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Dear Universities, You’re About to Cause a Greater Public Health Crisis Than Covid-19 | Opinion

There were sniggers this week as Trinity reported an increase in applicants due to Normal People’s romanticism of Irish university life. Most of the Twitter mockery was justified; Marianne’s Victorian townhouse, for instance, is certainly far from your average Dublin…

UCD Management: Not Economically Viable to Hire More Counselling Staff.

Minutes from a meeting of the University Management Team (UMT) last February states that the UCD Counselling Service must partially out-source services to cope with demand and that it is not economically viable to hire more staff to cope with…

The 300 year-old rule barring solicitors from becoming senior counsel has been overturned

For the first time ever, solicitors are now eligible to become senior counsel, a title held by roughly 325 barristers at present. This landmark change to the 300 year-old rule is provided for within legislation passed 5 years ago, which has recently been enacted.

Some Schools Increase Credits Per Module to Increase Depth of Learning

On July 8th, it came to the attention of UCD Politics students that some 3rd year Politics modules credits have been increased from 5 credits to 10 credits. There is yet to be an official statement from the University but this…

UCD Residences to be “Filled as Normal” Despite No Clear Guidance from Government

Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD), Professor Mark Rogers, has this week outlined plans regarding on-campus student accommodation for the coming academic year. Despite ongoing concerns over the pandemic, UCD’s eight student residences, which remained open to…

Campus Update: What’s Open, What’s Not

Numerous restaurants, cafés and retailers on campus in University College Dublin (UCD) remain closed with no signs of reopening, since the University announced its closure due to COVID-19 on March 12th. The majority of restaurants in UCD are still uncertain…

Student nights out could be postponed until 2021 as restaurants await Phase 4

With the restrictions on lockdown easing up, the government has allowed for pubs and restaurants to re-open with a detailed set of rules outlined by the HSE. Some of them include signage and floor markings in order to maintain physical distancing of two metres between tables as well as one metre between customers seated at tables. In ‘controlled’ environments where all other pre-requisites are met, tables can be set one meter apart.

Why the Irish are so sympathetic towards the situation in Palestine

On Saturday 4th of July, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) alongside the Palestinian communities in Ireland and the Irish public held a number of protests across Ireland against the proposed Israeli Annexation of the West Bank. This protest is the latest of many pro-Palestinian protests held on the Island.

Concerns Over UCD “Overpromising” With Campus Reopening Plan

On Wednesday evening an e-mail was circulated to UCD students setting out the college’s plan for reopening in September. It stated that UCD students will have a mix of “online, blended and face-to- face classes,” however its expectation that 40-60%…

“Think twice before going out” – people under 25 make up 77% of today’s Covid-19 cases

17 of the 23 new COVID-19 cases reported on July 9th are under the age of 25, according to recent findings. According to the National Health Emergency Team (NPHET), people under the age of 25 now account for 77% of…

UCD RFC Set To Host Socially Distant Fun Run Fundraiser

University College Dublin (UCD) Rugby Football Club (RFC) will be hosting a unique fundraising event on Saturday the 11th of July as they encourage supporters and club members both old and new to take part in the AdAstra 5k Fun Run/Walk. As the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic forced the postponement of UCD RFC’s usual fundraisers, such as their Annual Dinner, UCD RFC have had to think outside of the box in order raise funds during the summer.

Over 9,000 CAO applicants choose UCD as their first choice for September 2020

  There has been a rise in CAO applications to UCD for health science degrees in disciplines including medicine, nursing, radiography, and physiotherapy. This increased interest in health science courses is linked to the COVID 19 crisis and it is…