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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Fundamental research key to academic and national reputation

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Innovate or die’ said management guru Peter Drucker, adapting Darwin’s ‘Adapt or die’. It’s become the rallying cry of the 21st century. When every country wants the same thing, how can Ireland be more innovative than the innovators? One obvious answer is to spend more …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 24 September]

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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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