Trinity to Defend Discrimination Claim from Former Lecturer in European Court

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr David Parris, a retired Trinity lecturer, is bringing the college before the European Union’s Court of Justice, claiming that Trinity has discriminated against him in relation to his pension rights, based on his sexual orientation and his age …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 April]

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Provost Offering His House for Negotiations is Farcical in Light of Third-Level Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, it transpired that the Provost’s House, on 1 Grafton St, was in use by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams – an apparently neutral location for talks about the formation of Ireland’s next government. Thus, there has been a week of camera crews outside House 1 in Front Square. On Friday, Enda Kenny and Michéal Martin met in Trinity’s Biomedical Sciences Institute on Pearse St …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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How Far Ahead the Trinity Access Programme Is, and How Far We Need to Go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday, a constituent college of Oxford announced that it is to try to replicate the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) by launching a pilot access scheme that offers a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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Professor John Byrne: The father of computing in Ireland

Posted in Life on April 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof John Byrne, who has died aged 82, was the father of computing in Ireland and responsible, directly or indirectly, for most of the extraordinary success of the Irish software sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 April]

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Trinity College Dublin: A Case of Rankings Abuse

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is giving itself a public flogging over its fall in the rankings. This is rather odd since in fact it has been doing pretty well over the last few years with one exception …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 April]

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Oxford models TCD’s access programme to recruit disadvantaged students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An Oxford University college is piloting a scheme to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds based on an access programmed developed by Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Oxford Seeks to Replicate Trinity Access Programme with New Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, is to launch a pilot access scheme offering a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds in a new programme modelled on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 April]

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Trinity’s provost: ‘Irish universities have been resilient but it isn’t sustainable’

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

Ireland“Despite a funding crisis, Trinity College Dublin has ambitious plans to expand towards Grand Canal Dock. Provost Patrick Prendergast spells out his vision and his concerns for third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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Trinity College posts ‘planned’ €24.1m deficit in 2015

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

Ireland“Trinity College, Dublin, recorded its biggest deficit in five years in 2015, despite also recording its highest income level over the same period. The latest annual accounts for the year to September 2015 show the university posted a deficit of €24.1m last year — up from €21.8m in the previous 12-month period … ” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 16 April]

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Trinity Senators Say College’s EU Postgrad Status Rules are Unfair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All three Trinity senators have expressed disapproval of a Trinity-specific policy which denies EU status to European citizens applying for postgraduate studies if they have lived outside the European Union for more than two of the five years prior to application …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 7 April]

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Trinity’s Infrastructure Lags Behind Other Comparable Universities, Report Says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A report by a major UK consulting firm has found that Trinity’s infrastructure has not been optimised and lags behind other universities when it comes to student spaces, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 6 April]

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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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