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President Deeks Leads Restructuring of University Management Team A reduction in numbers on management team

By Ronan Coveney Editor In one of his first moves as president, Professor Andrew Deeks has restructured the university management team. In consultation with the Registrar Professor Mark Rogers, a revised team has already been set up with it’s first meeting taking place in the last week of January. The management team has been reduced with Deeks stating that the new structure is “clear and reflects the strategic priorities

of the University.” A number of management subgroups have been disbanded with their business being handled directly by the restructured University Management Team. Deeks is also replacing the University Management Team Plenary with a Heads of School Forum, with the new President taking personal responsibility in chairing the forum. Four new sub groups have

President ways in on class size debate in email to university staff

been set up, which Deek’s classes as representing the universities priority areas. The four groups are ‘Research, Innovation and Impact; Education; Student Experience and Internationalisation. Deeks has also made it a plan to “personally engage with student groups”. In emails seen by the College Tribune Deeks states that this will ‘emphasise the central importance of a positive and holistic experience” for students.

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The president has also stated that he doesn’t expect any other changes to the management team in the short term. Meanwhile Deeks has also entered the debate on the issue of class size. In an email to all staff Deeks states that ‘Large classes can be a great student experience if there are sufficient opportunities for students to get together in smaller groups and to interact with academics.”

Deek’s continues “In my experience both in Australia and the UK, a minimum class size of about 15 is required to give the class sufficient dynamism , and also to give financial sustainability.” “There is no maximum effective class size, but large classes must have sufficient opportunities for students to interact at a smaller group level, both with each other and with academics.”


These articles appeared in previous issues of the College Tribune...

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he College Tribune, UCD’s oldest and only Independent newspaper, celebrates its 25th birthday this year. The Tribune began in 1989 under the leadership of Vincent Browne and has continued in many guises throughout the past 25 years. We hope that you enjoy this commemorative issue which captures some of the rich and varied history of the Tribune. From hilarious headlines to impressive interviews, the Tribune has not only been a snapshot of student life in UCD, but of Irish

Capturing the legalization of homosexuality, debates about abortion, divorce, the pill, rising fees, drugs and of course the antics of the Students’ Union, the Tribune has paid homage to a quarter century of student inquiry, protest and revolt. The Tribune has also been testimony to UCD students’ interest in journalism, indeed it has launched many great Irish journalists’ careers. It always surprises me that year in year out editors have taken up the difficult challenge of motivating the student population to write the punctual, coherent pieces of work, that they wouldn’t muster up for class. Some inventive front page headlines, momentous typos, ingenious page fillers and giant pictures are testimony to what is often a difficult task. However, the Tribune has maintained its reputation for quality, integrity and independence. It is this last element, that of independence, which has characterised the Tribune. Fearlessly challenging the Union and the University, the Tribune has held to account the powers that be in a university where bureaucratization is rampant. It has given a voice to a student population so often fragmented and atomised in the vast concrete jungle that is Belfield. This year celebrates the Tribune’s 25th year on campus, but the Tribune’s survival in UCD, celebrates an ongoing commitment to independent journalism and freedom of speech in a university where such a critical and fearless voice is often demanded.

2011-2012 Conor McKenna and Ryan Cullen 2010-2011 Colman Hanley 2009-2010 Cathy Buckmaster & Philip Connolly 2008-09 Jennifer Bray and Simon Ward 2007–08 Caitrina Cody 2006–07 Colin Gleeson 2005–06 Eoin MacAodha 2004–05 Andrew McGuinness 2003–04 Daniel McDonnell 2002–03 Peter McGuire and Cormac Delaney 2001–02 Eoghan Rice and Fergus O’Shea 2000–01 Thomas Geoghegan and BernardCantillon 1999–00 Alan Caulfield and Caroline Gibney 1998–99 Sorcha Hamilton and Arnold Dillon 1997–98 Peter Lahiff and Richard Oakley 1996-97 Gary O’Shea and Keith Woods 1995-96 Conor Lally 1994-95 Alison Moore & Mary-Therese Kelly 1994 Emmet Oliver 1993-94 Roddy O’Sullivan 1992-93 Sarah Binchy 1990-92 Michelle Thomas

1988-90 Eamon Dillon

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Features editor Ciara Roche looks back at 25 years in UCD….


