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Erasmus Students Offered Reflective Essay In Place Of Lost Credits Abroad

In the unprecedented times of Covid-19, UCD has been putting measures in place to allow students to continue their learning. Students who are currently studying abroad have been particularly affected and in recent days university staff have put in place…

First Off-Site Contact Tracing Centre Commences at UCD

A COVID-19 Tracing Contact Centre has recently began operating in UCD, this centre is the first of its kind outside of the HSE. The centre was set up by Prof. Mary Codd and Dr. Patrick Wall of the UCD School…

Students’ Union Gears Up For “Big Push” As Vote Passes To Hold Historic Online Elections

In an emergency meeting this week, UCD’s Union Council voted to approve moving the election of Executive Students’ Union Officers online. The constitution of the SU requires a two-thirds majority in favour of online voting in order to approve the…

Montrose Students Denied Refunds Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

Students that are currently renting properties from Aparto student accommodation in Montrose have been told they are not in a position to receive a refund. Despite many students having to return to family homes both in Ireland and abroad, Aparto…

UCD Doctor Calls On Government To Close Borders

Dr. Paddy Mallon, a consultant at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and professor of microbial diseases at UCD, has called on the government to close borders immediately in order to prevent new cases of COVID-19 entering the country. As one of…

Students “Not Expected” to Bear Brunt of COVID-19 Financial Fallout, says UCD President.

UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that students are not expected to receive any additional costs due to potential financial fallout in the university. He has also stressed delays in additional student supports and a negative short-term impact on UCD….

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…

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…

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…