Class divide in Irish Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In December 2016, the ongoing debate around a class divide in Irish education was illuminated by the emergence of new information. Through the analysis of figures published by the State Examinations Commission and several universities, Trinity News calculated that an Irish student is more than four times more likely to attend Trinity if they have attended one of Ireland’s 51 private schools …” (more)

[Jane Purdom, Trinity News, 12 April]

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Exactly how much is five million Euro worth converted into ranking places

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One very useful piece of information to emerge from the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) rankings fiasco is the likely effect on the rankings of injecting money into universities. When TCD reported to THE that it had almost no income at all, 355 Euro in total, of which 11 Euro was research income and 5 Euro from industry, it was ranked in the 201-250 band in the world university rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 April]

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Despite HEA Recommendations, Trinity Unlikely to Appoint Gender Equality Vice-President

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

Ireland“Trinity is unlikely to introduce a Vice-President for Gender Equality, one of the key recommendations of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) report on gender inequality in higher education …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 11 April]

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Trinity on Track to Make €33m Through Commercialisation in 2021

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

Ireland“Having made €24 million in 2015/16, Trinity is on track to meet its target of generating €33 million in 2020/21 through commercial activity, The University Times has learned, according to a new five-year plan for the College’s commercial revenue wing …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 10 April]

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Unions Express Concern Over Long-Term Impact of Academic Promotions Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed concern over the long-term impact of an academic promotions system based on the College’s financial position. Last week, The University Times revealed that the promotion of academic staff in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford…” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 April]

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Responses to Midwifery Bullying Report Set for Implementation Across Health Science

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been made on implementing recommendations that arose after a 2015 report found 60% of Trinity’s midwifery students had experienced bullying while on placement, including developing a support structure for students, with work also underway to see these safeguards implemented across health science …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 8 April]

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Trinity Lost €9.4m Last Year

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

Ireland“Trinity has posted a €9.4 million loss this year, significantly lower than the €34 million deficit predicted by the College in June 2016, one which had prompted fears that Trinity might run out of money …” (more)

[Róisín Power and John Conway, University Times, 6 April]

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Unions Set For ‘Pivotal’ Meeting with College on April 11th

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

Ireland“Trinity is due to meet with the two unions representing administrative and service staff on April 11th in the latest attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over contracts and promotions. The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite, whose members in Trinity have already voted to support industrial and strike action, will meet with Trinity on April 11th at a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 7 April]

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Call for Papers – Freedom of speech and Higher Education: The case of the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction …” (more)

[Academics for Palestine, 6 April]

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Trinity College Shoots Itself in the Other Foot

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The story so far. Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been flourishing over the last decade according to the Shanghai and Round University Rankings (RUR) world rankings which have a stable methodology. The university leadership has, however, been complaining about its decline in the Times Higher Education (THE) and QS rankings, which is attributed to the philistine refusal of the government to give TCD the money that it wants …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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The Trinity Affair Gets Worse

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been doing extremely well over the last few years, especially in research. It has risen in the Shanghai ARWU rankings from the 201-300 to the 151-200 band and from 174th to 102nd in the RUR rankings. You would have thought that would be enough for any aspiring university and that they would be flying banners all over the place …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 4 April]

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‘USC-style levy’ to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Universal Social Charge-style (USC) levy would be a better way to meet the funding needs of higher education than the proposed student loan system, according to new analysis. The loan scheme, suggested in the Cassells Report on future funding for third-level, would not work in Ireland and would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before it stabilised, said economist Dr Charles Larkin …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Student loan scheme would cost Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, says Trinity economist

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The proposed student loan scheme would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, an economist claimed. Dr Charles Larkin of Trinity College Dublin said the Irish higher education system is neither small enough nor large enough to make an income contingent loan system work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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TCDSU Promises to House On-Campus Students Affected by Luas Disturbance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has promised to accommodate on-campus students elsewhere who are particularly affected by the ongoing nighttime Luas works outside Trinity, a source of much-complaint from residents …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 2 April]

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Mistakenly Stating Annual Income as €355 Reason Behind Trinity’s Rankings Exclusion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Information revealed under a Freedom of Information request shows that Trinity’s exclusion from the 2016 Times Higher Education rankings came after College recorded its annual income as €355 instead of €355 million. In revised rankings, released the following year, Trinity was retrospectively placed at 101st …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 April]

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Universities Must Master Challenge of Uncertainty to Teach Students

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Provost, Patrick Prendergast, this week found himself paying a visit to Dominican College Sion Hill in Blackrock, where he gave an address as just one of the many parents of students at the school. In the course of his explanation of what a university education, and more specifically, a Trinity education, should comprise, Prendergast gave his own take on the ‘must-have skills for today’s graduates’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 April]

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Open university: Luas takes detour through Trinity

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

Ireland“A major error in the laying of the new Luas line through parts of Dublin city centre means the track is too wide. The new joined-up track running around College Green was built based on designs for trams in 1916, rather than the 2016 model …” (more)

[Edmund Burke, Independent, 1 April]

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The Race to be Ireland’s Top Business School

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

Ireland“With construction of Trinity’s new business school well underway, it has become evident that the battle to obtain educational excellence in the provision of business degrees is most definitely a race to the top. Over the past couple of months, both Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) have announced their plans for the futures of their respective business schools …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 27 March]

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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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