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New Scholars Offered On-campus Accommodation After Delay to Trinity Hall Move

Posted in Legal issues on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“Newly elected scholars have been offered on-campus accommodation after a challenge by the Scholars’ Committee which postpones the move to Trinity Hall until 2015 …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 28 July]

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Trinity College aims to triple student intake from Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees and access on July 4th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College in Dublin has launched an initiative to triple its intake of students from Northern Ireland. The historic institution has set itself a target of having 8% of its student body from north of the border, which equates to 300 students a year …” (more)

[Independent, 4 July]

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College to Significantly Revise Student Charge Proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“The Provost is set to significantly revise decisions made by the College Finance Committee that approved the introduction of six controversial student levies, The University Times understands. Last week, the committee approved a memorandum proposing the introduction of charges …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 24 June]

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Lessons from capitalism: the Provost’s new plan

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

“Trinity’s Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, told the Irish Independent that he wanted to build a €70m business school and have students from all disciplines take classes in entrepreneurship. His plan is out of touch on many levels …” (more)

[Naoise Dolan, Trinity News, 20 June]

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Finding the right ratio

Posted in Teaching on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“One of the key performance indicators that influence university rankings and attract comment is the student-staff ratio. In almost every assessment of higher education there is an assumption that a smaller number of students supported by a larger number of academic faculty is better for quality …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 June]

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Higher education presidents sign up to new charter in Dublin Castle

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Twenty presidents of higher education institutions (HEIs) have publicly signed up to a new charter showing their commitment to civic and community engagement. Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD launched the ten-point ‘Campus Engage Charter on Civic and Community Engagement’ in Dublin Castle today …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 16 June]

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The Poignancy of the Disparity Between Aims and Actions in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“We take an in-depth look at what exactly the revelations about student charges and HEA Reports over the past two days mean, with comparisons to similar charges in other Irish universities and a detailed look at the Finance Committee documents …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Jane Fallon Griffin and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 14 June]

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Trinity College tones down rebranding plan after staff backlash

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2014 by steve

“A revised logo and corporate identity for Trinity College Dublin was presented to the university’s board yesterday following vocal criticism of the initiative from some of the academic staff …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 May]

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Debate over branding at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“It has been called ‘bland’ and ‘corporate’, its colors ‘anemic’ and its design drained of meaning. For Trinity College Dublin, a major overhaul of its official logo has not gone entirely to plan …” (more)

[Naomi Powell, Inside Higher Ed, 17 April]

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Provost Under Pressure To ‘Re-think’ Identity Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Students, staff and alumni put pressure on Provost to reconsider changes to name and coat of arms. Provost, Patrick Prendergast, has suggested that he would ‘take a break’ and reassess the rebranding exercise …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 9 April]

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TCD says it will ‘act’ on rebranding suggestions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin says it is taking on board criticism of its rebranding before making a final decision on its new marketing name and logo. Trinity provost Dr Patrick Prendergast was heckled at a scholars’ dinner in the college dining hall on Monday night …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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TCD provost defends rebranding as staff turn on ‘insipid’ logo

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

“Trinity College Dublin provost Patrick Prendergast has warned staff against being complacent or ‘self-satisfied’ about the university’s international status as he faced down criticism of a planned rebranding of the 400-year-old institution …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Trinity ‘gateway’ for business will in turn make students more entrepreneurial

Posted in Research on March 28th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has teamed up with IBEC to provide businesses with access to university researchers. The venture will have the added purpose of exposing students to the business world and helping them to think more entrepreneurially …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 28 March]

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Academics to continue using TCD’s traditional name despite rebranding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2014 by steve

“Staff and students at Trinity College Dublin have complained about a lack of consultation over a decision by the university to rebrand itself under a new name for official communications …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 March]

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In age of acronym/Google, Trinity to rebrand as ‘Trinity College, the University of Dublin’

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

“In the age of the acronym and Google, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university that was established by a Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1592, is to rebrand as ‘Trinity College, the University of Dublin’ to improve its global recognition. This is a classic example of stupidity but at least …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 27 March]

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TCD board approves rebranding as ‘Trinity College, the University of Dublin’

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

“The board of Trinity College Dublin has provisionally approved a new name for what is Ireland’s oldest university in a bid to strengthen its global identity …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Do colleges need fees of up to €6,000 to survive?

Posted in Fees and access on March 5th, 2014 by steve

“It is a proposal that will not be welcomed by parents of students who will go to college in the coming years. Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth, says Ireland’s universities need fees of up to €6,000 per year to put them back on a firm financial footing …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 5 March]

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Universities warn of student-staff ratios reaching ‘critical’ threshold

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“The ratio of students to staff has sharply increased at universities, new figures show, in a trend that threatens to further damage Ireland’s standing in global rankings for higher education. In a five-year period, the ratio has gone up from 23:1 to 27:1, a level that ‘puts us on a par with what would have been a bad polytechnic in the UK’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 February]

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College fee hikes back on table in funds row

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on February 10th, 2014 by steve

“The spectre of higher college fees is looming again as universities prepare to put pressure on the Government to tackle the issue of who will foot the growing bill for third-level education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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Disappearing Academic Thought

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Ciar McCormick argues that a private university shuns the notion of the common good in education …” (more)

[University Times, 3 February]

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