Students to Suffer From UCD’s Exam Cop-Out

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This editorial was written as 5,600 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ireland. The day before, for (approximately) the 625th day in a row our phones buzzed with the Irish Times notification of yet again another lump sum of positive cases being reported …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 December]

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UCD president announces intention to resign to take up new role in Australia

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president, Andrew Deeks, has announced his intention to resign from the position in April 2022. Prof Deeks said following his resignation, he will take up the role of vice-chancellor at Murdoch University in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 6 December]

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UCD ‘bombarded’ with complaints about Dolores Cahill’s employment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) was bombarded with complaints and correspondence from students, graduates, staff members, and other medical practitioners about the continued employment of Dolores Cahill at the university …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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UCD Module Co-ordinators Can Decide On In-Person Exams

Posted in Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Module co-ordinators in University College Dublin (UCD) can decide whether students will need to sit in-person exams. Speaking to The University Times today, UCD’s Director of Communications Eilis O’Brien said …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 22 November]

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No end to student accommodation loophole – Eoin Ó Broin TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that is it disappointing that Minister for Housing appears not to have addressed the student accommodation loophole in his upcoming Residential Tenancies Bill …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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UCD Sports Clubs Required to Implement Vaccination Certs

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sports clubs in UCD are now required to check the vaccination certs of all those in attendance for all indoor sporting activities and outdoor activities which require the use of dressing rooms. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in suspension of ongoing events and ‘disciplinary action’ …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 1 November]

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UCD announces €350 million loan to facilitate huge expansion in student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is to expand its student population with the aid of a €350 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EIB). UCD plans to increase faculty numbers by 50% and student numbers by 25% over the coming decade. EIB president Dr Werner Hoyer will visit the college on Friday to announce the loan facility which will support capital development projects on campus …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Students warned to be vigilant following reports of drink and injection spiking

Posted in Life on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union has warned students to be vigilant following growing reports of drink spiking and spiking via injection in bars and nightclubs across parts of Ireland and Britain. The union said it has heard reports from students about potential instances of spiking during the first semester …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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‘I’ll get to go out once I get the second dose’: Patients at UCD vaccine centre

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is quiet outside the UCD vaccination centre in Belfield, Dublin, on Tuesday afternoon, where appointment-only patients arrive every 10 or 15 minutes. It’s a vastly different scene compared to the queues of hundreds of people who lined up outside the walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre at Croke Park in early August, many of whom waited for more than two hours for their first dose …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, 26 October]

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Residents take legal challenge over 698-bed student accommodation near UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has granted leave for a challenge aimed at overturning permission for a 698-bed student accommodation development in Goatstown, south Dublin. Two local residents have brought the judicial review case over An Bord Pleanála’s expedited permission in June for the eight-block development on the former site of Our Lady’s Grove school, some 850m from University College Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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UCDSU take on DCC CEO in Student Housing Row

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

Ireland“UCDSU have called on Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan to resign, following ‘sarcastic’ remarks in relation to the conversion of student accommodation into tourist accommodation, as well as what UCDSU President Ruairí Power describes as an ‘underlying attitude that he’s not concerned with the level of interference from the private market and artificially inflating rents in the city’ …” (more)

[Simon Dobey and Nathan Young, University Observer, 19 October]

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Council chief Owen Keegan apologises for student accommodation remarks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has apologised for saying students should provide their own accommodation – but said he would not be resigning. Earlier, a protest was held outside the council’s Civic Offices following remarks by Mr Keegan about student accommodation …” (more)

[John Kilraine, RTÉ News, 13 October]

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No apology from Owen Keegan over student accommodation gaffe

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

Ireland“Dublin City Council boss Owen Keegan has not apologised for remarks he made to a student union that sparked backlash from Ministers and the public …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, DublinLive, 12 October]

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Dublin council chief criticised over ‘snide’ comments to students

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Dublin City Council has been criticised for ‘snide and dismissive’ comments to a students’ union that raised concerns over the use of purpose built student accommodation by tourists. In a tweet on Monday, the president of the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) Ruairí Power posted a short excerpt from a letter signed by Owen Keegan addressing the issue …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Returning to campus across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland has begun to open up again, with restrictions being cautiously lowered, universities have begun to solidify their approach to the semester, heading into a new academic year with an overall trend of much more in-person learning and on-campus activities …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Campus Return Sparks Commuting Hell

Posted in Life on October 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last month marked the return to students to the UCD campus. It also coincided with the return of full capacity public transport and the carnage that is commuting to UCD. Anxiety struck me last week as I approached the N11 bus stop heading towards town at 4 pm …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 10 October]

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UCD Bus Route Most Complained about in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Bus routes serving UCD are some of the most complained about routes in Dublin, with the 41X route operating between University College Dublin and Swords recording the highest number of complaints from commuters in 2020 …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 24 September]

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New UCD Accommodation Costs Upwards of €14k a Year

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

Ireland“As a housing crisis grips Ireland’s capital, The new UCD accommodation in the newly-opened UCD Village can cost students upwards of €14,000 a school year, with renters in ‘Studio’, ‘Gold’, ‘Platinum’, and ‘Penthouse’ spaces paying the most. Students staying in Roebuck Castle take the top overall spot, dropping €1,323.97 a month for a room in Belfield’s only catered accommodation bloc …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 24 September]

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Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

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

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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UCD Seek New Banking Partner as AIB Abandons UCD Branch

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

Ireland“University College Dublin has issued a public tender to Ireland’s biggest banks as AIB’s time in Belfield has come to an end after 22 years with the campus bank being empty for the first time since 1973 …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 23 September]

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