UCD spent €100,000 on fees and inquiries in abuse cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent almost €100,000 on solicitor fees and investigations following allegations of sexual harassment. Internal university data shows there have been 14 complaints of sexual harassment at the south Dublin college in the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 11 April]

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‘I got used to working with the door locked’ – Dr Ní Shúilleabháin on UCD Harassment

Posted in Legal issues, Life on April 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD Academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin has claimed that there were times during the two year period between 2015-2017 where she was advised by colleagues to take extra security measures to remain safe from her harasser. Speaking to Róisin Ingle as part of The Irish Times Women’s Podcast’s Big Night In, Ní Shúilleabháin recounted her experience of navigating the issue whilst upholding her duties as an academic in the university …” (more)

[Doireann O Sullivan, College Tribune, 10 April]

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An Bord Pleanála ruling clears way for €48m UCD building inspired by the Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has received planning approval for works which will facilitate a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m ’tilting towers’ landmark building at its main entrance on the N11 …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Even More Delays For UCD’s New Student Accommodation Are Possible

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

Ireland“Despite pressure on students to find accommodation in the Dublin housing market, it is possible that the new student accommodation that has been under construction for the last three years will not open in September. UCD have acknowledged the issues faced by students, with the UCD Bursar David Kelly stating, ‘We are acutely aware of the pressure on our students in finding accommodation’ …” (more)

[Emer Nolan, College Tribune, 31 March]

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Ministers lodge objections to 698-bed student accommodation in Goatstown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two Government Ministers are supporting locals’ objections to plans for a 698-bed student accommodation development across eight blocks in Goatstown in south Dublin. Minister for Tourism and Culture Catherine Martin and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan have each made submissions to An Bord Pleanála concerning the plan where the blocks range in height from three to seven storeys …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Deeks Defends ‘Academic Freedom’ in Email to Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“President of UCD, Andrew Deeks has defended academic freedom in the wake of ‘a number of recent events’ in a recent President’s Bulletin. These comments emerge after a slew of ‘recent events’ brought the principle and its status in UCD to the fore …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 28 March]

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924 new beds for UCD – if building sites can reopen

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced it will build more than 900 new rooms for students before next September – but the plans are subject to the reopening of construction sites in the coming weeks. Phase One of the 3,000-bed development – that includes a village centre for the students – was due for completion last year but was delayed due to the closing of the construction sector …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 28 March]

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COVID Recovery is Last Chance for Student Life at UCD

Posted in Life on March 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recurring theme of the current UCD SU election is the ‘legitimacy crisis’ facing the Union. No doubt this is a problem, but the issue goes somewhat deeper, and is not solely an SU challenge. Student Life at the University has, for some years now, been facing a silent but accelerating engagement crisis, which is eroding the sense of Community in UCD …” (more)

[Joseph Aherne, College Tribune, 28 March]

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UCD Paid €2 Million by Tullow Oil in Petroleum Geoscience Funding

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

Ireland“Controversy has emerged in the wake of an Irish Times article that revealed that UCD received €2 million in funding from Tullow Oil for academic positions in the field of petroleum geoscience. The funding was given in exchange for short-term educational courses for some of Tullow’s overseas regulatory officials in Kenya, Ethiopia and Suriname …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 25 March]

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A different kind of Covid spike: UCD students note significant increase in anti-Asian racism since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Life on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, there has been a marked increase in incidents of anti-Asian racism, in Ireland and around the world. Speaking to The University Observer, Asian students across UCD have relayed their experiences of and reaction to racism they have encountered since the outbreak of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 23 March]

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UCD academic Dolores Cahill resigns as chair of Irish Freedom Party

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD academic Prof Dolores Cahill has resigned as chair of the Irish Freedom Party. The ard chomhairle of the party met on Sunday morning to consider her position and said it had agreed to accept her resignation. Clare architect Michael Leahy will replace her …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 22 March]

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UCD Students’ Union Calls For Investigation Into Professor Over Anti-Mask Comments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union has called for an investigation into Professor Dolores Cahill over her anti-mask comments. Prof Cahill of UCD’s School of Medicine, who is the chair of the fringe far-right Irish Freedom Party, was an organiser of the St Patrick’s Day event at Herbert Park in Dublin 4 …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 19 March]

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UCD professor Dolores Cahill moved from lecturer role

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin professor Dolores Cahill’s claims at an anti-Covid-19 lockdown protest that children who wear face masks are being ‘starved’ of oxygen and will have lower IQ have been criticised by a fellow college academic. Speaking at a lockdown protest in Herbert Park on St Patrick’s Day, Prof Cahill charged that ‘globalists’ have pushed for mandatory mask wearing because ‘oxygen-deprived people are easy to manipulate’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 March]

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UCD alumna shares disappointment due to lack of support received from UCD following sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD alumna took to Twitter yesterday to share her communications with UCD in which she asks the university to recognise the dangers and effects that certain mandatory retreats have on students who have suffered sexual abuse …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 16 March]

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Student Rent Market Sees Few Boosts from Pandemic

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Rent rose in the fourth quarter of 2020 in all counties, bar Dublin – which saw a 3% decline. One may speculate as to why – loss of students, people moving to countryside home offices or a plethora of other reasons. But what happens when these factors kickback? How, most importantly for readers, will student rents be affected? …” (more)

[Conor Bergin, College Tribune, 13 March]

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African Scholars Association Protests UCD ‘Writing Black’ Module Taught by White Professor

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A previous version of this article suggested that it was a fact that the module coordinator had no background in race studies, when in fact this was merely claimed by the open letter written by AfSAI. We have corrected the article to state that this is a false claim made by a third party, and not The College Tribune …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 13 March]

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NUI Universities Warned Over Links to International Partnerships

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will not proceed with a project to form a ‘joint college’ with Minzu University of China, a university that specialises in ethnic studies. UCC have not yet explained why they have chosen to abandon the project, but they warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the former partner university were to believe the project had been abandoned due to ethical concerns …” (more)

[Caolan Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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UCD Increase Security Due To Multiple Garda Calls To Belfield

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

Ireland“Since the implementation of Level 5 restrictions at the end of December, there have been 21 instances of members of the public breaking guidelines by meeting up in groups to play sport at UCD. These individuals refused to comply with instructions from security staff to leave the sporting facilities and on six occasions the Gardaí were called …” (more)

[Emer Nolan, College Tribune, 3 March]

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Deeks’ Bulletin Highlights Importance of Limiting Campus Activities to Most Essential

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On February 22nd, University College Dublin (UCD) President, Andrew Deeks issued a Bulletin following the announcement of the Level 5 Lockdown extension. Deeks outlined the importance of limiting campus activities to those ‘that can only be carried out on campus and are both essential and time critical’ …” (more)

[Medb McBrearty, College Tribune, 26 February]

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Post-Graduate Workers Alliance March: One Year On

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week marked the one year anniversary since Mary Naughton, founder of the UCD Post-Graduate Workers Alliance (PGWA) marched on a meeting of University management to present their demands, along with the backing of an emboldened Students’ Union …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 26 February]

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