The SUSI Fee Debacle is Proof Academic Registry Has an Issue With Core Functions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Academic Registry, according to its website, ‘is responsible for services that support the complete student lifecycle of Trinity College Dublin – from application to graduation’. As such, it is the College unit in charge of things like registration, exams and fees …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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College to Spend €860,000 on Rubrics Refurbishment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has plans to spend €860,000 on a refurbishment of the Rubrics and the Chief Steward’s House as part of a range of works on the College’s historic accommodation buildings. The oldest building on campus, dating back to 1699, the Rubrics will be renovated ‘for residential and support uses’, according to a public tender seeking a design team …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 January]

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Trinity Student Fees

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

Ireland“Jack Power, Irish Times reporter, discusses the news that Trinity College Dublin is hoping to recover €1.7m after 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 January]

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After Anger Over TEP, TCDSU to Run Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) is hosting an open forum this month to allow students to air their concerns about the Trinity Education Project to College officials. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 January]

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Trinity undercharged students €1.7m in fees due to error

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An administrative oversight led to Trinity College Dublin undercharging students €1.7 million in university fees, which the college is now looking to recover. In total 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years, with some students and recent graduates now owing the university as much as €9,000 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Students and Graduates left with Fee Debt after SUSI Mix-Up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students and graduates are faced with paying outstanding fees from previous years, due to administrative confusion over the SUSI grant. Over the past three years, students whose grants fell short of what they expected were never charged for the remainder of their fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 January]

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A Few More Entrances on Pearse St Won’t Rid Trinity of its Walled-Off Image

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

Ireland“Trinity has long aspired to break free from the notion that it’s an intimidating, inaccessible institution. That its campus is quite literally walled off from the hustle and bustle of the city undoubtedly contributes to this image. Though the upsurge in tourism of the past few years has brought hordes of new visitors through Front Gate, many Dubliners have never even stepped foot in the College …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Trinity College Dublin poised for 21st-century makeover

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

Ireland“For hundreds of years, Trinity College Dublin has appeared to many Dubliners as an imposing, high-walled institution they dared not enter. ‘I’ve spoken to people who’ve lived and worked in the capital their whole lives’, says Prof Veronica Campbell, Trinity’s bursar. ‘Often, their first time in Trinity may not occur until they are in their 40s or 50s’ …” (more)

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

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Trinity College seeks to open ‘imposing’ walls to Dublin’s public

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is planning to open up some of its imposing high perimeter walls to create new ‘public gateways’ into the country’s oldest university. The college, which started out as an enclosed campus, has long been criticised for its neglect of surrounding areas such as Pearse Street …” (more)

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

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TEP is In a Muddle. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“By now, it’s abundantly clear that students are more than a little disgruntled by the implementation of the Trinity Education Project this year. A letter compiled by a small group of students and signed by over 100 more confirmed – in very dramatic terms – the anger palpable in the College over how a much-anticipated year has panned out …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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When it Comes to Grade Inflation, TEP Could Offer Solutions

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For many, the news last week that Trinity students are the most likely in Ireland to get a first-class degree will hardly have come as any great surprise. Trinity courses are, after all, among those with the highest points in the country. For others, however, that a fifth of Trinity graduates get firsts is a sign that grade inflation – an issue that has vexed education systems for decades – in College is spiralling dangerously …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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Trinity Students circulate open letter to Provost condemning TEP

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity students have this week circulated an open letter, calling for signatures from students condemning the ‘catastrophic’ implementation of the Trinity Education Project (TEP). The letter has been signed by over 100 students and will be sent to the Irish Times next week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 6 January]

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How I Spend My Money: A Trinity PhD student on a €6,000 stipend who’s having second thoughts about moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Occupation: PhD student. Age: 31. Location: Dublin. Salary: €6,000. Monthly pay (net): €500. Monthly expenses: Rent: €700. Household bills: Included in rent. Transport: €24. Phone bill: £10 (so €11.27) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 December]

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College’s Senators at Odds Over Proposals to Scrap Trinity Seats

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College’s Senators are at cross purposes over proposals that would see the amalgamation of the Trinity and National University of Ireland (NUI) panels in the Seanad …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 20 December]

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TCD spin-out Danalto raises seed funding from Atlantic Bridge

Posted in Research on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Danalto, a Trinity College Dublin spin-out focused on internet of things (IoT) services and technologies, has raised €750,000 in seed funding. The company specialises in deploying flexible IoT solutions based on the low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology standard, which allows long range communications at a low bit rate among connected objects such as sensors …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Trinity inaugurates Dr Sean Barrett as new Pro Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Economist and former Senator, Dr Sean Barrett, has been inaugurated as the new Pro-Chancellor of Trinity at a ceremony held in the Provost’s House last week. Barrett previously worked as a senior lecturer at Trinity’s Economics Department. He is also a fellow of Trinity, and was elected to the Dublin University constituency of Seanad Éireann, where he served until 2016 …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 18 December]

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4,000 signatures raised against pharmacy students’ unpaid work placement

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dissatisfaction with a new course structure for pharmacy students in Ireland is escalating around the country, with students launching a campaign against unpaid work placements. An online petition formed this weekend has received over 4,000 signatures at the time of publication …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 17 December]

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‘We’re unmotivated at placement’ – college to meet regulator over pharmacy students’ mental health fears

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Officials at University College Cork are to meet with the pharmacy regulator amid concern about mental health issues and a lack of motivation among young pharmacists coming in to the industry. It comes as part of a remarkable row between the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and students coming into the industry …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 16 December]

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