University College Dublin

Established in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest, most diverse and globally engaged research intensive university with over 30,000 students from some 120 countries worldwide.

Founded on the educational principles of its first Rector, John Henry Newman, the university seeks to contribute to society through the excellence and impact of its research and scholarship, the quality of its graduates and through its engagement nationally and internationally.

At UCD, research and innovation are seen as essential drivers of a dynamic economy, an informed society and a vibrant culture. UCD scholars work on tackling diverse national and global challenges, and the university community comprises individual scholars, research groups, start-up companies and large-scale collaborations with Government, industry and other partners.

Among its best-known graduates is the writer James Joyce, author of Ulysses, and regarded as ‘the father of the modern novel’.

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What’s going on at Yahoo?

The options available to Yahoo following another disappointing round of earnings and increasing angst among investors.
Jubilant scenes from Ireland’s ‘Yes’ cohort after a referendum victory that is echoing around the world. AAP/Aiden Crawley

Irish vote could be a green light for a social revolution worldwide

The impact of Ireland's affirmative vote on marriage equality is getting attention from all around the world. Will the result create a "social revolution" as some are suggesting?
Yes or No to equal marriage rights? Irish voters will have their say on Friday May 22, with the result due on Saturday. EPA/Aidan Crawley

Why Ireland’s marriage referendum could go right down to the wire

While Ireland's pro-marriage equality campaign is leading in the polls, the gap has narrowed ahead of Friday's vote. And history shows that Irish referendums can be far closer than the polls predict.
A still from the film Los Hongos, by Oscar Ruiz Navia, 2014. Images courtesy of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

Film festivals have impact, sure, but we need to measure that

Showing the "impact" of arts and cultural events is ever more important. But defining and measuring that impact requires long-term tracking and customised tools.
The march towards equal marriage rights in Ireland is well ahead of Australia, yet the level of public support in each nation is remarkably similar. William Murphy/Flickr

The battle for middle Ireland and Australia over marriage equality

Support for equal marriage rights in Ireland and Australia is remarkably similar: 71% in Ireland and 72% in Australia. The key difference is that Australian politicians are choosing not to listen.
Putin leads Russia by sporting example. Borodun

Success at Sochi will restore pride to Russia’s self-image

The image of a bare-chested president Vladimir Putin sitting astride his horse or speeding down ski slopes is by now a familiar one. Not since Vladimir Ilyich Lenin himself has Russia had such a sports…
Is it fair that parents on 457 visas need to pay for their children to access public education? School image from www.shutterstock.com

Free universal education? Not if your parents are on a 457 visa

Last week Western Australian state treasurer Troy Buswell announced as part of his budget that any temporary 457 visa holders would be charged A$4,000 a year to send each child to state schools. Justifying…
To the barricades: anti-abortion bill protesters on the march in Ireland. informatique

Opinion shifting, but battle rages in Ireland over abortion

There is a dog fight going on in Ireland. Four politicians from Fine Gael, the main party in government, have been dismissed from the party because they voted against a new bill that will permit abortion…

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