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‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ Author Visits UCD Litsoc

Heather Morris, author of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ visited Belfield campus on Friday the 25th October, in conjunction with UCD’s English and Literary Society (Litsoc), as part of her international book tour for her recently released book, ‘Cilka’s Journey’.  The…

Climate Change Contributing to Increasing World Hunger

Climate change is causing a stagnation in current efforts to curtail world hunger according to the 14th Global Hunger Index report (GHI) which was released on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. While there has been a noted improvement in the level…

Comm Ball 2019; Sell Out?

Last week, tickets went on sale for the infamous C&E Comm Ball, one of UCD’s most sought after nights out. Students lined up from 6am just to try guarantee a ticket for the black-tie event. However, with ticket spaces limited,…

Abortion & Same Sex Marriage Legalised in Northern Ireland

October 22nd saw a historic change in Northern Ireland after both abortion and same-sex marriage became legal. The sudden change happened after the 3-year Stormont standstill led to some mainland UK laws coming into effect in Northern Ireland.  In the…

Canonisation of UCD Founder Sparks Contention on Campus

On the 13th of October in a ceremony in Rome attended by Prince Charles, Education Minister Joe McHugh and tens of thousands of pilgrims UCD’s founder John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis. A so-called traitor to England, Newman…

A Tribute to Irish Broadcasting Legend Gay Byrne

Irish broadcasting superstar Gabrial “Gay” Byrne died on November 4th, 2019 after a long illness. “Gaybo”, who was 85, has been heralded over the years as one of the most influential Irish radio and television host in our history. Byrne…

UCD Students Most Affluent and Least Disadvantaged

New research published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) indicates that UCD and IADT have the highest percentage of students from affluent backgrounds. UCD, along with UCC and RCSI, have the lowest proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 34% of…

UCD Named Sunday Times University of the Year 2020

University College Dublin, UCD, was announced on November 3rd as the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2020. This was the third time that the University had received this accolade since 2002, it previously won in 2006 and 2012….

Hong Kong Protests Spiral Out of Control

These past seventeen weeks, Hong Kong has been rocked by almost uninterrupted protests. Starting as a popular outcry against a government-proposed extradition bill, the movement evolved to encompass frustrations regarding the lack of democracy in the region and interferences of…

Reaching Across the Aisle: Interviewing the Editors of the University Observer

(Note: Elements of this interview are satirical) In a dimly lit College Tribune office on a wet Friday afternoon, history was made. Members of UCD’s two illustrious newspapers sat down together as Observer editors Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn spoke…

“Sea Levels are Rising. So are We” Extinction Rebellion Holds Week of Protest

Dubin city ground to a halt on Tuesday the 8th of October as members of environmental activist group, Extinction Rebellion, marched from the Gardens of Remembrance to Kildare street. The ‘Just Transition’ protest aimed to bring attention to one of…

Students’ Union Holds Mental Health Day

UCD Students’ Union joined the globe to participate in World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 in hopes of boosting mental health awareness. In addition to providing free de-stressing programming, UCDSU invited various local mental health organizations to share their…