Oh no, not again – another heckler’s veto in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… I don’t have time to write a considered post about this right now, but I could not let it pass unremarked, so I will content myself for the time being with noting: oh no, not again.” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, cearta.ie, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An event at Trinity College Dublin involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker has been cancelled following a protest. Mr Boker was due to speak at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (Sofia) …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Impact of Grade Inflation Must Not Be Overstated

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news this week that the number of first-class degrees awarded by Trinity has increased by 33% between 2013 and 2015 will likely evoke concern that this is the latest symptom of a general trend of grade inflation in Irish third-level sector. Indeed, with some courses seeing as many as 61% of graduates awarded a first, one could probably be forgiven for thinking …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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In Trying to Secure Student Accommodation, Universities Face a Multitude of Challenges

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

Ireland“For many students, finding suitable accommodation is a plight they face year on year. This is largely as a result of a wider housing crisis currently affecting everyone, from those looking for social housing to renters looking for affordable accommodation in the private rental market, including students …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 11 February]

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Trinity back on elite university list after ‘really stupid’ error

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has admitted a ‘really stupid mistake’ it made saw it drop down the rankings of the world’s best universities. The university sent data relating to its research funding to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in the wrong format two years in a row …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Following Temporary Exclusion Last Year, Trinity Ranked 131st in World by Times Higher Education

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

Ireland“Following its temporary exclusion from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings last September, Trinity has now been ranked 131st, making it the highest ranked university in Ireland …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 February]

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TCDSU to Request Changes to Construction Schedule, as Luas Works Continue

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

Ireland“In response to noise complaints made by on-campus residents about the Luas Cross City construction works, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will be requesting periods of no night-time works coming up to and during reading week …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 February]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the diminishing of terms and conditions of employment of both academic and administrative staff in Trinity College (details supplied); and if so, his plans regarding same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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33% Increase in First-Class Degrees Awarded Between 2012 and 2015

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students achieving a first in their undergraduate degree has increased dramatically in recent years, with a 33% increase in the number of first-class honours awarded between 2012/13 and 2014/15. In 2012/13, 397 students were awarded firsts, according to the most recent Senior Lecturer’s Report …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 7 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Trinity College dons ‘incensed’ by provost’s reform plan

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

Ireland“The provost of Ireland’s oldest university has been accused of trying to turn Trinity College Dublin into a ‘second-rate polytechnic’ by introducing full semesterisation. Paddy Prendergast is also under fire over a plan to offer jobs to the spouses of ‘world-class researchers’ in order to attract top-tier talent to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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Trinity Scientist Opens Lab to Scientists Stranded by Trump’s Ban on Immigration

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A number of labs in Ireland, one in Trinity, are offering positions to scientists affected by President Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven, largely muslim countries, from entering the US. Many individuals enroute to the US were left stranded in the wake of the sudden and immediate executive order banning citizens from these countries …” (more)

[Jamie Sugrue, University Times, 3 February]

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Calls for ‘Reasoned Debate’, as Fellows Vote on Trinity’s Transition to Christmas Exams

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows will have the potential to veto plans for a Christmas exam week and a two-week earlier start to the teaching term when they vote this week on the newly proposed academic year structure …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 February]

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New Research Initiative Criticised After Concerns Over Ranking Academics

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new initiative to measure the research output of Trinity’s staff, currently in its pilot phase, has raised concerns that it might potentially rank and compare individual academics, already drawing criticism from a trade union. The new initiative, Principal Investigator Quantitative Analytics, is proposing to rank academics based on their research output …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 February]

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Head of Law School Condemns Sexist Comments Made by Students in Module Evaluations

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

Ireland“The Head of Trinity’s Law School, Prof Oran Doyle, has condemned misogynistic remarks made by two students in anonymous module evaluation forms last year. In an email sent to all law students at the end of last term, Doyle described the comments as ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 2 February]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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FOI Reveals UCD has No Investments in Fossil Fuels

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

Ireland“The College Tribune can reveal that UCD currently does not invest in fossil fuel companies, according to documents viewed under the Freedom of Information act. This information was sought in light of a successful campaign led by Fossil Free TCD, which saw Trinity agree to divest its €6.1 million indirect investments in fossil fuel companies …” (more)

[College Tribune, 1 February]

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Only 1% of Arts Faculty Property in ‘Good Condition’, as College Plans €4m Arts Block Refurbishment

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

Ireland“The report also finds that 41% of academic areas in Trinity require modernisation. Only 1% of the properties owned by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) are in ‘good condition’, according to a report submitted to the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 February]

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