In Trinity I have learned to expect the worst

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reflecting on the organisational disasters of Trinity’s last academic year, it is difficult to approach the oncoming term with any hope. The consensus on the 2018/19 year was unanimous: Trinity’s implementation of the Trinity Education Project, or TEP, was woefully executed, and led to a year-long string of issues that primarily affected Sophister students …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 5 September]

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Derry medical school not financially viable, says Northern Ireland Civil Service head Sterling

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

“The head of the Civil Service has poured cold water on hopes that Ulster University (UU) will deliver on plans for a medical school at its Londonderry campus. In a letter to the chief executive of Derry and Strabane Council, David Sterling said the business case submitted by the UU makes no provision on funding the medical school from its budget …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 4 September]

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Moving away from points system may not level the playing field

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In her recent column, Joanna Siewierska, president of UCD students’ union, makes many good points but two points in particular deserve comment (‘Time to change our unfair CAO points system’, Education Opinion, September 3rd) …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Ministers attend Topping Out Ceremony at Grangegorman Central Quad for TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe today attended a topping out ceremony at the Grangegorman Central Quad to mark a significant milestone in the project at the site for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 September]

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Tyndall National Institute secures additional €8m in EU funding

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tyndall National Institute has announced that it successfully secured over €8m in European funding as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The institute was one of the biggest individual Irish beneficiaries of this significant round of 2019 funding, despite stiff competition from other European bodies …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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New Dublin Metro Line Could Disrupt Trinity’s Physics Research

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Work on a new Dublin new metro line planned to run under Trinity’s School of Physics could disrupt research taking place in the building, according to the school’s manager. Metrolink, which will link Dublin Airport to the city centre, was originally meant to run underneath the College’s Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), but the proposed route has since been altered and it is now set to lie beneath the Fitzgerald Building …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 September]

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Trinity Introduces Gender Neutral Option on Official Records

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will soon be able to opt for gender neutral pronouns in official College records, marking a significant expansion to the College’s gender recognition policies. Students will be addressed by their first name in College letters and emails …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 September]

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Half of Irish adults lack the digital skills needed to compete in the workplace

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Half of Irish adults risk exclusion from the workforce because they don’t have the digital skills required to thrive. The economy has become digital and Ireland ranks sixth in Europe for digitisation – the progress being made in terms of connectivity, internet use for activity such as online transactions and communication, advanced and basic digital skills, digital public services and the integration of digital technology in business – according to the EU Digital Economy and Society Index 2018 …” (more)

[Liam O’Brien, Independent, 5 September]

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