Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years. University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly €1m in the last seven years …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 19 January]

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UCD secures €3m in funding to establish Innovation Hub at Lyons Farm

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NovaUCD (UCD Nova DAC), the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), has been awarded €3 million in funding to develop an AgTech Connector Innovation Hub at the UCD Lyons Farm in Co Kildare …” (more)

[Independent, 13 January]

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With State Funding in Crisis, a Show of Startling Ambition from Universities

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

Ireland“This week saw the unveiling of ambitious new plans by NUI Galway (NUIG) to majorly revamp its campus in the coming years. Among the promises of NUIG’s latest strategic plan are another library, a new sports campus and the development of an innovation district – estimated to cost a hefty €200 million …” (more)

[University Times, 12 January]

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UCD LGBTQ+ Society Blasts Upcoming Visit of Controversial Chastity Advocate

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

Ireland“University College Dublin’s (UCD) LGBTQ+ society has said it is ‘saddened’ that a controversial anti-contraceptive advocate, who has called homosexuality ‘disordered’, was invited to speak at the college. Jason Evert, a Catholic minister from Arizona and prominent chastity campaigner, has been invited to speak as part of a three-day summit for university students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 12 January]

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UCD sees revenues grow with record year for research grants

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has reported an increase in its annual surplus to €35.2 million for the financial year ending in September 2018 – up €3.1 million over the previous 12-month period. The university reported a successful financial year against a background of concern about funding for third-level education in the Republic …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Irish links to Chinese university at centre of protests

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading Chinese university with strong ties to UCD and TCD is at the centre of student and academic protests after it changed its charter to put a pledge of absolute loyalty to the ruling Communist Party above academic independence …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 December]

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UCD Head Calls for ‘Flexibility’ From Government on Hiring Regulations

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) President Andrew Deeks has called for more ‘flexibility’ from the government when it comes to the hiring of staff, in order to allow Ireland’s universities to compete with others around Europe …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 13 December]

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UCD president: ‘Employers nowadays want more rounded graduates’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If there really is a funding crisis in higher education, you wouldn’t know it to look around UCD’s sprawling campus at Belfield, south Dublin. Cranes on the skyline are a sign that thousands of new student beds are under construction on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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UCD plans to expand and become Ireland’s ‘largest’ third-level institution

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD is planning to enrol thousands of additional students and hire more than 500 academic staff over the coming years under expansion plans which, it says, will make it the largest third-level institution in Ireland. The university is projecting that its student numbers will grow by 25% over the next decade – up from about 25,000 to 32,000 – driven by a combination of domestic and international students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Do business degrees have a place in universities?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities serve many different purposes depending on who one asks. Some of these are obvious; they analyse societal problems and offer solutions to them, they train people to be better, more critical citizens. Some are more disputable such as whether they should explicitly prepare people for careers …” (more)

[Garrett Kennedy, University Observer, 26 November]

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UCD spend over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD has spent over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge, the official residence of UCD President Andrew Deeks. The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, break down the spending for each year, as detailed in the table below …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 26 November]

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Work ready to commence on new UCD athletics track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Over 40 years since originally laid down, exactly eight years since it was ripped up, and almost two years since an anonymous €3 million donation took it off life support, work is ready to commence on the new athletics track at University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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UCD Academics Generously Paid As Push For Research Ensues

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD academics are paid some of the highest salaries in the country as well as having greater pay packages than their international counterparts. This may be due to UCD being recently ranked low in international research tables and if the university provides higher salaries to researchers and academics this positioning can be improved …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 24 November]

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UCD to sell Richview

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In an emergency meeting held on August 29th 2019, UCD’s Governing Authority (GA) voted to sell Richview and the surrounding lands to partly fund the upcoming Gateway project. Sources from UCD staff told The University Observer that the board were given approximately one hour to debate and vote on selling the land …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 26 November]

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Mandatory remuneration for student occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many college students are faced with compulsory placements and no guarantee of payment. A day’s work warrants compensation. In January 2019 pharmacy students took to the streets of Dublin to protest a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degree. The group were successful with the ban being lifted but payment still remains optional …” (more)

[Niall Hurson, University Observer, 21 November]

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DPC Receives Late Breach Notification from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has received a formal Breach Notification from University College Dublin (UCD). This comes after the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive employee and student documents unattended and open to student access in a UCD Student Centre storage room …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 15 November]

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UCD advises exchange students in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing protests

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has advised its students on exchange in two universities in Hong Kong to return home. The students, thought to number fewer than five in total, have been studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the remainder of term …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang, Independent, 14 November]

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Belfield Papers: DPO Investigates Potential Data Breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) is internally investigating into highly sensitive documents recently discovered to be open to student access. The DPO has said they are ‘following the standard university incident management procedure’, in response to the allegations. The College Tribune has contacted the Data Protection Commission (DPC) regarding the incident …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 13 November]

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Sensitive Documents Kept in UCD Student Centre Open to Student Access

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A storage room in University College Dublin’s (UCD) student centre, which houses files containing sensitive information on staff and students, has been found to be open to student access in a potentially major data protection breach, the College Tribune has reported …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 11 November]

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