The Clash at Trinity: an education in punk

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news broke just as the queue had started to form outside the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin on the evening of October 21, 1977. Half a world away, a plane carrying American classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd had crashed during landing, claiming the lives of several band members and backing crew …” (more)

[Ed Power, Independent, 21 October]

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Inside Trinity’s Elite Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Global Room announced that Trinity’s Accommodation Office had negotiated exclusive contracts for the newly established student property Kavanagh Court, it felt like a relief for many international students. Trinity had finally seemed to meet the desperate accommodation demand from overseas …” (more)

[Jannik Lorenzen, University Times, 20 October]

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‘A university should never be a safe space’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nigel Farage should be given a platform to speak to the Hist in Trinity College. As the boundaries of free speech become increasingly blurred and as conservative viewpoints on open borders are constantly conflated as white supremacist or racist …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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Business School Hopes for Accreditation by 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School has ambitions to achieve triple accreditation for its courses by 2019, when it’s due to open its doors formally to students. The school is currently only accredited under the Association of MBA (AMBA), which is just one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education …” (more)

[Grace Darcy, University Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Holds Off on College Closure Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As schools across the country prepare to keep their doors closed for a second day in the face of storm Ophelia, Trinity will decide tonight whether to open tomorrow. The impact of the storm on Dublin was noticeably less severe than on other parts of the country and, so far, Trinity seems to have reported no large-scale damage to campus …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 October]

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Trinity’s Inexcusable Treatment of its Belfast Cohort

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has suffered from years of underfunding and neglect from College, something that has led to criticism from staff and student representatives in recent days. Students who pay identical fees to those in Dublin ought to be entitled to equal access to support services and should not be subjected to ongoing neglect and detachment from the wider college community …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Trinity’s Belfast Campus an ‘Afterthought’, Says Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has been neglected by the College, leaving staff feeling overstretched and detached and students without support services. The criticism comes from staff and student representatives, speaking to The University Times. The College’s largely unknown Belfast campus …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 12 October]

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Trinity’s Legal Bill Hit €550,000 in 2016

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent €550,000 on legal fees in 2016, over €300,000 more than in 2015, The University Times has learned, as the number of legal firms used by Trinity has swollen in the last several years. From spending €44,000 between September and December in 2014, the legal fees paid by Trinity have jumped significantly to over €556,000 …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 October]

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Students with mentors in poorer areas more likely to plan to go to college – study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Secondary students in poorer areas of Dublin are three times more likely to plan to go to college after being assigned a mentor, according to a new research project. A report by Trinity College Dublin has assessed the impact of an outreach programme for 1,100 students attending 11 schools in the Dublin area over a three-year period …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 9 October]

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No, Farage Should Not Get a Medal. But He Should Be Invited to Speak

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The decision of the College Historical Society (the Hist) to cancel the awarding of its Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse to Nigel Farage is the correct one. But the whole spectacle surrounding it is unfortunate considering the rise of the ‘snowflake’ students trope.The decision was correct simply because it is hard to argue that Farage has made anything even close to an outstanding contribution to public discourse …” (more)

[University Times, 8 October]

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Trinity’s Grand Canal Dock campus plan undergoing cost-benefit analysis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC), which is planned for construction at Grand Canal Dock, has moved a step closer to beginning construction. Indecon Economic Consultants have been tasked to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the €1.25 billion development, following the announcement of plans for the new campus earlier this year …” (more)

[Shane Hughes, Trinity News, 7 October]

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TCD society withdraws plans to offer gold medal to Nigel Farage

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society’s auditor has apologised for his decision to award its gold medal to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Mr Farage was due to speak at the Hist, as it is known, early next year and would have received the society’s gold medal for outstanding contribution to public discourse …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Indecon to study TCD €1.25bn campus plan

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has appointed Indecon Economic Consultants to carry out a cost-benefit analysis on its planned €1.25bn technology campus for the Silicon Docks area of Dublin. The Dublin-based firm has scooped the contract after TCD put the work out to tender earlier this year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 4 October]

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Silencing the Other Side is Never a Substitute for Good Arguments

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The posters put up by pro-life group Unbroken and taken down by members of Trinity People Before Profit were nasty, cruel and intended to prey on the most base fears and concerns around abortion. But they should have remained up. Not because free speech is absolute or because we should protect a right to offend and hurt, but because they act as a testament to the pro-choice side’s openness to debate even the most vile voices on the opposing side …” (more)

[University Times, 1 October]

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Students Are Frustrated and Angry. They Need Places to Air Their Concerns

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When a group of third-year chemistry students in Trinity found themselves experiencing mental health problems as a result of a severely high workload, meeting little or no support from their school, they decided to take action. Compiling and submitting a report to the School of Chemistry that detailed the impossibly high academic standards set for them and the stress and upset for students, they received a muted response …” (more)

[University Times, 1 October]

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Work Returning Front Gate Entrance to Former Glory to Begin this Week

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

Ireland“The entrance to Trinity will be returned to its original glory over the next four weeks, with work beginning soon to turn the Front Gate entrance into the cobblestone style of 100 years ago. In an email sent to staff and students today by Estates and Facilities, it was confirmed that work would begin this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 September]

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Flooding and Increased Visitors Top Trinity Concerns for College Green 

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

Ireland“With construction possibly beginning as early as January 2018, Trinity has expressed a number of concerns regarding the development of the new College Green plaza, including stress on Trinity’s facilities and the risk of flooding to the college …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 28 September]

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Taoiseach addresses education funding at Trinity event

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left them repaying substantial debts …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 27 September]

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I Won’t Saddle Students With ‘Enormous Debt’, Varadkar Tells Trinity on 425th Anniversary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the 425th anniversary of Trinity’s foundation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told an audience in the College that he couldn’t support a funding model that would see students ‘saddled with enormous debt’. The thorny issue of a funding model has dominated debate in the higher education sector over the last several years …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 September]

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