UCC celebrates International Women’s Day

Maeve McTaggart Monday 8th March marked International Women’s Day, and online events commemorated the year’s chosen them: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. UCC celebrated the occasion with a powerful video put together by its Bystander Intervention team, where women in leadership from across UCC told the camera why they #ChoosetoChallenge. The social…

UCC Covid-19 Tracker and Day Pass App developed

Maebh McCarthy All UCC students received an email from Interim President of UCC, Professor John O’Halloran last week advising students of the development of a UCC Covid-19 Tracker and Day Pass App for both students and staff. In the email, which is co-signed by UCCSU President, Naoise Crowley, and Dr. Michael Byrne, Head of Student…

One year on, students still adapting to life with COVID-19

Maeve McTaggart, News Editor March 12th marked one year from the pronouncement of the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organisation and then-Taoiseach Varadkar’s address from Washington D.C. Schools, colleges and workplaces closed the following day; restaurants, retail and cafés soon followed. One year on, the nation has experienced varying degrees of lockdown and reopening…

Student Unions’ “inadequate response to election controversies” prompts Emergency Council Meeting

An Emergency Student Council meeting has been called for Friday, March 19th to discuss the alleged mishandling of sexual assault allegations by UCC Students’ Union and to elicit an apology from officers involved. The motion states that the SU “have made incorrect decisions which have caused distress for students during times when they needed comfort”…

Professor Sarah Culloty appointed as Head of SEFS College at UCC

Writes Maebh McCarthy, Deputy News Editor University College Cork recently announced the appointment of Professor Sarah Culloty as Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS.) This makes Professor Culloty the first female Head of College in STEM at UCC. Prof Sarah Culloty, who is originally from Kerry, has had a distinguished…

Students turn to arts to rationalise pandemic

Writes Maeve McTaggart, News Editor Covid-19 restrictions have removed students from UCC campus for what will be a year on March 12th, constraining college life to the virtual space of Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls. As the pandemic continues, what the long term effects will be on students and the population as a whole remains…

Love is in the Air at UCC

Writes Maebh McCarthy, Deputy News Editor Valentine’s Day, which occurred on February 14th 2021 saw many couples taking to social media to share how University College Cork lent itself to forming the foundations for many relationships and love stories. On the UCC social media pages, the story of UCC graduates, Vanessa and Seamus was shared….

UCC Refugee Week provides a platform for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the time of COVID-19

Writes Maeve McTaggart, News Editor UCC Refugee Week 2021, now an annual event in the college calendar, marked its fourth year last week with events, workshops and initiatives which explored the lives of refugees in Ireland and abroad. From Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th February, an occasion usually celebrated with a strong campus presence migrated…

Importance of Drug Harm reduction underscored by Covid-19

A study completed by UCC researchers has predicted that the disruption Covid-19 has posed to Ireland, will result in a projected increase in drug dealing and consumption. As a result of the pandemic, Ireland is likely to enter an economic recession, a period of economic hardship which relates directly to increased drug consumption and dealing…