DCU announces Ireland’s first open access university press

  Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the launch of DCU Press, Ireland’s first open access university press. DCU Press aims to increase barrier-free access to university related publications.   DCU Press is set to make university research available to the public without paywalls or subscriptions. The project is a joint venture on behalf of […]

Anna Cosgrave and Joe Caslin to speak at Take Back Trinity summer workshops

The Take Back Trinity movement is launching an afternoon of discussions and workshops featuring activists Anna Cosgrave and Joe Caslin, the group announced today. The event is to focus on the topic of “what’s next?” for campus-based activism following the movement’s success in fighting supplemental fees earlier this year.   Today’s announcement outlined the group’s […]

UCC first Irish university to receive KeepWell Mark for dedication to staff wellbeing

University College Cork (UCC) has become Ireland’s first higher education institution to be awarded with the Ibec KeepWell Mark, a national workplace wellbeing accreditation. The accolade recognises UCC’s dedication to the welfare, health and wellbeing of its staff.   Ibec CEO Danny McCoy visited the university yesterday to present it with the award. McCoy congratulated […]

Pedestrian route near Aras an Phiarsaigh to close for four weeks

A pedestrian access route to Aras an Phiarsaigh is to be closed for four weeks from tomorrow due to construction on the Printing House Square Student Accommodation Project. The closure is to facilitate ground works.   Estates and Facilities announced the temporary closure this morning to staff and students in an email. They apologised for […]

Young Fine Gael pass motion on opting out of students’ unions

Young Fine Gael (YFG) has passed a motion to lobby for the opting out of third level students’ unions. The motion was passed at YFG’s Garret Fitzgerald Summer School in Bundoran yesterday.   The motion passed stated: “Young Fine Gael calls for students at third level to have the freedom to opt out of their […]

Trinity scientist becomes first Irish FENS Kavli Scholar

  Tomás Ryan, assistant professor in the Trinity School of Biochemistry and Immunology, and the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience, has been chosen as Ireland’s first Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Kavli scholar. The confirmation was made at the opening ceremony of the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin last week.   The FENS Kavli […]

Safety concerns arise as improperly stored TNT found in Chemistry building

Unstable chemicals, including TNT, have been found and subsequently destroyed in a Chemistry lab in the Wellcome Building. The chemicals, which were unaccounted for in the department’s logs and incorrectly stored, are believed to have been brought into the lab by a former PhD student, who is now facing disciplinary action.   In an email […]

USI lobbies government to reduce student charges in Budget 2019

  The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the government to reinstate the Jobseekers’ Allowance for under-26s to the maximum adult rate at today’s pre-budget forum in Dublin Castle. USI is proposing that the government invests €81.2m in social welfare for Under-26s, ensuring that young people are able to access Jobseekers’ Allowance […]

Public invited to share views on updating Higher Education Authority Act

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is inviting the public to give their views on revising and updating the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Act of 1971.   Launching the public consultation yesterday, Mitchell O’Connor explained that the Act requires updating as it is “relying on a legislative basis that is now more […]

Rent caps to be introduced for purpose-built student accommodation

Rent caps are to be introduced for purpose-built student accommodation following motions from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. Both parties introduced private members’ motions in the Dáil, seeking to cap rent for student accommodation.   Student accommodation prices in certain areas have seen increases of as much as 15%, according to the Irish Times. The […]

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