UCD develops digital-policy programmes to keep up with tech changes

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A series of qualifications to improve the understanding of officials in digital policy creation are being developed by University College Dublin with support from Microsoft. The Republic’s first academic digital policy programme is going to be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with Microsoft’s backing …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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The Student Levy: Another Slap In The Face Of Every Student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every year around Christmas, Dublin’s Grafton Street becomes the venue for a monster busking session by a number of high-profile Irish musicians, usually including the likes of Bono and Glen Hansard, with a view of raising much-needed money for Irish charities …” (more)

[James Brandon, College Tribune, 16 April]

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State asks appeal court to dismiss ‘right to third level education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on appeals by the State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and over parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 12 April]

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University challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the story on page one of your excellent newspaper that outlined the fears that universities have now apparently expressed that, due to State underfunding, there may have to be a cap imposed on the number of Irish students …” (more)

[E Dillon, Irish Times, 5 April]

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New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

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

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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Renovations for UCD president’s new offices to cost €7.5m

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

Ireland“The renovation of a period house on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus, to be used as new offices for the university president, is set to cost more than €7 million, confidential internal documents show. Renovation of Ardmore House, a historic 19th century villa-style property near the centre of the south Dublin campus, has been in train for the last two years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Do Irish Confucius Institutes Threaten Academic Freedom?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the bright hallways of the UCD Confucius Institute, a bronze sculpture of the eponymous philosopher surveys his kingdom. The newly opened building, which has been lauded for its design, is sleek and airy with whispers of Chinese influence …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 3 April]

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Varadkar suggests it could ‘make sense’ to extend Metro to UCD

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested it could be ‘make sense’ to extend the MetroLink line to UCD and on to Sandyford in future years. His remarks came as he was challenged in the Dáil on the current plan for the Metro Line to stop at Charlemont in the south city and the abandonment of the proposal to continue it along the existing Luas Green Line to Sandyford …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 26 March]

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Vote ­­­­No campaign launched in UCD student centre levy referendum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Vote No campaign has been launched against an upcoming University College Dublin (UCD) referendum on the continuation of a student levy to cover the cost of an extension to the student centre. The referendum is expected to ask the question: ‘Are you in favour of the proposed extension of the Student Centre levy to fund the Student Centre Extension?’ …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 26 March]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Apology after ‘consent app’ proposal sent to UCD computer science students

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

Ireland“The head of computer science at University College Dublin (UCD) has apologised after the school distributed an email from a student seeking help developing a phone app aimed at combatting women ‘retracting’ consent after sex …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 March]

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The Gentle Revolution: 50 years on from UCD’s radical protests

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘I was very much a middle class boy from Stillorgan’, Basil Miller tells me, his voice crackling down the phone. ‘I went to UCD to study economics and politics, and that is what I was doing, in 1969, when all this stuff started to kick off.’ 27th February 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the student-led occupation of the administration offices at UCD Earlsfort Terrace …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 11 March]

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Talks over bus drivers’ refusal to stop at Belfield conclude

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

Ireland“Talks between Dublin Bus and University College Dublin Students’ Union over the refusal of bus drivers to stop at the university’s Belfield campus after 10pm have concluded. Following the talks, students’ union president Barry Murphy said that ‘the meeting was positive and all parties agreed to work together on a number of proposals’. Dublin Bus issued a similarly worded statement …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 7 March]

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‘It’s scary to walk alone at that hour’ – student’s fear as buses refuse to stop at UCD after 10pm

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

Ireland“A Dublin student has told of her frustration at being left stranded at University College Dublin, after night-time bus services were impacted by antisocial behaviour …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon and Denise Calnan, Herald, 7 March]

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Bus drivers ‘left out’ of talks to restore night services to UCD

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

Ireland“UCD management and Students’ Union representatives are to meet Dublin Bus on Thursday in a bid to resolve a situation in which bus drivers are refusing to serve the college after 10pm. However the meeting will not be attended by representatives of the drivers’ union, the National Bus and Rail Union, as they have not been invited, NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said on Wednesday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Patrick Kelly v University College Dublin, The Curious Case of

Posted in Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… This judgment is the most recent, publicly available determination in a dispute over gender discrimination that has spanned 17 years. The sprawling web of complaints and litigation has reached dizzyingly high levels of the Irish justice system and has even, at one point, been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. In a 2013 High Court judgment, Mr Justice John Hedigan, described the saga of litigation as a ‘sad and sorry tale of interminable, highly complex applications, most of which were found to be groundless’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 6 March]

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Dublin Bus must stop discriminating against UCD students

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

Ireland“Labour Transport spokesperson Kevin Humphreys has called on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision not to pick students up at UCD at night, and to work with students, An Garda Síochána, and the University to find a solution. Senator Humphreys said …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 6 March]

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