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Students’ Union Elections: So Who’s Running This Year?

The Students’ Union is seeking to hold their annual elections online for the first time in history. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused multiple delays in election voting for the Union. Should the Union receive approval from UCD to hold elections…

LOCKDOWN: UCD To Completely Shut Campus From 6pm Tomorrow

UCD students and staff have been given a “grace period” until 18:00 on Monday night to retrieve their belongings from lockers and offices. In light of new government restrictions, the campus is due to completely shut, save for non-essential activities. The…

Popular Student Travel Agency USIT Goes Bust

Kinlay Group have applied for liquidation amid a stagnancy in the travel industry caused by COVID-19. USIT, a subsidiary company of Kinlay Group, is affected by this move with over 70 jobs set to be lost. In a statement online…

Saved by Technology: An Inside Look at UCD’s Online Learning Platform

After a two weeks break, on March 23rd classes have restarted for all UCD students through the online learning platform made available by the university. This is as a result of the nationwide university shutdown aimed at slowing the spread…

Students Pen Open Letter to Governing Authority Over COVID-19 Financial Fallout

The student group Fix Our Education UCD have submitted an open letter to the university governing authority, calling for a reversal of the more than 12% rent increase on campus, a protection on funding for mental health and disability services,…

37-Member UCD Governing Authority to Hold Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 University Shutdown

The UCD Governing Authority (GA) is to meet this Thursday using video conferencing tool Zoom. In a historic first, the 37-member committee will meet virtually, providing video or audio access for all governors who are working from home due to…

Universities to Remain Closed Beyond March 29th, says Minister for Education

Universities, schools and crèches will remain closed beyond March 29th, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh. UPDATE: The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced today that universities, schools and crèches will remain closed until at least April 19th. Outdoor gatherings…

UCD President Warns of “Very Severe” Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be “very serious” and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students,…

Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory “placements” in Irish hospitals in order to progress…

Staff Continue to Receive Pay as Campus Shuts for Business

Businesses on UCD campus and around Ireland have abruptly shut down due to the university shutdown, which has affected their staff. This is one of many disruptive changes on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UCD Clubhouse has been forced…

Rent Increases take “Secondary Priority” due to “COVID-19 Concerns,” says Students’ Union President.

In light of recent events surrounding COVID-19, we interviewed Joanna Siewierska, UCD Students’ Union’s President, on the current plans from the Union and what they are doing to help students. “The work of the Entertainments Officer is about to get…

UCD Cancel All Traditional Exams as Doubts Mount over Colleges Returning by March 29th

In an email sent out to all current students, UCD Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers announced that the university “will not be running our traditional examinations in the RDS, Blackrock or the Newman Building this trimester”. The university…