UCC In Top 10 Most Sustainable Universities Worldwide

University College Cork has placed 9th in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2017. The rankings showcase the most sustainable universities across the globe. The achievement is an increase on the university’s previous position of 12th in 2016. Established in 2010 by the Universitas Indonesia (UI), 619 universities across 76 countries were assessed for the…

Christmas Day is Cancelled in UCC

UCC’s Christmas Day celebration next year has already been cancelled following complaints from staff and local residents to both the college and the city council. Cork City Council’s Joint Policing Committee heard of the “havoc” caused in the local UCC area on Christmas Day, which was held on November 23rd, this year. UCC Students’ Union…

Universities to lose funding if more women are not promoted

A new taskforce has been launched by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), in order to promote gender equality in Irish universities. The taskforce comes as a result of several reports that condemned the current gender imbalance in our third level institutions. Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has launched the taskforce which…

Around the Universities – Issue 6

University College Dublin With SU Presidential by-elections upcoming in late November, current SU Campaigns and Communications Officer Barry Murphy has announced his candidacy for the role. Rebecca Hart, who ran against Katie Ascough in March, has also announced her candidacy. Trinity College Dublin A group of Trinity students, known as TCD Plastic Solutions, have collected…

UCD Group Campaign Against SU Membership

Following the well-publicised and controversial impeachment of Katie Ascough, a campaign group has begun voicing their dissatisfaction with the performance of the UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU). The Freedom of Choice Coalition (FOCC) UCD has begun campaigning for opt-in membership only of UCDSU, criticising the way the impeachment referendum was handled. “The ‘KAsco Fiasco’ has destroyed…

UCC Student entrepreneur to employ homeless people in Cork to make ‘homeless support bags’

Emily Duffy, a first year commerce student in UCC and successful social entrepreneur, hopes to employ the homeless population of Cork to make her creation, the Duffily Bag: a metallic bubble wrap specially designed for those sleeping rough. The Limerick-born 18 year old already has a similar project up and running successfully in Dublin, which…

Only a quarter of young people using contraception against STIs

Durex’s recent “Wrap Up” campaign has revealed that, alarmingly, only 27% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 use any form of contraception against sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). This is in spite of the same study finding that 67% were satisfied in their knowledge of prevention against STIs. Of those who did use protection against STIs,…