Students Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of students voted today in favour of a set of proposals designed to make Trinity tobacco free. The result of the plebiscite will not be binding but will inform Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) policy on the matter …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 21 September]

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The True Cost of College’s Commercialisation is Starting to Show

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s safe to say that Trinity’s fall in the QS World Rankings earlier this year has left the College’s reputation looking less than pristine. Disgruntled at best – and indignant at worst – figures from all aspects of campus life are looking to reverse the seemingly continuous drop, not least Provost Patrick Prendergast, whose approach to funding must now be called into question …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 21 September]

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Lecturer denies jibe at Muslim student

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A law lecturer, whose first class in Trinity College Dublin ended in controversy and is under investigation by the college, insists that it was a case of ‘crossed wires’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 September]

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Book of Kells Temporarily Replaced by Fake

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells has been removed from its display and replaced with a copy due to ‘technical issues’. The real book – the most famous medieval manuscript in the world – is expected to be returned to its case within a few days. The replacement is a fine art facsimile, which is an exact copy of the original …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 19 September]

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Take Back Trinity: a radical reminder

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On an overcast morning in March, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the introduction of a €450 supplemental examination fee. Trinity’s student populace had faced an endless list of issues with the university’s officials as it stood, but it was this event that became the catalyst for unprecedented student reaction. We now know this as a pivotal moment in the College’s recent history: Take Back Trinity …” (more)

[Hiram Harrington, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Trinity international students suffer health problems from mouldy apartment in Kavanagh Court

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two international students living in Kavanagh Court have suffered health problems due to mould growing in their apartment according to the Irish Independent. The claims emerged this morning when the Irish Independent published images showing the extent of the mould …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, University Times, 15 September]

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A Tobacco-Free Campus is Inevitable

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Standing in the silence of Front Square, smoking a cigarette and looking out over the moonlit campanile: a hedonistic act of the highest order. It’s easy to imagine that Wilde himself might have been lighting one up right here on campus when he famously wrote that a cigarette is ‘the perfect type of a perfect pleasure’ …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 14 September]

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Trinity Business School construction to conclude in March

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Construction on Trinity’s new business school is expected to finish in March, Provost Patrick Prendergast has announced. In his address at Blackhall Place, ‘A vision for Trinity and Dublin’, Prendergast also outlined that Trinity has invested €80m in the project, composed of €20m from philanthropic donations and €60m in investment and loans …” (more)

[Thea Lawler, Trinity News, 13 September]

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‘Dysfunctional’ Religion Schools Become One

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After a complex, protracted process that faced resistance from some of those involved, three ‘dysfunctional’ Trinity schools of religion have merged to become the unified School of Religion. Under the changes to the structure of the confederal schools of religion, a new single-honours undergraduate degree in religion is set to replace other existing courses …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 13 September]

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Trinity students rally against ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students rallied against the ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’ alongside housing activists this evening. Protesters engaged in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Street where they obstructed traffic at the Parnell monument at the north end of the street. Demonstrators met outside 34 North Frederick street earlier this evening to protest what many called was a violent response from Gardaí last night as occupiers were evicted from the property …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 12 September]

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Should a university aim to be a for-profit institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘This strategic plan sets out to secure Trinity’s future so that it will continue to play its pivotal role in helping Ireland to become a most productive place in which to invent, work and learn and a most civilised place in which to live and contribute to local and global society.’ This statement, set out in Trinity’s published Strategic Plan for the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, lays out the ideals of the university and thereby its commitment to uphold its educational promise to its students …” (more)

[Niamh Meyer, Trinity News, 11 September]

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‘Adderall’s quite popular in Trinity’: an interview with a student drug dealer

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mike dealt for almost an entire year. When asked about how it all started, he had the classic story of students roped into the illegal drug market: ‘First off I didn’t want to get into it, but my smoking habit had grown far out of reach of my budget … my dealer suggested I start to sell for him and that’s how it began’. Soon after, he was supplying drugs and at one point he had about 150 clients. Most were students with a few exceptions: ‘MDMA, LSD, and a shit tonne of weed in many different strains. Weed was always by far the most popular’ …” (more)

[Mary-Rose Beamish, Trinity News, 11 September]

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Trinity College top for producing entrepreneurs, new study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin continues to produce more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe, according to new independent research. A report conducted by research firm Pitchbook shows Trinity produced 232 entrepreneurs and 212 companies, which collectively raised $2.32 billion (€2 billion) in capital between the start of 2006 and the end of June 2018 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 5 September]

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College receives first phase of €4 million Arts Building revamp

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has introduced new student spaces in the Arts Building, launching the first phase of planned renovations to the building. The first stage of the €4 million development began this summer and focused on the third and fourth floors of the building, with new seating ‘pods’ a key addition on the ground floor …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 September]

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More than aspiration needed to tackle gender discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education was held in Trinity College Dublin, on the 20th-22nd August 2018. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 August]

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Trinity College plans to spend €170,000 on wine

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s catering unit is planning to spend more than €1,600 a week on wine solely for private events, with the average bottle set to cost just over €20. The university is advertising for a distributor to supply it with at least 8,466 bottles at a total estimated cost of €170,000 excluding value added tax (VAT) over a two-year period …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Students deserve better than student newspapers profiting off the housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When the University Times posted an advertisement for the private luxury student accommodation bloc #LIVStudent on its Instagram account this week, many students were shocked. Such was the strength of the criticism to this post, the University Times felt that it was necessary to turn off comments underneath. And that isn’t the only instance of the University Times advertising luxury student accommodation …” (more)

[Muireann McGlynn, Trinity News, 26 August]

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Trinity’s Starting to Make Better Use of Space. But It Could Do More

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A criticism often levelled at Trinity is that it has too often failed to manage its space-starved campus efficiently. It’s an argument, one presumes, that will only gain traction amid a student accommodation crisis whose severity seems to worsen by the day. With the above in mind, it was encouraging to see this week that College is developing new student accommodation on Pearse St, as part of the ongoing construction of the Trinity Business School …” (more)

[University Times, 26 August]

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European charter to promote gender equality launched in Trinity today

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new European charter to promote gender equality has been launched today. The announcement was made during a Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, which is being held in Trinity this week. The Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter forms part of the 2020 initiative named the SAGE project. The project seeks to build a stronger commitment to gender equality in third level and research institutions …” (more)

[Dalia Fleitlikh, Trinity News, 22 August]

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Trinity to House 36 More Students on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College today announced the development of new student accommodation that will house 36 students on campus amid a worsening student accommodation crisis. Rooms on Pearse St are being refurbished for student occupancy as part of the construction on the Trinity Business School …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 20 August]

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