UCDSU approves motion to raise awareness about INIS appointments issues

On 5th November, the UCD Students’ Union unanimously approved a motion to raise awareness around the issue of INIS immigration appointments. The action is...

Closure of Common Room ‘inevitable’ and will not be reversed, says Deeks

UCD President Andrew Deeks has dismissed the possibility that a proposed boycott of the controversial €14 million University Club will have a material effect...

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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...

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...

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,...

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...
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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....

Zero is the only acceptable target

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) recently released their new winter advertisements. Focusing on tyre safety, this campaign is in addition to their catalogue of...

The not so suite life of living in Ireland

The face of homelessness in Ireland has changed. Whereas in the past the factors contributing to homelessness were largely individual or personal issues that...

Turkey’s purge of academia

On the 25th September, 2018, Sedat Laçiner, a world renowned political scientist, once described as a “rising star of Turkish academia”, and the youngest...

Changing a society with the “It Stops Now” campaign

On Thursday 25th October, UCD Students’ Union posted a video campaign on their Facebook page, in conjunction with the launch of the It Stops...

UCD’s gender imbalance problem

Despite the fact that more women complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men, and 51% of lecturers in higher education are women, the gender...
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What are my options, doc?

Imagine you go to your local GP with a stomach ache. Upon initial assessment, they decide to order some tests to further determine the nature of what’s wrong with you. After a slew of...

Sport

Club Focus: Worth ‘squashing in’

The UCD Squash club is well known for being one of the most friendly and accessible clubs campus, with more health benefits than we...

Sports Shorts: Octopus wrestling, Club trumps Ibiza and Bolt brace

THE CURIOUS CASE OF OCTOPUS WRESTLING To many of us, the extinction of our favourite sports seems both unrealistic and unimaginable, but for fans of...

The W-Series: a pathway to success or a token gesture?

While the on-track events in the world of motorsport have been petering out into an end-of-season anticlimax, the off-track news has provided fans with...

Africa’s time is now: Senegal & the Youth Olympic Games

Sunny Buenos Aires was the backdrop for a piece of sporting history earlier this month, as the International Olympic Committee unanimously voted to award...

Clonskeagh – the original home of Gaelic football.

‘Men lovingly at war’ was how the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack, described the early games of Gaelic football. Unbeknownst to many, the...

Science, Technology & Health

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...

Feelings Care about your Facts

You know you have been successful as a scientist when a phrase of your invention works its way from the academy into public usage....

Going with your gut instinct: The microbes that control how we feel

A thousand bacteria can fit into a single human cell, but what bacteria lack in size, they make up for in numbers. In fact,...

Possible discovery of an exomoon shows there are even more worlds beyond Earth than previously imagined

Scientists have spent centuries investigating the many moons in our solar system. From Galileo’s first discovery of the four moons of Jupiter in the...

Cannabis on the brain: does it inspire creativity, or is the claim all just smoke and mirrors?

Canada has become the second country in the world to formally legalise cannabis for recreational use, following in the footsteps of Uruguay, and analysts...

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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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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...

Corporate Volunteering is no fad

Described as "one of the fastest-growing areas of voluntary activity", Corporate Volunteering (CV) schemes have become commonplace in many of the world’s leading corporations,...

A Michael Kors shopping spree

Michael Kors (MK) went shopping and splashed the cash on adding Versace to its collection. The deal makes sense strategically, but the hefty price...

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