Minister Signals No Further Increase in Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has said that she does not see ‘any circumstances’ where the student contribution charge will be increased beyond €3000 …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 24 March]

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Direct action likely if looming student charges approved

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The incoming president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (SU), Lynn Ruane, has said that she would look to some form of direct action if proposed new student charges are approved tomorrow by the College Board …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Trinity College hammers yet another nail into the coffin of free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago, I was booked to debate the now infamous terrorist organiser, Anjem Choudary (I’ve written about the incident in the past, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before) …” (more)

[Ian O’Doherty, Independent, 24 March]

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Sexism is ‘rampant’ within Irish medicine

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sexism is ‘rampant’ within the Irish medical profession, according to an academic and consultant who claims that senior women within the industry have advised junior doctors to turn a blind eye to the problem to safeguard their career prospects …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Activist pulled out of event because of miscommunication – SOFIA

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Political activist Maryam Namazie withdrew from a talk on apostasy because she had mistakenly been led to believe that it would be a public event, the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) said in a statement circulated to its members this afternoon. The student society, which was due to host Ms Namazie in Trinity College today …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 23 March]


Activist pulls out of Trinity College talk due to ‘restrictions’ aimed at not ‘antagonising’ Muslims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A human rights activist whose speech at Trinity college was cancelled because she refused to agree with conditions not usually imposed on speakers has vowed to speak at the university …” (more)

[David Kearns, Independent, 23 March]

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My Education Week: ‘I try and approach any subject objectively’

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandMonday. I work part-time in the library in Trinity College Dublin for a couple of hours each morning. I clock off at 10, check out a few books and do some reading at my desk. At 12 I head for the National Library on Kildare Street where I need to consult some newspaper microfilms …” (more)

[Stephen McQuillan, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Activist claims Trinity speech on apostasy and Islam cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A political activist due to give a speech in Trinity college on apostasy and the rise of Islam has claimed the event has been cancelled after the college tried to attach conditions to it. Maryam Namazie was due to give a speech at the Society for International Affairs on Monday, March 23rd …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Just One Exam Scheduled in Trinity on Date of Marriage Equality Referendum

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Just one exam is scheduled in Trinity on the date of the marriage equality referendum, following ‘mindful’ consideration from the College’s Exams Office, and a push from the College Board and TCDSU to make it as easy as possible for students to vote …” (more)

[Paul Glynn and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 March]

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Manuscript returns to Ireland after 400 years

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An ancient Irish manuscript has returned to Ireland – 400 years after it left the country. The manuscript – created in Dublin’s St Mary’s Abbey 700 years ago – was bought by Trinity College at auction in Christie’s in London last year. It was the first Irish medieval manuscript to be offered for public sale in a century …” (more)

[Kirsty Blake Knox, Independent, 20 March]


College launches new policy to support trans staff and students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A policy document launched in Trinity College today commits the university to protecting students and staff from gender-based discrimination. The ‘Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy’ document outlines new guidelines to create an inclusive college atmosphere for trans individuals …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 19 March]

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Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s drive to focus government research grants on areas that might create jobs and wealth is ‘short-sighted’ and is destabilizing the country’s basic-research fabric, say around 900 scientists in a letter to the Irish government. The call is aimed at changing the course of Ireland’s national research strategy, which is currently under revision …” (more)

[Declan Butler, Nature, 17 March]

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Thousands expected to take lessons online in Trinity’s Irish history class

Posted in Teaching on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the biggest classes of Irish history has started and Trinity College Dublin hopes to match the 17,000 who signed up for its free online programme first time round. The university’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the turbulent period experienced by Ireland in the early 20th century attracted worldwide interest last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Irish scientists win European funding ranging from €1.9m to €2.75m

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Seven scientists based in Ireland have won major grants from the European Research Council, ranging in value from €1.9 million to €2.75 million …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 March]

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Reforms for Broader-entry Degrees as IUA Pressure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is under increasing pressure from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to reduce its number of course codes, documents from a meeting of Trinity’s University Council indicate …” (more)

[Patrick Lavelle,, 11 March]

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Irish universities will not break into global top 100 ‘without investment’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland does not feature in the latest list of the world’s 100 most prestigious universities and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) says it cannot happen without more investment in higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 March]

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College outlines ‘commitment’ to gender equality in new video

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new video released by Trinity College yesterday outlines its strategy for addressing gender imbalance in the academy. The move comes after data released by the Higher Education Authority in December indicated that women make up only 33% of its senior academic staff and 14% of professors …” (more)

[Doireann Ní Chonghaile, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Surgeon tells female trainees it’s best for their careers to comply with sexual advances

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A surgeon educated at Trinity College has been criticised over comments she made on Australian radio about sexual harassment in her field of work …” (more)

[, 9 March]

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Trinity big data researchers to lead €4m quality control effort

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Big data researchers at Trinity College Dublin are to lead a €4 million EU-funded effort to enforce a degree of ‘quality control’ over the ocean of data the world is rapidly accumulating …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Kamal El Mekki responds to criticism of TCD visit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A preacher whose visit to the Muslim Student Association was criticised last week has denied defending the killing of apostates of Islam. Several students had objected to Kamal El Mekki being allowed to speak on campus …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 6 March]

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