Pop-up vaccination centres to be established on college campuses across Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres are to be established on third level campuses across Cork next week. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres for colleges across the country …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 22 September]

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More than 400 UCC staff and students taking part in Covid-19 rapid test project

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has launched a large-scale Covid-19 rapid testing project to inform the development of early warning systems. As staff and students return to the Cork campus, more than 400 of them will take part in the comparative analysis of testing technologies for use in disease surveillance and prevention …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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UCC to hire community engagement officer after local residents complain of noise, bottles being smashed and urinating on streets

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

Ireland“UCC is to hire a community engagement officer to work with residents, local businesses and landlords for a period of two to three years in response to ongoing antisocial behaviour in the residential areas around the college. The college promised the new officer would be recruited to liaise with the counterparts of the society in the vicinity of the college following a week of intense partying around the college during the newly created ‘sophomore week’ …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 17 September]

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Residents near UCC call for National Strategy on anti-social behaviour

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

Ireland“Residents of the area surrounding University College Cork (UCC) who have been plagued by anti-social behaviour have called for a national strategy to deal with such issues after experiencing an ‘an unprecedented’ period of unrest as students return for the new college term …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Up to 300 students gather on Cork’s College Road as Fresher’s week returns

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

Ireland“Residents in the College Road area of Cork fear Fresher’s Week will be twice as long this year as second-year students who had no in-person college last year are welcomed back with ‘Sophomore Week’ next week. Residents are reporting glass bottles being thrown at them, public urination and littering around homes on College Road …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 13 September]

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UCC bystander intervention programme to be rolled out across campuses

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A programme developed at University College Cork (UCC) which teaches students how to intervene if they witness sexual harassment is being rolled out to third-level institutions nationwide today …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Ireland’s ‘first green university president’ takes UCC helm

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Acting as interim president since September 2020, Professor John O’Halloran was at the helm of the university during an unprecedented year. Now, on his first official day in office as newly installed president, he told the Irish Examiner about his plans for leading one of Cork’s oldest institutions into a challenging future …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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‘Love Island’ used to discuss tough topics at UCC

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The popular reality TV show Love Island, which came to a conclusion this week, is being used by UCC graduates to discuss relationship and societal problems, such as victim blaming, gas lighting and toxic relationships …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 24 August]

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Student accommodation schemes for Cork and Limerick get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have secured the go-ahead for 561 student bed spaces in two separate developments in Cork and Limerick cities. In granting fast track planning in two separate cases on Monday, An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the construction by Cloncaragh Investments Ltd of 318 student bed spaces and 30 build-to-rent apartments containing an additional 104 bed spaces at Punches Cross in Limerick …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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WRC rejects UCC campus firm CEO’s unpaid €6,512 bonus claim

Posted in Legal issues on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A CEO of a University College Cork (UCC) campus company has failed in a bonus row with the firm. This follows Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudicator, Thomas O’Driscoll rejecting Ms Arlene Vithaldas’s Payment of Wages Act claim over an alleged unpaid bonus of €6,512 for last year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

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Green light for plans for student accommodation complex in Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a major student development in Cork city have been given the green light. Bellmount Development Limited has been granted planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the demolition of existing structures on the site of Kelleher’s Auto Centre, Wilton Road, Victoria Cross, Bishopstown and the subsequent construction of 243 student bed spaces …” (more)

[EchoLive, 23 August]

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University College Cork appoints new President

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has today, (3 August 2021), appointed Professor John O’Halloran as the sixteenth President of the University with effect from 30 August 2021. Professor O’Halloran has been Interim President since September 2020, leading the University through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 …” (more)

[UCC, 3 August]

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160 UCC students broke Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A total of 160 University College Cork students were found to have breached public health guidelines designed to stop the spread of Covid, with 43 of these students temporarily suspended while an investigation was conducted, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

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Cork City derelict site to be sold to facilitate €25m student apartment block

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

Ireland“A long-time derelict publicly-owned site in Cork City centre is to be sold to facilitate a €25m student apartment project. City councillors voted last night to dispose of the city council’s leasehold interest in number 96 North Main St to Pantherlee Ltd for €100,000 – half its current market value. The disposal price was agreed over two years ago …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 July]

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Staff and students in four universities urged to volunteer for antigen testing project

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students in four Irish universities are being urged to volunteer for a pilot antigen testing project that aims to help allow the safe return of college students to campuses. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is today urging staff and students in NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University College Cork to take part in the 16-week pilot scheme …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 12 July]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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Parents buying properties for students amid rental squeeze, says Cork agency

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

Ireland“A real estate agency in Cork has reported that parents are buying investment properties in the city in order to secure accommodation for their teenagers who are due to attend college locally later this year. Mark Rose, managing director of Rose Properties, says that certain sectors in Ireland have an abundance of cash and are using it to purchase properties for their children when they reach university age …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 3 June]

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‘There is still an opportunity to contain these cases’: Third level students in Cork offered Covid-testing amid increase in cases in community

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are being offered testing for Covid-19 amid an increase in cases of the virus reported in the student community in recent weeks. A pop-up testing facility has been established at University College Cork (UCC) and students from UCC and Munter Technological University were invited to attend for free testing at the facility. Testing took place today and will also take place again tomorrow …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 20 May]

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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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