These Elite Sportsmen Are Perpetuating Outdated Ideas of Loyalty and Commitment

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

Ireland“Following the national attention the Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC) hazing expose received, this Editorial Board expressed its hope that the story would spark a national conversation on these dangerous practices. Instead, three weeks later, a new cohort of pledges were subjected to a night of beration and humiliation by some of the university’s foremost sportsmen at an initiation ceremony run by the Knights of the Campanile …” (more)

[University Times, 18 March]

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Trinity students join 10,000 protesters at Schools Strike for Climate Change

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

Ireland“Trinity students are among an estimated 10,000 people to march to Dáil Éireann to strike for climate action this afternoon. The students joined a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – led student bloc under the Schools Strike for Climate Change …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 15 March]

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Knights of the Campanile Implicated in On-Campus Hazing Evening

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

Ireland“On Wednesday, February 27th, reporters from The University Times witnessed an initiation ceremony for members of the Knights of the Campanile – the elite, invite-only Trinity sporting society. The Knights of the Campanile, established in 1926 – ostensibly to ‘further the sporting activities’ of the College – is an all-male society with over 1,200 members …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 March]

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New Law School Likely to be Built Within Five Years, Say Officials

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Law School hopes to have a new building built within five years, and aims for College approval on plans by the end of this academic year, it was announced this afternoon at a town hall meeting with law students and staff …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 March]

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College Can’t Solve TEP by Parachuting ‘Assessment Fellows’ into Departments

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity Education Project has received far more criticism than praise this year, and, for students, anger has primarily been directed at the increased workload they have experienced under the changes. Converging deadlines, imbalances between subjects and overassessment have left students floundering. At Christmas, students reported ‘massive stress’ and pulled back from extracurricular activities …” (more)

[University Times, 11 March]

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New ‘Assessment Fellows’ to Examine Students’ Workload Under TEP

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“After concerns over increased workloads associated with the implementation of the Trinity Education Project, the College has appointed Trinity ‘assessment fellows’ to help guide departments to better assessment practices …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 8 March]

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International Students Four Times As Likely to Use Counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“International students are four times more likely to use medical and counselling services than Irish students, the College has said. Speaking to The University Times, Senior Tutor Aidan Seery said: ‘A bit of research has been done and an international student who is here for at least a year is four times more likely to use the services of the medical centre or counselling than a local student …'” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 7 March]

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Trinity becomes a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin became a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day, 6 March. The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne marked this milestone with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Students’ Union Sports Officer, Darragh Flood and Healthy Trinity Ambassador, Nuria de Cos Lara by hitting a cigarette-shaped piñata hanging from a tree in Front Square …” (more)

[Trinity College, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin stubs out outdoor smoking on campus

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will officially become a tobacco-free campus on Wednesday, National No Smoking Day, almost three years after creating tobacco-free zones on its campus. After initial resistance from the TCD Students’ Union, the momentum to make the campus tobacco-free grew with student support …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Trinity student challenges incorrect conviction contained on Garda vetting disclosure

Posted in Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university student has brought a High Court challenge over what she says is the wrongful inclusion of a criminal conviction against her on a disclosure issued by the Garda National Vetting Bureau …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]

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‘Significant Risk’ of Delay to Printing House Square

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

Ireland“College has raised concerns of a ‘significant risk’ its brand-new purpose-built student accommodation complex, Printing House Square, will not be completed on schedule this July. A delay in construction could mean that the building won’t be able to house students before term starts in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 5 March]

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College’s Contract Staff Proposal Could End up Costing Trinity its Community

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With its proposal for the future staffing of new buildings, College has presented non-academic staff – namely security, maintenance, housekeeping, attendants and gardening staff – with an impossible choice. Accept it, and endorse a surge in contract staff, as well as worse conditions for new hires. Reject it, and College will not be bound by the good elements of this or any deal, free to fill positions using subcontractors only …” (more)

[University Times, 3 March]

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Student Commuters Are Often Left in the Lurch

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we partake in the annual trudge towards the end of the season of bleak and bleary weather, students across Trinity are gritting their teeth and persevering through the last of the dark and dreary mornings in anticipation of the inevitable radiance of exam season …” (more)

[Cian Crowe, University Times, 2 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 March]

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TCD to teach first course in regional cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has begun reaching out to the regions by offering its first course that will be taught in Cork, Limerick, and Galway as well as Dublin. The level nine postgraduate certificate in innovation and enterprise development will be marketed to job-seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 17 February]

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The day women demanded to eat at Trinity’s Dining Hall

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland““This week witnessed a striking advance in the progress of the feminist movement in Trinity.” So began a report in the Trinity College Notes column of The Irish Times on Saturday, March 7th, 1931. The battleground was the Dining Hall in the Front Square of Trinity …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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UCD confirms one student has been diagnosed with mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has confirmed one of its students has been diagnosed with mumps and has issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday. It comes after a number of cases of the virus were diagnosed at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Students in south Dublin warned over mumps outbreak

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

Ireland“Health authorities have warned students in the Dublin areas to get vaccinated if they have not been immunised with the MMR vaccine in response to an outbreak of mumps. Trinity College Dublin has had a number of cases confirmed over the past week or so and has warned anyone who suspects they have the virus to stay away from university for five days …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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TEP must be criticised, but not discarded

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity Education Project (TEP) is a highly aspirational ideal of education reform for the College – possibly even more radical than the semi-semesterisation model introduced in 2010. Its aim to reduce the amount of assessments for students in order to move away from over-focusing on exams makes a lot of sense; its idea to imbue in students ‘attributes’ that will stand to them after graduation is a good idea – it could only be beneficial for Trinity graduates if employers associated certain qualities or attitudes with them …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 10 February]

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