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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Trinity’s Rankings Rise Must Not Obscure the Challenges Facing Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s announcement that Trinity has moved up 10 places to 88th in the QS World University Rankings should certainly be welcomed. After years of continuous decline, the reversal of this longstanding trend is a significant step for Trinity, and other Irish universities, in regaining their strong standing on the international stage …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 8 June]

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Trinity could attract ‘star academics’ after Brexit if pay restraints eased

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Constraints on public pay should be loosened after Brexit to attract international ‘star academics’ working in important areas of national interest to Ireland, the Seanad has heard. Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at Trinity College, Dublin, said Ireland was in danger of squandering the opportunities presented by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Citing €500,000 Annual Cost, Staff Oppose New Faculty Managers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a major shake-up to Trinity’s often rigid administrative system, a new proposal has already generated significant opposition from senior staff across the College’s 24 schools, with claims it will cost nearly €500,000 a year …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 8 June]

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Trinity College Dublin planning €1.25bn tech campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The planned technology campus by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for the ‘Silicon Docks’ area of Dublin could entail a capital investment of up to €1.25bn. That is according to TCD, which stated that its Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) project ‘would represent one of the largest infrastructural projects undertaken in Ireland since the IFSC’ …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 8 June]


Student Accommodation Solutions Worsened by Government Inaction

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

Ireland“For some of those students who were successful in securing accommodation on campus or in Trinity Hall, the rent increases of up to 10% for some rooms may seem unfortunate. However, the increase may leave many more unsurprised …” (more)

[University Times, 5 June]

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With Private Sector Booming, Trinity Rethinks Approach to Securing More Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the need to secure extra accommodation for its students growing and with a sudden influx of private developers building in the city, Trinity is turning its focus away from building new accommodation to getting students rooms in existing developments …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 June]

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Trinity Secures Additional 500 Beds for Students in Gardiner St Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has secured almost 500 additional beds for students in a private development in Gardiner St for the next academic year, and has renegotiated a lease for just under 250 beds in the Binary Hub accommodation complex …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 June]

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Fresh masterpieces join The Book of Kells on display in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mention Irish illuminated manuscripts and the chances are the Book of Kells will pop into your mind. Not only is it a masterpiece of the illuminator’s art, it’s a global symbol of Irishness, and its presence in Trinity College Library draws a non-stop stream of visitors …” (more)

[Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Prendergast Pledges to ‘Surmount’ Challenges Posed by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has stated the College’s plans to ‘surmount’ the multitude of challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and affirmed its hope that higher, non-EU fees would not be introduced for British and Northern Irish students …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 May]

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Joe Duffy claims Trinity College ‘hates him’ from his days as a student

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Top radio presenter Joe Duffy has claimed that Trinity College still ‘hates him’ from his days as a student activist. His remarks were made after the university wouldn’t let him film a show on campus …” (more)

[Sharon McGowan, Dublin Live, 29 May]

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Funding Universities

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

Ireland“It is surprisingly difficult to get a consistent picture of university income in Ireland over the last decade. Accounting conventions have changed, as have the requirements from the Higher Education Authority in terms of detail. Finally, despite it being half way through 2017 it seems some, many, universities have not managed to get their 2016 or even 2015 accounts up and out …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 May]

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TCD entry requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy (May 18th) takes issue with a pilot admissions programme that looks at alternative entry requirements for just 25 students every year. This programme requires a personal statement from students but it is wrong to suggest that this is the only requirement …” (more)

[Gillian Martin, Irish Times, 23 May]


Essays and TCD entrance requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Longstanding Commitment to the Idea of Partnership Could be the Solution to Many Student Woes

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ask any Trinity student about the content of our current student charter and it’s unlikely that they will be able to tell you what rights and responsibilities it outlines. But while students rightly expect certain entitlements in the College, that relationship can too easily become a muddled, top-down one, where students reside at the bottom of a chain that dictates their four-plus years in Trinity …” (more)

[University Times, 14 May]


TCD ‘invests in weapons and cigarette companies’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has more than €470,000 invested in the arms and aerospace industry, the Sunday Independent can reveal. It also has a stake in ‘big tobacco’ – with €323,387 invested in one of the world’s largest cigarette producers …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 14 May]

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