“We switched off the lights and kept quiet for about 45 minutes as security personnel patrolled outside hurrying people out of the building. Two all nighters in a dark, dingy arts block with no food except for melted Yorkie bars from the vending machine was a total nightmare. Simon later told me that I’d lost it at a couple of points during the second night falling asleep at 45 degree angles in front of my laptop.” All nighters. Shoddy workmanship in order to meet a deadline. Drinking alcohol and eating pizza to celebrate almost every occasion. All cliches of the bittersweet student lifestyle. And if UCD’s independent, completely student run newspaper wasn’t going to reflect such cliches, then who was? Even The Guardian - or The Granuiad as it is mockingly nicknamed - has suffered infamous spelling or grammatical errors in its time. Whilst it may seem presumptuous to put our small newspaper in journalistic cahoots with such a respected publication, former editor Peter Lahiff ’s Guardian Press award for Diversity shows a degree of respect somewhat returned. On reading back through previous editors accounts of their times with the College Tribune, controversial stories, threats from UCD executives and harbouring grudges with societies, all takes a back seat to the realities of producing a fortnightly publication absolutely independently. As a completely student run publication, The College Tribune was never going to run smoothly. However, for those who became involved, the freedom and excitement that came with this lack of a safety net provided them with the agency to give students a newspaper that attempted to truly cater towards their interests. The College Tribune have always attempted to tell a story with either an edge or a sense of fun which has given the paper its own distinctive personality. With headlines such as ‘Genital Warts Irritate Walsh’ after a group of visitors staying for a conference on genital warts disrupted the planned first year accommodation, it was clear that the College Tribune enjoyed expressing serious doubt in the UCD administration, but with a sly smile. Features such as gossip columns discussing C&E and Commerce balls, and the now defunct but forever infamous Faustus column on student politics, gave UCD students cheeky pieces on their own activities. Important issues such as abortion, LGBT rights and of course, university fees were covered as they are today. Priding itself on covering the ‘unspoken’ topics, the Tribune particularly established its own distinct identity that catered perfectly toward the student generation. Maturing and discovering their own political views, the Tribune attempted to establish a paper that did not just emulate the broadsheets that students could already purchase themselves. Creating a platform for freedom of expression in the multi-cultural hotspot that is a university, the College Tribune has proved itself not just to be a different paper, but a vital one. Showing a vast breadth of interviews from stalwarts such as Bertie Ahern to Jack Carlton, the paper acquired figures that spoke to the students’ cultural interests as well as their political ones. Reflecting the diversity of the University and its

students, the paper’s interviews were always lively, humorous affairs that showed that youth and possible inexperience can capture the most candid of conversations. Even whilst capturing interviews with future Taoisigh, the Tribune always knew its biggest stories, and the ones that interested the UCD population the most, were pieces that focused on the campus and population itself. Features focused on information gained from surveying the campus gave an insight into the true realities of student life in UCD and succeeded in reflecting almost an entire generation in Ireland. Surveys on issues such as alcohol expenditure, drug use and religious practice showed such great journalistic ingenuity they were picked up by national newspapers The Irish Times and The Sunday Tribune, as well as being covered by RTÉ.

Creating a platform for freedom of expression in the multi-cultural hotspot that is a university, the College Tribune has proved itself not just to be a different paper, but a vital one. As the College Tribune grew, it never forgot the ethos it began with - that holding institutions of power to account was one of the central purposes of journalism. Over the past 25 years issues as big as student fees and the commercialisation of UCD were covered with the same gravity as an investigation into the security of the UCD campus. Opinion pieces regularly question the decisions made by the heads of UCD and especially questioned the overwhelming change that came to UCD during Hugh Brady’s tenure. Whilst national media supported Brady’s modularisation and leaps up the University rankings, The Tribune expressed the grievances felt by lecturers and students. Tales of the early obstacles of independence such as financial difficulties and last minute production delays have never hampered the freedom these struggles allowed. Despite a spelling mistake or two and some hampered lay outs, the importance of the journalistic efforts of the students were never completely undermined by coy errors. Described by one such editor as “power without responsibility,” writers had complete freedom to question authority, as much as legality would allow. With commercial, independent publications closing all over the media, for a paper to survive for 25 years, continued risks and innovations must be upheld. With past writers occupying much places in Irish national media, the College Tribune, and its education in how not just to run a paper, but a full-scale business, has proven to pave the road to success for many an aspiring journalist. Other student papers can keep their professional editors, better equipment, money and connections. A true student paper is one that stands on its own, and is made fully by who it represents.

