Trinity College launch philanthropic campaign to raise €400m for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is launching a worldwide fundraising campaign to help it reach a target of €400m to develop the campus, recruit more academic staff and improve the student experience generally. It is Trinity’s first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 May]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast said that applications to Trinity had decreased a further 20%, after last year’s drop

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications to Trinity from Northern Ireland have dropped by around 20% this year as a result of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast. This drop is on top of a 20% decrease in applications from Northern Irish students last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 April]

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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education. The university’s academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 April]

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Defunding Trinity paper a disproportionate response – Provost

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

Ireland“Voting to defund the University Times (UT) newspaper in a referendum among Trinity College Dublin students was not a ‘proportionate or reasonable response’ to controversy over its reporting, provost Patrick Prendergast has said. Last month the student newspaper reported on an initiation ceremony involving the all-male society, the Knights of the Campanile, in the apartment of the society’s president Ben Arrowsmith …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Trinity becomes a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin became a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day, 6 March. The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne marked this milestone with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Students’ Union Sports Officer, Darragh Flood and Healthy Trinity Ambassador, Nuria de Cos Lara by hitting a cigarette-shaped piñata hanging from a tree in Front Square …” (more)

[Trinity College, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 March]

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Trinity signs ‘Brexit-proof deal’ to link up with UK university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK. The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 January]

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Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Trinity Students circulate open letter to Provost condemning TEP

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity students have this week circulated an open letter, calling for signatures from students condemning the ‘catastrophic’ implementation of the Trinity Education Project (TEP). The letter has been signed by over 100 students and will be sent to the Irish Times next week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 6 January]

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Trinity inaugurates Dr Sean Barrett as new Pro Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Economist and former Senator, Dr Sean Barrett, has been inaugurated as the new Pro-Chancellor of Trinity at a ceremony held in the Provost’s House last week. Barrett previously worked as a senior lecturer at Trinity’s Economics Department. He is also a fellow of Trinity, and was elected to the Dublin University constituency of Seanad Éireann, where he served until 2016 …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 18 December]

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Bewailing Rankings, The Provost Tries to Rewrite History and Redefine His Legacy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March 2016, this Editorial Board remarked that it had become increasingly clear that university rankings were becoming the central element of Patrick Prendergast’s provostship – going so far as to say that they would end up being the thing he would be remembered for. After all, the undertakings that provosts are remembered for typically occur in the middle years of their 10-year term of office …” (more)

[University Times, 26 November]

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Provost, a ‘Believer’ in Public Funding, Defends College’s Commercial Strategies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has defended the College’s record on philanthropy and commercialisation, insisting that relying on government funding would mean that ‘everything would have continued to tumble down’. Speaking frankly about the state of public funding in an address to staff and students …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 November]

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Provost says Trinity is ‘under-ranked’, as he presents new Strategic Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is ‘under-ranked’ compared to other universities, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said at an address to staff and students this afternoon. Prendergast has noted that this was his last ‘State of the College’ address before his tenure ends in 2021. Speaking in the Edmund Burke lecture theatre, Prendergast called Trinity’s drop in the rankings a ‘paradox’ …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Ciaran Sunderland and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Take Back Trinity Helped ‘Transform College Life’, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has praised the impact of this year’s Take Back Trinity protests, which he said helped ‘transform college life’. Prendergast made the comments in his annual review, published this evening, and said students ‘successfully protested against a supplemental exam fee in the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 November]

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€300k Spent on Refurbishments to the Provost’s House

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent approximately €300,000 on refurbishments to the Provost’s House over the summer months this year, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times, which also outlined the nature of the works …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 31 October]

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Trinity sees 33% increase in research funding over last five years

Posted in Research on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity received €100.6m in research funding last year, marking an increase from the €74m raised four years ago, and a 33% increase over the last five years. Provost Patrick Prendergast outlined the funding figures at the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Strategy Day Workshop last week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 26 October]

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Trinity College Dublin secures €100m 30-year loan from European Investment Bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has secured a long-term loan of €100 million from the European Investment Bank to fund four development projects on its campus. These include the soon-to-be-built €60 million E3 Institute, which brings together the subjects of engineering, energy and environment under one roof. The other projects include refurbishment of the arts block, an expansion of the school of law and new student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry, Dublin 6 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity Must Work Harder to Make Its Graduates Employable

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recently, QS Rankings released its annual list of the top 500 universities, ranked in order of the employability of their graduates. At first glance, this seemed to present good news for Trinity, as it improved on the previous year’s rank in this category …” (more)

[Paddy Mockler, University Times, 4 October]

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Science and the value of broad horizons

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Patrick Prendergast’s article provides an excellent argument for the value of national investment in fundamental research (‘Fundamental research key to Irish culture of innovation’, Opinion and Analysis, September 24th). Advances in science, and in its applications, rarely come solely from brilliant individuals; rather they emerge from teams and networks, often crossing borders of nations and companies …” (more)

[Miles Parker, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Provost’s Sway Over Board Under Scrutiny

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After years of concerns about the frequency of meetings, the supply of documents and the ‘dictatorial’ role of Provost Patrick Prendergast, Trinity is to carry out an internal review of the College Board, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 25 September]

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