Trinity’s front lawns set to be wild-flower meadow

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s manicured front lawns are to be transformed into a bee-friendly wild-flower meadow after the public overwhelmingly backed the move. The college is set to announce on Friday that following an online poll which attracted almost 14,000 votes, the vast majority – 12,500 – voted in favour of replanting the front of the university which faces on to College Green …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 May]

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UCD fundraising campaign for testing lab

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – It was with a sense of incredulity that I read the report that UCD is seeking contributions from the public towards a €1 million fundraising campaign to increase the Covid-19 testing capacity at UCD’s National Virus Reference Laboratory …” (more)

[Eiven Curran, Irish Times, 1 May]

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‘Not Good Enough’ That Third-Level Funding Deprioritised, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Ireland’s universities are in a ‘serious financial situation’ as a result of revenue drop-offs amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing ‘education shouldn’t be way down the list’ when it comes to state funding priorities …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 30 April]

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Another Limerick college reveals re-opening date

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Limerick Mary Immaculate College has announced it will re-open on September 28 following the enforced shutdown due to Covid-19. The college has been closed since last month following the aggressive spread of the disease in Ireland and across the world …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 30 April]

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DCU Scraps Planned 4% Rent Increase on College Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has reversed its decision to implement a 4% rent increase on campus accommodation for next year, the college’s students’ union announced tonight …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 30 April]

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Reshaping Board Will Change Trinity’s Governance – And Not for the Better

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Trinity has established a high-level working group to advise College Board on possible restructuring of Board so as to enhance its effectiveness. This is in response to the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) recent prognostications on the governance of third-level educational institutions, which envisage a ‘one size fits all’ approach …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, University Times, 30 April]

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Board Members Slam Proposals That Could Reshape Trinity’s Governance

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“College Board members have reacted angrily to a major set of proposals – devised by an internal working group – that could see governance in Trinity drastically remoulded, with the possibility of an end to elected membership and the introduction of new criteria for serving on Board …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 30 April]

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Department of Health non-committal over Magee medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“The department of health has said it is readying its own business case for medical expansion in Northern Ireland but gave no assurances that a medical school will be based in Derry. Long-running plans for a medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus have been plagued with set-backs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 April]

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