Dublin City University

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Template:IrishUniInfoBox Dublin City University (DCU) is a university situated in Glasnevin on the Northside of Dublin in Ireland. Created as the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin in 1975, it enrolled its first students in 1980 and was elevated to university status in 1989 by statute. The university currently has around 6,000 undergraduate students. There are over 500 research postgraduates and over 1,800 taught postgraduate students at the college. In addition the college has around 3,000 distance education (Oscail) students. The college currently (2004) has 309 academic staff. Notable members of the academic staff include former Taoiseach John Bruton and the "thinking" Guru Edward De Bono. In early 2004 John Bruton accepted a position as Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Law and Government and in mid 2005 Edward De Bono accepted a position in the DCU Ryan Academy of Entrepreneurship at the Eeolas Institute in Citywest Business Campus.

The founding president of the institution was Dr Danny O'Hare, who retired in 1999. The current president is Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski.

About

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An aerial view looking eastwards in 1998
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The O'Reilly Library
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Environmentally friendly “pod” shaped lecture theatres layered with titanium panels at the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship at CityWest Business Campus

The university has a particularly strong research record, it is a research led university, and has regularly been recorded as bringing in more research income per members of faculty - or indeed as a percentage of total income - than any other university in Ireland. Its research team working on sensors at the National Centre for Sensor Research is considered one of the best in the world.

The university is also famous for its Centre for Talented Youth and is the location for The Helix a purpose built "performance space", which includes Ireland's largest concert hall, the Mahony Hall. The O'Reilly Foundation made a substantial contribution towards the new library, The John and Aileen O`Reilly Library. Library users can avail of photocopying/printing/scanning facilities, read microforms, watch videos/DVDs and access the internet. Dedicated laptop network points and wireless network access are available on three floors of the library.

The university prides itself on its modern facilities and often leads to the comment that building never stops on the campus. DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and research facilities. These include television and sound studios, computer laboratories and networking facilities, language and interpreting laboratories, a video-conferencing suite and print and graphical laboratories. These are in addition to modern research and teaching laboratories in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and computing. Their is an InterFaith Centre located on the campus, a Crèche, Dublin City University Language Services (DCU•LS), a medical centre, a Counselling Service and a Disability Service. Other social facities include The Venue (Student Arts Theatre, aka omega[Ω]), a Ticketmaster Outlet, Club & Society meeting and seminar rooms, Starbucks at the main restaurant (the first in the Republic of Ireland), three pool rooms and a “Glass Room” for band practice. Retail facilities include six restaurants and two bars, a campus wide snack delivery service (Littlebites), a Spar shop, barber, Allied Irish Bank branch, Xerox reprographic unit, USIT travel shop, Hodges Figgis bookshop, a second-hand bookshop and a beauty salon. DCU also has a campus radio station called, predictably enough, DCUFM. An Arts Committee was established in 1983. Since then, it has acquired more than 300 works of art, including paintings, tapestries and sculptures for the university.

The DCU Ryan Academy is home to the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. It also hosts the Irish arm of the US based National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which helps young people from less well-off backgrounds to build skills and unlock creativity.

The university was named "Irish University of the Year 2004-2005" [1] by the Sunday Times, UK. It was also ranked No 2 in the league table of Irish universities in the same newspaper.

DCU allows students to "de-register" and switch courses, this causes an artificially high non-completion rate (among the highest for the university sector), as the movement of these students (mainly first year undergraduates) into other courses within the university is not taken into account by university league tables.

The university recently completed an agreement with the Postgraduate Applications Centre in Galway.

University graduates are currently (2004) not eligible to vote for Ireland's upper chamber, Seanad Éireann, this is under review.

The universities current corporate identity dates from 2001 when the university decided to rebrand as it considered the "three castles" logo out of date and not representative of the universities vision.

History

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Ballymun Road Entrance
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Collins Avenue Entrance
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1989: The University's logo

In 1975 the institution was created, on a ad-hoc basis, and on June 18 that year Dr Danny O'Hare was made acting director of the institution and a day later the first governing body met. It was intended at this stage that the institution become the unified structure under which the colleges of what later became Dublin Institute of Technology would unite, but by 1978 it became apparent that this would not be the case and instead an independent institution developed.

In 1979 the institution was located on a 85 acre (344,000 m²) site 3 miles (5 km) from the city centre, just north of Albert College Park; the Albert College Building is the only significant remaining building from before this period. The Henry Grattan building was the first new building completed in 1981 along with the adjoining restaurant, many buildings have been added since forming a modern university campus.

