Former president Mary Robinson appointed professor in Trinity

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

Ireland“Former president Mary Robinson has been appointed Adjunct Professor on Climate Justice in Trinity College. The President has taken up the role after resigning as Chancellor of the university at the start of June …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 12 July]

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Al Maktoum ‘Gift’ Raises Urgent Questions About Who Trinity Does Business With

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, when the College announced the receipt of a ‘generous gift’ of an undisclosed amount from the Al Maktoum Foundation – a charity established by the deputy ruler of Dubai – to create a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, headlines were made around Ireland. It was hardly a surprise that newspapers were interested …” (more)

[University Times, 7 July]

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New Vice-Provost Faces the Unenviable Task of Rescuing TEP’s Reputation

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Prof Jurgen Barkhoff officially took over as the College’s Vice-Provost, following Prof Chris Morash’s resignation in April after a turbulent three-year tenure. In some ways, Barkhoff’s position is not an enviable one …” (more)

[University Times, 7 July]

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Trinity 37th in Times Higher Education Teaching Rankings

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is 37th in the Times Higher Education European teaching rankings for 2019, climbing significantly from last year. The 2018 pilot rankings saw College fall into the 51st–75th category …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 July]

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Robinson insists she has ‘no knowledge’ of centre funded by Dubai royals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The establishment of the Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin was perhaps bad timing for former President Mary Robinson. The announcement came amid a renewed focus on TCD chancellor Ms Robinson’s controversial link to Dubai’s ruling family …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 2 July]

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Dubai royal family to fund TCD centre for Middle Eastern studies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has refused to reveal how much money is being donated by the Al Maktoum Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for Middle Eastern studies at the university. The foundation is owned by the ruling royal family of Dubai, which has been accused of human rights abuses …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 1 July]

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‘Generous gift’ to fund four new professorships at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘generous gift’ from a foundation closely linked to the royal family of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates is to fund four new professorships at Trinity College Dublin. Following the forming of a ‘strategic alliance’ between the university and the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, TCD has announced it is to open a new centre of Middle Eastern studies to promote research of the subject in Ireland …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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Trinity establishes Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity have announced this morning the establishment of a new Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and a strategic alliance between Trinity and the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education. Trinity is to appoint four new professors in Middle Eastern Studies to work in what will be known as the ‘Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 1 July]

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New Law School to Be Built Near Samuel Beckett Theatre

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s new Law School is to be built on the north end of the campus, near the Samuel Beckett Theatre and not far from its current home in New Square, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 June]

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Minister welcomes Ireland’s success in selection for the European University initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin successful in the first round of European University funding. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 June]

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Trinity College Dublin installs first disabled bicycle parking facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has installed disabled bicycle parking facilities, the first college in Ireland to do so. The spaces, which allow for wider, hand-operated tricycles, as well as regular bikes, are clearly signposted, step-free and located next to a ramp. Trinity College’s director of disability services, Declan Treanor, welcomed anyone with a disability to park their bike in the spot, even if the university is not their destination …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 24 June]

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350 new research positions to be created as part of €40m investment

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“AMBER, Ireland’s materials science research centre, announced the creation of 350 jobs today as part of their second phase of research. The new research positions will be created between 2019 and 2025. This research will focus on the creation of new materials and technologies that minimize environmental impact, improve health, and build a sustainable future …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, Independent, 24 June]

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Mature students and third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Trinity College Dublin deserves credit for its long-running access programme’s foundation course for higher education (‘Trinity access graduates celebrate second chance at education’, News, June 15th). Courses like these provide a lifeline to adults who, for whatever reasons, failed to complete their secondary education …” (more)

[Peter Pyne, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Student Midwives Denied Placement Expenses Amid Confusion Over HSE Rules

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student midwives are being forced to work 13-hour shifts with no financial compensation during their placements, amid ongoing confusion and disagreement between the College and its affiliated hospitals over the HSE’s rules on travel costs for midwifery students …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 June]

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Extending the Admissions Feasibility Study Isn’t Enough – College Must Helm National Change

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In April, when The University Times first revealed that the College was considering scrapping its admissions feasibility study, many students were predictably unhappy. Why, some asked, was Trinity planning to do away with a system that offered a precious alternative to some – if arguably not enough – incoming students? This week, The University Times reported that University Council has decided to extend the scheme by a further two years …” (more)

[University Times, 3 June]

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College Extends Admissions Feasibility Study Until 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College will extend its admissions feasibility study for another two years, after questions over its future were raised earlier this year. Trinity’s admission’s feasibility study offers places in certain courses based on criteria other than CAO points, including the relative rank of a student in their second-level class …” (more)

[Katy Amos, University Times, 3 June]

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Trinity Professor Fell After Unclipping Safety Rope on Mount Everest

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Missing Trinity professor Seamus Lawless was blown off the side of Mount Everest after unclipping himself from his safety ropes to go to the toilet, according to a report in the Times Ireland edition, published this morning …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 May]

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Leo Varadkar Can’t Take Any Credit for Trinity’s Impressive New Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Provost Patrick Prendergast, Dean of Trinity Business School Andrew Burke and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar cut the ribbon on Trinity Business School’s new building on the east end of campus. Now located within walking distance of the so-called Silicon Docks, it is an exciting time for the school, which is also now just one accreditation away from being listed in the top ranks of world business schools …” (more)

[University Times, 26 May]

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Search for Trinity Professor missing on Mount Everest called off

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lawless, an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity, went missing last Friday after falling from an altitude of 8,300 metres on Mount Everest. The search party organised by Seven Summit Treks to find the Professor has been called off …” (more)

[Victoria Mitchell, Trinity News, 25 May]

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Taoiseach opens new €80m Trinity business school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin unveiled its new €80 million business school on Thursday, formally opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new flagship building, which opens on to Pearse Street, was funded by a large European Investment Bank loan to be repaid over 30 years, and €20m in philanthropic donations …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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