Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years. University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly €1m in the last seven years …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 19 January]

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Immigration campaigner revokes bequest to UCC over Khan family support

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Immigration campaigner Áine Ní Chonaill has said she is revoking a bequest worth ‘several hundreds of thousands’ of euro to University College Cork (UCC) over its support for a family seeking asylum in Ireland. The founder of Immigration Control Platform, which wants tougher immigration rules, said she made her will in 2009, leaving almost her entire estate to the university, where the former Cork school teacher studied …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 17 January]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Cork school and wider community celebrate: Minister to review asylum application of Cork-based family facing deportation

Posted in Life on January 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The justice minister has pledged to review the asylum application of a Cork-based family facing deportation. The Khan family have been living in direct provision since arriving in Ireland from Saudi Arabia in 2017 …” (more)

[EchoLive, 15 January]

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Student accommodation discussions key focus for new city development plan

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

Ireland“The provision of student accommodation in Cork is a key focus of talks between city planners and the city’s third-level institutions as work starts of the drafting of a new city development plan. The city council said the series of engagements are ‘background research’ ahead of the formal preparation later this year of a draft development plan – the first to include the expanded city region …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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Solidarity Demonstration Mounted At UCC In Support Of Hamza Khan And His Family

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

Ireland“Hamza Khan and his family have been issued with a deportation order. Staff and students gathered at the college to support the Khan family in a demonstration organised by the college’s student union …” (more)

[Red FM, 14 January]

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Staff and students in UCC and Cork school appeal for family’s deportation to be halted

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A refugee-support group has appealed to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to stop the deportation of first year UCC student, Hamza Khan …” (more)

[Eoin English, BreakingNews.ie, 11 January]


UCC and CIT pay almost €350k on compo claims

Posted in Legal issues on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have paid out over €300,000 in compensation claims during the past five years. The Cork colleges’ insurers have paid out €347,085 in total, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 10 January]

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Abused online and ‘afraid’ but UCC lecturer won’t leave Ireland

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCC lecturer has said there are days when he is ‘afraid’ and he worries about Irish white terrorism after being targeted by disturbing online abuse. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, who is a senior lecturer in Contemporary Islam, says that he will not stop challenging the people who seek to spread hate …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 8 January]


UCC keen to provide a ‘shot in the arm’ for city centre with new Trinity Quarter

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

Ireland“University College Cork expanded its footprint into the city in 2019 and its president said the college is looking forward to helping provide a ‘shot in the arm’ for the city centre in 2020. The emphasis is firmly being placed on helping to rejuvenate the city centre with two major projects in the offing on the city’s quays at Union Quay and North Mall …” (more)

[EchoLive, 7 January]

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Student apartments planned for North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning consultation request has been lodged for almost 290 student beds on North Main Street. A company named as Bmore Developments has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether a possible development on the street for 285 student bed spaces qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 31 December]

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Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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UCC President is thinking ‘outside the box’ to minimise the impact of housing shortages on students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is looking at co-developing accommodation for both students and staff as a way to minimise the impact of housing shortages. UCC president Professor Patrick O’Shea said the college is thinking ‘outside the box’ to find affordable, suitable housing for students, young workers and families …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 December]

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Presidents of Cork colleges demand better public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of two Cork colleges have called for greater public transport in the region, labelling it crucial for prospective students, housing options and economic growth. Professor Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork, and Dr Barry O’Connor, his counterpart at Cork Institute of Technology, both highlighted the need for greater investment in public transport in Cork …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 December]

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Colleges in Cork must be part of the blueprint for the city’s future

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

Ireland“A forthcoming city-wide strategic plan needs to prioritise future-proofing infrastructure to deal with development and expansion of third-level institutions and hospitals, a councillor has claimed. With Cork’s population set to rise from its current 210,000 to an estimated 360,000 by 2040, councillor Seán Martin …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 13 December]

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Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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On Capitation, UCCSU Has Set a New Precedent – We Must Treat it With Caution

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, University College Cork (UCC) capitulated dramatically and reversed the massive €200 capitation fee increase that it had tried to push through over the summer. In response to the fee increase, members of the University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) initially camped outside the UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s office …” (more)

[University Times, 24 November]

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Cork college considering student fines to tackle issue of anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Authorities at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are considering the introduction of student fines as part of a new regime to tackle drink or drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour involving its students. The news emerged after residents living near UCC spoke out about scenes of drunken chaos as hundreds of third level students converged on suburban pubs in the area for the unofficial student-organised ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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House parties with up to 300 people celebrating ‘Christmas Day’ were cleared by gardaí in Cork last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties with 200 to 300 people were broken up by the Gardaí last night, but only a handful of arrests were made during the unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event that took place yesterday. Speaking to The Echo, Community Policing Sergeant Stewart Philpott said …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 22 November]

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Huge student numbers celebrate ‘Christmas Day’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Large crowds of students celebrated an unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event all day although Gardaí said law and order was maintained. From early in the day, College Road and Bandon Road were thronged with students merry with intoxication heading to the local bars …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 21 November]

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