Trinity Defends Tree Cutting, After Criticism from Wildlife Activists

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has defended itself from criticism after it was accused of illegally cutting trees on campus during the nesting season. The recent pruning of trees near the zoology building in Trinity angered wildlife activists, who argued that the destruction of vegetation, which is not allowed between March 1st and August 31st, flouted the national Wildlife Act …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 20 May]

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Trinity Appeals for Donations to Aid Search for Missing Professor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College is holding a vigil this evening for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest. Trinity has called for donations to a GoFundMe page to fund the search mission for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest on Thursday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 May]

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Trinity applies for permission to build kiosks in the Arts Building

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

Ireland“Trinity has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council to build ‘movable oak clad kiosks’ on the second-level floor of the Arts Building. The application states that the intended use for the kiosks is to ‘house multiple student and college related functions’, which are to include ‘clubs and societies information, charity events and sales, [and] study groups’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 15 May]

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Graduation by Grade Is a Relic of a Bygone Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several times a year, Front Square becomes a flurry of black robes, airborne hats and camera flashes as Trinity’s graduates celebrate receiving academic degrees. But for many, as the Irish Times discussed this week, the ceremony is not the day of unbridled delight that it should be. The practice of separating graduands into academic brackets – revealing the relative standing of each in terms of their grades – is self-evidently a misguided and antiquated way to run a graduation ceremony …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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Is it time to change Trinity’s ‘horrendous’ graduation ceremony?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s graduation ceremonies are steeped in cherished tradition: the Latin ceremony, the front square procession and the strict black or white dress code. But one particular tradition is attracting criticism and, for some, turning graduating into a day of ‘dread’ or even ‘humiliation’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Mixed reactions to Trinity College waiving fees for Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special circumstances’

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

Ireland“There have been mixed reactions on social media after it emerged that Trinity College in the heart of Dublin is to waive college fees for former Egyptian prisoner Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special’ circumstances …” (more)

[James Brennan, TheJournal.ie, 5 May]

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Trinity College launch philanthropic campaign to raise €400m for campus development

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is launching a worldwide fundraising campaign to help it reach a target of €400m to develop the campus, recruit more academic staff and improve the student experience generally. It is Trinity’s first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 May]

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Trinity College set to generate €50m from commercial revenues

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will generate €50 million in commercial revenues for the first time this year, its chief operating officer Geraldine Ruane has told The Irish Times. This is almost twice the level of five years ago and reflects a move by the university to build on this stream of income to help eliminate its financial deficit at a time when government funding of the sector has been reduced …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 1 May]

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College Must Learn From This Year’s Exam Chaos

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“After the stressful and chaotic first-ever set of College-wide Christmas exams, Trinity students could have hoped for a smoother exam period this term. Yet even those paying little attention would have known that this exam season has sent students into a frenzy, leaving them grappling with both a new exam system and a College seemingly unable to co-ordinate it …” (more)

[University Times, 30 April]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast said that applications to Trinity had decreased a further 20%, after last year’s drop

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications to Trinity from Northern Ireland have dropped by around 20% this year as a result of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast. This drop is on top of a 20% decrease in applications from Northern Irish students last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 April]

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Trinity lecturer wins unfair dismissal case over female circumcision comments

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over television comments he made about female genital mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Trinity lecturer awarded €6k for unfair dismissal following FGM controversy

Posted in Legal issues on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over TV comments he made about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 April]

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‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 April]

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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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Are racist incidents on the rise in Trinity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From neo-Nazi marches in the US, to attacks on mosques in New Zealand, it seems that crimes centred on hate for certain races, cultures, or religions are on the rise around the world. In Trinity, this year has been somewhat of an outlier in the number of racist incidents recorded publicly …” (more)

[Temi Adeniran, Trinity News, 15 April]

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With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Trinity students vote against slashing University Times funding

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times following a referendum on whether to dramatically cut funding for the newspaper over controversy into its reporting methods in a recent news story …” (more)

[David Gorman, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Students Vote Overwhelmingly to Save University Times

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

Ireland“In a landslide, 74% of voters have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times. Just over 25% voted to make the Editor of The University Times an unpaid position and to limit the funding to just €3,000 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 April]

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Student Conduct Committee to hear Knights case, after Junior Dean finds no hazing

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Student Conduct and Capacity Committee looks set to consider the case against the Knights of the Campanile following the Junior Dean’s dismissal of hazing allegations. Speaking to Trinity News, Editor of the University Times Eleanor O’Mahony said: ‘Essentially, the Junior Dean closed the investigation without speaking to us about it and without asking for evidence …'” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 April]

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Electoral Commission Condemns Spread of Misinformation in University Times Referendum

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s (TCDSU) Electoral Commission has condemned the spread of misinformation about the referendum on the future of The University Times. In an email statement to The University Times, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Stephen Sheil, said …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 11 April]

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