Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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Universities Must Look to Self-Preservation, Warns Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The higher education world is changing, Provost Patrick Prendergast warned Europe’s top academics in Trinity this morning. The idea of ‘self-preservation’ loomed large, with Prendergast calling for a changes in the way universities operate …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 November]

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Michael Colgan’s Trinity Degree Under Review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The honorary degree Trinity awarded to former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan in 2000 is under review. Colgan has been the subject of a series of allegations relating to bullying and abuse of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 November]

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In Trinity, Cass Sunstein Quietly Calls for Rationality

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If one good idea can change the world, Cass Sunstein has given it a good try over the last few decades. Even his least famous ideas have had vast impacts on government, business and law, while his best have helped change the lives of millions. Tonight, he spoke to the Trinity College Law Review …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 November]

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Limited access through Front Arch this weekend as renovation works begin

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Construction work on the pathway immediately outside Front Arch is set to begin this Saturday, as College plans to return the entrance way to the appearance it held 100 years ago. An email from Estates and Facilities stated that the entrance way will consist of smooth granite …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 9 November]

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Flyers on flirting? The tricky issue of sexual consent on campus

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consent close to hand. It spells out in an easy acronym: FRIES or ‘freely-given, retractable, informed, enthusiastic and specific’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Only 25% of Trinity’s Top Professors are Female

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

Ireland“Out of 88 chair professors in Trinity, only a quarter are women, according to a new report seen by The University Times. The report revealed that since 2014, there has only been a 9% increase in women being promoted to the top-level position. The Annual Equality Monitoring Report 2016/17 said that only 22 out of 88 chair professors, the highest grade of professor in Trinity, are women …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 2 November]

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Trinity Trade Unions Await Temporary Contracts Decision

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

Ireland“Trinity’s trade unions are expecting a decision this week on College’s reaction to the government’s advice on fixed-term contracts, which this summer called on Irish universities to end the improper use of such contracts. In early October, the three major unions in Trinity met with the new Human Resources Director, Antoinette Quinn, to discuss Trinity’s implementations of the government recommendations …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, University Times, 31 October]

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Trinity’s Fee Hike Confirms Our Fears: Postgraduates are Cash Cows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the great truisms of the modern academic world that neoliberalism, that creeping, ubiquitous ideology-that-is-non-ideological, has transformed higher education into a business and students into its customers. In the case of Trinity’s postgraduate community, this is no longer true …” (more)

[Ralph Moore, University Times, 31 October]

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Backlash from Board Members Over Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several College Board members have spoken out strongly against Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. The move has triggered anger from students and serious reservations from senior staff about the impact of such an increase. Speaking to The University Times, several members of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 31 October]

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How Can College Justify Springing Fee Increases on Postgraduates?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When postgraduate students came into Trinity in 2014, they probably thought they were getting a good deal. Undertaking these courses in this world-class university was much cheaper than doing so in internationally equivalent institutions. Since then, the fees for all postgraduate courses – both for EU and non-EU students – have gone up by three or four per cent each year …” (more)

[University Times, 29 October]

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For Puppy Rooms, No Bark or Bite, Just Simply Bad Taste

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

Ireland“Everyone loves dogs. More than ever with online crazes from WeRateDogs™ to Doge, dogs have become one of the most universally wholesome and inoffensive hobbies to have. And who wouldn’t love them? …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 25 October]

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College approves 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College has approved a 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students. The College’s Finance Committee decided on the increase at a meeting on September 22 …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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The Clash at Trinity: an education in punk

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news broke just as the queue had started to form outside the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin on the evening of October 21, 1977. Half a world away, a plane carrying American classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd had crashed during landing, claiming the lives of several band members and backing crew …” (more)

[Ed Power, Independent, 21 October]

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Inside Trinity’s Elite Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Global Room announced that Trinity’s Accommodation Office had negotiated exclusive contracts for the newly established student property Kavanagh Court, it felt like a relief for many international students. Trinity had finally seemed to meet the desperate accommodation demand from overseas …” (more)

[Jannik Lorenzen, University Times, 20 October]

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‘A university should never be a safe space’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nigel Farage should be given a platform to speak to the Hist in Trinity College. As the boundaries of free speech become increasingly blurred and as conservative viewpoints on open borders are constantly conflated as white supremacist or racist …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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Business School Hopes for Accreditation by 2019

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

Ireland“Trinity Business School has ambitions to achieve triple accreditation for its courses by 2019, when it’s due to open its doors formally to students. The school is currently only accredited under the Association of MBA (AMBA), which is just one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education …” (more)

[Grace Darcy, University Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Holds Off on College Closure Decision

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

Ireland“As schools across the country prepare to keep their doors closed for a second day in the face of storm Ophelia, Trinity will decide tonight whether to open tomorrow. The impact of the storm on Dublin was noticeably less severe than on other parts of the country and, so far, Trinity seems to have reported no large-scale damage to campus …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 October]

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Trinity’s Inexcusable Treatment of its Belfast Cohort

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has suffered from years of underfunding and neglect from College, something that has led to criticism from staff and student representatives in recent days. Students who pay identical fees to those in Dublin ought to be entitled to equal access to support services and should not be subjected to ongoing neglect and detachment from the wider college community …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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