Students to Protest Outside Hamilton Cafes

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will protest outside the Westland Eats food outlets in the Hamilton building – run by Aramark, the company criticised for its involvement in direct provision centre – in its ‘first direct action’ on Trinity campus. The protest will take place next Wednesday and is being run by the Aramark off our Campus campaign group, which aims to end Trinity’s contract with the company …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 16 January]

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UCD and UCC apply to fast track student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) are among applications made directly to An Bórd Pleanála in a new fast-track planning system, as reported by The Irish Times. Three fast-track planning applications for student accommodation are currently active in Dublin and Cork …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 January]

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Let’s Have More Engagement From Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently met with one of my lecturers to discuss prospective essay titles for an upcoming assignment. Full disclosure: it was probably one of the most anxiety-inducing events of my month thus far (and I have the dubious pleasure of working in a bar during Twelve Pubs December) …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 29 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor visits students in Trinity College Dublin to announce allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong Learning Initiatives in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 27th of December 2017 visited Trinity College Dublin to announce the allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong and Flexible Funding initiatives in Higher Education. In announcing the funding, Minister Mitchell O’Connor pointed to the importance of making progress in this area …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 December]

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Trinity’s Mollycoddling Doesn’t Benefit Students

Posted in Life on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Between fire safety talks, room checks, not being able to bring guests back after midnight, Trinity’s far from the only university that plays the role of nanny state for their residents. But, very often, it feels as if this overblown paternalism isn’t really serving students’ best interests …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 December]

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Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor turns sod on €30 million Student Accommodation Project

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor today turned the sod on Oisín House at Trinity College Dublin. The new purpose built student accommodation will comprise 250 bed spaces, disability services, retail units, a health unit, sports and recreation facilities and Estates and Facilities support space once complete …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 December]

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Trinity College purchases Iveagh Grounds sports facility for €2m

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has bought the Iveagh Grounds sporting facility from the owners of Guinness. The 17-acre grounds in Crumlin – which include GAA, rugby, bowls, tennis and hockey pitches – are among the largest sporting grounds close to Dublin city centre …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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The Case for the Opt-Out Option

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition has been launched in Trinity, as many reading this will be aware, for a referendum which would enable students to opt-out of the student union. Even with the initiative in its infancy, the debate surrounding this idea is proving to be quite divisive. In this article, I would like to outline as simple as possible why I support the right of students to leave the union …” (more)

[Donnchadh Curran, Burkean Journal, 5 December]

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Why ‘Fresh’ Was a Step Too Far, Even for Liberal Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If you discount the potential of symbolic changes, then you haven’t been paying much attention to history. Even seemingly trivial amendments to the classifications of our every day have precipitated sweeping effects on culture, ideology and the values of society – in good ways and bad. Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder recently pointed out that, ‘in the politics of the everyday, our words and gestures, or their absence, count very much’ …” (more)

[University Times, 3 December]

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Trinity to Review Finance Committee’s Fee-Setting Power

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The power granted to Trinity’s Finance Committee to set fee levels for students is to be considered by a College working group. An offshoot of the College Board, the working group will discuss the powers of agency granted to the Finance Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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‘Fresh’, While Well-Intentioned, Is Ridiculous

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leinster House was not the only place in Dublin yesterday to offer some political entertainment. Trinity’s internal politics proved to be equally as compelling for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it was announced that the term used to describe first and second-year students, ‘freshman’, is to be scrapped and replaced with the gender-neutral ‘fresh’ …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 29 November]

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After Online Uproar, Clarification on ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following online backlash over the change in terms from ‘freshman’ to ‘fresh’, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, sent out an email clarifying the usage of the new term as an adjective. Students will not be referred to as junior or senior fresh, but as junior or senior fresh students ‘to ensure grammatical accuracy’, according to Morash …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 November]

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A Fresh Farce from the Trinity Administration

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Earlier today an email was circulated throughout Trinity College. It announced that the board of the university had approved a proposal from the Equality Committee that the title given to first- and second-year undergraduate students be changed from ‘Freshman’ to the gender-neutral term ‘Fresh’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Herlihy, Burkean Journal, 28 November]

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Trinity College to drop ‘freshman’ term over inclusivity concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will now refer to freshman students as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in order to be inclusive to all gender identities. In an email to staff and students, Vice-Provost of TCD Chris Morash said the decision was a small but important change that would ‘ensure that all Trinity students are equally included by the language used to describe them, be they male, female or of another gender identity’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 28 November]

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‘Freshman’ Students to Become Gender-Neutral ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First and second-year students, who have been traditionally referred to as ‘freshman’ students in Trinity, will now be known as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in an effort to be inclusive to all gender identities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Róisín Power, University Times, 28 November]

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Locals stall plans from ‘bad neighbours’ Trinity College to rent student beds to tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a dozen residents in south Dublin are trying to block Trinity College from using student apartment blocks as summer accommodation for tourists. The third-level institution lodged a request with Dublin City Council’s planning office earlier this year seeking permission to use three blocks of its Trinity Hall in Dartry for tourism purposes outside of academic term times …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 November]

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87.8% of students believe consent workshops should take place every year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“87.8% of students who attended the consent workshops organised by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) stated they believe the workshops should take place ‘every orientation’, according to feedback gathered by the Union …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 November]

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Smoke-Free Zones a Success, Says Trinity

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

Ireland“… The introduction of no-smoking zones in Trinity has been heralded as a success by members of the Tobacco Free Trinity Committee. The committee’s latest report, seen by The University Times, cites an average 81% decrease in smoking in the areas now categorised as smoke-free zones …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, Univiersity Times, 21 November]

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Students at Trinity threaten strike over postgraduate fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin have threatened industrial strike action in response to plans to increase their fees. Trinity is set to raise its postgraduate fees by 5% – several hundred euros for most students – for the 2018/2019 academic year. This follows a 4% increase in 2014 and annual increases of 3% every year since …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 14 November]

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