Provost Tweets Annoyance at No Posters Featuring Trinity Front Gate

Posted in Life on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has tweeted his annoyance at referendum posters which feature both an image of a student in front of Trinity’s Front Gate and text reminding voters of their ‘Equal Right to Vote No’. In a tweet this evening, the Provost said …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 11 May]

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Managerialism risks destroying our universities, warns IFUT General Secretary

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

Ireland“Huge damage is being done to independence and freedom of decision-making in the University Sector due to the new ‘managerialist’ approach increasingly asserting itself in our universities Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at the organisations Annual Conference in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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Why we need to talk about student sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In Ireland, like in many countries, we haven’t got the best track record when it comes to sex education. There are also many issues to be tackled in our society when it comes to sexual violence. As the nation begins to come to terms with and address the history of child abuse that occurred here, we should also turn our attentions to how adults treat one another …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 4 May]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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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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