Together for Yes campaigner to contest Mullen for NUI Seanad seat

Pro-choice campaigner Ber Grogan announced on 11th December that she will compete for a seat with Senator Rónán Mullen on the National...

Solidarity, not sucking up: Stand up for the Common Room!

Campus is undergoing something of a renewal recently - two examples being the widely-despised University Club and the plan to build a...

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HPV vaccination advocate awarded honorary degree in UCD

Laura Brennan, a HPV vaccination advocate was awarded an honorary degree in UCD yesterday for her work...

Solidarity, not sucking up: Stand up for the Common Room!

Campus is undergoing something of a renewal recently - two examples being the widely-despised University Club and...

Common Room members celebrate staff as forced redundancy looms

Members of the UCD Common Room Club gathered in the club tonight to celebrate its 43-year history,...

Realities of sex work discussed with SWAI Ireland and FLD at roundtable event

A roundtable discussion took place with representatives from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) and Front Line Defence (FLD) to...

‘Keepin’ it Country’ hosts post public apology online

The hosts of the Belfield FM show Keepin' it Country have stated that they are "sincerely apologetic to all who have been affected" by offensive...

UCD constitutional law expert awarded €2 million in European Research Council funding

Associate Professor Eoin Carolan has been awarded €2 million in funding from the European Research Council (ERC), to pursue a global study to examine the...

Grade capping set to be replaced with 0.6 GPA penalty under new repeats system

A draft of the Academic Regulations 2019-2020, which has been seen by the University Observer, shows UCD replacing the 2.0 grade cap and introducing an automatic...

Clubhouse profits down 7.5% as staffing and entertainment cost rise

The UCD Sports Clubhouse Club has posted a profit of €97,300 for the year ending 30 June 2018, members at its annual general meeting...
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How will the return of Ents affect UCDSU?

In the final council meeting of Semester 1, a concern was raised over the cost of adding a sixth sabbatical officer to the Students’...

Centrally drafted contracts in Irish Rugby are a way to the top spot

Munster played Swansea in the province’s first ever European Cup tie in November 1995 with a crowd of 5,000 attendees at Thomond Park. Six...

The proof is in the policy: Tracking the student council mandates.

The UCD Students’ Union is constitutionally obligated to the hold a Student Council every three weeks during term time. At the Councils, class representatives,...

From the Armistice to the Berkeley tragedy: Commemorating the UCD community

On a gusty Friday morning, James Stone, a piper and student of Music & English in UCD, lead a solemn procession from the Masonic...

The Strategic Campus Development Plan: time for a check-up?

The Strategic Campus Development Plan lays out the vision for the development of University College Dublin over the ten years from 2016 to 2026....

Recycling facilities in Sutherland mark positive move towards Green flag

The decision to install recycling and composting facilities in the Sutherland Law Building in UCD has come to be after a year-long student-led campaign....
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Solidarity, not sucking up: Stand up for the Common Room!

Campus is undergoing something of a renewal recently - two examples being the widely-despised University Club and the plan to build a LEGO-esque Centre for Creative Design - and the removal of...

Sport

Sports Shorts: Pushy Parenting & GAA heroes

FAI and IFA announce joint Euros bid The football associations of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have announced a joint bid to host...

Running the Beer Mile

Running  is all about pushing yourself to the limit. Runners are always trying to improve their personal bests and run faster than they ever...

FIFA’s latest reforms are selling the spirit of the game.

Roberto Carlos, owner of one of the most iconic left boots in footballing history and one of the most exciting full-backs the world has...

Head-to-Head; Should all UCD clubs have equal funding?

For (Rory Clarke) The funding of sports clubs in UCD is a vicious circle, which should be perpetuated no longer. Currently the clubs with the...

UCD play well but come second to strong UCC volleyball teams

The UCD Sports Centre played host to 250 players and coaches from 24 colleges across Ireland over the weekend, when the college held the...

Science, Technology & Health

How does sex equality affect personality?

What would you expect to find if you compared the personalities of men and women? Psychologists have been studying personality for decades, and while...

The Event Horizon Telescope: photographing black holes

A black hole is a region in space in which gravity is so strong that nothing can escape, not even light. Some black holes...

Personalised medicine: Accurately diagnosing sex differences

In Issue 3, we spoke about how genes can affect an individual’s risk of getting a disease, and how they may respond to a...

The unity of knowledge – and how it binds us together

Biology has Darwin's theory of evolution and physics has the Standard Model but, at present, there is no equivalently unifying theory in the social...

Individualised Medicine is on the Rise

Individuality and personalization are on the rise in most aspects of society. Why then do we group everyone together when it comes to medication?...

Climate Change: The Real World War

On 8th October this year, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest report. Using over 6000 scientific papers, the group...

Gaeilge

An t-Eagarthóir Gaeilge – Mo fhadhb leis an teanga

Tá fadhb mhór agam leis an gcuraclam iarbhunscoile sa tír seo ó thaobh na Gaeilge de. Ní argóint nua é seo, ach tá sé...

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Life & Society

Canonisation of founder of UCD could take place next year

Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founding Rector of University College Dublin, is potentially on track to be canonised next year following the Vatican's formal...

US Midterm Elections: The ‘Blue Wave’ reaches the House of Representatives but not the Senate

The US Midterm elections tend to reflect the popularity of a presidency. In this month’s vote, the Democrats captured the majority of seats in...

Merkel focuses on foreign security policy in European Parliament address

Claudia Dalby reports at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed MEPs under the theme of the Future of Europe.   Chancellor...

UCD ranked in Top 20 globally for Agricultural Sciences; 5th in Europe

According to statistics released by leading editorial U.S. News, University College Dublin holds a tied 19th place with the University of Queensland, Australia, ranked...

Students are excluded from rent-pressure zones, denying them rent-caps

The exorbitant price of student accommodation has dominated news headlines every year as students return to university. This summer, both Fianna Fáil and Sinn...

Op-ed: In an era of climate change, how should individual’s ethical frameworks respond to climate change?

The last few weeks have felt like an avalanche of dire news about the climate. An United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

What does the repeal of the blasphemy offence actually mean?

On 26th October, a referendum was held and passed that removed Article 40.6.1.i from the Constitution, ending the state ban on blasphemy. The referendum...

Lyons Estate: the origins of UCD’s Lyons Research Farm

Located just over the Dublin-Kildare border, outside Newcastle town, lies University College Dublin’s Lyons Research Farm. It the largest out of the three campuses...

Prison Reform in Ireland: what should it look like?

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), established in 1994, is Ireland’s leading non-governmental organisation advocating for penal reform and has begun a project known...

A possible schism opens up in the Orthodox Christian Church after a rapid week

Early in October, the Constantinople Patriarchate, the head of the Orthodox Christian Church, began the process of granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, independence from...

European Parliament landscape set to alter post Brexit

When it comes to the European Parliament, it’s important to be aware of the seat distributions. This will be the first EU election since...

New canonisations of Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

Archbishop Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI were recently both canonised and elevated to sainthood. The process is rigorous. Each man was first beatified,...

Low voter turnout highlights a hollow election – but it didn’t need to be like this

The 2018 Presidential election saw the lowest turnout of voters than ever before at 43.87% of the electorate. President Higgins was re-elected, coming at...

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