‘It’s behaviour from the Dark Ages’ – Outrage as Trinity experiments on 110,000 animals

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 110,000 animals have been used in medical research by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in the past five years, new figures have shown. Last year alone, it spent more than €310,000 buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10,000 to dispose of them when the research was complete …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 21 August]

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Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

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

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Trinity Report Finds Employment Level for Postgraduates Below National Average

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduates of the class of 2015 fell below the national employment average by six percentage points, a new Trinity report on graduate employment has revealed, although 74% of postgraduates reported being employed nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 13 August]

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Trinity Consent Workshops Return in September Improved and Refocused, After Year of Review

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Consent workshops for incoming first-year students have undergone several changes after 400 students participated in last year’s successful pilot. The most successful workshops of their kind in Ireland last year, the classes were held in Trinity Hall over the course of Freshers’ Week …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 5 August]

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No End in Sight to Trinity’s Dispute with Staff, Despite Final Promotions Promise

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will run a round of promotions for administrative and support staff in September as part of a concession to the College’s three trade unions. But while the College say this will be the final round, Trinity’s staff will hope otherwise …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 August]

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Following Trinity’s Example, Queen’s University Belfast to Launch Consent Classes in October

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast’s consent classes will be based on the successful Trinity model when they run for the first time in October. The pilot programme, which will run in Queen’s residential accommodation, could see nearly 1,500 first-year students take part …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 31 July]

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Planned Union Protest Put on Hold, Pending Government Guidance on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A planned protest on Trinity’s campus by the three trade unions involved in a dispute with College was postponed because the unions agreed to wait on an upcoming statement from the government on the use of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 July]

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Academia and gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I welcome the report on this matter by Carl O’Brien (News, July 20th). The figures for Trinity College Dublin are certainly unacceptable. At lecturer level there are 50% men and women. This becomes 65% to 35% at senior lecturer level, 58% to 42% at associate professor level and 81% to 19% at full professor level …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Times, 24 July]

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UCC hit by €110,000 attack from cyber gang

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cyber criminals mounted a major attack to steal €110,000 from University College Cork (UCC), the Sunday Independent can reveal. The revelation comes as a global cyber attack struck a number of Irish businesses last month …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 23 July]

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University gender bias: ‘Mediocre men outperform outstanding women’

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

Ireland“Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university sector. ‘It’s not good for colleges, it’s not good for the country – we’re missing out on a huge talent pool’, she said. ‘Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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After Year of Research, Trinity’s Pilot Programme Aims to Support Freshers Throughout First Term

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A pilot of various programmes that will be launched in September will see Trinity try and re-focus how it supports new students through their first few months of college …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 17 July]

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Trinity’s New Technology Campus Has Ambition, But It’ll Need Luck on its Side

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Now is both the best and worst time to embark on a billion-euro expansion of a university campus. That our higher education funding crisis will be solved before the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) is fully built is perhaps too much to hope for, while tax policies in both the US and post-Brexit UK might, in the years to come, restrain the clutch of companies that have been attracted to Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 9 July]


With Ambitions to Transform Dublin, Trinity’s €1bn Second Campus Could Require 20% State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new Trinity campus that is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of euro, situated in the heart of Grand Canal Dock, could require 20% government funding, a development College hopes will be the epicentre of Dublin’s push to become a global player in innovation and entrepreneurship …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 July]


Man who rammed car through Trinity gates not guilty by reason of insanity

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has been found not guilty of criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity …” (more)

[Jessica Magee and Liz Farsaci, Irish Times, 6 July]


Man who drove into Trinity gates pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court …” (more)

[Jessica Magee, Irish Times, 5 July]


With a Rethinking of the Arts/Science Distinction, Trinity has the Opportunity to be Pioneering

Posted in Teaching on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With some exceptions, Trinity’s degree structure is divided on clear lines. Much like the campus itself, with its hubs of the Arts Block and Hamilton Building, most students take a course that’s neatly labelled under ‘Arts’ or ‘STEM’, with courses that bridge the divide often finding themselves lost in a confusing and bureaucratic maze …” (more)

[University Times, 25 June]

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Honorary degree ‘really weird’ – Geldof

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bob Geldof said he is not good at accepting awards as he received an honorary degree from Trinity College for his humanitarian efforts. The Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid founder said he feels more pride when he receives accolades for his work as a musician, as it is his ‘vocation’ …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme comes into effect

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

Ireland“Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme came into effect at the beginning of this month, following approval of the Board and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs. The third of Trinity’s Irish Language Schemes extends from June 2017 to June 2020, and includes further commitments to promoting the Irish language within Trinity …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 June]

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Trinity Access Programme encourages people to go on to university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Among 38 graduates from the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) in Dublin on Friday was a Burmese refugee and an inner-city grandmother. TAP encourages people, particularly those under-represented in higher education, to go on to university …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 17 June]


Trinity’s rise in the rankings a good start, but funding and internal reform still needed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent rise of college in the QS rankings should be commended, as rankings matter. However, it does not alleviate the need for increased higher education funding …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity News, 9 June]

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