Sexual harassment experience of Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin reveals a pervasive problem at UCD

Since early September, a story of sexual harassment against staff and students at University College Dublin, characterised by the alleged lack of action taken by the university to address complaints, has been unraveling across social and mainstream media. Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, a lecturer in STEM at UCD and considered one of Ireland’s best known…

UCC Societies launch the Give It A Go Festival

As third level colleges prepare to resume despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the experience of incoming students is one of learning to live with the virus rather than waiting for life without it. After months of uncertainty surrounding the cancellation of the Leaving Certificate, and it’s replacement with a calculated grading system which delivered the highest…

The rise of the far-right and anti-mask believers undermine public health message as university life resumes

A UCC Lecturer and terrorism expert, Natasha Dromey, has stated that the Government needs to respond “rapidly” to right-wing style violence or else there is a “significant risk” of seeing that type of behaviour becoming “normalised.” Dr Dromey was commenting to the Irish Examiner about a violent disruption outside the Dáil recently when a group…

Students’ Union issues scathing statement on Hatch Accommodation

Jamie Fraser, Welfare Officer for UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU), released a statement on September 14th 2020 explaining the background to an ongoing dispute between the Students’ Union and Hatch Accommodation services. Mr Fraser explained the situation through that statement, namely that he was seeking a refund for students who had to vacate their residence as…

Higher Education Institutions moved to Level-3 as Irish Universities Association release a statement detailing plans for the academic year

The Irish government requested on September 25th that all university lectures should be delivered online for the next 2-3 weeks moving third-level institutions to Level 3 of the Covid-19 alert framework, commencing at midnight. The Irish Universities Association released a statement detailing measures that universities across the country will put into place in light of…

UCC TALKS Launched

Covid-19 has posed a range of challenges to each individual person, but it is imperative that we recognise the immense challenge the pandemic has placed on our mental health. In response to this, UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) have recognised the importance of reaching out in a new highly digitalised world, and thus have launched a…

UCC Fees Remain Unchanged Despite COVID-19

Minister for Education, Norma Foley, confirmed last week that third-level colleges can charge full fees, even in blended learning scenarios that include severe restrictions when accessing campus. This led to backlash from members of the opposition, as well as students and the general public. It was also noted that Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris,…