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25 Years in Irish Business... A Different Take

Shane O’Brien sits down with ahem, Ahern, Quinn and O’Leary... In a great week for the College Tribune after 25 years of publication, CT Business got to sit down with arguably the three most influential people in Irish business over the last quarter of a century. In the most informal, open and forthright interview ever witnessed by the Irish people, heroes in their own right - Bertie Ahern, Michael O’Leary and Sean Quinn – conversed to Shane O’Brien about the ups and downs which have defined Irish business since 1989. CT: Gentlemen, let’s start at the beginning….. Bertie: WWW….WW…..Well as you and your readers may not be aware of it, the period during the 1980’s and start of the 90’s was a bleak, dreary time for this small, peripheral economy of ours. Unemployment was around 20% and foreign direct investment was a term associated with other European countries and emerging economies of the time – not Ireland. It was a club that we were determined to join when I took over the Fianna Fail Labour Ministry in ’87 – to bring back the short-lived prosperity of the Lemass era and make Ireland a success story on a global scale. Sean: Yes I’d have to agree with that, and the depressed economic conditions were accentuated in the border regions of Ireland – especially around my local areas of Cavan and Fermanagh. The country lacked political and economic leadership, and I wasn’t one for waiting around and seeing what initiatives the government were about the come up with – thus the birth of my business in Ireland. I started off with a small quarry in Derrylin, Co.Fermanagh, slowly but surely building up the largest conglomerate Ireland has ever seen, providing employment for thousands of people, even entire families in the border region and further afield. It’s a fact that people often forget. Michael: Look, the harsh reality is that Ireland wasn’t competitive at the time, and the blame obviously lies with two parties who were in bed with each other - the Irish government and the unions. To operate successfully in business, you must be competitive and address the fundamental needs of the customer, and we simply couldn’t do that in Ireland. It’s a lesson which I learned very early on in my career while running my newsagent businesses. I used to literally try and scare other newsagents away and detract other individuals from setting up rival newsagents in the area – not only with my rock-bottom prices but also with random PR stunts at local community events and random announcements at mass on Sunday. They soon got the message that I was the main show in town when it came to milk and bread. Charging the customers for use of the shop toilets was great for profits too. So what were the key factors to Ireland becoming such a successful economic story for the rest of the world to follow and loath? Do you think our rise in the mid-to-late 90’s was built on solid foundations? Bertie: I think that there were a number of macroeconomic as well as country-specific factors at play here. Without indulging myself or fellow like-minded Fianna Fail party members at the time, the rise of the Irish economy was primarily driven from the political leadership, who sought to implement progressive economic strategies and make Ireland an attractive investment proposition for the rest of the world. Sean: Construction. Yes, we had a lucrative corporate tax system and increasingly skilled workforce, but we, in Ireland, created a property bubble like no other. Our utter obsession with land ownership quickly gave rise to a boom which spiralled out of control very quickly. House prices saw a sharp rise around 2003. The government were championing it too, Bertie, make no mistake about it. It was ludicrous – like promoting the opening of more pubs in a country of alcoholics! And credit was flowing through the banking system, with consumption-hungry people being targeted by greedy and commission-driven financial institutions – a banker’s performance scorecard was the amount of loan facilities he or she had granted. What did we expect? Our wonderful business ethics to shine through? Michael: I think it occurred to people, very wrongly as I mentioned at the time, that Ireland was now deserving of a higher status, that we’d been a C-list country for many many years, just an unskilled, uncompetitive nation of nice people. We did many things right in the lead up to the boom – we got education right, we brought down the cost of doing business in Ireland, and we developed industries like financial services from scratch. But much like my airplanes (we just announced planned new routes from Dublin to the US for all of you J1 students) what goes up must come down. The foundations on which our economic success was built – i.e. construction and property speculation – were shakier than anyone could have imagined, except me of course. I think we can all agree that the last 25 years has been a rollercoaster for the Irish economy and the business landscape. With new issues and trends emerging – a focus on the increasingly important tech sector, renewed foreign interest in Ireland as an investment location and a gradual uptick in our economic position – what do you predict for the next 25 years in Ireland? Bertie: I hope for a brighter future for our children. Despite all the doom and gloom around the property bubble and its subsequent demise, and despite naysayers like Morgan Kelly and David McWilliams, I still foresee unlocked value in Irish property and so I’m predicting further development of commercial and residential development in Ireland over the next couple of decades, until the whole country becomes an enlarged version of your UCD campus. I’d be weary of the sustainability of tech firms and their products – I’d also be weary of its ability to detract the money which we still have in this country away from property development. Personally I’m rooting for the expansion of the Washington Speakers Bureau in Ireland so I can bring down my air miles – whatever about the money, too much travel can put years on you. Sean: Insofar as sustainable economic growth is concerned, I would agree with Bertie. I think we need to retreat to the real values which saw this country grow during the so-called Celtic Tiger – hard work and empowering entrepreneurs. Without being too specific, we need to give businesses back to the people who can continue their growth – to the entrepreneurs who founded them. More generally, I’m sceptical about the good news stories we are seeing at present about the influx of foreign capital into Ireland. The motives of these individuals and companies must be questioned – venture capital and vulture fund investors are rarely in it for the long haul. They will likely cash out in a couple of years and Irish entrepreneurs will overpay for Irish assets. This doesn’t sit well with me as an Irish entrepreneur who once employed 8000 people, something which Irish people often forget about me. Michael: I’m really looking forward to the next couple of decades in this country, provided the government of the day play ball with business and run the country in a progressive way. I think we’ve now realised that construction is no longer the Irish way – we need to focus on competencies which differentiate us from other countries. I think we have found these in the likes of Tourism and Tech, and in niche industries like Aircraft Leasing and manufacturing microchips. Success stories like Ryanair require outside-the-box thinking, like my copying of the SouthWest Airlines business model and applying it straight to Ryanair. We need visionaries like Bertie, Sean and myself, and many more, to bolster and develop both the public and private sector in Ireland for the next 25 years. Disclaimer: All views expressed represent that of the author and do not reflect those of the people cited above.

