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E.T. Probe Home?! The Co-vid testing scandal

Due to a severe shortage of Covid tests, some patients opted for strange measures.  The Covid testing site based deep in the Courtown forest, was just one of many strange consequences of the Coronavirus crisis, and gained national news coverage, as the Irish public entered phase two of restrictions. These scam testing sites popped up all across the country, bringing plenty of tourism to previously unheard-of villages, such as Moon Coin.

“The University does not care about their students” – UCD Student with Disabilities | Opinion

Concern over how University College Dublin (UCD) will be able to safely bring students back onto campus is growing among the student population, particularly amongst students with disabilities or serious illnesses. When updating students about how teaching will commence on campus during the summer semester, the only reference to these students is that the university is exploring options to protect vulnerable students.

The J1 That Never Happened: How Summer 2020 Tanked For US Hopefuls

As lockdowns across Europe begin to ease, and with the school year right around the corner, the stress and insecurity of the first few weeks of lockdown may feel further and further away from us now. However, many of our fellow students are still just recovering, or yet to recover, from one of the first and most obvious impacts of the coronavirus: visa cancellations. 

Students May Attend Class Significantly Less Than UCD Are Promising, say UCD Academics

University College Dublin’s (UCD) plan for undergraduate students to attend between 40 and 60% of their classes in the Autumn Trimester may not reflect the reality for many students, according to numerous academic sources within the university. Speaking confidentially to…

Thomas Grund: In Getting Students Back On Campus, Money Is All UCD Cares About | Op-Ed

It took months into the pandemic for University College Dublin (UCD) to realise that teaching in the autumn cannot go ahead as usual. Only on May 28th, UCD’s President Andrew Deeks communicated to staff a teaching framework, which is largely…

UCD Students Can Retrieve Items From Lockers Tomorrow

Students will be able to retrieve their items from lockers in University College Dublin (UCD) in a supervised capacity from Friday July 17th, UCD Estate Services have confirmed. Lockers can be accessed under supervision by UCD Estate Services, who will…

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…

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.

No Sign of Fee Reductions for an Upcoming Year of Blended Learning

Several Irish universities, including University College Dublin (UCD), have ruled out fee reductions for students this Autumn semester despite fundamental changes in how courses will be delivered as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. Movements to ‘blended learning’ with drastic reductions…

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.