Bank of Ireland to End Years-Long Partnership with Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s years-long partnership with Bank of Ireland will cease on July 31st, with the bank’s on-campus branch and ATMs set to close permanently next month …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Molly Furey, University Times, 8 July]

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College settles legal action over Book of Kells

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has settled a High Court action which was taken by the company which sells tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition in the Old Library, the Times reported yesterday. Future Ticketing, a Tullamore based company, has run the ticketing system for the exhibition since 2016. The company had alleged that a new four-year contract to run the ticketing operation had been wrongly awarded …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 6 July]

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Trinity Faces Tough Times. Candour Is Vital

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times reported that Dublin-based Scholars had been urged to consider giving up their on-campus accommodation by the Scholars committee in order to help shore up Trinity’s finances …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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International students told to bring sufficient toiletries and clean clothes for 14 day isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has asked overseas students that are required to self-isolate to arrive in September with sufficient ‘personal toiletries and medicines’ for the two week isolation period, as well having ‘sufficient clean clothes’, as they will not be provided with individual laundry services during the isolation period …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 June]

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It’s Time for Trinity to Re-Evaluate How It Shares Out Its Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The pandemic means that now, more than ever, nothing is being taken for granted. From healthcare to economics, social distancing to social justice, it seems that the list of topics up for debate has rarely been longer. And with a new government newly instated, this is likely to be amplified again in the coming months …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 28 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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TCDSU President Beston Slams Plans to Cut Number of Students on Board

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has hit out at Trinity’s plans to potentially cut the number of student representatives on College Board from four to as low as one …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 June]

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Restructured College Board could see just one student representative appointed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing process to restructure College Board could potentially see just one student representative appointed to Board rather than four, according to a document published by College today. College has opened submissions on proposals to reshape Trinity’s Board following the publication of a consultation document that outlines significant potential changes to Board’s structure, which could include the reduction of Board members by almost half, the introduction of an external chair, and a decrease in student representatives from four to two, or one …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 24 June]

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George Berkeley and slavery

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Living a few miles from George Berkeley’s childhood home in Thomastown, Kilkenny, I have grown to admire him as a social reformer and man of true vision and humanity. The article ‘What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?’ (Joe Humphreys, Unthinkable, June 18th), quoting the work of Trinity academic Claire Moriarty, does him a severe injustice …” (more)

[Tony Whittle, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Trinity Libraries to Re-Open Gradually From Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s libraries will re-open on a phased basis next week after more than three months, with a new book delivery service for researchers and a ‘click and collect’ facility. Kinsella Hall will be the first library space to re-open on June 29th, with the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, and Hamilton libraries and the John Stearne Medical Library opening on July 20th …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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Trinity Teaching Staff Angered by Lack of College Funding for IT Equipment

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching staff in Trinity have hit out at College for failing to provide additional funding to facilitate online teaching and learning, which will continue into the next academic year. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has been told that individual schools will be responsible for securing funding to ensure that staff can facilitate online teaching and learning from their homes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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A Scholars Mess Trinity Could, and Should, Have Avoided

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“To the neutral observer, the abiding question after this week’s accommodation scandal – involving a very public spat between College and its Scholars – will surely have been: has Trinity ever been more Trinity? From start to finish, this was a fracas indicative of a College at its most self-parodic – complete with ambiguity, outrage and a resolution that left you wondering how everyone managed to get so worked up in the first place …” (more)

[University Times, 21 June]

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Third-Year Medicine Students Receive Warning After Accusation of Cheating

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity medical students have been warned that cheating in their Ear, Nose and Throat exam today may lead to ‘significant disciplinary consequences’ and possibly prevent them from receiving a grade for the module, after a review of yesterday’s Ophthalmology exam concluded that students had likely cheated on it …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 June]

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Amid Outrage, Neither College or Scholars Come Out of Accommodation Fight Well

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As much as you may try to deny it to your friends at home, a lot of Trinity’s allure is in its reputation. For an outsider looking in, Trinity has a lot of positive attributes. Yet what many fail to mention – and what no annual undergraduate prospectus boasts about – is a particular faction of life in College that few outsiders are aware of: the perpetual drama between College administration and its students …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 19 June]

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Black Studies module to be offered by Trinity as early as next year

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An elective module in Black Studies may be available to students at Trinity from Hilary term of 2021, according to a post from a campaign group advocating for the module. The authors of a petition, which now has over 2,800 signatures and urges for the introduction of the module in Trinity, issued a statement on social media that they have met with Provost Patrick Prendergast and have his support …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 18 June]

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Accommodation Won’t be Denied to Any Scholar Next Year, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has said that accommodation in College ‘will not be denied to any Scholar’ who wants it next year, but said Trinity is asking Scholars to forfeit their right to free accommodation ‘in the interest of the overall community’ …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 18 June]

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What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervousness. In Oxford, it’s Cecil Rhodes. In Dublin, one figure stands out: George Berkeley. The Anglican bishop of Cloyne (1685-1753) is Ireland’s most celebrated philosopher …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 June]

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TCD plan will smooth the way for students to walk and cycle to college

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The journey to college is never easy, but Trinity College Dublin is making attempts to smooth the road for students and staff with an application for improved footpaths and cycle lanes between its campuses and residences. The college is seeking to widen footpaths and install bicycle lanes on more than 8km of key routes around Dublin to enable its 17,000 students and 4,000 staff to walk and cycle safely as the city opens back up …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 18 June]

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