Student Accommodation – UCD

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

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention been drawn to the steep increase in on-campus student accommodation costs in UCD; if he has had any engagement with UCD or the university’s student union on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 June]

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Ireland’s top two universities bought almost €50m of property in five years

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s top two universities have spent almost €50 million buying property in the past five years, new figures show. Between them, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) have purchased 11 properties in the capital with a total value of €49.1 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Business Post, 16 June]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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On-campus student accommodation at UCD to cost up to €14k for next academic year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students hoping to live on campus at UCD for the next academic year will have to pay up to €14,000 for their accommodation, it has been announced. The college has released details of its on-site accommodation for the 2021/22 academic year, with options ranging from €8,059 to €14,465 for returning students looking to rent for the standard two semesters. Broken down, the students would pay €203 per week at the campus’s two cheapest halls …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 11 June]

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UCD fees for on-campus accommodation increase by 20-36%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) recently published the pricing for all on-campus student accommodation for the next academic year. Fees for September 2021 to May 2022 range from €8,059.33 to €14,465, depending on the residence. During the 2020/21 academic year, the cheapest on-campus residences, Belgrove and Merville, were priced at €6,696.95 from September 17 to May 17 for continuing undergraduate students. Also last year, the most expensive residence, Roebuck Castle, cost continuing undergraduate students €10,612.27, which included catering …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 11 June]

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UCD president felt staff academic freedom concerns were ‘overreaction’

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

Ireland“University College Dublin president Andrew Deeks privately told staff in the university’s politics department that their concerns about threats to academic freedom, from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, were an ‘overreaction’. Academics expressed concerns after The Irish Times reported the chief executive of Huawei Ireland had written to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney about an article by a UCD academic criticising the company’s ties to the Chinese government …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Council ‘open space’ motion could thwart plans for student housing

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

Ireland“A developer who plans to build student accommodation has complained to the Planning Regulator after a move by county councillors that could thwart the development of a site in south Dublin. Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul has defended the rezoning of part of the site near UCD, at Goatstown, Dublin 14, for open space and points out that the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) recently said that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had too much residential zoned land …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 26 May]

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UCD honours ‘Old Man Belfield’ with memorial bench

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A memorial dedicated to the late homeless man affectionately known as Old Man Belfield has been unveiled at University College Dublin. The handmade bench was placed in the rose garden beside Belfield House yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 23 May]

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UCD student to live in campervan due to unaffordable rent

Posted in Life on May 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A young musician who is returning to college later this year in Dublin has decided to live in a converted campervan due to unaffordable rent. Conni Dawson (28), who is originally from Northern Ireland but is now based in Co Clare, was working as a full-time harpist before the Covid-19 pandemic hit …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 24 May]

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UCD ‘a joke university’, under-fire lecturer tells students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A group of final-year students at University College Dublin (UCD) have made a series of complaints about a lecturer who questioned their academic ability in Zoom lectures and accused them of having ‘ruined’ his life …” (more)

[Jennifer Cosgrove and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]


What a pity UCD do not have access to John McClean records

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“You may have read this week that following a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from The Irish Times, UCD said it did not hold any records relating to former coach John McClean, or any documents relating to his hiring. Furthermore, UCD explained that McClean was not employed as director of rugby by UCD, but employed by the UCD Rugby Club, and the university do not have control over, or access to, the records of the rugby club that bears its name …” (more)

[Johnny Watterson, Irish Times, 23 April]

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‘Somebody somewhere knows something’ – mystery of Old Man Belfield continues after DNA results

Posted in Life on April 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The mystery surrounding Michael Byrne, affectionately known as Old Man Belfield, is no nearer to being solved after a man who contacted gardaí to say he might be his son received a negative result in a DNA test …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 18 April]

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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,, 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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