A Good Move for Gender Equality, Overshadowed by Questions of Method and Motive

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

Ireland“Questions remain about the process by which College appointed its new associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion. At the beginning of the summer, this Editorial Board wrote in glowing terms about Provost Patrick Prendergast’s introspective address at the launch of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter …” (more)

[University Times, 10 November]

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‘Fragmented’ Structures Hampering Trinity’s Gender Equality Efforts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s gender equality efforts are being ‘hampered by the fragmented structure’ in which many key stakeholders interact with each other, according to a confidential report obtained by The University Times. The report, which was published in May, also highlighted the lack of visible information on equality, diversity and inclusion in Trinity …” (more)

[Katy Amos, University Times, 8 November]

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Consent education in college

Posted in Teaching on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Depending on who you ask, you may well receive a different answer on what it means to give or receive consent. ‘It’s simple’, someone might say, ‘No means No and Yes means Yes’. But in an environment where 32% of Irish students reported they would find it difficult to tell their partner they did not want to have sex and 1 in 4 female students have experienced unwanted sexual contact …” (more)

[Jack Ryan, Trinity News, 8 November]

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Trinity disputes Dublin City Council planning contribution charge for €60m development

Posted in Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is claiming that Dublin City Council has overcharged it over €300,000 in planning contributions for its new €60m E3 Foundry. The proposal for the city centre campus involves new schools for engineering, computer science and natural science …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Student library monitors shouldn’t be necessary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The news that college intends to recruit a team of students as ‘desk monitors’ in the library during exam time has been met with a mixed reaction across campus. It has become increasingly clear that the practice of ‘desk hogging’ is a significant problem in the library …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 6 November]

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‘Should we admit this is a gesture?’: Staff at Trinity College called for clarity ahead of call out for more women sculptures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Trinity College Dublin said the university isn’t ‘exactly going to right the wrongs of history’ by commissioning busts of female scholars for its library, emails released under Freedom of Information show. Earlier this month, the university asked staff and students to nominate the first female scholar to be memorialised in a bust for the Long Room, the main chamber of the Old Library, the Irish Times reported …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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Modular Billing System Could be Re-Introduced Next Year

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

Ireland“Modular billing, the system created to allow students to pay to repeat individual modules – abandoned by the College after historic student protests against the supplemental fees meant to pay for its introduction – could be re-introduced by next year, according to a top Trinity official. The system would replace Trinity’s current system of off-books assessment …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 November]

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Trinity Declined to Disclose Details of Artwork Hidden From Public View

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has refused to disclose how much of its collection of artwork is concealed from the public, after the Irish Times made a request for the list under the Freedom of Information Act. The College’s art collections include various paintings, prints, sculptures and statues, with a particular focus on portraiture …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 4 November]

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Cut The Rent Debacle Exposes A Timid Council’s Conservatism

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s council on Tuesday voted against supporting Cut the Rent, a student-led grassroots movement calling for a rent strike on Trinity’s campus. The group had been building support in the weeks leading up to council: collecting 200 signatures, canvassing students and even getting national media traction …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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Trinity students to withhold rent due to rising on-campus rates

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

Ireland“Trinity students are mobilising a campaign to withhold rent from the college amidst rising on-campus rates. Almost 300 students who live in the College’s city centre campus have signed up to withhold their rent when the next payment is due on January 1. One of the members of the Cut The Rent group, Conor Reddy, said …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 3 November]

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Mary McAleese elected as chancellor of Trinity College Dublin

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

Ireland“Former president Mary McAleese has been elected unopposed as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds her predecessor in Áras an Uachtaráin, Mary Robinson, who was elected as first woman chancellor of TCD in 1998 and has held the post since …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Trinity to shelve Book of Kells for four months

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is to be removed from public display in Trinity College Dublin for four months from next Monday, due to conservation works required on the famous manuscript’s display area. Last year more than one million people visited the attraction, often a must-see on tourist itineraries for visits to Dublin …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 October]

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TCDSU Votes Not to Support Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has voted against adopting a stance supporting rent strikes organised by student activist group Cut the Rent. The union voted against a motion that would have mandated it promote and participate in the group’s efforts to canvass students for withholding rent payments in January, as well as protecting students in the case of disciplinary action …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 October]

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Trinity warns of spike in number of mumps cases in College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Health Service has warned that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Mumps in Trinity. In an email sent to all staff and students, the health service director, Dr David McGrath said that there has been a ‘spike in cases’ across the college and advised that students take the necessary preventative measures. The College Health Service also expects to see more cases over the next few weeks due to the long incubation period of the virus …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Library To Introduce Desk Hogging Monitors

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

Ireland“Trinity’s libraries are to employ a team of postgraduate students for the upcoming revision and assessment periods to monitor study spaces and prevent ‘desk hogging’. The monitors will leave notes on desks that appear to be unoccupied but have possessions such as books and laptops on them. The notes will inform the ‘desk hogger’ that if they do not reclaim the space within a certain period of time, the belongings will be removed …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 25 October]

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Trinity must do more to stop student exploitation

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

Ireland“A recent scandal wherein a young female tenant was offered an exchange of sexual favours in lieu of paying rent represents the exploitative, opportunistic and dangerous reality of Dublin’s current rental market. Students in the latter years of their degree will undoubtedly know people who have had, or will themselves have been victim to, landlords who are desperate to capitalise off of the rising prices of accommodation in the most expensive city to live in within the Eurozone …” (more)

[Ursula Dale, Trinity News, 26 October]

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Animal Experimentation

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action he has taken on the reports that UCC and Trinity College Dublin have been involved in experimentation on thousands of live animals each year; and his plans to deal with banning vivisection …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 October]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for a national rankings strategy, a suggestion rejected by the Minister for Higher Education

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for the introduction of a national strategy on university rankings, after Trinity’s persistent falls in both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings in recent years …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 21 October]

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