Surgeon tells female trainees it’s best for their careers to comply with sexual advances

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A surgeon educated at Trinity College has been criticised over comments she made on Australian radio about sexual harassment in her field of work …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 March]

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Trinity big data researchers to lead €4m quality control effort

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Big data researchers at Trinity College Dublin are to lead a €4 million EU-funded effort to enforce a degree of ‘quality control’ over the ocean of data the world is rapidly accumulating …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Kamal El Mekki responds to criticism of TCD visit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A preacher whose visit to the Muslim Student Association was criticised last week has denied defending the killing of apostates of Islam. Several students had objected to Kamal El Mekki being allowed to speak on campus …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 6 March]

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Róisín Meets … Lynn Ruane, elected TCD SU president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Podcast: Ruane, who left school at 15 when she became pregnant, is a former addiction worker. President-elect of Trinity College Students’ Union Lynn Ruane has criticised cutbacks in student services, describing them as ‘mimicking the community sector’ …” (more, audio)

[Irish Times, 21 February]

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Trinity College gate case put back as accused is in hospital

Posted in Legal issues on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The DPP has completed the book of evidence in the case of a Dublin man awaiting trial for damaging the historic wooden front gate of Trinity College Dublin. John Farrell (66), of Cabra, had been charged earlier with 22 offences including criminal damage, endangerment of life, dangerous driving and hit and run …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Irish Times, 18 February]

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DCU retiree received biggest pension payout in 2013

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

Ireland“A DCU retiree received a pension payout of almost €250,000 in 2013 according to figures released by Irish universities. The unnamed staff member was one of three retirees to receive a lump sum payment in excess of €200,000 in 2012 and 2013 …” (more)

[Elaine Carroll, The College View, 18 February]

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Economics teaching in Trinity needs to get with the times

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new student group dedicated to challenging the way economics is studied and taught in Trinity sets out its manifesto …” (more)

[Trinity News, 17 February]

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‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoons linked Islam to terrorism, academic says

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Some of the cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten ‘made the unmistakable statement that the religion created by the Prophet [Mohammed] had inherent links to terrorism’, a Trinity Professor of Law has stated …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Inside the Dublin language school using ‘Trinity’ name

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin language school using the name Trinity English School has been accused of failing to pay staff and conning students who say they had to cut their courses short after being misled by false advertising, Trinity News can reveal …” (more)

[Adina Sulemane, Trinity News, 15 February]

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Bill will enable political ‘cronies’ to spy on universities, claim presidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of the seven universities have written to the Government expressing dismay at plans to introduce legislation which they claim will allow Ministers to appoint ‘cronies’ to spy on their operations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Trinity student president vows to fight college austerity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Every morning when she walks across the historic cobbles of Trinity College, in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, Lynn Ruane takes a moment to savour her surroundings …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 16 February]

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Following Controversy, ELSA Discuss Irish Blasphemy Law with Selim and O’Dell

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s blasphemy laws were discussed at an event organised by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), following the controversy surrounding Dr Ali Selim, who last month threatened legal action if media outlets were to republish Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 February]

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TCD takes legal action over Dublin language school’s use of ‘Trinity’ name

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has initiated a High Court action against a Dublin English-language school for using the word ‘Trinity’ in its brand name …” (more)

[Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Single mother who left school at 15 elected TCD SU president

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

Ireland“A single mother and drugs addiction worker from Tallaght in west Dublin has won an emotional victory in the race for president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union. Lynn Ruane who dropped out of school after her Junior Cert, having become pregnant at the age of 15, enrolled in the university three years ago through its access programme …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Moral dilemma of animal testing in Trinity

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The issue of animal testing has become a hot topic on campus following recent revelations concerning its expensive use of lab animals. In 2014, according to information released to The Herald under the Freedom of Information Act last month, College spent nearly €400,000 on mice and rats alone …” (more)

[Nessa Fitzgerald, Trinity News, 13 February]

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Passing of water charges referendum would help ‘normalise’ TCD – ‘yes’ campaign manager

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thomas Hanlon, the ‘yes’ campaign manager for the upcoming SU referendum on whether the union should actively oppose water charges, has said that a positive outcome in the referendum would help to ‘normalise’ Trinity for the wider public …” (more)

[Lia Flattery, Trinity News, 11 February]

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NUI Galway and DCU score top marks in European survey

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

Ireland“NUI Galway and DCU have come out with top marks in a new European ranking measuring the international orientation of higher education institutions. Five Irish universities and institutes of technology were assessed for the report card, along with over 230 institutions worldwide …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 February]

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University free speech rankings in the UK and the US

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the first Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) in the UK, Spiked ranked the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, for free speech purposes, using a traffic-light system …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 2 February]

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Task force on gender equality initiated by NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says ‘concrete action’ required. NUI Galway (NUIG) is setting up a task force to advise on policies, procedures and a ‘range of initiatives’ related to achieving gender equality …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 January]

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NUIG appoints new gender equality task force head

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has appointed a former Vice-Provost of Trinity College to chair a new task force that will advise the university on policies related to achieving gender equality in academic staffing. Professor Jane Grimson was responsible for the establishment of the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering at Trinity College in 2006 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 January]

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