Underfunded Irish universities are “systems in danger”

Despite the fact that the number of students entering the Irish universities system has increased by 25% in ten years, GDP figures released from the Department of Education show that funding to third-level institutions in 2017, stood at half of what the funding was in 2012.

‘I think that somebody has pissed him off’ – Union bogged down by endemic communication issues

Persistent examples of poor communication within UCD Students’ Union have been causing discontent, with members of the Union’s Executive noting that the...

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Underfunded Irish universities are “systems in danger”

Despite the fact that the number of students entering the Irish universities system has increased by 25% in ten years, GDP figures released from the Department of Education show that funding to third-level institutions in 2017, stood at half of what the funding was in 2012.

Students warned after outbreaks of mumps and measles in schools and universities

A recent increase in cases of mumps in Ireland, as well as a rise in the number of cases of measles across Europe, has led to concern among officials at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE).

In Carter case, Department of Education to argue that no right to higher education exists

The question of whether access to higher education is a right, a privilege or a necessity is now coming to the fore in Ireland, as the Department of Education prepares to appeal a High Court ruling from last September.

Judge, jury and executioner – cast your vote now

Dylan O’Neill discusses the effect that media has on the court of public opinion.

Students warned after outbreaks of mumps and measles in schools and universities

A recent increase in cases of mumps in Ireland, as well as a rise in the number of cases of measles across Europe, has led to concern among officials at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE).

In Carter case, Department of Education to argue that no right to higher education exists

The question of whether access to higher education is a right, a privilege or a necessity is now coming to the fore in Ireland, as the Department of Education prepares to appeal a High Court ruling from last September.

Pi’s new healthy approach highlights the problem with our fixation on weight

With the new Pi Restaurant opening this Semester, along with the “New Year New Me” program, Aoife...

Exec minutes reveal uproar over cancelled SU events

UCDSU Welfare Officer Melissa Plunkett expressed her outrage over the postponing of the “It Stops Now” roadshow campaign against sexual harassment and...

‘I think that somebody has pissed him off’ – Union bogged down by endemic communication issues

Persistent examples of poor communication within UCD Students’ Union have been causing discontent, with members of the Union’s Executive noting that the...
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Coffee morning, Blue Planet screening and EngSoc-NamSoc beer pong face-off: What’s coming up in UCD?

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Two UCD graduates recognised on Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list

Investigative journalist Sally Hayden and pet care startup founder Kevin Glynn have been named in this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 list.
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Could Tibetan Buddhism face the Last Lama?

Living in exile in India, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism concedes he may be the last to hold...

The chilling reality of the Homeless Period Ireland

Period poverty is the “silent struggle” that affects many people around the world every month. A lack of access to sanitary products...

How to become a saint in a modern Ireland

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The Work-Work balance of nursing students

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The life of an NGO

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In the final council meeting of Semester 1, a concern was raised over the cost of adding a sixth sabbatical officer to the Students’...
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Judge, jury and executioner – cast your vote now

Dylan O’Neill discusses the effect that media has on the court of public opinion. In the popular dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror, series writer Charlie Brooker has gained prestige...

Sport

UCD Women’s Rugby Cup: UCD V CARLOW IT

UCD Women’s 1st XV found themselves on the road to Carlow IT again, as they kicked off their cup campaign. After narrowly...

Sports Shorts; Obsessed Bielsa to error-obsessed Shane Ross

McAteer rolls back the years Former Irish international footballer Jason McAteer grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons...

Bounce into the New Year with UCD Trampoline Club.

In recent months the UCD Trampoline Club has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, despite being embroiled in...

Anonymous donor saves the UCD Athletics track from life-support

The fate of the UCD Athletics track is finally looking up, and with it, the future of athletics in UCD and Ireland...

The refereeing rollercoaster

Sean Gallagher - Rugby It is fair to say that Sean Gallagher has had a prophetic rise as...

Science, Technology & Health

Students warned after outbreaks of mumps and measles in schools and universities

A recent increase in cases of mumps in Ireland, as well as a rise in the number of cases of measles across Europe, has led to concern among officials at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE).

Dark side of the Moon

Humanity has returned to the moon, and this time to the more mysterious side, which has consequences for scientific advancement and the countries involved. Danielle Crowley investigates.

BMI is not black and white

Though a key measure of health risk since the 1970s, Aela O’Flynn asks if BMI is misleading medicine.

Autonomous robotic surgery: The new frontier

Lillian Loescher explores the world of medical robots, and takes a look at its latest advancement – autonomous robotic surgery.

Look up to the sky and listen?

Is there anyone out there? Some think so and believe we may have received evidence of it. Using radio telescopes, astronomers have...

Less “Breaking the Law” and more “Bending the Rule”

In 1965, Gordon Moore was asked to give a prediction of the next 10 years for the semiconductor industry. In an article...

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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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John Henry Newman to be declared a saint

Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of the what later became University College Dublin, will be declared a saint, the Vatican has...

The passivist investors: A mutual fund in a large pot

Investment strategies can be distinguished in various ways, fundamentalists vs technical, passive vs active etc. Investors may fall into multiple categories; these...

Eyes on 2020: The race begins for the US Presidency

The United States is preparing for what some are describing as the most anticipated presidential race in decades. In addition to those...

Young business: The challenges, pitfalls, and passions

Conall and I first met each other back during secondary school, in Skerries Community College. We are both very similar, and different,...

On the road to a cashless society

How many times have you paid for something with cash in the past two weeks? It’s a simple question, with a difficult...

On the professional front line: Anti-money laundering

What sort of qualifications are most relevant to Anti-Money Laundering (AML)? There is a broad spectrum of qualifications that...

On the professional front line: Fund accountant

What does a fund accountant do on a day to day basis? Fund Accountants are responsible for calculating...

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)...

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