The total area of the main campus is approximately 50 acres (202,000 m²) and is bordered by Collins Avenue, Albert College Park, Ballymun Road, Hillside Farm and St. Aidan's School. There are another 35 acres (142,000 m²) at St. Clare's Sports Grounds on the west side of Ballymun Road. This part of the campus also includes the Sports Pavilion. A further 10 acres (40,000 m²) situated along Griffith Avenue have been acquired recently. Entrances to the main campus are from Ballymun Road, to the west, and Collins Avenue, to the north.

The early focus of the institution was, in particular, on science and technology although it has also had a large business school. It has recently developed a presence also in the performing arts and in the humanities. The university is also famous for its work placement or INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) programme, the first such programme in Ireland.

The Computer Applications course in DCU was the first degree offered by the college and is Ireland's oldest computer science degree. The degree is more in demand than any other computer degree in Ireland and is the most highly regarded computer degree in the country, it has three times more first preferences through the Central Applications Office system than the next most sought after computer course in Ireland, Computer Science in Trinity College, Dublin. With 300 places per year, it also has the largest student intake of any computer science degree in Ireland (compared to 64 places per year in the computer science degree in TCD or 50 places per year in the computer science degree in UCD).

Note: Dublin City University uses the term "computer applications" very liberally. Computer Applications is normally a subset of computer science, but the subjects covered in the Computer Applications course DCU effectively make it a computer science course with a more practical, workplace-ready slant including an INTRA placement. DCU can afford to include the practical side of computer science because its courses are semesterized, unlike the majority of Irish universities, effectively allowing the college to cram more subject modules into a smaller time period.

Organisation

Academic

The academic organisation of the university is arranged into faculties and schools, a number of independent colleges are also associated with the university.

The university has recently undergone some reorganisation on the faculty level, with the school of education studies being incorporated into humanities & social science and the school of computing being incorporated into the engineering faculty. There are currently four faculties:

The university also hosts Oscail, the National Distance Education Centre.

All professional Actuarial Exams in the Republic of Ireland are held at the University.

Ireland's first purpose-built university nursing school was opened on DCU's campus in June 2004.

The university started its first link with an external college in 1993 with an agreement St Patrick's in nearby Drumcondra. Since then it has continued to confer degrees at several colleges, primarily in the north Dublin area. There are currently five linked colleges:

Collaboration

The university collaborates with a number of national and international organisations and universities on techology and research projects.

The AIC Adaptive Information Cluster with University College Dublin is one such initiative been based on computer and sensor technology to develop advanced applications in several areas. DCU and UCD also collaborate on a health research board funded programme of nursing decision making in Ireland,the first research programme in nursing in Ireland. The Center for Innovation and Structural Change with National University of Ireland, Galway and University College Dublin is a initiative to better utilise and develop international level research. ISERC (Irish Software Engineering Research Consortium) with the University of Limerick is a partnership to bring together and focus software engineering in Ireland. The University also collaborates with National University of Ireland, Galway and the pharmaceutical multinational Bristol-Myers Squibb on biopharmaceutical research. The National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at DCU and Wyeth Pharmaceutical have recently announced a research collaboration in the production of biopharmaceuticals. DCU also collaborates with the National Institute for Bioprocessing, Research and Training (NIBRT) its main partners are UCD, TCD and Sligo IT. The university has a strategic alliance with Cornell University's Nanobiotechnology Centre (NBTC). The National Centre for Sensor Research collaborates with the Royal college of Surgeons in Ireland on Biomedical Diagnostics research. The NCSR also collaborates with University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway, University of Wollongong, Australia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.


Plasma and Vacuum Technology with Queen's University of Belfast is a cross-border programme to deliver online courses in plasma and vacuum technology without attending university based lectures. The Programme for Research on Grid-enabled Computational Physics of Natural Phenomena is a wide partnership with DIAS, National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Dublin, HEAnet, Met Éireann, Armagh Observatory and Grid Ireland. Development of research under the PRTLI Cycle 1 funded Institute for Advanced Materials Science, additional funding is now being sought to further research in the area of nanomaterials and nanotechnology with Trinity College, Dublin. The university also collaborates with the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain-Driven Research (CTVR) and with Bell Labs Research Ireland (BLRI)

The university also has aggreements with organisations and universities outside of Ireland. For instance the University at Buffalo is a strategic partnership to develop research in the east United States. Focal.ie is an ongoing project with the University of Wales, Lampeter to develop a Irish language terminology database online. The Catholic University of Lublin has a partnership with the university to deliver and accredit a Master of Business Administration in Poland.

