CAO offers: DCU Education & Arts grow and STEM points soar

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Dublin City University saw a large growth in Education and Arts following today’s first round of CAO offers, while an increased demand in Business and STEM programmes has led to a soar in points.

Almost 650 offers were made to prospective students for undergraduate programmes in education at the newly established DCU Institute of Education.

This institute, the country’s first university faculty of education, was created through the DCU Incorporation Programme which combined St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education with DCU.

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USI backs calls for reintroduction of postgraduate grants

Minister for Education Richard Bruton.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for Ireland’s political parties to band together in order to honour pledges made in their General Election manifestos to reinstate grants for postgraduate students.

The call follows Fianna Fail’s backing for the reintroduction of postgraduate grants in recent weeks, since they were axed in the midst of austerity cuts four years ago.

“Since the postgraduate grants were cut, thousands of students have been denied the opportunity of progressing beyond undergraduate level.” said USI Deputy President Jack Leahy.

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DCU to rename half its buildings after inspirational women

Kathleen McNulty (left) operates the differential analyser in the basement of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. The School of Computing will be renamed after the Donegal native.

Dublin City University is set to rename half of its buildings after women, Dr Christine Loscher announced at Inspirefest last week.

As part of the campus redevelopment plans that are being implemented across the Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and All Hallows’ campuses, all of the University’s buildings are to be renamed.

“We’re renaming all of our buildings in DCU because we have a massive campus development plan that we’re going through at the moment, so we’ve decided to rename all of our buildings but 50pc of them will be named after females,” Dr Christine Loscher, Director of DCU’s new Health Technologies Research and Enterprise Hub announced.

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Large number of students skip meals in order to afford to attend college

More than 58% of students in Ireland are forced to miss meals to afford to stay in college, according to a recent survey conducted by the Union Students of Ireland (USI).

The national survey, which received over 870 responses, showed that 77% of students borrow, or have borrowed, money from friends or family to stay in college and more than a quarter of the people surveyed admitted to having gone to charities such as St. Vincent De Paul, among other food banks to obtain food.

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New digs licence agreement published by Students’ Union

“The agreement will ensure transparency and protection to students who often don’t know their rights."

A new licence agreement has been published by DCU Students’ Union for students living in digs, which will inform them of their rights on issues such as rent reviews, deposits, cost of meals and insurance. 

The agreement outlines how much the student will pay to the landlord each month, the deposit amount, cost of meals, rent review, contents, insurance, whether they may have pets, whether they can live in the property during weekends, their minimum notice period, what areas of the house they may use, and household costs, amongst other things.

All DCU students received an email from outgoing DCUSU Welfare Officer, Domhnaill Harkin explaining the licence agreement which was drawn up by the SU’s solicitors.

“This agreement will ensure our students now have legal protection when they live in digs, if disputes ever arise over issues such as rent payment, notice to leave or other issues,” Harkin told The College View.

The agreement now gives students full legal protection. However both the student lodger and the landlord must sign the agreement for it to be deemed valid.

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