Fee Arrangements Maintained for UK and Irish Students Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed that existing fee arrangements will be maintained for Irish students enrolling in UK universities in 2020/21, amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s implications …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 10 January]

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Patrick Prendergast: ‘Beacon of hope in docklands shows Ireland means business’

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

Ireland“Last Friday’s news that the Government has endorsed plans to create a Grand Canal Innovation District in Dublin is a decisive step toward positioning Ireland as an innovation economy in the decades to come …” (more)

[Independent, 5 January]

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Government backs new €1bn Silicon Docks campus for Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed plans to part-fund a new €1 billion technology campus for Trinity College Dublin in the so-called Silicon Docks area of Dublin. It will announce on Friday that it is prepared to commit up to €150 million to develop the campus over the next decade as part of a wider plan to create a new innovation district …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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For a ‘Global University’, Trinity Flounders on Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is a global university, we’ve been told countless times over the past few years, and goes to great lengths to cultivate its own image on the international stage. On Twitter, Provost Patrick Prendergast posts photos of himself every month or two, shaking hands with some official in a far-flung university in Asia or Europe …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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A Good Move for Gender Equality, Overshadowed by Questions of Method and Motive

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Questions remain about the process by which College appointed its new associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion. At the beginning of the summer, this Editorial Board wrote in glowing terms about Provost Patrick Prendergast’s introspective address at the launch of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter …” (more)

[University Times, 10 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

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

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Even the Provost Thinks Student Cuts Are a Bad Idea. But it’s Where the Debate is Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost a year to the day since this Editorial Board wrote that ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the demise of third-level – once considered reputationally damaging for the sector even as its stakeholders fought its decline – had become increasingly normalised …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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Fellows Divided on Provost’s Warning that Trinity May Cut Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows are divided over an idea mooted by Provost Patrick Prendergast that could see the number of Irish students admitted by the College fall dramatically in the coming years, with some rejecting it for ‘moral reasons’ while others argue it is ‘only option available’ to a College in rankings freefall …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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Pre-Budget, a Starving Sector Makes Political Moves. The Government is Unlikely to Care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If the government was surprised by Provost Patrick Prendergast lambasting the ‘politicians putting their hands up’ in an RTÉ interview earlier this week, it would surely have been more startled again a few days later, when Hugh Brady launched a searing attack on its inaction in the face of higher education’s crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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Trinity College seeks female nominees to join collection of 40 male busts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble sculptures which line the main chamber of the Old Library are men is a less celebrated fact. Finally, after almost 300 years, this is about to change …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity considering plan to cut 3,000 places for Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is considering cutting its intake of Irish students by up to a quarter over the next five years in order to protect the quality of its education. Such a move would likely result in a sharp increase in the number of CAO points required for courses due to increased competition for fewer places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity May Drastically Cut Student Admissions in Next Five Years, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Trinity may need to reduce the number of students it admits in the next five years, arguing that reducing the staff–student ratio is crucial if the College is to arrest slides in university rankings. Speaking today on the Seán O’Rourke show on RTÉ Radio 1, Prendergast said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University News, 2 October]

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Amid Row Over Influence, Deal to Establish Trinity Islamic Centre Nearly Collapsed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The controversial establishment of a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity, paid for by an educational charity founded by Dubai’s deputy ruler, nearly collapsed in 2016 after a dispute over how much influence Trinity would be allowed to exercise over it, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 September]

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Trinity academics oppose plans to change board structure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics at Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, have railed against plans to reduce their influence on its board of governors, it can be revealed. In what is being described as a battle between academics and bureaucrats, Provost Paddy Prendergast is facing strong resistance and opposition to plans to reduce the board from 27 members to 15, amid major concerns from academics that the independence of the college is under threat …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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Students used as ‘pawns’ in Trinity College funding row

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being used as pawns in a university’s row with the Government over the effect of insufficient funding on international rankings, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has claimed. USI president Lorna Fitzpatrick said third-level education is underfunded and colleges are forced to compete with each other for project-based funding …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Trinity’s rankings are in the Government’s hands

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of people here and overseas have been asking me about Trinity College Dublin’s fall this month in the Times Higher Education world university rankings. Students and staff, potential students, alumni, employers, industry, politicians and overseas universities. Everybody wants to know how Trinity, of all places, could have suffered the worst fall among any of the world’s individually ranked universities …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Provost in favour of student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The provost, Patrick Prendergast, has said that he is now in favour of an ‘income-contingent student loan scheme’ as his preferred option proposed in the Cassells report to plug the gap in third-level education funding. The provost made this announcement in an interview with the Sunday Business Post where he also warned that Trinity may have to cut student numbers to improve its position in the global rankings …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 September]

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The new frontier for Irish higher education: Africa

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so, Irish universities with an eye on expansion have been looking towards Asia or the Middle East. Most major colleges now have formal links or satellite campuses spread right across the region and are attracting growing numbers of international students …” (more)

[Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 17 August]

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