Peer Mentoring To Go Ahead With Digital Changes

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First year students will have the option to take part in the Peer Mentoring programme remotely this year. Certain Orientation Week activities will be offered virtually to students who cannot attend University College Dublin (UCD) campus due to COVID-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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Coronavirus Case Confirmed In UCD Creche

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on the grounds of University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) main campus. Reports emerged on Wednesday night that a staff member at Oakmount Creche, located on the university’s Belfield campus, had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, August 9th …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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Acht na Teanga Oifigiúla á Sárú ag Ceithre Ollscoil

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Foilsíodh tuarascáil faireacháin de chuid an Choimisinéara Teanga inniu ag nochtú go raibh os cionn 47% de chomharthaí in ollscoileanna faoi scáth Ollscoil na hÉireann i mBéarla amháin. Sáraíonn seo na rialacháin faoi Acht na dTeanagacha Oifigiúla …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 12 August]

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UCD’s Efforts Show a Dangerous Crusade to Attract Students at Any Cost

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

Ireland“Numbers seem to be everywhere these days. Be it the latest dosage of discovered coronavirus cases, the oft-repeated 2 metre mantra of social distancing or whatever that ‘R number’ claims to be (search me – I was a veteran of the back row in maths). But there is one number I do understand and if you’re a UCD student or just someone who cares about their physical wellbeing – you should too. That number is €100,000,000 …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 10 August]

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UCD Spends Over €800,000 On Hotels Since 2016

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has accumulated over €800,000 in hotel expenses in the past 4 years, according to financial records acquired by The College Tribune. Nearly 40% of this amount was associated with spending in luxury 5-star hotels – despite the university’s travel policy which directly advises staff against the booking of luxury accommodation …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 10 August]

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UCD Slashes Estimation of Postgraduate Face-to-Face Learning Time

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has drastically slashed the amount of time postgraduate students will spend in class, compared to previous estimates that the university has published. On July 8th, UCD Registrar and Deputy President Mark Rogers said that postgraduate students would be spending between 75% and 100% of their learning time in classrooms …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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UCD ag-tech spin out raises €6m to develop patent crop spray equipment

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maggrow, the Dublin-based pioneering agricultural technology company has raised €6m in series A funding to hire new recruits and develop its patented crop spraying equipment for potential use in making irrigation, sanitisation and fruit and vine growing more efficient and environmentally sustainable …” (more)

[John Reynolds, Independent, 6 August]

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IT Sligo receive 20 reports of sexual assault and harrassment in last three years

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

Ireland“35 complaints of sexual assault and harassment have been reported to third level institutes in the last 3 years. According to the Sunday Times, IT Sligo has received 20 reports, UCD had 12 complaints while Trinity College picked up just one report …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 2 August]

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Big Spenders: Construction Firm Receives Over €80 million from UCD

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

Ireland“It has emerged that UCD has paid over €80 million to JJ Rhatigan & Co contractors so far to finance the ongoing construction of student residences on campus. The €82,032,228.39 sum has been disclosed following a Freedom of Information request by Ken Foxe, Director of Right To Know, for the University’s accounts of invoices over €20,000 between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 30 July]

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UCD Expects One Metre Distancing On Campus, Against Government Guidance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is still working under the expectation of 1-metre physical distance measures on campus in the upcoming Trimester, despite recent guidance from government suggesting a 2-metre distance. Sources have told The College Tribune that the University expects an announcement from the government shortly which would allow a reduction in physical distancing from 2-metres to 1-metre, in cases where students wear face masks, which will be mandatory for students on UCD campus …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Reviewing Internationalisation in Irish HE

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hardly a day passes in these times of Plague without the publication of news or views on the internationalisation of Irish Higher Education. In Ireland – as elsewhere – the main issues bringing the question of student mobility into the headlines are the huge costs charged to incoming students and the huge associated revenue for their hosts …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 29 July]

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UCD spinout seeks €30m, McDonagh’s new service station, and hydrogen testing

Posted in Research on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD spinout drug company Atxa Therapeutics, which is developing novel therapies that tackle a deadly heart condition, is seeking to raise $30 million to bring its treatment through clinical trials and secure regulatory approval …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 27 July]

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International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures …” (more)

[Danielle DerGarabedian, College Tribune, 26 July]

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Students in limbo over accomodation as they await timetables

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on July 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are calling for detailed timetables to allow them make informed decisions on whether or not they need to secure rented accomodation for the upcoming academic year. Universities have provided start dates for students, academic planning is continuing and each facility is scheduling for a blended or hybrid learning approach in line with Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Gail Conway, RTÉ News, 26 July]

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UCD Graduate Courses See Spike In costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin student’s union (UCDSU) announced on Wednesday July 22nd that they ‘fully support’ Medical Students calls for a freeze on the fees for graduate medicine students, which have been increasing annually since 2017 …” (more)

[Sadhbh O’Muirí, College Tribune, 25 July]

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UCD Sport and Fitness Need To Do More To Guard Against COVID

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD simply is not doing enough to protect staff and gym users in the Student Centre. Doing anything at the moment is a risk, however, UCD gyms have a duty to minimise that risk for those who use it. Right now they are failing …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 24 July]

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A breakdown of more than €364 million in spending by three universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“These three documents provide detail on expenditure of hundreds of millions of euro by three universities in recent years. The UCD record is by far the largest and covers a lengthy period and some €319 million in expenditure by the college between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, TheStory.ie, 24 July]

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Two-Metre Distancing Next Year to Significantly Reduce In-Person Learning in Irish Universities

Posted in Teaching on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A two-metre social distancing rule will be put into effect on university campuses that re-open this autumn. The two-metre rule, advised by the State’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to stop the spread of Covid-19, is at odds with University College Dublin (UCD)’s plan to implement one-metre social distancing in September …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 22 July]

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No Disadvantage Policy ‘Advisory and Not Mandatory’, says UCD School of Law

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite University College Dublin’s (UCD) and the Students’ Union’s (SU) claim that no students, particularly final year students, would be left disadvantaged by the implications of COVID-19, some students have exited college with below expected grades. One such student, who asked not to be named, spoke to The College Tribune to share his story as a final year law student …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 21 July]

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Life on Campus in September: What We Know So Far

Posted in Life, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Life at University College Dublin will be remarkably unusual for students in the upcoming academic year, as staff, lecturers, clubs, societies, and the government try to implement new public health restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything we know so far about what college life will be like this September …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray and Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 21 July]

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