Time to be ambitious. We need a Department of Higher Education and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Malley’s decision to open up secondary education to all Irish people. A second example was Sean Lemass’s decision to ditch protectionism in favour of an open economy …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 1 June]

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In Plan to Re-Open Accommodation, Students to be Told: ‘Do Things Differently’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student residents will need to ‘do things differently’ next year, The University Times has learned – they’ll be told to keep kitchens and shared spaces clean, as part of College’s plans for a phased re-opening of its accommodation …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 28 May]

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No Decision on Re-Opening of Book of Kells Exhibition, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has not yet made a decision on when the Book of Kells exhibition, which has been closed since March, will re-open for visitors. Provost Patrick Prendergast ordered the closure of the exhibition on March 10th, along with the Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde museum …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 May]

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Campus Will Re-Open to Residents Next Monday, But Staff Told to Stay Home

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s residents can return to campus from next Monday onwards, as part of phase one of the re-opening of Ireland amid the coronavirus pandemic, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 May]

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No Decision Yet on When, How College Will Re-Open Accommodation Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2020 by steve

“College has yet to make a decision on when and how it will re-open its accommodation next year, with questions unanswered about the logistics of moving students back into communal living arrangements …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 11 May]

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Online Teaching to Continue Into Next Year, Provost Confirms

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Online classes are likely to continue into next year, along with a return to real-life contact ‘in a responsible way’, Provost Patrick Prendergast said this evening. While large lectures will be delivered online, smaller lectures, seminars and tutorials will return to campus, Prendergast said, in a video released on Twitter tonight. Groups will, however, be moved into larger lecture theatres to allow for social distancing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 May]

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Why is the Provost So Quiet on Board Changes With Huge Autonomy Implications?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“In recent years, when Provost Patrick Prendergast has ventured into the media, he’s tended to focus predominantly on one issue: funding. Small wonder: for third-level, government underinvestment has been the monster at the end of the bed for years – and in the last few months, with economic crisis looming, Prendergast has been making the case for state funding more stridently than ever …” (more)

[University Times, 4 May]

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Universities eye more Irish students to replace overseas losses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities want extra Irish student places to be funded by the Government in the coming academic year to replace a sharp drop in the number of international students. The Irish Universities Association is seeking a €230 million stability fund which it says could provide additional student places in access programmes for those from under-represented backgrounds, as well as improved grants and wellbeing supports …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 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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On Third-Level, a Provostial Warning is Worrying. It’s Also Likely to Go Unheard

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“We’re now into a sixth week of national lockdown, and it’s becoming harder and harder to close your eyes to the financial crisis we’re sprinting headlong into as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Most days bring ominous warnings from some expert or other about the scale of the dangers facing the economy, and the precipitous nature of the fall we’re likely to suffer. Higher education’s stakeholders are clearly terrified – and it’s hard to blame them …” (more)

[University Times, 26 April]

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Coronavirus means income from overseas students likely to be wiped out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“You can hardly turn on the news these days without hearing an academic expert explaining the latest developments in the global fight against Covid-19. Some have become household names …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Student Hardship Fund Raises €200k in A Week, After Graduate Appeal

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity Development and Alumni has raised over €200,000 for the student hardship fund, after launching an appeal for donations last Friday. In an email to staff and students, Provost Patrick Prendergast said that ‘many alumni have responded in support of students at this most difficult time’, and described the donation drive – which was launched on behalf of Senior Tutor Aidan Seery – as ‘extraordinary’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 9 April]

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Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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On Zoom call, provost confirms ‘no detriment’ policy discussion next week

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The possible implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments will be discussed at the University Council meeting next Wednesday, the provost confirmed on a Zoom call with Trinity residents, while also offering assurance that leases will be extended …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 3 April]

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With Email Bombardment, Students Step Up ‘No Detriment’ Campaign

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity students have today begun a campaign of email bombardment against the College, demanding the implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessment. The move marks an escalation of a campaign – launched by students Amber Davy and Grainne Sexton – that began with a petition earlier this week …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 3 April]

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Provost Given Power to Make Exam Decisions Without Board Approval

Posted in Teaching on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s provost, vice-provost and senior lecturer have been given the power to make decisions on summer exams without having to consult College’s decision-making bodies, The University Times has learned. The move comes as Trinity battles to put in place summer exam structures amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 1 April]

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TCD provost says new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College Dublin has said new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year on foot of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In a video message to students, Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Will Suffer ‘Financial Hit’ Due to Coronavirus, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has admitted Trinity will take a ‘financial hit’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but insisted College ‘won’t let our mission in education, research and innovation be derailed’ …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Provost reassures Leaving Cert students they will start college in autumn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Provost Professor Patrick Prendergast has reassured Leaving Cert students that they will be starting college in the autumn. ‘It might be slightly later than in previous years. It might be under slightly-adjusted criteria. But we will be welcoming you’, he said. His comments reflect the ongoing uncertainty over the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis on the education system, with schools already not due to re-open until April 20 at the earliest …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 March]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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