Hustings roundup: Questions of professionalism at the centre of debate

Reporting by Dylan O'Neill and Brían Donnelly The by-election Hustings saw the sole candidate for the role of Irish...

Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number...

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EU passes controversial new copyright legislation, potential benefit for universities

The directive creates a huge potential for libraries and universities to digitise their archives, including books, films, and audio recordings. If material is still under copyright, but not commercially available, then it will be legal for libraries and universities to digitise.

Varadkar rules out student loans as universities struggle to bridge funding gap

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out any options for third level funding that would see an increase in fees or the implementation of a student loan scheme. His comments come after protests and lobbying from Students’ Unions and USI. He had previously made comments voicing his opposition to a US or UK style student loan scheme, although he refused to categorically rule them out until recently

Entertainments Officer byelection: Sophie Sheridan-Burns – “Putting an Ents-spin on things”

Former Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Officer Sophie Sheridan-Burns is a 2nd year Planning and Environmental...

Entertainments Officer byelection: Thomas Monaghan – “Gunning for Ents officer since day one”

Social Science graduate and current Campaigns and Communications Officer, Thomas Monaghan is running for the position of...

Club Focus; Badminton

This Club Focus looks at the UCD Badminton Club, and includes an interview with Heather Wolfe, club...

Who’s winning the space race?

Exploration of the universe is a dream nurtured by mankind more ardently than any other human venture....

The mentality of high performance in sport

Every time we watch professional sports, either on TV or in person at the event, we expect a high level of performance....

Op-Ed: For all our progressive election laws, the Irish voting system still needs reform

As final exams and thesis deadlines approach; modules, research, lecture notes, labs and all things in between are at the forefront of...

The problem of the ‘crowd mentality’

Born in Jamaica, having an underprivileged upbringing and a troubled youth- all the while honing his skills in the shadow of Wembley...
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A significant problem: will 95% significance continue to cut it?

What comes to mind when you read that scientists have found a significant relationship between, say, coffee drinking and throat cancer? If...

Precarious Living: Squatters’ rights in Ireland

The debate regarding the ethics of squatting versus the ethics of leaving property abandoned is not an easy one to solve. In...

Are we Wired Differently? Discussing Women in Science

The Women in Science event was held in UCD on 7th March in celebration of International Women’s Day. Prominent female scientists were...

The introduction of free contraception in Ireland

Minister for Health Simon Harris is currently planning to make contraception free and readily available. This is apropos of a recommendation by...

Digital mining: When does the private become public?

Heather Reynolds examines the ethics behind the balancing act of personal privacy and public interest. There are many reasons...

Ireland’s newest football pathway – the College & Universities team.

Football youth teams have been commonplace for years, on both the club and international scene. Replacing the old ‘Reserve team’ system which...
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