IUA calls for student action in TCDSU town hall on higher education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Director General of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Jim Miley called on Trinity students this evening to ‘put pressure on politicians’ and make higher education funding a political issue. Speaking to a Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) town hall meeting, Miley declared that ‘the state has sat back and refused to make a clear policy position’ on funding for higher education …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 October]

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€1.1 million spent on international student recruitment by College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.1m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2017/18 financial year, starting October 1 2017 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 15 October]

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€100m Investment a Vote of Confidence and a Sign of Straight Priorities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday morning, on what should have been a serene and uneventful news day for Trinity students the College announced a major funding injection from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for several of its long-term building projects. If Trinity manages to see all of its grandiose plans to the end, the campus will have entirely transformed by 2030 …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Trinity College Dublin secures €100m 30-year loan from European Investment Bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has secured a long-term loan of €100 million from the European Investment Bank to fund four development projects on its campus. These include the soon-to-be-built €60 million E3 Institute, which brings together the subjects of engineering, energy and environment under one roof. The other projects include refurbishment of the arts block, an expansion of the school of law and new student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry, Dublin 6 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity College secures €100m loan from world’s largest internationally owned public bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has received the backing of a €100 million loan over a period of 30 years from the world’s largest internationally owned public bank. The loan, from the European Investment Bank, will contribute to four major developments at the university including the expansion of the school of law, the refurbishment of the arts block, a new student accommodation hall and an engineering and technologies initiative …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 14 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Forum-Funded report on the Use of Technology in Assessment Published Today by Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new report, on the use of technology for assessment by academic staff in higher education, was launched today (Wednesday 10 October) by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD. The report was written by Trinity researchers, Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, and was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, to provide insight and transparency into this critical issue in education …” (more)

[National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 10 October]

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Government Launches Trinity Report on Technology in Assessment

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today launched a Trinity report on use of technology for assessment by academic staff. Carried out by Trinity researchers Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, the report was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 October]

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97% Increase in Trinity Students Studying Outside Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students taking part in exchange programmes outside Europe has increased by 97% in the last five years, The University Times has learned. In an email statement to The University Times, the College’s Vice-President for Global Relations Prof Juliette Hussey said …” (more)

[Emma-Louise Nolan, University Times, 8 October]

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Trinity College spent €184,000 investigating cyberfraud loss

Posted in Legal issues on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has spent €184,000 on IT specialists to investigate how the college was defrauded of nearly €800,000 last year, and on legal fees to try recover the funds. Early last year an unauthorised individual gained access to the email account of an employee working in the fundraising arm of the college, and transferred €790,741 from the Trinity Foundation account …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Trinity Must Work Harder to Make Its Graduates Employable

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recently, QS Rankings released its annual list of the top 500 universities, ranked in order of the employability of their graduates. At first glance, this seemed to present good news for Trinity, as it improved on the previous year’s rank in this category …” (more)

[Paddy Mockler, University Times, 4 October]

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EMS: Engineering, maths and sexism

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Usually, when one thinks of sexism in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), one might think of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell being overlooked for the Nobel Prize, or the joke about Francis Bacon’s sister being behind his work, or Hedy Lamarr being remembered as a beautiful actress but not as a talented inventor …” (more)

[Molly McCrory, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Mystifying Application Process Stops Women Running for Fellowship

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An application process that is ‘shrouded in mystery’ discourages women for applying to become Fellows, resulting in a disproportionately low percentage of female Fellows in College, according to Dr Eileen Drew, the Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 1 October]

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College relocates student resident due to bed bugs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has relocated a student previously residing in Botany Bay to House Eight following the presence of bed bugs in his original accommodation …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 September]

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Students Launch ‘Paper Free TCD’ Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new paper-free campaign launched by students aims to halve the amount of newspapers produced on Trinity’s campus and to remove leaflets and pamphlets from next year’s Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) election …” (more)

[Connor Hogg, University Times, 27 September]

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Trinity students have week’s rent refunded in unfinished luxury accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students living in the luxury student accommodation complex, the Tramshed and the Woodworks in Point Village, have been refunded a week’s worth of rent due to ongoing construction work. Trinity News has learned that the student accommodation complex, which costs €230 per week and is run by the British company Host, was still under construction when students arrived …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch and Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 27 September]

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Provost’s Sway Over Board Under Scrutiny

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After years of concerns about the frequency of meetings, the supply of documents and the ‘dictatorial’ role of Provost Patrick Prendergast, Trinity is to carry out an internal review of the College Board, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 25 September]

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After Complaints, Law School Organises New Lecturer

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… In an email to final-year law students, the Head of the Law School, Prof Mark Bell said: ‘I am pleased to inform you that we are going to be able to recommence delivery of the module in Intellectual Property Law from Monday 24 September 2018’. ‘I am very sorry for the difficult start to the academic year …'” (more)

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

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Fundamental research key to academic and national reputation

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Innovate or die’ said management guru Peter Drucker, adapting Darwin’s ‘Adapt or die’. It’s become the rallying cry of the 21st century. When every country wants the same thing, how can Ireland be more innovative than the innovators? One obvious answer is to spend more …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Brexit threatens Trinity mission to be university ‘for all Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit is threatening Trinity College Dublin’s historic mission to be ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since it opened 426 years ago, Trinity has been proud of bringing different traditions, north and south, together. However, the uncertainty caused by Brexit has already taken a big toll on CAO applications from the North this year, which are down 20% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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