Archive for Michael Murphy

UCC President says fees will rise again in first CSN interview

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 February 2011 by Steve

“UCC President Prof. Michael Murphy has warned that UCC’s finances cannot keep pace with the current surge in demand for college places in his first interview with Munster’s most visited student website, …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 7 February]

UCC President believes Hunt Report makes many welcomed recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“At a staff meeting last Wednesday, Dr. Michael Murphy, President of UCC, claimed the report of the National Strategy Group for Education was ‘welcome’ and rightly showed ‘the country’s vision of the future of education’ …” (more)

[Laura Cashman, College News, 4 February]

UCC President leaves students in great uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2011 by Steve

“Dr Michael Murphy, President of University College Cork, took part in an open Q&A session with students of the university in UCC Students’ Union Council on Wednesday the 19th of January …” (more)

[Cathal Brennan, College News, 3 February]

President grilled on fees, finances, at heated class council meeting

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“UCC President Michael Murphy was grilled on everything from conferring fees to student emigration at a heated class council meeting held in the Kane Building last Thursday …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 24 January]

UCCSU hits out at President over salary

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 November 2010 by Steve

“The UCC Students Union has criticised university President Michael Murphy over the extent of his pay, which was revealed in an article in the Irish Times yesterday …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 10 November]

UCC President’s salary is the epitome of hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The fact that UCC President Prof. Michael Murphy sees fit to take home a massive €232,151 a year, while simultaneously railing for the re-introduction of tuition fees, bringing printing fees back to UCC, and making cutbacks that strike to the very heart of the university’s educational experience, is a textbook lesson in hypocrisy …” (more)

[Greg O’Donovan, Cork Student News, 9 November]

President of UCC issues alcohol warning

Posted in Life with tags , , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Health problems and Ireland’s image abroad will worsen significantly unless rising alcohol abuse by young people is reversed, the head of one of the country’s biggest colleges has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

Academic leaders call for student supports

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“The government was yesterday urged by two leading academics to introduce financial supports for students who could not afford a possible doubling of registration fees to ensure they do not drop out of third-level education …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 2 November]

Fee announcement timing a PR disaster for college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“The timing of today’s joint announcement from President Michael Murphy of UCC and his CIT-based counterpart that they support the re-introduction of fees couldn’t possibly have been much worse …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 1 November]

UCC, CIT Presidents come out in favour of reintroduction of fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“In a surprise development today, the Presidents of both UCC and CIT, Dr Michael Murphy, and Dr Brendan Murphy respectively have both spoken out in favour of the reintroduction of third level fees …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 1 November]

UCC defends handling of harassment complaint

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“… Mr Evans said: ‘I assumed the findings had exonerated me and was relieved to have been cleared’. However, UCC president Dr Murphy, refuted this. He said the investigators had upheld the complaint regarding showing her the article about oral sex among bats and that this amounted to sexual harassment. Dr Murphy said the sanctions imposed on Mr Evans, a two-year period of intensive monitoring and counselling, were in line with UCC’s outlined protocols …” (more)

[, 18 May]

College boss praises funding approach

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork’s success in managing reduced Government funding should allow it to take advantage of any future upturn, its president Dr Michael Murphy has claimed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 May]

UCC president to meet students about fee plans

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 April 2010 by Steve

“The president of University College Cork (UCC) is due to meet students leaders today as opposition mounts against controversial plans to introduce a €65 graduation fee. The meeting comes a day after UCC’s Young Fine Gael branch presented the university’s vice-president for External Relations, Eamon Sweeney, with thousands of student signatures calling for the charge to be scrapped …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 April]

FF Chairperson Calls for President’s Resignation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 April 2010 by Steve

“Brendan Finucane , the newly elected Chairperson of UCC’s Fianna Fail Society, has called for the resignation of the college’s President in light of last month’s expenses scandal and in particular the recent conferring fee fallout. Mr Finucane said he believed that Dr Murphy had ‘completely lost the confidence of the student body’ in light of the expenses scandal …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 8 April]

High-flying UCC boss insists travel cut

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 March 2010 by Steve

“Travel policies which allowed University College Cork president Dr Michael Murphy rack up a €25,000 flight bill over two years have been tightened significantly, he has insisted …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

UCC President: What a joke!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 March 2010 by Steve

“… This has to be one the biggest scandals ever. In the single worst recession Ireland has ever faced, we have a leader of one the country’s biggest universities spending money on extravagance that is really unimaginable. Nearly €7,000 on 1st class flights from Cork to New York? Does anyone else not think that this is extortionate? …” (more)

[Scandalcentral’s Blog, 21 March]

President of indebted university enjoying the high life

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2010 by Steve

“Business class flights around the world with his wife, five-star accommodation, lavish dinners in exclusive restaurants – all part and parcel of the life of the president of University College Cork, and partly paid for by the taxpayer. Globetrotting Dr Michael Murphy’s extravagance comes despite the seven Irish universities having a collective debt of over €30m, including €13m from UCC alone …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 21 March]

College to pay back staff who donated wages to keep jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 December 2009 by Steve

“Staff of University College Cork who agreed to give a week’s wages back to help bosses keep jobs are to have the money repaid. In an email to all staff last week, just hours before Finance Minister Brian Lenihan announced wage cuts of 5% to 15% for all public sector workers, UCC president Dr Michael Murphy said the money was being returned and he thanked those who had contributed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 December]

Combining R&D investment is absurd, says college boss

Posted in research with tags , , , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One of the country’s senior academics last night warned the Government that plans to consolidate R&D investment at just one or two colleges nationwide were ‘absurd’. University College Cork President Professor Michael Murphy bluntly warned Tanaiste Mary Coughlan that excellence was to be found at every Irish university and college – and needed to be fostered through greater co-operation rather than enforced consolidation …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 3 November]

Higher education participation: quality vs. quantity?

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“As a PS to my recent blog post on access to higher education, I see that the President of University College Cork, Michael Murphy, has said that we should focus on the quality of students rather than on the quantity. He expressed the fear that student were being admitted into university programmes as a result of the drive to increase participation, whose ‘academic abilities are not sufficient for the particular course’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 November]