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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DCU offers new programme for retirees

The programme will contain core elements as well as optional activities that aim to reflect the unique interests of the group as a whole in addition to each individual’s personal interests.

Dublin City University has launched a new programme aimed at engaging the talents of retired and soon-to-be retired professionals who are seeking new challenges into the latter stages of their careers.

The Advanced Transitions Programme will offer a combination of academic, personal and professional activities with the aim for its participants to realise an engaged and purposeful stage in later life through vitalising their skills, knowledge and expertise.

An initial pilot-programme will seek 25 participants in order to combine their expertise into a dynamic and engaging community at the college. A week-long programme ‘Ignite’ will introduce participants and explore their personal motivations for taking part where they will be questioned about their current plans and what they aim to achieve through the programme.

The outcome will provide a personalised plan as to how each individual will engage with the range of activities offered in the programme.

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USI calls for reversal of mental health cuts

USI says that the diversion of funds for mental health risks lives. Credit: Rebecca Lumley

The Union of Students in Ireland hosted a photocall outside Leinster house on Monday in protest of cuts to the 2016 mental health budget, which had originally ring-fenced €35 million for the sector.

USI members acted out scenarios which highlighted the €12 million cut, with one member wearing a Leo Varadkar mask seen taking a large bag of money from the promised funds, enclosed by a white fence.

A number of students from Trinity College Dublin held signs baring the message, “prioritize mental health” as well as the campaign’s social media slogan, #IAmAReason.

The outgoing USI president, Kevin Donoghue, said the focus of the event was to show that the Government was breaking their pre-election promise by diverting the ring-fenced funds.

“I think it highlights two things. First of all, the term “ring-fenced” is now meaningless in politics and secondly, the government, from our perspective anyway, don’t take the issue of mental health seriously enough,” he said.

“At what point can we trust our politicians to spend money where they say they’re going to spend it?”

The decision was originally made by incoming Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, who was replaced last week by Simon Harris as Minister for Health. The USI has said they will now appeal to him on the issue.

“We would be asking for him to evaluate the decision and evaluate the thought that went into that decision and ideally speaking, reverse it,” Donoghue said.

“If not, maybe we could talk about what other areas of mental health we could support with that €12 million.”

Donoghue has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Micháel Martin and Simon Harris requesting a meeting to discuss the diversion of the funds, as well as the current situation regarding mental health services in Ireland.

Rebecca Lumley

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