The True Cost of College’s Commercialisation is Starting to Show

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s safe to say that Trinity’s fall in the QS World Rankings earlier this year has left the College’s reputation looking less than pristine. Disgruntled at best – and indignant at worst – figures from all aspects of campus life are looking to reverse the seemingly continuous drop, not least Provost Patrick Prendergast, whose approach to funding must now be called into question …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 21 September]

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Trinity Business School construction to conclude in March

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Construction on Trinity’s new business school is expected to finish in March, Provost Patrick Prendergast has announced. In his address at Blackhall Place, ‘A vision for Trinity and Dublin’, Prendergast also outlined that Trinity has invested €80m in the project, composed of €20m from philanthropic donations and €60m in investment and loans …” (more)

[Thea Lawler, Trinity News, 13 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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The Provost’s Speech in Israel is Divorced from the Reality of Campus Opinion

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast’s carefully crafted speech to graduates in Jerusalem this week almost certainly won him favour in the room. But back at home, it was met with outrage. Evidently feeling obliged to bring up the ‘sensitive’ topic of the anti-Israel protests that took place on campus almost 18 months ago, Prendergast apologised for the ‘regrettable’ actions …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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‘Patently absurd’: provost dismisses several student media stories

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2018 by steve

“Provost Patrick Prendergast appears to have brushed aside several stories published by student media this year, including allegations of sexual harassment against Sean Ryan and students being locked into the Dining Hall during its occupation …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 April]

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Trinity provost highlights ‘threat’ of social media

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2018 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College, Dublin, has criticised the role of social media in spreading ‘fake news’ during recent protests by students at the university. Dr Patrick Prendergast said a tweet was widely circulated stating that the college had bought him a penthouse apartment at a cost of €1.95 million. ‘Anyone with even passing acquaintance of Trinity would know to laugh, but the story was picked up by the national media …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Trinity Agrees to Scrap Supplemental Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Supplemental exam fees have been scrapped, in the face of historic levels of student anger and opposition, following a decision of the College Board today. Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the decision on Twitter following this morning’s meeting of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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For Take Back Trinity, A Mark on the Provost’s Legacy

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

“Whether the Take Back Trinity campaign will have lasting repercussions for Irish higher education remains to be seen. It is nevertheless already clear that the protests will leave an indelible mark on Provost Patrick Prendergast’s tenure. This Editorial Board has noted before that his almost-neurotic battle against declining rankings will likely come to define his legacy …” (more)

[University Times, 25 March]

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Provost Open to Fee Certainty, a Key Take Back Trinity Demand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast is now open to conceding fee certainty to postgraduate students, The University Times has learned. A person familiar with the discussion between Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) and Trinity’s senior management, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the discussions, said Prendergast was now open to fee certainty for multi-year postgraduate students and non-EU students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 March]

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Provost Asks for Patience, Amid Supplemental Exam Fees Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has re-iterated his desire to work with the Take Back Trinity campaign, following over a week of protest on campus in response to College’s decision to introduce a €450 fee for supplemental exams …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 March]

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After Protests and Pressure, Provost to Meet TCDSU Tomorrow

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Kevin Keane and Graduates Students’ Union (GSU) President Shane Collins will meet the Provost tomorrow to discuss the demands of the Take Back Trinity campaign …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Róisín Power, University Times, 19 March]

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‘Take Back Trinity’, the Maxim College Can No Longer Ignore

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity surrendered to mounting pressure on Wednesday night. On Thursday, students declared a sort of victory. The decision to introduce supplemental exam fees, and the subsequent campaign against them, has wrought huge embarrassment on a College that has spent years cultivating an outward-facing image. Provost Patrick Prendergast’s late-night tweet on Wednesday was a mea culpa made significant by previous indications that Trinity believed student anger was misguided …” (more)

[University Times, 18 March]

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On the ‘Alternative Proposals’ to Supplemental Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is hard to resist seeing something salutary in the spectacle that was Wednesday’s tweet by Provost Patrick Prendergast. In the wake of the almost-unprecedented uprising of the past two weeks, it nevertheless remains to be seen what ‘alternative proposals’ the College will ‘seriously consider’ …” (more)

[University Times, 18 March]

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Trinity to ‘Consider’ Alternative Exam Fee Proposal, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast tweeted this evening that College will ‘seriously consider’ alternative proposals on supplemental exam fees. On Twitter this evening, Prendergast responded to protests that have shocked Trinity’s campus. ‘Agreed with @tcdsu & @trinityGSU that we will seriously consider alternative proposals on supplemental exam fees, modular billing & PG/Non-EU fees at the next Board meeting, and that Trinity is a university that belongs to all of us who study and work here’, he wrote …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 March]

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Provost Spent €18,000 on Travel in Eight Months

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast spent more than €18,000 on airline fares and accommodation abroad in just an eight-month period, The University Times has learned. The documents, received as part of a freedom of information request submitted by The University Times, show that Prendergast has spent €18,069 on travel and accommodation between March and October 2017 …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 March]

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Higher Education’s Long March to Funding is Far From Over

Posted in Legal issues on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Back in the summer of 2016, hopes were high in higher education. Newspapers splashed word of the funding crisis across their front pages and provosts and presidents were suddenly writing op-eds like there was no tomorrow …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 February]

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TCDSU President calls for immediate dismissal of Trinity lecturer following female circumcision comments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Kevin Keane has called for the dismissal of Trinity lecturer, Dr Ali Selim, who had made comments that female circumcision should be permitted. In a letter to Provost Patrick Prendergast, TCDSU President Kevin Keane said that …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 12 February]

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Lower Trinity drop-out rates among alternate entry-route students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students who have secured places at Trinity College Dublin through a new admissions route not based solely on CAO points have lower drop-out rates than regular students, according to new data. In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Universities Must Look to Self-Preservation, Warns Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The higher education world is changing, Provost Patrick Prendergast warned Europe’s top academics in Trinity this morning. The idea of ‘self-preservation’ loomed large, with Prendergast calling for a changes in the way universities operate …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 November]

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Brexit sees non-EU students apply to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More college students are choosing Ireland as a study destination because of Brexit. Evidence of the trend can be found at Trinity College Dublin, according to Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. ‘We have seen some evidence of increased numbers of non-EU students applying to Trinity courses and I think other Irish universities are seeing something of an uplift’, he said …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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