#UCCVotes – Hustings Reports

The Students’ Union elections will take place this year on March 6th & 7th, with students having 33 candidates to choose from. They are as follows: President: Breathnach, Séamus Cahill, Tommy Collopy, Eoin Conway, Thomas Hayes, Alan Deputy President & Campaigns: Coyle, Kelly Meighan, Liam Education Officer: Frahill, Aaron O’Brien, Alice Welfare Officer: Connery, Niamh…

Large Rise in Admissions of Students Suffering from ADD/ADHD to Third Level Institutions

Irish colleges have seen a large increase in the number of ADD/ADHD sufferers being admitted, a recent report by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) has revealed. The report also stated a growing number of students with disabilities were not accessing disability services available to them that could potentially “have a negative…

Snowstorm Emma hits County Cork & UCC

(Photo: Cian Power) Munster, Leinster, and parts of Connaught are currently facing extreme weather conditions as Snowstorm Emma crosses the nation. From Cork City to Waterford, nowhere was spared from the snowfall. Met Éireann has issued a red snow-ice warning at 11am on Wednesday morning, valid in both Munster and Leinster from 4pm to Friday at…

FemSoc Petitions for Mandatory Consent Classes

UCC Feminist Society has launched a petition to introduce mandatory consent classes for all students attending the university. If the petition is successful, UCC will be following in the footsteps of other Irish universities, including Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. A spokesperson from FemSoc explained that they “believe these classes are necessary to…

UCC students pledge to save energy on campus

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with UCC Students’ Union, UCC, and UCC Green Campus yesterday launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Cork to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum…

“Out On The Streets” Campaign Launched

LGBT young people are over-represented on our streets and Ireland doesn’t know how to help- UCC LGBT Society campaigns for better LGBT youth are disproportionately represented in the homeless population, as shown by international research. However, we know very little about LGBT homelessness in an Irish context. In America, studies report that about 40% of homeless…

Technological Universities Bill Passed Through Dáil

Legislation aimed at paving the way for new Technological Universities in Ireland has been successfully passed through the Dáil. The move comes almost three years after the bill was first announced in 2015. The bill will ultimately create a new category of university in Ireland, by merging existing Institutes of Technology into national Technological Universities….

Around the Universities Issue 9

Trinity College Dublin Trinity has approved new ‘Reasonable Accommodations’ for students with disabilities. The new policy will put supports in place for students registered with Trinity’s Disability Service, and may include assistance such as extra time in exams, special library privileges, use of assistive technologies, Irish Sign Language interpreting, or alternative course materials. National University…

HEA: 36% Of Students Struggling Financially

36% of Irish students are suffering from serious or very serious financial problems, with mature students more likely to have financial issues than others, a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report has revealed. The HEA’s report, part of an EU initiative, surveyed over 20,000 students at all degree levels in various higher education institutions in Ireland….