Trinity planning technology campus at Grand Canal Dock

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is planning to build a technology-focused campus at Grand Canal Dock as part of €1 billion plans to develop the area as an ‘innovation district’. The first phase of the new ‘technology enterprise campus’ will cost €250 million, and the university hopes to complete it in the next five years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Ryanair Funding for Entrepreneurship Post Received on ‘Non-Committal Basis’ Confirms Business Dean

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ryanair will not have a say in who is hired for the new €1.5 million Chair of Entrepreneurship post as Trinity will only take the money from the airline on ‘a non committal basis’, confirmed Prof Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, in an interview with The University Times …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 28 April]

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Major cyber criminals target Trinity College and steal ‘substantial’ amount of money

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A criminal investigation has been launched after bank accounts belonging to the Trinity Foundation were targeted by cyber criminals. Trinity Foundation, the fundraising organisation of Trinity College Dublin, had a ‘substantial’ amount of money stolen from its accounts following a major computer-based scam …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 27 April]

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After Ongoing Disruption, Luas Works Outside Botany Bay Suspended until May 14th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After ongoing lobbying from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and College, the Luas has said that, after months of disruption and complaints that have resulted in on-campus residents rehoused, works nearest to the Botany Bay area of Trinity are to be halted until May 14th …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 26 April]

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Trinity students call for halt to Luas works during exams

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

Ireland“Late-night Luas construction works are disrupting Trinity College Dublin students study ahead of their final exams in May. Students who live in campus accommodation by the front entrance of the college have said the Luas works noise is making it impossible to sleep, or study for their upcoming exams …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Ryanair spends €1.5m to fund academic post at Trinity College

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

Ireland“Ryanair is spending €1.5 million over five years to fund a new professor of entrepreneurship position at the business school in Trinity College Dublin. The role will commence next September and Trinity says the academic will ‘drive and direct entrepreneurship and innovation’ at Trinity Business School and elsewhere in the university …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 24 April]

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TCD staff vote for strike action over temporary deals for new starters

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

Ireland“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action as they seek ‘full discussions’ with the college on employment practices. The staff in the administration, library and support staff categories voted by 27-3 in support of industrial action, including strike action, over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary-contract basis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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IFUT vote for strike action over ‘mass casualisation’ in TCD

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

Ireland“Members of IFUT in the Administration, Library and Support Staff categories in Trinity College, Dublin, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary contract basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 April]

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Trinity Needs to Ensure that Gender Equality is Given the Focus it Requires

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

Ireland“In spite of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s key recommendation to introduce a Vice President for Gender Equality, Trinity has indicated that it will not create a specific, dedicated role. Speaking to The University Times, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, explained that he thinks ‘it would be odd to have a vice-president just for gender, when there are a lot of other areas we don’t have vice-presidents for’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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IFUT Becomes Third Union to Vote in Favour of Strike Action in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ninety per cent of voting members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have voted in Trinity this evening to support strike action, coming just weeks after two other unions voted to do the same, as the dispute between college and support and service staff continues …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 April]

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Class divide in Irish Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In December 2016, the ongoing debate around a class divide in Irish education was illuminated by the emergence of new information. Through the analysis of figures published by the State Examinations Commission and several universities, Trinity News calculated that an Irish student is more than four times more likely to attend Trinity if they have attended one of Ireland’s 51 private schools …” (more)

[Jane Purdom, Trinity News, 12 April]

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Exactly how much is five million Euro worth converted into ranking places

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

Ireland“One very useful piece of information to emerge from the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) rankings fiasco is the likely effect on the rankings of injecting money into universities. When TCD reported to THE that it had almost no income at all, 355 Euro in total, of which 11 Euro was research income and 5 Euro from industry, it was ranked in the 201-250 band in the world university rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 April]

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Despite HEA Recommendations, Trinity Unlikely to Appoint Gender Equality Vice-President

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is unlikely to introduce a Vice-President for Gender Equality, one of the key recommendations of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) report on gender inequality in higher education …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 11 April]

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Trinity on Track to Make €33m Through Commercialisation in 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Having made €24 million in 2015/16, Trinity is on track to meet its target of generating €33 million in 2020/21 through commercial activity, The University Times has learned, according to a new five-year plan for the College’s commercial revenue wing …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 10 April]

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Unions Express Concern Over Long-Term Impact of Academic Promotions Reform

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed concern over the long-term impact of an academic promotions system based on the College’s financial position. Last week, The University Times revealed that the promotion of academic staff in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford…” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 April]

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Responses to Midwifery Bullying Report Set for Implementation Across Health Science

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been made on implementing recommendations that arose after a 2015 report found 60% of Trinity’s midwifery students had experienced bullying while on placement, including developing a support structure for students, with work also underway to see these safeguards implemented across health science …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 8 April]

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Trinity Lost €9.4m Last Year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has posted a €9.4 million loss this year, significantly lower than the €34 million deficit predicted by the College in June 2016, one which had prompted fears that Trinity might run out of money …” (more)

[Róisín Power and John Conway, University Times, 6 April]

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Unions Set For ‘Pivotal’ Meeting with College on April 11th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is due to meet with the two unions representing administrative and service staff on April 11th in the latest attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over contracts and promotions. The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite, whose members in Trinity have already voted to support industrial and strike action, will meet with Trinity on April 11th at a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 7 April]

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Call for Papers – Freedom of speech and Higher Education: The case of the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction …” (more)

[Academics for Palestine, 6 April]

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Trinity College Shoots Itself in the Other Foot

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

Ireland“The story so far. Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been flourishing over the last decade according to the Shanghai and Round University Rankings (RUR) world rankings which have a stable methodology. The university leadership has, however, been complaining about its decline in the Times Higher Education (THE) and QS rankings, which is attributed to the philistine refusal of the government to give TCD the money that it wants …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]

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