Trinity’s Academic Promotions to be Linked to College Finances, Under New Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The promotion of academic staff to senior positions in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford, the latest sign of the financial constraints placed on the university by the funding crisis in higher education. The number of senior academic staff in Trinity were previously pegged to staff numbers …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 25 March]

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Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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Students Vote to Accept Levy for €7m Student Centre, with 88% in Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is one step closer to a new student centre, after 88% of voters chose to accept an annual levy of €30 to contribute to the construction of a €7 million purpose-built student centre.On a turnout of 1,304, only 11% voted to not support a new student centre …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 23 March]

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What I’m really thinking: A working class student from the country

Posted in Life on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When I was in Montessori school, my teacher sold me the ‘Disney’ line that I could be whatever I wanted to be and I believed her. I went home and did some digging in the back garden with my dad and decided I was going to do that for a living because it was fun …” (more)

[Stacey Wrenn, Trinity News, 23 March]

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IFUT to Ballot Members Over Joining Strike Action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is to ballot its Trinity members on strike action, following the College’s decision to no longer offer permanent contracts or promotions to support and administrative staff …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 22 March]

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Provost moves out of 1 Grafton Street due to Luas works

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has moved from 1 Grafton Street into a city centre apartment in Dublin 2 to escape the noise of the ongoing Luas Cross City construction works. The move to the College owned property occurred just before Christmas and is being financed by Trinity …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Trinity’s Total Research Budget Increases, with 68% of Budget from State Funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s research accounts for last year show that 68% of research income came from state funding, accounting for nearly €68 million, while Trinity’s four research institutes made up 14.7% of the total research income …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 17 March]

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Trinity is not doing enough to commemorate its female students and academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To the left of the Campanile in Front Square sits a statue of a man whose reputation is founded almost entirely upon one sexist comment that he may or may not have actually made …” (more)

[Eleanor Jones-McAuley, Trinity News, 16 March]

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Changes to Academic Year Structure now Include Revision Week Before Christmas Exam Week

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The end of each of Trinity’s teaching terms will now include a revision week to avoid the new Christmas exam week coming directly after a teaching week. The change was approved by University Council as part of the latest adjustment to the academic year structure …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 16 March]

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Support staff at Trinity College vote for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Service and support staff in Trinity College Dublin who are represented by the Unite trade union have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over contracts. Unite said the vote for industrial action followed a decision by management at the university to halt unilaterally future promotions for support and service staff, while also employing future personnel on five-year instead of permanent contracts …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 March]

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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

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

Ireland“SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 10 March]

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Unite to Organise Ballot, as Hopes Fade of Deal with College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Unite trade union, one of the unions representing administrative and service staff in Trinity, is to organise a ballot on industrial action, as hopes fade for a resolution to their ongoing dispute with College …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 March]

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Trinity College consent dispute over remains of Tipperary ‘Giant’

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

Ireland“Professor Desmond O’Neill of TCD and Physiotherapist Mark Sexton have spoken against Trinity’s decision to display the remains of Tipperary man Cornelius Magrath. The 7 foot 4 body has been on display in the Anatomy School since 1760, after supposedly being ‘body-snatched’ and dissected by Trinity College medical students …” (more)

[Sam Cox, Trinity News, 4 March]

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Trinity Secured Over €73 million in Promised Philanthropic Donations in 2015/16

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity secured over €73 million in pledged donations in 2015/16, a rise of over €20 million from the previous year, as College continues to focus on developing a network of alumni amid an ongoing higher education funding crisis …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 March]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent plans announced by the board of Trinity College, which will make a secure future or career advancement for many staff an impossibility; the way this might impact on the Government strategy for the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

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

Ireland“Sir, – Conor McCarthy (February 27th) criticises Israel’s embassy and Trinity’s provost for the stance they have taken in regards to free speech. At the same time, Students for Justice in Palestine claims it organised the protest because there would have been no balance if Ze’ev Boker, Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, had been allowed to address members of SoFIA (the Society for International Relations) as the sole speaker ‘with no opposing views being put forward’ …” (more)

[David M Abrahamson, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Trinity College row over ‘Cornelius’ – the skeleton in the closet

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

Ireland“It’s the skeleton in Trinity’s closet. The Dublin university has no plans to release a skeleton of a ‘giant’ from Tipperary for burial because it continues to ‘inspire scholarship’ in its students …” (more)

[Chai Brady, Independent, 1 March]

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Far From a Nuisance, Industrial Action the Only Leverage Left for Trinity Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions generally have a bad reputation as troublemakers, rabble-rousers and disruptive forces in the workplace. Consider the LUAS strikes last year – the narrative was very quickly manipulated to portray the dispute as one in which lazy workers were demanding an exorbitant pay increase, caring not a whit for the inconvenienced passengers …” (more)

[Dermot Frost, University Times, 27 February]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The members of Academics for Palestine have read with incredulity ‘Trinity condemns “unacceptable attack” on free speech’ (February 21st). The declarations of Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker, whose speech at Trinity College Dublin was cancelled after a student protest, and those of Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast, are a striking reversal of reality …” (more)

[Conor McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Students cross a picket line every day

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I grew up surrounded by trade unionists. I distinctly remember seeing a news report about an industrial action on the news when my mother said: ‘If I ever crossed a picket line, my father would turn in his grave’. Her father, my grandfather, was born in inner-city Dublin, and having helped build the ESB coal burning station in Ringsend, went on to work there for decades as a turbine driver …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 25 February]

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