Universities Must Master Challenge of Uncertainty to Teach Students

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Provost, Patrick Prendergast, this week found himself paying a visit to Dominican College Sion Hill in Blackrock, where he gave an address as just one of the many parents of students at the school. In the course of his explanation of what a university education, and more specifically, a Trinity education, should comprise, Prendergast gave his own take on the ‘must-have skills for today’s graduates’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 April]

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Provost moves out of 1 Grafton Street due to Luas works

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has moved from 1 Grafton Street into a city centre apartment in Dublin 2 to escape the noise of the ongoing Luas Cross City construction works. The move to the College owned property occurred just before Christmas and is being financed by Trinity …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The members of Academics for Palestine have read with incredulity ‘Trinity condemns “unacceptable attack” on free speech’ (February 21st). The declarations of Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker, whose speech at Trinity College Dublin was cancelled after a student protest, and those of Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast, are a striking reversal of reality …” (more)

[Conor McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Trinity College dons ‘incensed’ by provost’s reform plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The provost of Ireland’s oldest university has been accused of trying to turn Trinity College Dublin into a ‘second-rate polytechnic’ by introducing full semesterisation. Paddy Prendergast is also under fire over a plan to offer jobs to the spouses of ‘world-class researchers’ in order to attract top-tier talent to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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Provost claims ‘we’re all coming from the same place’ on funding issue in TCDSU Council address

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The provost of Trinity, Patrick Prendergast, spoke to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council this evening. Introducing him, TCDSU President Kieran McNulty thanked the provost for ‘various initiatives’, such as the proposed Student Centre, and noted that it was an uncertain time for the college, not least due to the ongoing funding crisis …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 24 January]

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Radical or Reactionary? After Five Years, the Provost’s Legacy is Still Growing

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Only a few minutes into our interview, Provost Patrick Prendergast leaps from his seat, dashes over to an armchair in the corner of his office and pulls on a green Fossil Free TCD t-shirt over his shirt and tie. I’ve just asked him about Trinity’s decision to divest from fossil fuels …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 January]

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Financing higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent rankings by QS World University Rankings has shone a spotlight on under-investment in Ireland’s higher education system. Under austerity, cutting back on funding to Ireland’s colleges was recognised as an invisible cut …” (more)

[David Whelan, Eolas Magazine, 9 December]

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Sharing creative multimedia education resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Although I don’t expect to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 5 December]

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Trinity Shortlisted for Entry to Prestigious League of European Research Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In his mid-term address to College on Friday evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed the ‘rumour’ that Trinity has been shortlisted for membership of the League of European Research Universities (Leru), a pan-European group of 21 leading universities on the continent …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 15 October]

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For Prendergast, ‘Fees, Philanthropy and Commercial Activities’ Must Increasingly be Our Future

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The funding crisis loomed large as Provost Patrick Prendergast addressed college at the midpoint of his term this afternoon. In discussing the funding challenges faced by the university, Prendergast highlighted the strategies the university has introduced to adapt to the changing higher education landscape in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 14 October]

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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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