The challenge of change

“The academic fortress of College Green must be something of a hard station for Dr John Hegarty. As provost of Trinity College since 2001 his work has been difficult and thankless. Much of the support that propelled him into office evaporated when the real work began. The formidable job of restructuring a 400-year-old university has left him isolated and increasingly absent from public view. Hegarty took office at an unsettled period in third-level education. Since the abolition of fees in 1995, universities have been under increasing financial pressure. There have been calls from industry and Government for third-level institutions to abandon isolationist policies and embrace buzzwords – knowledge economy, globalisation, accountability. The quest to obey the State and pay the bills has seen every university in the country rethink its approach …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 16 December]

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