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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Third-level education system needs ‘structural changes’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“More structural changes in the higher education system are needed as well as decisions on who funds it, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has told university leaders. She said reforms must continue …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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‘The Role and Contribution of Universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“Colleagues and Distinguished Guests, It’s my honour, as this year’s chair of the Irish University Association, to welcome you to this symposium, and to give the opening remarks. Today, we look at issues of competitiveness, performance, regulation, governance, and financing focused on the Irish higher education sector …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin, 29 September]

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Provost expresses support for student fees, defends industry links

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“Provost Patrick Prendergast this morning defended student fees and backed Irish universities’ industry links at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) symposium in the Royal College of Physicians. In the opening speech of the day-long event …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 29 September]

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Bringing students from the North back to Trinity can help build a shared future

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year, at the inauguration of Northern Irish judge Donnell Deeny as Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College, I was gobsmacked to learn of the sharp decline in student numbers from the North at Trinity …” (more)

[Liz O’Donnell, Independent, 27 September]

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Provost to Chair University Association Funding Symposium

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

“Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) 2014, will host a symposium on higher education titled Performance and Sustainability at the end of the month. The symposium will take place on September 29th at the Royal College of Surgeons on Kildare Street …” (more)

[Olly Donnelly and Jack Leahy,, 25 September]

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Trinity chief raises hopes of uni fee parity

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

“Trinity College Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast has said he hopes Irish citizens returning from abroad will be able to attend university with the same fee structure as those who stayed in Ireland. ‘As it stands, this is not the case’, he said during his visit to Sydney recently …” (more)

[Padraig Collins, Irish Echo, 30 July]

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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, access and admissions 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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