Trinity, UCD and RCSI have fewest students receiving SUSI grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students from Trinity are among the least likely to receive a Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant in a comparison of students around the country. According to a recent report by the Department of Public Expenditure, students from Trinity, University College Dublin (UCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) are the least likely to receive grant-aid, with only 5-25% being entitled to receive Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grants …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 October]

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UCD Announce Stronger COVID Guidelines for Nationwide Lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following the announcement of a nationwide Level 5 lockdown being put in place from midnight on Wednesday 21st of October, University College Dublin (UCD) has responded by strengthening its existing COVID-19 policies that are currently in place …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 20 October]

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Online classes go outdoors to boost students’ well-being

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Dublin (UCD) has come up with a novel approach to delivering online lectures to his students during the pandemic …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 October]

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UCD did not implement all guidelines for a safe return to campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An investigation carried out by The University Observer into the implementation of measures by UCD in response to the Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions (HEI)s has left many questions surrounding how seriously the management of UCD planned the reopening campus …” (more)

And see: UCD Statement on return to campus

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 13 October]

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Broken Promises: UCD’s Handling Of The Global Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In March, students left the Belfield campus, as they have every year for the welcomed two-week respite. But this time, they did not return. Covid-19 took the country into lockdown and resulted in the closure of Higher Education Institutions nationwide …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 October]

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Minister Harris announces €10 million project with UCD, IADT and NCAD

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

Ireland“Minister Harris announced on Monday that the Creative Futures Academy – a joint project between UCD, IADT and NCAD – would receive €10 million in funding under the Human Capital Initiative …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 8 October]

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‘Out With The Old, in With The New’: Examining UCD’s Proposed Dignity and Respect Policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has released new drafts of their Dignity and Respect Policies for review to students and staff this week. The four documents contain proposed revisions of the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy, which concern bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct and how these issues will be dealt with by UCD’s Management team moving forward …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 7 October]

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UCD and NUIG to stay teaching online until after Christmas

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD and NUIG have decided to continue to operate all teaching and learning activities online for the remainder of the first semester, following the Taoiseach’s announcement on Monday night that the country would move to Level 3 restrictions for the next three weeks …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Investigation: UCD Management Ignored Pleas For Prompt GDPR Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) experienced significant delays in acting on ‘far reaching’ data management recommendations from the Data Protection Commission (DPC). Following a data breach in November 2019, uncovered by The College Tribune, the university was instructed to review its physical storage practices and data retention periods which led to the promise of mandatory data protection training for all staff …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 5 October]

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Rape, groping, and ‘revenge porn’: Sexual disclosures by UCD students

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

Ireland“A students’ union welfare officer at University College Dublin (UCD) received some 350 disclosures of harassment and assault in one academic year at the university. Melissa Plunkett was welfare officer at UCD for the academic year 2018-2019. The 363 incidents disclosed to her by other students mostly took place during this time …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Corporate relations manager settles case against UCD over neck injury

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A corporate relations manager who claimed she injured her neck as she attempted to pick up a box of information leaflets at an event in Budapest to promote UCD has settled her High Court action on undisclosed terms …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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UCD Hire Covid-19 Compliance Officers on Campus

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

Ireland“Additional controls have been implemented by University College Dublin (UCD) in an attempt to ensure students are following Covid-19 health regulations and restrictions such as the employing of Covid-19 Compliance Officers …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 2 October]

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UCD employee sues college over injuries from lifting box of brochures

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Corporate Relations Manager who claims she injured her neck as she attempted to pick up a box of information leaflets at an event in Budapest to promote UCD has sued the university in the High Court …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 1 October]

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Outrage as Medicine Freshers to Take Mandatory Dolores Cahill Module

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Controversy is brewing in the UCD School of Medicine as reports emerge that first years will be required to take a module taught by Professor Dolores Cahill, despite the lecturers controversial comments regarding the ongoing COVID pandemic …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 1 October]

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UCD Receives Gender Equality Award Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has received an Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award for its work towards gender equality, despite recent criticism concerning sexual misconduct towards its female academics. UCD first received the institutional award in 2017, which was renewed this month …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 30 September]

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UCD needs to start communicating with students

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

Ireland“As the pandemic worsens across Europe, winter is beginning to look bleak. There’s potential for our healthcare system to crumble at the sheer volume of inpatients and NPHET – along with our government – are on high alert. As the rest of Dublin county sits on level 3 of lockdown, UCD is operating at a level 4 …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 30 September]

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Universities Show Leniency With Accommodation Refunds: Landlords Less So

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick will partially refund student accommodation fees, following government restrictions limiting on-campus activity for the next fortnight. The decision was announced on the University’s Campus Life Twitter page, stating that while the accommodation was still open for those who wished to use it, students who decided not to would be refunded for the two week period in which government restrictions applied …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 29 September]

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UCD Schools ‘delegated’ decision on return to in-person teaching following Level-3 Lockdown

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) are unlikely to relax existing restrictions on in-person lectures at a level-3 lockdown and above. UCD will allow each school to determine whether learning will continue online for semester 1, or if students will be reintroduced to blended learning, but only when these restrictions are reduced …” (more)

[Luke Murphy and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 29 September]

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No Sign of Rent Reduction For UCD’s HEAR Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No plans for rent reductions to HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) students or other low-income groups on the horizon – according to the UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre (ALL). Michell Tracey, ALL’s Student Support Officer, told The College Tribune …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 28 September]

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2,000 Students’ UCD Connect Accounts ‘Compromised’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University IT Security system noticed ‘suspicious login[s]’ to 2,000 students’ ‘University email accounts’ on the 16th of September and responded to this data breach by changing the passwords of the ‘compromised’ accounts. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) confirmed that they had been notified of the breach and will assist in the assessment of the ongoing investigation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 25 September]

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