Ali Selim Awarded €7.5k from Labour Court After Unfair Dismissal by Trinity

Posted in Legal issues on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ali Selim, the former part-time Trinity lecturer who courted controversy for comments about female genital circumcision, has been awarded €7,500 by the Labour Court after it ruled he had been dismissed unfairly by the College …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Third-Level Has to Be an Election Issue – Now, Not in May 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If it’s fair to say this week has been pretty dismal for higher education in Ireland, then it’s hard to imagine what the mood must have been like in the Provost’s House. On Wednesday we discovered that the College, Ireland’s top-ranked university, had tumbled 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, to an all-time low of 164th …” (more)

[University Times, 15 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Trinity Must Focus on Its Education – Not Its Brand

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday it was announced that Trinity has fallen 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Although a steady decline over the past number of years means that the further drop certainly wasn’t a surprise, 44 places is a significant amount that cannot be merely attributed to a flawed ranking system …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 12 September]

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Other Universities Are ‘Passing Us By’ in Rankings, Warns Research Dean

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Dean of Research, Linda Doyle, today warned that universities across the world are passing Trinity by, after the College slumped by 44 positions to 164th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cathal Byrne, University Times, 12 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Former Trinity lecturer accused of plagiarism by student

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Adebola Adedimeji, a former Trinity lecturer, failed to defend his work in court after being accused of plagiarism by his former thesis supervisee, Annette Rochford. Rochford, a clinical nurse specialist, has accused Adedimeji of presenting her research as his own on two separate occasions …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 8 September]

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On SUSI Grants, Trinity Has Put Vulnerable Students in a Tricky Situation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In January, when news first broke of a mix-up between SUSI and Trinity’s Academic Registry that cost the College €1.7 million in unpaid fees, nobody was very happy with Academic Registry. At the time, it seemed staggering that the College unit with specific responsibility for fees had failed to notice a shortfall worth hundreds of thousands a year …” (more)

[University Times, 8 September]

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Trinity Working With Chinese Universities Accused of Cyber Crime

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is reportedly collaborating on research with Chinese universities that have been linked to cyber crime and international espionage. The Sunday Times today reports that Ireland’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is financing research collaborations between Irish universities – Trinity, University College Dublin and University College Cork – and two Chinese universities accused of cyber attacks …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 September]

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TCDSU Hits Out, After Luxury Accommodation Leaflets Placed on Freshers’ Stand

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has condemned LIV Student, a luxury student accommodation company, after it allegedly placed advertising leaflets on the union’s freshers’ fair stall without asking permission from any of those at the stand …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 September]

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Trinity Chases Students and Graduates for €500k in Unpaid SUSI Debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Months after the discovery of a mix-up between SUSI and Academic Registry that left the College out of pocket for €1.7 million in unpaid student fees, Trinity is still chasing over €500,000 in unpaid fees, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 September]

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In Trinity I have learned to expect the worst

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reflecting on the organisational disasters of Trinity’s last academic year, it is difficult to approach the oncoming term with any hope. The consensus on the 2018/19 year was unanimous: Trinity’s implementation of the Trinity Education Project, or TEP, was woefully executed, and led to a year-long string of issues that primarily affected Sophister students …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 5 September]

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New Dublin Metro Line Could Disrupt Trinity’s Physics Research

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Work on a new Dublin new metro line planned to run under Trinity’s School of Physics could disrupt research taking place in the building, according to the school’s manager. Metrolink, which will link Dublin Airport to the city centre, was originally meant to run underneath the College’s Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), but the proposed route has since been altered and it is now set to lie beneath the Fitzgerald Building …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 September]

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Trinity Introduces Gender Neutral Option on Official Records

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will soon be able to opt for gender neutral pronouns in official College records, marking a significant expansion to the College’s gender recognition policies. Students will be addressed by their first name in College letters and emails …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 September]

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TCDSU Must Organise a Campus Rent Strike Within the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A month ago, I went to a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment on Adelaide Rd. Sound nice? Calling it a hovel would be generous. It was a basement apartment: two cramped bedrooms and one small window, which faced out onto a debris-filled garden …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 September]

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Trinity’s 300-Year-Old Library Set for Major Overhaul

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Old Library is set for a major reconfiguration, which will see many of its oldest manuscripts moved to a new research space on the ground floor and involve the embedding of the library’s shop into the podium outside the Berkeley …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 September]

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‘I’ve had enough’ – Trinity PhD student writes to minister demanding rent subsidy

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College Dublin (TCD) student has penned a letter to the minister of third level education claiming that PhD students are forgotten in Ireland. The letter asks for an accommodation subsidy to be provided to students as the maximum stipend of €18,000 per year makes living in Dublin difficult to afford …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 3 September]

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Nominations open for Chancellorship of Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Nominations for the next Chancellor of the University of Dublin (Trinity College), have officially opened as of today. The College Registrar, Professor Paula Murphy, sent out an email this morning to all members of the university senate, requesting nominations for the role …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 August]

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Leading Muslim figure claims he was fired from Trinity College over female circumcision comments

Posted in Legal issues on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading figure in Ireland’s Muslim community has claimed he was fired from his teaching post in Trinity College Dublin as a result of controversial comments he made during an appearance on RTÉ in early 2018. The Labour Court heard an appeal today by Ali Selim, a lecturer in Arabic, against an award of €4,000 made by the Workplace Relations Commission that he had been unfairly dismissed by the university last September …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, BreakingNews.ie, 30 August]

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The annual timetable debacle is an embarrassment to Trinity

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is not an unreasonable request that students be informed what classes they are taking, where those classes will be held, and what times they will be required to attend the classes. Students have always needed to know this information, right back through the four centuries of Trinity’s existence. College knows, with every approaching September, that it is necessary to publish the timetables for each course before the semester begins …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 25 August]

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