Wednesday, 15 July 2020
UCD STUDENTS’ UNION WORRY THAT UCD ARE OVER-PROMISING CLASS TIME TO STUDENTS TO FILL ACCOMMODATION AND TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Conor Anderson, UCD Students’ Union President said;
‘Prof. Mark Rogers, UCD Registrar, recently sent a message to all students giving details on how UCD is planning to re-open campus in September. We echo the concerns of academic staff regarding the proportions of in-person learning vs. online learning that management have promised. The Registrar has said that undergraduate students can expect “40-60%” of their learning to take place on-campus, while graduates can expect “75-100%.”
However, based on a cursory look at the proposed timetables for some of UCD’s master’s programs, this seems to be an exaggeration. In one course, students will have zero in-person class-time for the first five weeks of term, after which they will be expected to be on-campus one day per week. That is closer to 0% than it is to 75%.
I am worried that UCD has been over ambitious in the hopes of attracting international students and filling on campus accommodation. This, alongside plans to increase both fees and the number of enrolled students, belies a total lack of concern for student welfare and the public good.
We call on UCD to be completely transparent with all its prospective students and to respond to our requests for clarification. Students deserve to make informed decisions on whether they will need accommodation near campus or if it will be safe to return to campus, and if they should travel from abroad to UCD.’