Deal-hungry Google snaps up TCD-based virtual reality startup

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Google has swooped in to buy an Irish virtual reality startup company, whose technology is to be incorporated into headsets and other futuristic devices …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 2 May]

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Students forced to re-sit exam after online blunder

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will have to resit an exam after the original paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard, the college’s internal network …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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The boss of the HEA slugs it out with academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Authority boss Tom Boland stepped into the ring of JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin recently for a bout with academics on the subject Are Irish Universities Committed to Enlightenment Ideals? …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 April]

[Tom Boland’s speech is here, Steve Hedley’s is here.]

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Zoology Students to Resit Exam After Paper was Uploaded to Blackboard

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fourth-year zoology students will have to resit their research comprehension exam after the exam paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard last week. Students sat the exam this morning, before the problem became apparent to course administrators …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 27 April]

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Trinity College academic warns draconian restrictions are being imposed due to budget and staff shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A senior Trinity College academic and board member has said “draconian strictures” are being imposed on college courses due to budgetary restrictions and staff shortages …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 24 April]


Senior Academic Urges Students to Take Action Against College, with Staffing and Modules Cut Across the Board

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The higher education funding problem’s effect on Trinity has manifested itself in very obvious ways in recent days – in something as basic as the number of modules that students have a choice of …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 22 April]

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Should public policy be guided by research? Evidently

Posted in Research on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it comes to policy-making, there is scope to improve the application of research evidence …” (more)

[Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Students get academics to write their essays for €50 an hour

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A proliferation of online services for third-level students offering ‘pay as you go’ essays has prompted universities to review their policies against plagiarism …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Trinity College’s puppy room proved to be a huge success again

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over 400 students visited the puppy and dog room set up by the Students’ Union at Trinity College Dublin last week. It was the second year in a row that this event – organised by Peata Ireland, a voluntary organisation that arranges pet visits to caring institutions – took place on Trinity campus …” (more)

[Gianluca Avagnina,, 19 April]

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Higher Education Forum Discusses Fears for Independence of Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A forum organised by the Trinity College Fellows was held in Trinity last night on the recent and forthcoming developments in Irish higher education. Under the auspices of Are Irish Universities committed to Enlightenment ideals? …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kieran McNulty, University Times, 17 April]

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Trinity College magazine says sorry for ‘drunk rape’ article

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College magazine apologised for an article which appeared to make light of an incident where two men took advantage of a heavily-intoxicated girl …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 18 APril]

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Trinity College acid spill: Fire fighters in hazmat suits called to science lab at Dublin university

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fire fighters in protective suits were called to an acid spill in Trinity College yesterday. A number of units from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) attended the scene at the university after the incident in a zoology science lab …” (more)

[David Coleman, Irish Mirror, 17 April]

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Once Upon A Trinity Ball

Posted in Life on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Charlotte Ryan recounts the history of Trinity Ball, from the swinging sixties, to the present day … Before I was made aware of the term ‘problematic’ and how it applied to Walt Disney and a fair share of his movies, I was a devout disciple of Disney …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 13 April]

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Gender in higher education: the contribution of governance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As a guest post on this blog recently explored, and as I’ve also noted previously, the higher education scene is not necessarily one of good practice in relation to gender equality. Women make up an increasingly large proportion of the academic community overall, but are still seriously under-represented in senior positions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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Time for Trinity students to revolt

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“If the biggest achievement we get from trying to work with college management is to see fewer negative changes, we need to change strategy …” (more)

[Dee Courtney, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Trinity College library ‘like a Disney movie’ says travel bible

Posted in Life on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Visiting the Trinity College Long Room library is ‘like you stepped directly into a Disney movie’, according to a top travel magazine. A stroll round home of the world-famous Book of Kells has been voted one of the ’50 things to do in Europe before you die’, according to Conde Nast Traveler …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Independent, 7 April]

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Trinity College names Geraldine Ruane as chief operating officer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has appointed a chief operating officer. Geraldine Ruane, who filled the role on an interim basis since the start of 2014, has been confirmed in the role. Qualified accountant Ms Ruane has worked extensively in the pharma sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 April]

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Trial date set for alleged Trinity Gate crasher

Posted in Legal issues on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A 66-year-old Dublin man has been sent forward for trial accused of wrecking the historic wooden front gate of Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Completion of €70m Business School Delayed by 18 Months

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The completion of Trinity’s new €70 million business school is to be delayed by at least 18 months, at an estimated cost of €150,000 per month, because of planning permission issues …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 1 April]

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Man (66) facing trial charged with ramming historic Trinity College gates

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been sent for trial charged with damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College in a car ramming incident …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 1 April]

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