Cog Notes: Change is in the air for Irish business schools

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Eyebrows were raised at Trinity College Dublin last week when venture capitalist Seán Melly, who chairs the university’s business school, said it was ‘no longer fit for purpose’. Presumably, school leavers filling out their CAO forms are told something different …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Indian giant gives lifeline to struggling universities

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“India’s richest company is forging a deal to transform Ireland into the world’s first stop for e-learning and earn millions for the country’s floundering universities …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 30 November]

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Data Protection Commissioner Informed of Law School Student Data Leak

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed of a personal data breach in the Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Personal information from Erasmus applications made in 2013/14 was mistakenly uploaded to a Blackboard folder visible to all senior freshman law students …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 27 November]

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A golden era and the end of an era for Trinity

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“It was exotic and unique – like nowhere else on earth. The decade was a golden era. The Trinity College of the 1960s is praised and eulogised using these words in new volume of photographs by Anne Leonard. Portrait of an Era: Trinity College Dublin in the 1960s provides a remarkable visual insight into undergraduate life …” (more)

[Peter Henry, Trinity News, 26 November]

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‘Trinity Gates man’: Further charge of endangering life

Posted in Legal issues on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin man accused of damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College in a car ramming incident has had a further charge of endangerment of life brought against him …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 26 November]

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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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After Protest Outside Hamilton Building, Mary Lou McDonald Cancels Visit to Trinity

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her visit to Trinity this evening. A group, in support of abuse victim Mairia Cahill, had gathered outside the Hamilton Building to protest her visit …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Protest Against Mary Lou McDonald’s Trinity Visit Begins on College Green

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A group has gathered on College Green to protest the visit of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, to Trinity. The protest follows a similar protest in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) last week …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Watch the Debate: Should Academics Boycott Israel?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Below is the video of the debate organised by Academics for Palestine and hosted by the TCD Irish School of Ecumenics, which took place in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 12th November 2014 …” (more, video)

[Academics for Palestine, 21 November]

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Sexism remains an everyday challenge for female science students

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“When Mieke Guinan, a second-year medicinal chemistry student and the current treasurer of the Dublin University Gender Equality Society (DUGES), finished a difficult maths assignment well before a deadline last year, her male colleagues couldn’t believe a woman had worked it out alone …” (more)

[Dylan Lynch, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Trinity scientist honoured by European Commission for raising public awareness around importance of physics

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin scientist Dr Shane Bergin has today been awarded the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) achievement award for his ‘contribution to communicating science in a fun and attractive way and mentoring the next generation in science’ …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 18 November]

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TCD sets up company to deliver online courses

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has approved the establishment of a special-purpose subsidiary company with limited liability to deliver new online courses …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Sunday Business Post, 17 November]

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Trinity College dorms closed due to bedbug outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An infestation of bedbugs has forced the closure of a Trinity College dorm, it is being reported today …” (more)

[Independent, 17 November]

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Trinity Plans New Legal Entity to Avoid Fee Tax

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin plans to establish a new legal entity to avoid tax on profits generated by its new online education division, The University Times can reveal. A proposal outlining the rationale for the new entity – which will be known as ‘Trinity Dublin Online’ – was approved by the College board on November 5th …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, Campus.ie, 15 November]

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Irish universities ‘years behind’ US counterparts in alumni relations

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are in their ‘infancy’ in developing systems of alumni engagement, a conference in Dublin heard this morning. Fundraising experts from Ireland and overseas said colleges here were five to 10 years behind their US counterparts in creating graduate networks …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Scraping By in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“On the 17th of September a small contingent from the Third Level Workplace Watch (TLWW) stepped on to Front Square to draw attention to the inadequate working conditions of junior faculty members in Universities all over Ireland. These working conditions include precarious and seasonal work, as well as temporary and zero hour contracts …” (more)

[Ciar McCormick, University Times, 13 November]

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We should only back handful of top universities – UCD business dean

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The dean of UCD’s business school has said Ireland needs to ‘make choices’ about establishing centres of excellence if our universities are to stop their slide in the world rankings …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 13 November]

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Trinity office space for rent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“With a small number of high-quality office campuses in Dublin city now achieving rents of up to €45 per sq ft, Trinity College is hoping to secure €37.50 for office space in its relatively new Trinity Central complex fronting on to Pearse Street …” (more)

[Jack Fagan, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Graduation Photographers Defend €30 ‘Facial Slimming’ Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The photography company hired by College for the graduation season has defended its decision to offer ‘facial slimming’ editing for €30 …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 7 November]

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Promotional Video Cost Exceeds €27,000

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A video intended to showcase the College’s ‘exciting mission in education and research’ has cost over €27,000, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 5 November]

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