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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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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