCC educates students about inappropriate behaviour

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Carole speaks to UCC’s Professor Louise Crowley about the Bystander Intervention Programme which is teaching students to identify and call out inappropriate behaviour” (audio).

[RTÉ Radio – This Week, 16 January]

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UCC Submits Further Information To City Council About Plans To Redevelop Landmark Former Cork Distillers’ Bottling Plant

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“UCC has submitted further information to City Council about their plans to redevelop the landmark former Cork Distillers’ Bottling Plant on the North Mall. The information was supplied to the Council as part of a planning application which would see the Distillery Fields site subsumed by the Tyndall National Institute …” (more)

[Red FM, 15 January]

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UCC plan moves closer for ‘one of Ireland’s largest academic buildings’ in Cork city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has appointed architects as part of its plans for a brand new building for the Cork University Business School (CUBS), which it has said will contribute to the ‘regeneration and revitalisation’ of the city centre. The site is at the location of a former Brooks Haughton builder’s yard, between Copley Street, Union Quay and South Terrace …” (more)

[Sean Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 January]

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Trinity, UCC, UCD and DCU to introduce paid domestic violence leave in 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level institutions have committed to introducing a domestic violence leave policy for staff in 2022. NUI Galway announced in May last year that all staff members experiencing domestic violence or abuse would be granted 10 working days of paid leave …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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UCC slashes deficit despite ‘very difficult’ year with finances hit by Covid

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

Ireland“University College Cork slashed its deficit last year, despite the challenging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the college’s finances. The latest annual accounts for UCC show the university reported a net deficit of €2.3m for the 12 months to the end of September in 2020, compared to a deficit of €5.6m a year earlier …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 10 December]


Intensification of Cork’s purpose-built student accommodation gathers pace near UCC

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for a further tall, c €30million+, 243-bed student accommodation complex at Cork city’s Victoria Cross, on a former garage site which has been sold for €4.1 million. It features several blocks, including one of ten storeys, facing UCC’s own ongoing Crow’s Nest 255-bed facility …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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UCC to Hold Exams Online Due to Rising Case Numbers

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will move the majority of its exams online this semester due to concerns over rising coronavirus cases. A small number of exams will still be held in person for courses that need to meet certain accreditation or professional body requirements …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 23 November]

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Students hit out at ‘college is too cheap’ comment by UCC President

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

Ireland” University College Cork’s president, John O’Halloran, told the Irish Examiner last week that he believes that an ‘honest conversation’ should be had about the price of college. O’Halloran stated that this was ‘cheap’ in comparison to some private secondary schools …” (more)

[Christine O’Mahony, The College View, 20 November]

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Christmas jumpers outnumber face masks as hundreds of Cork students queue for pubs

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

Ireland“It was Christmas jumpers that were the order of the day as opposed to face coverings as students gathered at pubs across Cork City today to mark an early start to the festive season. To the outside observer, the optics were not great …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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‘Why is education so cheap?’: UCC president says honest conversation needed on third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Cork universities UCC and MTU have said third-level education has suffered from underinvestment in recent years and must be improved in order to generate significant returns for the Irish economy and wider society …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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University College Cork students call on bars and clubs to take action over spiking fears

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

Ireland“UCC Student’s Union has written an open letter to bars and clubs in Cork in response to the recent increase in reported drug spiking cases – involving drinks or needles – across Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Daire Fitton, CorkBeo, 3 November]

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NUI Galway tackles food poverty head on with food bank

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

Ireland“An increasing demand for food and hygiene products for students has come to the fore at NUI Galway following national attention gathered from a food bank set up by University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Caoimhe Killeen, SIN, 2 November]

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UCC student ‘begging’ others to be vigilant after being drug spiked via needle

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCC student who was spiked with drugs via needle at the weekend is ‘begging’ others to be vigilant on nights out …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, EchoLive, 31 October]

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Capital funding: UCC and MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the funding for capital works and equipment at UCC and the Munster Technological University will be disbursed; if the funding will be put to use in the current academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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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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