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BELFIELD PAPERS: DPO Investigates Potential Data Breach

The UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) is internally investigating into highly sensitive documents recently discovered to be open to student access. The DPO has said they are “following the standard university incident management procedure,” in response to the allegations.  The…

Academic Spotlight: Kieran Allen

Kieran Allen is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology in UCD. He’s been in UCD since 1996, spent time as the Head of the School of Sociology, has had a long and active political career as a Marxist, being instrumental to…

Opinion: UCD Has A Problem With Apathy

UCD has a problem with student apathy. Moreover, this highly pervasive problem is affecting some of the core and essential pillars to university life: societies, UCDSU, academia, socialising etc. etc.  The biggest threat to the student’s experience of university today,…

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….

Apathy Amongst Electorate in Recent Class Rep Elections

Out of 32,000 students who study in UCD only 303 chose to stand for election in the recent Class Rep elections held on the 7th and 8th of October. 303 candidates make up less than 1% of the student body….

Arts VS STEM: An examination of the deepening schism between STEM and Arts in Universities.

When I tell people that I’m studying English, I’m often met with ‘So you’re going to become a teacher?’, followed by ‘You went to Dublin for that?’, and then I’m ultimately reassured by a variation of ‘Well sure, if you…

Society Spotlight: UCD Northern Society

UCD’s Northern Society is a new Society aimed at promoting and spreading the positives of Northern Ireland and its culture. I sat down with NorthSoc Auditor Shannon Bas to find out what’s on offer for their members this year. ‘[NorthSoc’s]…

UCDSU Launches Campaign to Promote Rent A Room Scheme

UCD Students’ Union has launched a campaign to promote ‘Rent A Room Scheme.’ This campaign aims to improve the uptake of UCD students into homes in the surrounding areas. Due to high rent costs and an ongoing housing crisis, UCD…

Survey: Students Stuck Under Parent Finances

The reality of ‘free fees is not as simple as it may seem. According to a recent survey, one-third of college students in Ireland turn to their parents for financial assistance for college fees. Bank of Ireland’s Financial Wellbeing Programme…

Pretty Little Protest: Environmental Protest Sparks Controversy From Within Student Union Ranks

On Wednesday October 2nd, UCD Students’ Union held a collaboration event with fashion chain Pretty Little Thing with proceeds being donated to charity. This event was overshadowed by controversy surrounding a protest of the event. The event was protested by…

Society Spotlight: UCD Volunteers Overseas Society (UCDVO)

This is a sponsored article The UCD Volunteers Overseas (‘’UCDVO’’) society encourages UCD students, staff and alumni to raise awareness and fundraise for a multitude of causes. UCDVO is not similar to any of the other societies you will find…