Large Volume of Harassment Not Reported at UCD

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

Ireland“During a presentation to UCD’s Governing Authority in October, university officials revealed new figures demonstrating a dramatic increase in complaints. These figures show that incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct have been largely underreported at UCD …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 January]

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‘UCD was his home’ – Warm tributes paid to ‘Old Man Belfield’ Michael Byrne

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

Ireland“Michael Byrne, the homeless man affectionately known as ‘Old Man Belfield’, did not believe he was homeless because ‘UCD was his home’, his funeral Mass was told. The 71-year-old, who spent more than 40 years roaming the south Dublin campus and died while sleeping rough there on January 11th, was remembered by UCD chaplain Fr Eamonn Bourke at as ‘an important member of our community’ …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Interviewing Anderson: UCD Made SU ‘Fall Guy’ For No Detriment Failure

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU President Conor Anderson took to the ‘No Detriment’ Facebook group on Monday night in light of the recent news that both UCC and Trinity have brought in new accommodations to assist students during the ongoing pandemic …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 19 January]

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UCD Doctors Unethically Vaccinated Children in Mother and Baby Homes

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Medical researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) conducted unethical vaccine trials on children in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes, according to the findings of a government investigation. Seven vaccine trials took place in the mother-and-baby homes from 1934-73, according to the Commission’s report. Researchers from UCD conducted five vaccine trials on children in mother-and-baby homes from 1960-73, all of which breached medical standards at the time …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 January]

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UCD to Stream ‘Old Man Belfield’ Funeral Online on Wednesday

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The funeral of Michael Byrne, ‘Old Man Belfield’, will take place on Wednesday 20th of January at 11am. The service will be private as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown but a live stream will be hosted by UCD online …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 17 January]

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UCD Students to Receive COVID-19 €250 Payment by February 28th

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recent email to students, UCD has stated that ‘all full-time EU undergraduate and postgraduate students’ registered for this academic year are to receive the COVID-19 once-off emergency grant of €250 before February 28. This comes four months after the initial announcement that students were to receive such payment …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 14 January]

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Library Curtailments Indicative of UCD Management Failures, Says UCDSU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students Union (UCDSU) has criticised the University’s Management Team (UMT) for failing to provide the necessary funds to run its libraries efficiently during the pandemic. This ‘failure’ has been labelled as indicative of the ‘concerning trend’ displayed by the UMT in failing to address student’s concerns …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 January]

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Investigation: UCD Breaching Law With Staff Hiring Process

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Hiring practices at University College Dublin (UCD) could be in breach of Irish and EU law, experts have warned. A scoring system used to hire more diverse academics has been subject to serious objections from staff, with some fearing legal action by participating in the process …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 14 January]


Tributes paid to ‘Old Man Belfield’ who died at UCD

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to an elderly homeless man known as ‘Old Man Belfield’ whose body was found at the UCD campus in Belfield yesterday. UCD Dublin issued a statement on Twitter this evening paying tribute to Michael Byrne, known affectionately by students and staff as ‘Old Man Belfield’ …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 12 January]

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UCD Renews Relations With Chinese Government Through Confucius Centre

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

Ireland“University College Dublin has reaffirmed its relations with the Chinese Government following a restructuring of the previously controversial Confucius Centre. The Centre was once described as a ‘foreign mission’ to spread teachings that amount to ‘Chinese Communist Party propaganda’. In July 2020, it was announced that the scheme that established the Confucius Centre in UCD was going to be reorganized …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 9 January]

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Nial Osborough obituary: Ireland’s greatest legal historian

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandW Nial Osborough. Born: February 13th, 1939. Died: December 29th, 2020. With the passing of the inimitable William Nial Osborough, Ireland has lost its most extraordinary and diverse legal scholar. His legacy is published work that ranks him among the world’s great legal historians. He will live on in the memory of the thousands of law students that he inspired …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 January]

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Teaching Arrangements for Spring Trimester to Continue Remotely

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Teaching arrangements for the Spring trimester, beginning on the 18th of January were officially communicated to students on Friday, 8th January. Remote learning is to continue until the 8th of March with the exception of essential laboratories, practicals, clinical and studio teaching which will continue on-campus. Libraries and study spaces are to remain open ‘where possible’ …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 8 January]

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UCD Libraries Reopen with COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

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

Ireland“All UCD libraries have reopened from Monday 4th January, with the same COVID-19 precautionary measures in place from the autumn trimester. The opening times have not changed, with James Joyce library opening from 8:30 to 20:00, Monday to Friday. These measures include pre-booking library seats for which have been extended to allow for eight-hour slots …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 4 January]

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UCD spent €8.6m last year without following procurement rules

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s largest university spent €8.6m last year without following national and EU rules around procuring goods and services. University College Dublin (UCD) incurred ‘significant expenditure’ outside of public procurement procedures, according to Seamus McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 31 December]

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UCD to open Ireland’s first space-related research centre

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The university describes the opening of the centre as an important step in Ireland’s journey to develop a strong and sustainable space industry. University College Dublin is to formally open its dedicated centre for space-related research later today. The centre, Called C-Space, will be the country’s first dedicated hub for collaborative space research and innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 December]


Local UCD student says move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A local UCD student says the move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students. Over 70% of college students want more on-campus learning, according to a survey by the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[Northern Sound, 3 December]

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A Broken System, A Fed-Up Workforce – Student Nurses React To Dáil Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Late on Tuesday the 2nd of December, the Dáil rejected a motion, brought forward by People Before Profit, to pay student nurses and midwives for working during the Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was rejected by a narrow margin of 77-72. The three parties in government all voted against the motion …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 December]

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Student frontline workers ‘abandoned’ by Government, according to UCD SU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘How can the government expect to retain a workforce that is already fed up with the system before we even qualify?’ Student frontline workers feel ‘abandoned’ by the Government, according to the University College Dublin Students’ Union. This comes after the Government voted against a motion to pay student nurses and midwives …” (more)

[Rudi Kinsella,, 3 December]

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Dublin Bus starts new 24-hour bus route between Ongar and UCD

Posted in Life on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new 24-hour bus route is being rolled out by Dublin Bus. The 39a, which runs between Ongar and UCD, is the third 24-hour service announced by the company. The 39a will now run 24 hours, seven days a week with one every 30 minutes between 11.30pm and 5am. The 15 and 41 bus routes have been operating 24 hours since December 2019 …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 3 November]


Lack of Student Anger Contributed to No More ‘No Detriment Policy’ – Conor Anderson

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A lack of student support and anger around the ‘No Detriment’ policy is the the reason the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCD SU) will no longer push for the Covid-19 Assessment Guidelines to be extended into this exam season, according to SU President Conor Anderson …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 1 December]

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