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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College outlines ‘commitment’ to gender equality in new video

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new video released by Trinity College yesterday outlines its strategy for addressing gender imbalance in the academy. The move comes after data released by the Higher Education Authority in December indicated that women make up only 33% of its senior academic staff and 14% of professors …” (more)

[Doireann Ní Chonghaile, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Bill will enable political ‘cronies’ to spy on universities, claim presidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of the seven universities have written to the Government expressing dismay at plans to introduce legislation which they claim will allow Ministers to appoint ‘cronies’ to spy on their operations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Minister O’Sullivan Launches Trinity Research Centre for Higher Education Policy

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new research centre focusing on higher education policy was recently launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, in the Trinity Long Room Hub …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 23 January]

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Trinity is top Irish university for employability, says global index

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university to appear in the 2014 Global Employability University Ranking. The index ranks the world’s top 150 universities in terms of their graduates’ employability …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 24 December]

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In Light of the Funding Situation, a More Nuanced View of Non-EU Fee Increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The funding situation demands that Trinity does something. If not increases in fees, what? It is all too easy to view Trinity’s recent increase in fees for non-EU students as something that should be categorically opposed …” (more)

[Editorial, University Times, 3 November]

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The Provost’s Manifesto

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinéad Baker critically examines Provost Patrick Prendergast’s 2011 election manifesto, looking at four critical areas. The Provost, when running for election in 2011, compiled and distributed his manifesto entitled A Vision for Trinity College Dublin 2011–2021 …” (more)

[University Times, 26 October]

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TCD launches €600m plan to break back into world elite

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has set itself an ambitious target to be among the top 20 universities in Europe and the top 50 in the world on the back of a €600m strategic plan being launched today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 October]

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TCD declares ambition to tackle ‘global research question’ but puts rebranding on hold

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An ambitious plan by Trinity College Dublin to tackle a ‘global research question’ like climate change or youth unemployment is one of the key targets the university has set for itself over the next five years …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 October]

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The ideal graduate, according to University of Limerick

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“When DCU became the first university in Ireland, in 2011, to announce ‘graduate attributes’ that it wished to inculcate in its students, the response was a mixture of mirth and hostility from traditionalists …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 October]

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College to build 2,000 student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“College is expected to announce the building of 2,000 student residences over the next five years at Wednesday’s launch of the Strategic Plan 2014-19. Provost Patrick Prendergast named Windmill Lane and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as possible sites …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Provost defends cuts to student services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast this afternoon defended cuts to the capitated bodies in his first public address to students since 2011. Speaking at a question and answer session organised by Trinity College Students Union (TCDSU) and the University Philosophical Society (Phil), he said …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 6 October]

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If universities’ slide isn’t halted, economy will be next

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Last week, the Irish Universities Association convened a symposium on the state of higher education in Ireland, featuring prominent national and international experts. The message coming out was clear: our institutions of higher education deserve great credit for their resilience during austerity, but they’ve now reached the limit of what can be achieved without sustainable funding …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 5 October]

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