UCC receives Athena Swan award for gender equality commitment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the third Irish university after Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick to receive an Athena Swan award. The award recognises academic institutions for their commitment to gender equality …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 5 August]

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What Would the Oisín House Project Actually Have Looked Like?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last Friday, An Bord Pleanála rejected Trinity’s bid to progress with the development of Oisín House into a 280-bedroom accommodation complex, after an appeal by An Tasice. With An Taisce’s complaints that the new building would disrupt the ‘scale and balance’ of the area accepted by the Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 August]

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Trinity student accommodation

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

Ireland“Sir, – As students of Trinity College Dublin, we were appalled to see the decision given to the Oisín House student accommodation development (‘An Bord Pleanála turns down €52m Trinity development’, July30th) …” (more)

[Kieran McNulty, Irish Times, 3 August]

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For an American Student, Surprise at Strength of Trinity’s Influence

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity acts as a very big fish in a small pond, and its location helps it wield a greater influence over Irish life than any university does on the US …” (more)

[Nora Donnelly, University Times, 2 August]

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It’s Hard to See How Trinity’s Oisín House Development Could Make Pearse Street Worse

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s proposed redevelopment of Oisín House into a 280-bed student accommodation complex and student facilities could not have come at a more pertinent time. The national accommodation crisis’s effects on students have been steadily worsening – and continually ignored – over recent years, with an unmet demand of about 25,000 student bed spaces …” (more)

[University Times, 1 August]

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An Bord Pleanála turns down €52m Trinity development

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A plan by Trinity College Dublin for a €52 million student accommodation development has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála. In the plan, TCD wanted to demolish the existing five-storey Oisín House, which has been in use by the Department of Social Protection and other tenants on Dublin’s Pearse Street for more than 20 years …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Training to Begin in Early September for Students Selected as Consent Workshop Instructors

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Training for the instructors of Trinity Hall’s mandatory consent workshops will take place on September 1st, and will see 12 students trained to lead the workshops that will begin this year for first-year residents, alongside 12 staff facilitators …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 27 July]

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New Reports Highlight Gender Inequality in Trinity Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two reports on gender trends in Trinity have revealed the persistent gender inequality that exists among the university’s staff, where women make up 16% of chair professor positions, compared to 84% of men. At the current rate of change, according to the report, this gap would not be solved until 2098 …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 26 July]

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With New Joint Campaign, TCDSU and UCDSU Call on Homeowners to Rent Rooms to Students

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

Ireland“A new €8,000 campaign by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU), in partnership with the accommodation website Daft.ie, will encourage homeowners to rent out rooms to students in an attempt to provide a short-term solution to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Róisín Power, University Times, 26 July]

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Trinity’s Treasures Can Often Be Wasted Potential

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

Ireland“Trinity houses an impressive collection of valuable items: a vast collection of paintings that includes a Picasso, a little-known but world-class taxidermy collection, some fascinating oddities in the Museum Building, popular sculptures including Arnaldo Pomodoro’s ‘Sfera con Sfera’ outside the Berkeley Library, and the world-famous Long Room and the items housed within it …” (more)

[Loic Delorme, University Times, 25 July]


To Properly Engage with the ‘Trinity Bureaucracy’, We Need to Understand Its Staff

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

Ireland“The state of our university is often criticised. Whether it is cuts to services or a grindingly slow bureaucracy, Trinity is often the butt of frustration and scorn from students and staff. Indeed, The University Times has never been slow to point out and criticise decisions of the Trinity administration …” (more)

[University Times, 24 July]

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Trinity’s Alternative Admissions Feasibility Study Extended for a Fourth Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pioneering study into alternative college admissions, which was launched in 2014 and only expected to run for two years, has been approved by University Council to continue for a fourth year …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 July]

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Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Newstalk, 11 July]

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This could help end third-level funds crisis – if response is swift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today could be a hugely important one for this country if it leads to the reversal of the long-running decline in funding third-level education. The Cassells report represents the first serious effort to engage with what’s needed to finance higher education. It is no exaggeration to say the response will determine Ireland’s economic future …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 11 July]

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UCC’s €15 Million Student Centre Extension Sheds Light on Trinity’s Lack of Dedicated Student Spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This week, work began on a €15 million extension of a student centre in University College Cork (UCC). This development shines a light on the lack of such spaces in Trinity and the absence of any plans to introduce anything of this scale …” (more)

[University Times, 10 July]

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European court advised to find Trinity lecturer was discriminated against for being gay

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A top European legal adviser has recommended that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find that a gay lecturer employed at Trinity College Dublin was discriminated against regarding his pension due to his sexual orientation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 July]

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With NUIG Taking Strides Forward, Trinity’s Relative Inaction on Refugee Admission is Highlighted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new scholarship programme in NUI Galway (NUIG) this week highlights the noticeable lack of action taken by Trinity when it comes to the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[University Times, 26 June]

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Trinity’s Northern Irish Students on Brexit: ‘I can safely say I don’t know what the future holds’

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

Ireland“Today’s stunning Brexit decision leaves Northern Ireland not only in the same uncertain state as the rest of the UK, but with added speculation about everything from an enforced border to a referendum on Irish reunification …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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Peter Higgs says Brexit ‘a disaster’ for scientific research

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Brexit vote is a ‘disaster’ for scientific research in Britain and for the free movement of academics in Europe, Nobel laureate and world-renowned physicist Prof Peter Higgs has said. Prof Higgs was among dignitaries conferred with honorary doctorates at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Brexit and Irish Universities

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

Ireland“The vote in the United Kingdom will have a long-term impact on universities in the Republic of Ireland and is a cause for concern. There is a long tradition of students moving between our islands as well as extensive academic networks, collaborations and important research activity …” (more)

[Trinity College, 24 June]

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