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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 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]

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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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Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties

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

Ireland“Residents of Cork’s university precinct say they are living in fear of another summer of Covid house party chaos. It follows a surge in queries about summer rentals in their area …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 3 March]

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Growing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be examined, Senator says

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

Ireland“The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights violations in China. Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said the State’s education system may be ‘contaminated’ as a result of developing these links amid such violations …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Irish university under fire as bodycam-wielding security guards patrol campus accommodation complexes

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has come under fire after fitting up security guards with bodycams that allow them to record students living in campus accommodation. And startlingly, it has emerged that a number of other Irish universities already allow their security to use the body-worn cameras on campus …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 19 February]

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Online abuse ‘getting worse’ says academic who was told to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Cork academic has said the level of online racist and Islamophobic abuse he is experiencing is ‘getting worse’. Amanullah De Sondy suffered the latest attack after he spoke online at an integration conference on Monday – where a right-wing activist uploaded a video of part of his address and told him to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’ and that Ireland was a ‘white Christian nation’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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UCC sets tone for new year with Bystander Intervention Week

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first week of the new semester was this year ushered in with the university’s inaugural Bystander Intervention Week: an effort to celebrate active bystanders in the UCC community and increase their number. The campaign adapted to Covid-19 restrictions and went virtual, hosting events, workshops and conversations to empower students and achieve a zero tolerance culture of sexual violence and harrassment at UCC …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, UCC Express, 16 February]

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Board approves demolition of Cork’s Kino cinema for student accommodation facility

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

Ireland“The demolition of the former Kino cinema on Cork’s Washington Street is set to go ahead after An Bord Pleanála approved plans for a large student accommodation scheme on the site. However, the proposed €4m five-storey development will also include an art house on the ground floor consisting of a cinema and performing arts space as well as a café/bar …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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Tyndall National Institute to create 50 jobs with new lab in Dublin

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tyndall National Institute will create 50 new research jobs by 2025 with the opening of its first research facility outside of Cork. The new laboratory in Dublin, which has been set up remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, will host a wireless communications team who will focus on future deep technologies including Future RF, Future Access, Future Protocols, Future AI, and Future Quantum …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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