The university also hosts many public events such as monthly lectures in the areas of physics and astronomy in collaboration with Astronomy Ireland, held in "The Venue" complex in The Hub (DCU Student Centre) and Irish Inventor Association seminars held at the Invent Centre.

The composition of the student body represents every county on the island of Ireland and over 60 countries worldwide, spread accross all six continents. The college has educated students from Australia to Brazil and Japan to Iceland. International students currently make up just over 10% of the student body. The university is strongly committed to international education and internationalising its campus. Apart from the large number of exchanges the university also welcomes international students as part of its Study Abroad Programme and offers programmes jointly with institutions based outside Ireland and is rapidly expanding a wide range of international activities.

Governance

The university is headed, titularly, by the Chancellor, currently the Hon Ms Justice Mella Carroll of the High Court of the Republic of Ireland, the President, currently Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is the "chief officer" of the university, comparable to that of a chief executive officer. The functions of the Governing Body of the university is outlined in the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, Act, 1980 and was later amended in the Dublin City University Act, 1989 which raised the institution to that of a university and provided for related matters.

There are several other important acts concerning the college include the Universities Act, 1997, which allows the creation of University Statutes. The Copyright Act, 1963, as amended by the act of 1989, states that every university in the Republic of Ireland is entitled to one copy of every publication published within the state.

Student activities

Clubs and societies

Their are a broad variety of clubs and societies, representing a wide range of interests such as culture, music and sport - as well as academic interests:

Student publications

Their are several publications by and for students including:

Facilties

Accommodation

In the Republic of Ireland, unlike other industrialised nations, on campus accommodation in universities is a relatively new innovation. Since the mid 1990s all Irish universities have built up a stock of quality campus accommodation although still on campus living is still uncommon for students. Most accommodation is of apartment rather than halls of residence type and is managed by DCU Campus Residences.

The university has built several modern apartment and residences. Larkfield Apartments have 127 units, each with two study bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area within each unit. The Postgraduate Residences have 37 apartments, each with two, three or four en-suite bedrooms. the Hampstead Apartments consist of 57 units, each with three or five en-suite bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area. The College Park Apartments consist of 450 units, each with four or five en-suite bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area.

Sport

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University Sports Complex

Sports facilities on the campus include a sports complex and fitness centre which incorporates: An aerobics studio, spinning studio, quiet studio, four sports halls, two squash courts, a glass-backed handball/racquetball court, a gallery that accommodates table tennis and a body conditioning arena, nine grass and astroturf pitches, a rock climbing hall, a three-lane 25 metre indoor sprint track and a fully equipped gym outfitted with cardiovascular machines, free weights and resistance machines. Highly-skilled specialist sports trainers are always on hand in the Sports Complex to advise on fitness regimes. The university sports club holds 37 classes per week, these classes cover everything from aerobics to weight training. The sports complex also includes a twenty-five metre, five-lane deck level swimming pool with tepidarium, footbaths, spa pool, steam room, wellness spa, multi-jet pulse showers and sauna. It opened in January and has Ireland's largest elite sports performance gym.

The main sports hall can be divided into three full size volleyball, badminton or basketball courts. The facilities at St. Clare’s Sports Ground include three GAA pitches, two soccer pitches, one rugby pitch and one Astroturf pitch for hockey or soccer and a five-a-side soccer centre.

There are twelve tennis courts in Albert College Park (Tennis Ireland National Training Centre) and a further five tennis courts are situated at Glasnevin Lawn Tennis Club adjacent to St. Clare's Sports Grounds. There is also a GAA pitch, a grass athletic track and four or six soccer pitches (depending on configuration) in the Albert College Park.

Other

The are four licensed premises on the campus, they also sell a wide selection of food; the “old bar” (aka alpha [α]), the “new bar” (aka beta [β]), The Helix and Spar (off-license) also sells a large selection of wines.

Their are several restaurants and cafes; the Main Restaurant and the first Starbucks (in Ireland) are located in the Pavilion building. Zero-1 is located in the basement of the O`Reilly Library. The Invent Centre, The Helix, Nursing School and Business School each have their own restaurants. The 1838 Club is a restaurant for academic staff and postgraduate research students, it is located in the Albert College Building. Littlebites allows students and staff to order food to anywhere on campus. There is a second Starbucks located in the Sports Complex, the third in Ireland after Microsoft Ireland.

Research

A list of current campus companies can be retrieved from the Invent Innovation and Enterprise Centre website.

Note: these lists are incomplete.

Centres

Laboratories

See also

External links

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