Do business degrees have a place in universities?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities serve many different purposes depending on who one asks. Some of these are obvious; they analyse societal problems and offer solutions to them, they train people to be better, more critical citizens. Some are more disputable such as whether they should explicitly prepare people for careers …” (more)

[Garrett Kennedy, University Observer, 26 November]

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UCD spend over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD has spent over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge, the official residence of UCD President Andrew Deeks. The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, break down the spending for each year, as detailed in the table below …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 26 November]

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Work ready to commence on new UCD athletics track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Over 40 years since originally laid down, exactly eight years since it was ripped up, and almost two years since an anonymous €3 million donation took it off life support, work is ready to commence on the new athletics track at University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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UCD Academics Generously Paid As Push For Research Ensues

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

Ireland“UCD academics are paid some of the highest salaries in the country as well as having greater pay packages than their international counterparts. This may be due to UCD being recently ranked low in international research tables and if the university provides higher salaries to researchers and academics this positioning can be improved …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 24 November]

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UCD to sell Richview

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

Ireland“In an emergency meeting held on August 29th 2019, UCD’s Governing Authority (GA) voted to sell Richview and the surrounding lands to partly fund the upcoming Gateway project. Sources from UCD staff told The University Observer that the board were given approximately one hour to debate and vote on selling the land …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 26 November]

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Mandatory remuneration for student occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many college students are faced with compulsory placements and no guarantee of payment. A day’s work warrants compensation. In January 2019 pharmacy students took to the streets of Dublin to protest a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degree. The group were successful with the ban being lifted but payment still remains optional …” (more)

[Niall Hurson, University Observer, 21 November]

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DPC Receives Late Breach Notification from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has received a formal Breach Notification from University College Dublin (UCD). This comes after the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive employee and student documents unattended and open to student access in a UCD Student Centre storage room …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 15 November]

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UCD advises exchange students in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing protests

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has advised its students on exchange in two universities in Hong Kong to return home. The students, thought to number fewer than five in total, have been studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the remainder of term …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang, Independent, 14 November]

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Belfield Papers: DPO Investigates Potential Data Breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) is internally investigating into highly sensitive documents recently discovered to be open to student access. The DPO has said they are ‘following the standard university incident management procedure’, in response to the allegations. The College Tribune has contacted the Data Protection Commission (DPC) regarding the incident …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 13 November]

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Sensitive Documents Kept in UCD Student Centre Open to Student Access

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A storage room in University College Dublin’s (UCD) student centre, which houses files containing sensitive information on staff and students, has been found to be open to student access in a potentially major data protection breach, the College Tribune has reported …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 11 November]

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Canonisation of UCD Founder Sparks Contention on Campus

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

Ireland“On the 13th of October in a ceremony in Rome attended by Prince Charles, Education Minister Joe McHugh and tens of thousands of pilgrims UCD’s founder John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis. A so-called traitor to England, Newman has now been acclaimed by the heir of his country’s throne and is a respected as a beloved saint across the Catholic world …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 11 November]

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UCD’s gender equality action plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last November, The University Observer reported on UCD’s gender imbalance problem, specifically relating to the lack of women in senior-level staff positions. At the time, only 30% of UCD Heads of School were women and only 24% of UCD full professors were women. The target is a 40% balance …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, University Observer, 1 November]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 October]

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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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