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Lecturers Miss Student Engagement the Most during Online Learning

Last semester the UCD learning experience was flipped on its head as in-person teaching was suspended and the announcement made that teaching would be moving online. The College Tribune spoke to lecturers Judy Walsh, Dr Karen Smith, and Dr Mary McAuliffe from UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice about their experience of online-teaching and the challenges it posed.

UCD Student Spread Positivity To Frontline Workers During Pandemic

During the challenging times we have faced these past few months, it has been hard to stay positive, however UCD Psychology student Mikayla Morton has decided to help brighten the days of many frontline workers who were working tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On 13 April, Morton and her family received the news that her grandmother tested positive for Covid-19. After fighting the virus for a few days, she tragically passed. Morton spoke to the College Tribune about this heart-breaking experience.

As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days. 

Currently, UCD Global is advising international students from outside of the island of Ireland to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival and to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, in accordance with the government regulations. As these current guidelines are prone to change, UCD Global told The College Tribune that they are also advising international students to check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page online to ensure they receive the latest information.

#MeWho?: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Overshadowed Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction

News of Harvey Weinstein’s conviction and sentencing has been overshadowed worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic and hence his conviction will not have the profound impact on attitudes to sexual abuse and the #MeToo movement that was previously expected.

The Coronavirus pandemic has been dominating headlines worldwide now since February. Most news stories are somehow related to the current pandemic, whether it be the impact of COVID-19 on the economy or the GAA, and there is little media or public attention being given to any non-COVID related news. Many issues that were previously considered very important and warranted much attention are now on the back burner.

UCD Purl Jam sharing the love during the pandemic

University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) craft and creative group, UCD Purl Jam, have been making heartfelt gifts and face masks for patients in hospitals and other vulnerable groups in kind gesture. UCD Purl Jam have recently set up two separate campaigns in aid of the Covid-19 crisis.

The UCD group have previously advocated for humanitarian causes, such as their recent project surrounding Climate Change. Their newest projects however, focus on some of the most exposed groups throughout the crisis, those in nursing homes, direct provision  and patients hospitalised due to Covid-19. 

Rugby returns to UCD as Leinster to begin training again

Leinster rugby will begin training at their High-Performance Centre (HPC) on University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Bellfield campus on Monday, after players had undergone testing earlier this week. As part of the return to play protocols set out by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the HPC at UCD has been outfitted with the required infrastructure to facilitate a safe return to training, for restricted training sessions.

Leinster and Munster will begin training again at their respective HPCs on Monday 22 June, with Connacht and Ulster returning to training a week later on Monday 29 June. The National Men’s and Women’s Sevens squads are due back in training from Monday 6 July.

Dolores Cahill: Students Blast Head of Medicine with 15,000 Word Letter after Failing to Respond to Complaints

The Dean and Head of School of Medicine at University College Dublin (UCD) has not responded to complaints from students regarding Professor Dolores Cahill’s recent false and misleading claims regarding COVID-19. Following coverage from this publication on UCD Professor Dolores…

UCD Sports Centre Warming Up For July 20th Reopening

The University College Dublin (UCD) Sports and Fitness Centre have confirmed they will be reopening in full on July 20th, in line with the government’s 4th and final phase of re-opening the economy. The government announced in May that there…

“Blended Learning” Could Spell Trouble For UCD | Letter to the Editor

Sir, – The College Tribune’s report on Jim Miley’s concerns regarding Teaching and Learning in the next academic year hints at wider problems that UCD (along with all other universities) now has to face.  In March and April, lecturers transitioned…

Minor Easing of Restrictions On Campus as Ireland Enters Phase 1

University College Dublin (UCD) begins easing restrictions from today, in line with the government’s commencement of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 exit roadmap. Staff will now be permitted on campus to fulfil essential tasks. Under the new guidelines issues by…

Governing Authority Gives No Sign Of Implementing Calls For Partial Refunds

The Governing Authority (GA) of University College Dublin (UCD) has given no indication of seriously considering calls to partially refund fees to students, GA sources suggest. In recent weeks, a group of primarily international and graduate students have called on…

UCD Cancels Autumn Erasmus Exchanges

University College Dublin (UCD) has suspended all Erasmus+ and Non-EU Exchange programmes for the Autumn Trimester 2020.  The popular Erasmus+ scheme which allows students to travel abroad to partner universities across Europe has been cancelled for all UCD students between…