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Exploring a quarter century of fashion musts...

In celebration of our wonderful college paper turning 25 years of fabulous, we at T+ Fashion have compiled a list of some of the most relevant and memorable trends to grace the campus of University College Dublin. The Year of the Acid Wash Jean; Our founding members here at the College Tribune may very well have taken part in this incredibly popular fashion foray (Vincent we’re looking at you…). Often coupled with big hair and heavy eye makeup, the acid wash jean phenomenon lasted well into the early nineties. Chances are, if you manage to rummage around in your Mum or Dad’s photo albums, you’ll spot an utterly cringe worthy pair cladding their bottoms during their days as a student! Colour Blocking Under Sports Blazers ; A trend that should never have left the screens of Miami Vice fans, chances are if you stumbled into Coppers circa 1990, you would have come across this one. Maybe you even wore it (we pity you, we really do). There was nothing more stylish than a bright coloured, crew neck tee paired with a broad shouldered blazer. There were times when girls everywhere swooned at this one. Think Christian from Clueless ladies. When Lunchboxes Were Cool ; Prepare yourselves. Back in the day, there was no arts café. No mouth-watering chocolate muffins, no cold soggy pasta boxes for the UCD students of the 90’s to shove down their gobs on the way to class. No. It was the decade to be seen carrying a lunch box, and we think they’re still pretty damn cool. The Ever Versatile Combat Boot ; Epitomising grunge, the combat boot, along with the oversized plaid shirt, was the fashion staple of the early nineties. What an effortless way to look cool as you trudged to your lectures after one too many the night before, the combats held fast until the end of the decade when our fashion forward gazes were drawn to Ugg’s instead. Them Turtle Necks; Those N Sync boys had us all crooning after their bleach blonde locks and their cosy looking turtle necks, and, while we look back with shame, making yourself appear as if you had no neck at all, was pretty damn popular. The only plus we could possibly think of with these is the warmth they must have given in a Monday morning lecture. If only we had a time machine. Hoops, Not Just For Girls; If you were a hottie in the 90’s, you know you had one of these. Go on, admit it. Ra Ra Skirts; We weren’t in the 2000’s long before the fashion faux pas emerged. Pulling on these frilly Abercrombie skirts when it was like, 2 degrees outside, because YOLO. Being a Regina George Wanna Be; Those Juicy Tracksuits were never gonna happen. Yet Belfield was swapped with them daily. UGGS. UGH. The college shoe staple. You wore them to lectures, to lunch, on the bus, even out at night. Just because. And that’s a wrap. 25 years of trends we students shamelessly took part in out of peer pressure, Hollywood influence, or just bad judgement. Here’s to another 25 years.

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