Should UCD make its prices for student accommodation proportional to parental income?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To ensure accessibility of education and the well-being of its students, UCD should make its fees proportional to parental income. Not all fees are covered by the free fees initiative and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The most daunting factor of university is accommodation. With the rising cost of living in Dublin, any undue financial burden could keep a student from being able to attend school …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 October]

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‘Cardinal Newman finally and fittingly crowned prince of Catholic Church’

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“John Henry Newman, the founder and first rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, the precursor of University College Dublin, will be canonized by Pope Francis in Rome today. It will be a major milestone in the academic history of University College Dublin …” (more)

[John Kelly, Independent, 13 October]

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Minister McHugh to attend canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD will attend the canonisation ceremony of Cardinal John Henry Newman, founder of University College Dublin, in Rome on Sunday October 13th. Minister McHugh will represent An Taoiseach and the Government at the canonisation of Cardinal Newman who was UCD’s first rector and president when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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Irish universities ‘lost Newman’s dream’, Archbishop of Dublin says

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

Ireland“Irish universities have ‘lost the dream’ which Cardinal John Henry Newman had of ‘liberal education and of a liberal education for Catholics’, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said. Speaking in Rome as preparations were under way for the canonisation of the founder of the Catholic University, the precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), the archbishop said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 11 October]

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UCD and John Henry Newman

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Government is to be commended for its last-minute decision to send Minister for Education Joe McHugh to represent Ireland at the canonisation of John Henry Newman (News, October 9th). Cardinal Newman will be only the third person with a direct connection to Ireland to have been canonised since the State was founded, after St Oliver Plunkett in 1975 and St Charles of Mount Argus in 2007 …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 12 October]

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UCD to turn on canonisation of John Henry Newman

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

Ireland“The canonisation of John Henry Newman this weekend will attract thousands of pilgrims to Rome and, belatedly, an official representative from UCD and the Irish Government. Originally, a UCD spokesperson said that there would be no official representation. The reason given was that UCD has been a secular university since 1908 because the Catholic university Newman was invited to found never came to fruition …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 October]

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UCD fails founder and itself in handling of Newman canonisation

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

Ireland“After a week of pressure from students, alumni, the public, its former registrar and a former taoiseach, UCD has flip-flopped on its decision to not send a representative to the canonisation of its founder Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome this weekend. Earlier in the week the college cited its ‘secular’ nature as the reason for why it was not going to send a representative …” (more)

[Katie Ascough, Irish Times, 11 October]

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University College Dublin Takes Steps to Enhance Gender Equality for Staff and Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) today announced that the UCD School of Medicine, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD College of Engineering and Architecture (made up of a further six Schools), have received Athena SWAN Bronze awards for their commitment to gender equality …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 10 October]

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UCD says it will be represented at Cardinal Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

“UCD has announced it will send a representative to Rome next Sunday for the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman. In a statement, UCD said: ‘In light of the Government decision to send Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, to represent the Government at the canonisation of John Henry Newman, UCD will be represented by Vice-President, Professor Orla Feely’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 9 October]

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UCD and Newman’s canonisation ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In explaining UCD’s non-representation at the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman, an unnamed spokeswoman for the institution has stated that it has been a secular foundation since 1908 (News, October 7th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 10 October]

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UCD is watching the world burn and pretending to care

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

Ireland“Looking around campus in the weeks after freshers week is always haunting. Campus seems to die down. It goes from a bustling campus with the Clubhouse packed to the brim, to a ghost town with the tumbleweed of plastic bags passing your feet …” (more)

[Cora Keegan, University Observer, 8 October]

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Former registrar appeals for UCD to attend canonisation of Cardinal Newman

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

Ireland“A former UCD registrar has described as ‘extraordinarily narrowminded’ a decision by the university that it will not be officially represented at the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next Sunday. A Government spokesman said the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See Derek Hannon would represent the State and Minister for Education Joe McHugh would represent the Government …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 8 October]

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UCD represent highest level of sign ups to ‘sugar-baby’ website in 2018

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leading sugar baby website, Seeking Arrangement, has reported that UCD had the highest number of new sign ups to their site in 2018, with 93 students registering stating they attended the university. UCDSU Welfare Officer Úna Carroll has described the surge in sign ups as ‘not surprising at all’ …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 8 October]

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Newman’s canonisation ceremony

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

Ireland“Sir, – Patsy McGarry reports that there would be no official Irish (Government) presence at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman (‘No official Irish presence at Cardinal Newman canonisation’, News, October 7th). It is unfathomable. John Henry Newman, an important figure in the history of education in this country, was the first rector and president of the Catholic University, forerunner of UCD …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 8 October]

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UCD Pro-Life Group Hits Out, After Posters for Anti-Abortion Film Removed from Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversy has erupted in University College Dublin (UCD), after posters advertising an upcoming film with anti-abortion themes were taken down around the campus. UCD for Life, an anti-abortion group based on the campus, accused University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) of ‘institutional discrimination’ after posters were removed advertising a screening of Unplanned, a film based on the true story of a Planned Parenthood director who resigned and joined the anti-abortion lobby after witnessing a second-trimester abortion first-hand …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 October]

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No official Irish presence at Cardinal Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

“Neither the Government nor University College Dublin are expected to be officially represented at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next Sunday, according to indications last night. Cardinal Newman was UCD’s first rector and president when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Former UCD boss claims research environment in Irish universities is ‘significantly inferior’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hugh Brady, former president of UCD, tells us that the government are ducking and diving over low levels of investment in third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 6 October]

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Davy Byrnes boss plans tennis college at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Businessman Billy Dempsey – who earlier this year bought the iconic Davy Byrnes pub in Dublin – is joining forces with UCD to develop an international Tennis Centre of Excellence at the Belfield campus. The centre will be part of the current major investment in sport at the college and will feature high-quality indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, with backing from top international coaches …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Independent, 6 October]

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Third-level research ‘significantly inferior’, warns former UCD chief

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pressure on the Government to boost third-level funding has ramped up after former UCD Professor Hugh Brady, now head of a leading UK university, warned how Ireland’s higher education sector was lagging behind. Prof Brady didn’t hold back as he warned ‘the state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Full text of Hugh Brady’s speech

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Thank you for the invitation to address you this morning: I had the honour of taking up the role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol in 2015. For those of you not familiar with the UK system, most universities are run by a Vice-Chancellor who is both the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Executive …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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