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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Warning for students after rise in cases of Mumps in UCC over last two weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being warned about an outbreak of the Mumps in UCC in the last two weeks. UCC Student Health Services have alerted those attending the University that there has been a spike in both the Mumps and flu in recent weeks …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, CorkBeo, 20 November]

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UCCSU Claim Huge Victory As Capitation Increase Reversed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Students’ Union (UCCSU) has successfully reversed an incremental €200 increase in the student capitation fee, reducing the cost to €170 for all incoming students ahead of the 2020/21 academic year. The increase was announced in June 2019, inciting protests from the Students’ Union, who staged a sit-in demonstration in the following days …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 19 November]

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After Legal Threats, UCC Reverses Capitation Fee Increase

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a dramatic turn of events, University College Cork (UCC) has reversed huge capitation fee increases implemented earlier this year, as well as agreeing to refund affected students for the first increment of €80 charged in September. The news, which comes after threats of legal action by the college’s students’ union, overturns a decision that would have seen UCC’s capitation fee increase incrementally from €170 to €370 by 2023 …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 19 November]

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UCC business students to benefit from $1,000,000 philanthropic donation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork University Business School (CUBS) have received a $1,000,000 philanthropic gift from an anonymous donor. The donation will support scholarships, learning through practical experience initiatives and entrepreneurship programmes for students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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Student poverty ‘a massively underestimated issue’ as 20 avail of UCC food bank

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students every week are availing of a Food Bank that’s been set up at University College Cork. The parcels are a direct response to those experiencing poverty but who the student union couldn’t immediately offer financial help to …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Crow’s Nest site is being cleared ahead of student apartment development

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

Ireland“Preparatory work began yesterday at the Crow’s Nest site at Victoria Cross as crews gear up to begin construction on a new student development. Work has been undertaken in recent days to clear the site which is expected to house more than 200 student beds when completed …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 13 November]

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Cork students availing of food bank on weekly basis

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students at University College Cork are availing of a food bank service on a weekly basis. The UCC Students’ Union founded the food bank in response to the financial hardships expressed by students due to rising rents and static levels of student grant aid …” (more)

[Marian O’Flaherty, RTÉ News, 11 November]

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Proposed UCC dental school and innovation hub set to benefit patients and local industry

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Children and adults requiring special care dentistry whose needs have not been met in the past will be among those to benefit when Cork University Dental School and Hospital opens its doors in 2023. Helen Whelton, head of the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork (UCC), said the new school will address the Government’s new national oral health policy which acknowledges the need to improve dental services for vulnerable people …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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UCC Food Banks Are A Symbol Of The Increasing Hardships Students Face

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, University College Cork (UCC) became the first Irish university in modern times to open a food bank for struggling students. The organiser, University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU), follows in the footsteps of several smaller institutes, which have recently reported on the success of food bank initiatives in their colleges. That such measures are needed, however, no doubt sounded alarm bells for many …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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UCCSU Launches Food Bank for Struggling Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a food bank as part of its student hardship fund to help students in financial difficulty. UCCSU is seeking to address the issue of student poverty in a ‘tangible manner’, in the wake of reports showing an estimated 36% of students in Ireland are currently experiencing ‘severe financial problems’ …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 October]

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Student apartment owner cannot engage in short-term letting

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The owner of student accommodation on the Western Road will not be allowed to carry on letting apartments on a short-term basis outside of the third-level academic year after An Bord Pleanála overruled its own inspector …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 25 October]

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Animal Experimentation

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action he has taken on the reports that UCC and Trinity College Dublin have been involved in experimentation on thousands of live animals each year; and his plans to deal with banning vivisection …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 October]

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College sweethearts return as UCC plans to name historic bridge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Generations have walked over it and soon it will have a name, as University College Cork (UCC) today plans to brand the historic bridge at its ceremonial gate as the Alumni Bridge. The crossing, which was completed in October 1929, leads to the university from Western Road …” (more)

[Greg Murphy, Irish Examiner, 18 October]


College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

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

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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