Prof Andrew Deeks, president of UCD, with Rising to the Future, the university’s strategy document for  2020-2024: ‘We  rethought our Plan B and Plan C in order to come up with this ambitious, but achievable, plan.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke

If there really is a funding crisis in higher education, you wouldn’t know it to look around UCD’s sprawling campus at Belfield, south Dublin. Cranes(...)