College students commuting up to four hours because of accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unaffordable accommodation has resulted in record levels of homelessness among students who are sleeping on couches or forced to commute up to four hours a day, the Dáil has been told. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the situation was ‘absolutely dire’ for students who are being forced to stay in hotels where they have to pay up to €400 a week …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 September]

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UCD risks being a pawn in China’s bigger game

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The main higher education story over the past two years has rightfully been the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone from students to senior management has coped as best as possible in extraordinary circumstances. But the impact of another global development in the sector that has been slowly unfolding for years has now also became acute, and that is the growing threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Alexander Dukalskis and David Farrell, Irish Times, 15 September]

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UCD international management course named third best in world ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD international management course has been named third best in the world in the highly-regarded ranking by the Financial Times (FT). It is the highest FT ranking achieved by an Irish university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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Irish academic Hugh Brady takes top role at Imperial College London

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

“Irish professor Hugh Brady has been appointed the next president of one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The 62-year-old Dubliner, a former president of UCD, will take up the role at Imperial College London next August, it has been announced …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Anti-vax academic Cahill gave invalid address to police

Posted in Legal issues on August 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD professor Dolores Cahill provided an invalid Dublin address to British police, who are now seeking her arrest to answer charges over attending an illegal anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square last year. An arrest warrant was issued last month by a London court for the anti-vaccine and anti-mask academic …” (more)

[Ali Bracken, Independent, 22 August]

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Minister Does Not Expect Reversal of In-Person College Plan

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, spoke about the recently announced return to campus on Newstalk this Friday. UCD has announced a full return to the in-person learning experience, without strict social distancing measures in place. In his interview, the Minister emphasised that the rules regulating this milestone in the post-pandemic recovery will be largely left to individual institutions, stating ‘one size does not fit all here’ …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 August]

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UCD Graduations Limited to just 190 Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Graduations ceremonies which are due to take place in the coming weeks will be limited to just 190 students per ceremony despite the event taking place outside in the Quad beside the Students’ Centre …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 20 August]

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UCD plans return of full-size lectures for up to 500 with masks but no social distancing

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is returning to full-size lectures of up to 500 students when it reopens next month. Students will have to wear masks at lectures, but they will not be subject to a minimum social distance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 August]

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UCD Plan to Return to Face-to-Face Teaching With No Social-Distancing Requirements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is to proceed with plans to re-open campus for students with face-to-face teaching in the academic year 2021/22, as has been revealed in a special bulletin addressed to staff by UCD President, Andrew Deeks …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 19 August]

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Warrant issued for the arrest of UCD professor Dolores Cahill

Posted in Legal issues on August 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A bench warrant has been issued in London for the arrest of UCD professor Dolores Cahill, who has failed to turn up to a number of hearings. The prominent Covid sceptic and anti-vaccination campaigner is facing charges arising out of an allegedly illegal rally in Trafalgar Square in September last year …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Adviser paid by Chinese government to oversee Leaving Cert language course

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An adviser paid by the Chinese government is to have an oversight role in the new Leaving Certificate subject of Mandarin Chinese as part of an agreement between the Department of Education and its counterpart in Beijing. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Chinese education ministry will nominate and, with the agreement of the department, appoint an adviser for the Mandarin Chinese language course in secondary schools …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Trinity neuroscientist says students should be required to be vaccinated

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

Ireland“It would be ‘perfectly reasonable’ for universities to introduce coronavirus vaccine protocols if a return to campus in the autumn is to go ahead, a prominent zero-Covid advocate has said. After more than a year of remote learning for thousands of students across universities and colleges in the State, many are hoping for a full return to campus, including large lectures and society activities …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 9 August]

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UCD staff say college institute teaching Chinese studies ‘devalues’ reputation

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of academics in University College Dublin have expressed strong opposition to a course on Chinese history and politics being delivered by an institute they believe has links with the Beijing regime. The academics say that the delivery of the course, by the UCD Irish Institute for Chinese Studies (IICS), ‘devalues and endangers UCD’s academic reputation’ …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 7 August]

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UCD Now Open For Walk-in Vaccination

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s O’Reilly Hall vaccination center is to run a walk-in vaccination program this weekend. From 11 am on Sunday, August 8th, anyone over the age of 16 who has not yet been vaccinated can avail of a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the UCD vaccination center …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 6 August]

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Covid contact tracing centre at UCD to be wound down

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

Ireland“One of the first contact tracing centres set up during the Covid-19 pandemic is to be wound down and its function relocated from University College Dublin to a Health Service Executive facility in Dublin. The UCD centre, which was established in March 2020 and was run by Prof Mary Codd and Prof Patrick Wall of the university’s school of public health, physiotherapy and sport science, was ‘vital’ …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Staff and students in four universities urged to volunteer for antigen testing project

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students in four Irish universities are being urged to volunteer for a pilot antigen testing project that aims to help allow the safe return of college students to campuses. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is today urging staff and students in NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University College Cork to take part in the 16-week pilot scheme …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 12 July]

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Senator Malcolm Byrne ‘Shocked’ at UCD Accommodation Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last week, Fianna Fail Senator Malcolm Byrne labelled the rising costs of student accommodation in Ireland as ‘outrageous’, particularly the accommodation provided by UCD. Byrne expressed his shock and disappointment during a Seanad debate regarding the Residential Tenancies Bill in which he campaigned for an enhanced supply of student housing …” (more)

[Stephanie Toolis, College Tribune, 4 July]

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UCDSU Criticise ‘Discriminatory Two-Tiered Re-opening’ of Society

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ruairí Power, President of University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) decried the planned implementation of a vaccine pass by the government in a press release today stating that ‘The Government’s plans for a discriminatory two-tiered re-opening of indoor dining is concerning’. Power believes that students are being left behind yet another time, a move which he described as ‘incredibly disheartening’ …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 1 July]

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UCD professor of accounting Eamonn Walsh dies

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Eamonn Walsh, professor of accounting at University College Dublin and a high-profile commentator on financial issues, has died. He was 60. Mr Walsh was a member of staff at UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate School of business for 22 years. He was a former dean of the school, and in recent years occupied a professor of accounting role that is supported by financial services firm PwC …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 28 June]

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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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