Trinity students take ‘privilege walk’ to highlight access issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“What do a woman from Tallaght who dropped out of school when she was 15 because she was pregnant, an Irish citizen who was born in Nigeria and has come up from his home in Cork to study in the capital, and a former pupil of Omagh Grammar School and proud Traveller who qualified for Trinity College Dublin with good A-Levels have in common? Why privilege, of course …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Preachers of hate grooming students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Extremist preachers may be spreading hate in Irish universities and encouraging vulnerable young Muslims to join Islamic State conflicts, a leading Imam has warned …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 3 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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Anger as Fossil Free TCD meeting removed from Berkeley Library space

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“College has come under fire from students involved in the Fossil Free TCD campaign group as it emerged that their meeting Wednesday evening was removed from the Blackstone LaunchPad space, situated in the Berkeley library. The group were reportedly informed that the LaunchPad space is ‘place for capitalism’ …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Update on Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Some things have been clarified about the now famous message sent by John Boland, vice-president and dean of research at Trinity College Dublin to various stakeholders. It seems that the message was about both the QS and the THE academic surveys, referring to the sign up facility for the former and the one dollar donation to charity for the latter …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 24 March]

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Trinity accused of trying to sway world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the main producers of world university rankings has accused Trinity College Dublin (TCD) of violating its rules by influencing academics involved in its annual survey.Earlier this year, TCD sent out ‘awareness’ emails to academics, advising them of reputation surveys which would be sent out by ranking agencies QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and Times Higher Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Rankings agency raps Trinity over campaign letters

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been rapped on the knuckles by an international university rankings agency for breaching the guidelines it uses to ensure the accuracy of its annual league tables …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Rankings Body to Consider Excluding Trinity After Breach of Rules

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to be sanctioned by QS World University Rankings for sending emails to members of the Trinity community, including graduates and academics, that encourage them to take part in reputation surveys conducted by the rankings agency …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 21 March]

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Trinity College Dublin’s letters about rankings raise eyebrows

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin sent letters seeking favorable reviews. QS, a major player in rankings, says the university’s actions are ‘in breach’ and could warrant suspension from the process …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 21 March]

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Trinity reprimanded for attempting to seek favourable ranking reviews

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Sunday, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced that Trinity could face suspension from the university ranking survey on account of a questionable letter sent out to academics and others affiliated with College …” (more)

[Niamh Moriarty, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Rankings Could be What the Provost is Remembered For

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In an op-ed for the Irish Times published in September, the new Dean of Research, John Boland, proclaimed rankings a matter of fundamental importance to the Irish higher education sphere, primarily blaming the abysmal funding situation for Trinity’s decline in the QS rankings …” (more)

[University Times, 20 March]

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Do I detect a hint of a smirk from the QS office?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandTimes Higher Education (THE) takes pride in the superiority of its reputation survey to that published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The THE survey is invitation only and includes only those who have achieved the status of corresponding author of a Scopus publication whereas anyone nominated by his or her university can join QS’s …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 March]

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College Considering Off-Campus Location for E3 Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“College is considering locating the proposed Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute (E3) off the main Trinity campus, The University Times has learned. Current proposals for the institute indicate that the location being considered is the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, based on Pearse Street, near the docks …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 March]

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Proposal Would See Trinity Islamic Centre Funded by €5.5 Million Donation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to establish a Centre for Islamic Studies, The University Times has learned, which will be entirely funded by a €5.5 million donation from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Gets Upset About Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has done remarkably well in global university rankings over the last decade. Since 2004 it has steadily risen from the 201-300 band to the 151-200 band in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 17 March]

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With Development of Trinity’s Rankings Strategy, Why Rankings Matter to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent development of a college-wide rankings strategy by Trinity and the creation of a Rankings Steering Group, chaired by the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, reveals the increased attention College is giving to rankings, and brings the debate about their importance, and how much energy any third-level institution should give to them, to the fore once again …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 March]

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Trinity to Develop Strategy to Combat Decline in World Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is developing a strategy to improve its position in world university rankings, The University Times has learned. The move comes as Trinity has seen a consistent decline in both QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education rankings in recent years …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 March]

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Chomsky and 27 Trinity Professors Among 80 Public Figures Urging College to Divest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An open letter calling on Trinity to divest from fossil fuels, signed by more than 80 public figures, including 27 Trinity professors and world-famous linguist Noam Chomsky, is to be formally presented to the College Board …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 14 March]

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500-bed student accommodation to be built at Gardiner Street site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A 500-bed student apartment complex is being planned for the former Industrial Development Agency site on Gardiner Street. The €60 million project is a joint venture between the Dubai-based Global Student Accommodation (GSA) Group and the Irish company Carrowmore Property …” (more)

[Jake Trant, Trinity News, 9 March]

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New plan for government must prioritise plan for funding third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education barely got a mention during the General Election campaign. That was understandable – the election was dominated by issues such as health, housing, fairness and the economic recovery. One reason given was that we were awaiting the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding of Higher Education …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 9 March]

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