Irish Universities Launch ‘Save Our Spark’ Campaign To Protect Ireland’s Third Level Education System

On Monday 15th October, the seven universities of Ireland (Trinity, UCD, DCU, UCC, NUIG, UL and NUI Maynooth) launched a major campaign aimed at encouraging the public to demand the Government tackles the funding crisis in third level education. The Government’s funding per third level student in Ireland (€5,000) is just half of the same…

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…

Outgoing UCC President comments on the influence of industry and on his own record.

UCC’s outgoing President Dr. Michael Murphy has claimed Businesses and industry have too great an influence on Ireland’s research agenda. Murphy believes that the sector has become over-represented on bodies which award funding, which in-turn decides which disciplines should be prioritised when It comes to higher education research. However, Murphy said he wishes to see…

Ecosia and Yes Trees in UCC

A group known as ‘Yes Trees UCC’ are currently campaigning to add a new search engine programme to every Student IT Centre computer in UCC. The search engine, known as Ecosia, plants trees using revenue generated through advertising sold on the service. The campaign’s Facebook page received more than 50 likes within 24 hours of…

Toddlers and Transcripts

“I wish I could go back to college, life was so simple back then.” Oh, Avenue Q, you sum it up so perfectly… In the four years since I graduated from UCC, I’ve discovered one big fact about life: being a grownup sucks. There are never emails to cancel work, beans on toast every day…

UCC owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid fees and charges

More than €560,000 is owed to the country’s seven universities, as well as the State’s largest institute of technology DIT, in library rental and late return fees alone, according to documents obtained by The Irish Times newspaper. Furthermore, they are owed more than €1.3 million of outstanding debt in Student Contribution Charges. UCC itself had approximately…