Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A decade of higher educational cutbacks means nearly all of Ireland’s universities are continuing to fall in international rankings and the decline will have damaging long-term effects, the heads of Trinity College Dublin and UCD have warned …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 6 September]

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This could help end third-level funds crisis – if response is swift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today could be a hugely important one for this country if it leads to the reversal of the long-running decline in funding third-level education. The Cassells report represents the first serious effort to engage with what’s needed to finance higher education. It is no exaggeration to say the response will determine Ireland’s economic future …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 11 July]

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Irish students in UK could face hike in fees after Brexit vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are fears that thousands of Irish students who study in the UK and Northern Ireland could face costly non-EU fees as result of the Brexit vote. Up until now, Irish students in Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as British and Northern Irish students in the Republic, have been able to study in both jurisdictions under EU rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Brexit and Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The vote in the United Kingdom will have a long-term impact on universities in the Republic of Ireland and is a cause for concern. There is a long tradition of students moving between our islands as well as extensive academic networks, collaborations and important research activity …” (more)

[Trinity College, 24 June]

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Brexit and the Uncertain Future of Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, speaking at the launch of new €5 million digital health research programme based in Trinity, referenced the UK referendum and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU: ‘As president of a university involved in numerous EU-funded collaborations with their neighbouring island, I hope very much that we will be able to continue these partnerships in the UK’. It wasn’t a passionate speech. Nor was it scaremongering …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 June]

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A Brexit Would Scupper Trinity’s ‘Whole Island of Ireland’ Goals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast said that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since then, concrete steps have been taken in Trinity to achieve this goal, with two groundbreaking projects – the 2013 Northern Irish Engagement Programme and the 2014 A-Level Admissions Feasibility Study …” (more)

[University Times, 19 June]

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Provost Offering His House for Negotiations is Farcical in Light of Third-Level Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, it transpired that the Provost’s House, on 1 Grafton St, was in use by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams – an apparently neutral location for talks about the formation of Ireland’s next government. Thus, there has been a week of camera crews outside House 1 in Front Square. On Friday, Enda Kenny and Michéal Martin met in Trinity’s Biomedical Sciences Institute on Pearse St …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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Trinity’s provost: ‘Irish universities have been resilient but it isn’t sustainable’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Despite a funding crisis, Trinity College Dublin has ambitious plans to expand towards Grand Canal Dock. Provost Patrick Prendergast spells out his vision and his concerns for third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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Rankings Could be What the Provost is Remembered For

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In an op-ed for the Irish Times published in September, the new Dean of Research, John Boland, proclaimed rankings a matter of fundamental importance to the Irish higher education sphere, primarily blaming the abysmal funding situation for Trinity’s decline in the QS rankings …” (more)

[University Times, 20 March]

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With Development of Trinity’s Rankings Strategy, Why Rankings Matter to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent development of a college-wide rankings strategy by Trinity and the creation of a Rankings Steering Group, chaired by the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, reveals the increased attention College is giving to rankings, and brings the debate about their importance, and how much energy any third-level institution should give to them, to the fore once again …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 March]

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New plan for government must prioritise plan for funding third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education barely got a mention during the General Election campaign. That was understandable – the election was dominated by issues such as health, housing, fairness and the economic recovery. One reason given was that we were awaiting the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding of Higher Education …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 9 March]

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One university size does not fit all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The deadline for CAO applications is tomorrow at 5.15pm. I have no doubt that record numbers will apply and that next autumn the universities, institutes of technology and other colleges will be bulging at the seams with eager young students …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 31 January]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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In Planning a Prosperous Future, Trinity Glosses Over Fundamental Failings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Building the reputation of an internationally recognised university is no easy task. But the real challenge comes in maintaining it. This summer has seen many developments which, in a vacuum, bode well for Trinity’s future …” (more)

[University Times, 13 September]

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Trinity rejects tapping up big name sponsor for €70m business school

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As one of the largest construction projects in the State this year gets under way in Trinity College, a decision has been made not to opt for a name-linked sponsorship. The €70m project, which has just been given planning permission, will demolish the sports hall on campus and create a new business school …” (more)

[Jill Godsil, Independent, 13 September]

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Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Life on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This week, as the families of the six students lay their children to rest, we are once again struck by the genuine grief and sympathy expressed not just within their home parishes, schools and colleges but by the whole country and by the people of Berkeley, California …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks and others, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Provost’s Lack of Respect at College Board Reflects Issues with his Chairing, say Board Members

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Division and disenfranchisement in Trinity, arising from the Provost’s lack of respect for debate among Board members, has led to comments that the Board is ‘barely functional’ …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 May]

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Provost Tweets Annoyance at No Posters Featuring Trinity Front Gate

Posted in Life on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has tweeted his annoyance at referendum posters which feature both an image of a student in front of Trinity’s Front Gate and text reminding voters of their ‘Equal Right to Vote No’. In a tweet this evening, the Provost said …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 11 May]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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