Third-level students facing expensive, long commutes as rents rise

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute would be. She spends up to four hours each day on buses and trains in rush-hour traffic to get from her home in Co Kildare to the campus at Belfield and back again …” (more)

[Lynn Rusk and Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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UCD SU say competition for college places at ‘alarming level’ as points exceed 600

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD students’ union has claimed the competition for higher education has now reached an ‘alarming level’ as entry requirements for a course at the university exceeded 600 points for the first time ever. The minimum entry requirements for economics and finance at University College Dublin (UCD) surpassed 600 points, attracting a cut-off of 601 points …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 16 August]

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UCD Had More Preliminary First-Preference Applications than Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity from the CAO’s preliminary stages this year, The University Times has learned. At a meeting of University Council earlier this year, Provost Patrick Prendergast reportedly asked why UCD had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 August]

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UCD made nearly €28 million in student accommodation rent in 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin made €27.5 million in rental income from student accommodation in 2017. This is nearly over €10.3 million more than the college made in 2014 …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, DublinLive, 9 August]

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Top of the range: €11,591 cost of staying in priciest student accommodation

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

Ireland“Ireland goes to UCD’s Roebuck Castle. Priced at a cool €11,591 for the 2019-2020 academic year, it is by far the costliest college accommodation provided by an Irish university …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 8 August]

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UCD’s SU can no longer confirm the availability of cost free PrEP

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

Ireland“Talks to provide UCD students with free pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are still ongoing, despite confirmation of cost-free availability of the drug on July 1st. A press statement released on Monday July 1st by UCD Student Union announced that PrEP medication would be available from the UCD on-campus pharmacy, free of cost to any student with a prescription, come September …” (more)

[Sally Madden, The College View, 7 July]

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John Henry Newman to be canonised in October

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“John Henry Newman, the theologian, educational reformer and founder of University College Dublin (UCD), is to be canonised on Sunday, October 13th, the Vatican has announced. Pope Francis formally approved Newman’s elevation to sainthood at a consistory of cardinals on Monday …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, Irish Times, 1 July]

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UCD to Offer Free PrEP Medication to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) today announced that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication – which significantly reduces the risk of contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – will be available free of charge on UCD’s campus from September 2019 …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 1 July]

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UCD founder Cardinal John Henry Newman to be made a saint in October

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD founder Cardinal John Henry Newman will be made a saint later this year. The Vatican has announced that Cardinal Newman will be canonised on October 13. The move was formally approved by Pope Francis at a Consistory of cardinals on Monday, the Catholic Herald reports …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Dublin Live, 1 July]

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IMI and UCD Smurfit School among top 50 for executive education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2019 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 June]

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State exams commission and Minister win limited appeal against Carter judgment

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Minister for Education and Skills have succeeded in their limited appeals against parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Medieval hut at UCD burned down in ‘arson’ attack

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí are investigating after a replica medieval roundhouse was destroyed in an arson attack at UCD in Dublin earlier this month. The archaeological building, which was built by students and part of the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, was set alight on Friday evening, May 10th in what was described by UCD as an ‘arson attack’. The structure was completely destroyed in the blaze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Uproar over closure of UCD’s Campus Bookshop

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

Ireland“The connection between the Campus Bookshop at UCD and the Fred Hanna bookshop family is to end, after 41 years as academic bookseller at the university. The current licence to operate the shop expires at the end of May. In March, College Bookstores Ltd, trading as The Campus Bookshop, served three months’ notice to the university …” (more)

[Deirdre Falvey, Irish Times, 13 May]


‘Annals of administration semi-literacy, tight-fistedness, and tone-deafness. Chapter 132.’

Posted in Life on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re sure that many of you have by now received the latest public-relations offensive (and we do mean ‘offensive’) from the President about the ghastly corporate ‘University Club’. But have you been to the website? Put it this way: if the University Club has been slapped together half as carelessly as its website, expect to find bits of ceiling tile floating in your soup …” (more)

[HWUCD, 8 May]


Opinion: UCD Students Shouldn’t Pay Fees When On Internships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As a Commerce student, the prospect of going on a year-long paid internship during my studies was one of the reasons I was drawn to doing this course in UCD. Adding an extra year to my college years, gaining invaluable experience in an industry-leading company, strengthening my CV and making money whilst doing so seemed too good to be true. Alas, it was; in 1st year, having read the small print, I learned that students have to pay UCD their student fees during the internship period …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 1 May]

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UCD professor reports students ‘mortified’ by farm visits

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading UCD professor has reported a drop in popularity in his Food Safety Masters students attending curriculum farm visits as they are ‘mortified’ by everyday farm practices such as cows calving. Professor of Public Health at UCD Dr Paddy Wall told farmers at the IFA Smart Farming Seminar that he brings his Masters in Food Safety students on visits to every level of the supply chain …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 1 May]

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Prof Terence Dolan dies following long illness

Posted in Life on April 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Prof Terence Dolan, English academic and radio expert on all manner of phraseology and word use, has died following a long battle with illness. A former Emeritus Professor of English at the National University of Ireland (UCD), Prof Dolan was described on Friday as a man could ‘turn a sentence on a ha’penny’ and deftly produce a turn of phrase faster than Oscar Wilde …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 26 April]

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UCD develops digital-policy programmes to keep up with tech changes

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A series of qualifications to improve the understanding of officials in digital policy creation are being developed by University College Dublin with support from Microsoft. The Republic’s first academic digital policy programme is going to be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with Microsoft’s backing …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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