Trinity Buys New Fenian St Property for €1.95m

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

Ireland“Trinity has purchased 37 Fenian St, a property just off campus, for €1.95 million, expanding the buildings College already owns in the area and raising the potential for the future developments of College facilities …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 16 December]

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Trinity to Reassess Accommodation Approach, Following Failure to Acquire Numerous Dublin Sites

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

Ireland“Trinity is to reassess its approach to accommodation, following its failure over the last two years to acquire at least five properties across Dublin that would have delivered hundreds of beds for students. The sites that were under consideration included …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 15 December]

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38% of Trinity Staff Employed on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“38% of Trinity staff are employed on temporary contracts, with academic staff making up 40% of the temporary staff employed by Trinity, according to figures in a new report seen by The University Times …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 14 December]

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Halls Accommodation Project ‘Deprioritised’, as Other Campus Sites Explored

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A planned accommodation project in Trinity Hall that would have seen 300 to 400 beds built on the site has been ‘deprioritised’. College is, however, exploring possible accommodation projects at Grand Canal Dock and Santry …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 13 December]

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Trinity Considers Student Levy to Raise Income for Infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new levy on students to contribute to the cost of Trinity’s infrastructure is currently being considered by College, The University Times has learned, as part of a ‘radical’ approach to fundraising …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 December]

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Trinity’s climate initiative: a cool move or just hot air?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has pledged to purge its endowments of direct investments in fossil fuels, embracing the battle against climate change. The move is largely symbolic, however, as the university holds just €6 million in shares linked to fossil fuel industries …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 December]

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TCD to offload €6m in fossil fuel company shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has moved to sell as much as €6 million of fossil fuel company shares, including ExxonMobil and BP. The university’s endowment fund had also bought shares in Enbridge and Phillips 66, two companies linked to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, according to Fossil Free TCD, the 15-month student campaign that precipitated the university’s policy …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Brexit and the Rise of Populism an ‘Indictment’ of Universities, Says Oxford Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Louise Richardson, has called the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump an ‘indictment’ of universities, speaking in Trinity today. Universities in the UK, she said, ‘need to be more engaged externally’ to prove that they are ‘actually engines of the British economy and drivers of social mobility’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 December]

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If Students Want Christmas Exams, They Should Make it Known

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to change, Trinity is probably a lot like other 400-year old universities with a collegiate ethos. Sometimes very complicated things can be done relatively quickly, because nobody ever thought to define them …” (more)

[Chris Morash, University Times, 6 December]

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TCDSU Warn of Dangers of Loan Schemes in Submission to Education Committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In their submission to the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have warned of the dangers of fee increases, as well as calling for alternatives to an income-contingent loan scheme to fund higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 December]

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Proportion of Disadvantaged Entrants to Trinity Largely Unchanged Over the Last Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of students entering Trinity from the lowest socioeconomic groups has remained unchanged since 2011, a new report has found, despite significant efforts by College to improve access in recent years …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 27 November]

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University Autonomy, and the Reasons Colleges Are Sceptical of Publicly Funded Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago, at a talk at the Royal Irish Academy, Provost Patrick Prendergast asked something of a pointed question of the former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 25 November]

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Mel Gibson in Trinity to Shoot Scenes for New Film

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Large parts of Trinity were out of access to the staff and students today, with both the Dining Hall and the Old Library taken over by film crews and cameras, to allow Mel Gibson to shoot scenes for his latest film …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 25 November]

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Trinity Pensioner

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On yesterday’s Drivetime we heard about a retired Trinity College lecturer who lost a discrimination case taken on grounds of sexual orientation and age regarding his pension rights. We spoke to David Parris who explained why he decided to pursue the case for himself and his partner Gerard” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 25 November]

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TCD lecturer loses discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Europe’s top court has ruled that a retired Trinity College Dublin lecturer was not discriminated against on his pension rights because of his sexual orientation or age …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

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Trinity lecturer loses discrimination case at European Court of Justice

Posted in Legal issues on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has lost his case for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the European Court of Justice …” (more)

[Newstalk, 24 November]

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Trinity College plan new student accommodation with €70m EIB loan

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has been granted a €70 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The money will be invested in to the building of the university’s new business school, more student accommodation and new premises for Trinity’s Institute of Population Health in Tallaght …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, newstalk, 24 November]

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In Divesting from Fossil Fuels, Trinity was Unexpectedly Receptive to Pressure

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

Ireland“As Green Week comes to an end, the news that Trinity will divest the €6.1 million it has indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies is a welcome finale. After months of sustained campaigning from Fossil Free TCD, the university is set to officially announce that they will divest, crediting the lobbying of student activists with this decision …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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After Year-Long Campaign, Trinity to Divest from Fossil Fuels

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

Ireland“Trinity is to divest the €6.1 million it has indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies in a development that comes after months of lobbying and campaigning from campaign group Fossil Free TCD …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 November]

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Trinity joins Oxford and Cambridge in European college network

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has become the first Irish university to join a leading network of European research-intensive colleges which includes Oxford and Cambridge. The development is a timely boost for the higher education sector at a time of growing anxiety over the standing of Ireland’s top universities, which have been sliding down international rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 November]

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