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TCD’s alternative entry scheme

Posted in Fees and access on October 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy, former general manager of the CAO, in his comments on TCD’s alternative entry assessment criteria (‘Students are guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment’, Education Opinion, October 14th), raises the key issue of the authenticity of the authorship of the essay which is a significant element of the proposed entry assessment procedure …” (more)

[Michael O'Dwyer, Irish Times, 21 October]

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The ideal graduate, according to University of Limerick

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“When DCU became the first university in Ireland, in 2011, to announce ‘graduate attributes’ that it wished to inculcate in its students, the response was a mixture of mirth and hostility from traditionalists …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Eight Staff Cut from Philosophy Department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Philosophy has been forced to cut eight members of staff as a result of budget cuts, The University Times has learned. The cuts come as a senior College source within the faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences warns that cuts to be imposed in this academic year have the potential to do ‘irreversible harm’ to teaching activity …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 20 October]

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€245m of funding for new research centres planned

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced details of five new world class scientific research centres, into which €245m of State and industry funding is to be invested. The six-year investment will directly support the jobs of 700 existing and new researchers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 October]

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College to build 2,000 student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“College is expected to announce the building of 2,000 student residences over the next five years at Wednesday’s launch of the Strategic Plan 2014-19. Provost Patrick Prendergast named Windmill Lane and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as possible sites …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Campaign calls for end to TCD ‘complicity’ in apartheid

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A new student campaign is calling on College to cut its links with institutions and companies that support the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 18 October]

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The Economic Impact of Higher Education In Ireland – An Infograph

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

Ireland“Today at the Dublin Economics Workshop Policy Conference we present this work. Its part of a larger project called TIONCHAR, that being the Irish word for Impact. Tionchar is a project funded by the Irish Research Council and based at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 17 October]

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TCD professor Patrick Geoghegan defends admissions experiment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: ‘We do not claim to have solved the problem of the points race but we stand over the decision to attempt to solve it’ – Response to criticism of Trinity’s pilot admissions project …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 October]

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TCD’s alternative entry scheme

Posted in Fees and access on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy, former general manager of the CAO, strikes an inflammatory note in his condemnation of TCD’s foray into ‘alternative’ entry assessment criteria (‘Students are the guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment’, Education Opinion, October 14th). But he’s right …” (more)

[Brendan Halpin, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Students are the guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment

Posted in Fees and access on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The decision to allocate places on the basis of alternative criteria, not Leaving Cert points alone, is ill-judged …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity’s Contingent at the USI Rally Wasn’t Remarkable, But it is a Reboot That’s Worth Commending

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland’s Rally for Education, held last Wednesday in Dublin, should be commended. While the feeling is that estimates of 6,000 people turning out may be overblown, certainly several thousand people made their way from the Garden of Remembrance …” (more)

[Campus.ie, 13 October]

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Google and Trinity join up to teach technology leaders

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College’s innovative new postgraduate certificate course in 21st Century Teaching and Learning was formally launched at Google’s headquarters in Dublin …” (more)

[Independent, 11 October]

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Manuscripts at Trinity

Posted in Research on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Library is celebrating today having announced the acquisition of the largest collection of Beckett correspondence ever to have been offered for sale at a public auction …” (more)

[Still going on …, 8 October]

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Provost defends cuts to student services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast this afternoon defended cuts to the capitated bodies in his first public address to students since 2011. Speaking at a question and answer session organised by Trinity College Students Union (TCDSU) and the University Philosophical Society (Phil), he said …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 6 October]

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A Madness To The Method

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Nothing draws more disproportionate hype this time of year relative to student interest than the release of global university rankings. Admittedly, students enjoy seeing the results, but their interest rarely lingers beyond cheeky messages to a friend at UCD …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 6 October]

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If universities’ slide isn’t halted, economy will be next

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Last week, the Irish Universities Association convened a symposium on the state of higher education in Ireland, featuring prominent national and international experts. The message coming out was clear: our institutions of higher education deserve great credit for their resilience during austerity, but they’ve now reached the limit of what can be achieved without sustainable funding …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 5 October]

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Trinity blames its drop in world university rankings on lack of funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has blamed its fall in world university rankings on a lack of funding. The college ranked 138th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 – a drop of 9 places …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 October]

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Man charged with damage to Trinity College doors

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin man has been charged with damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College, which were rammed by a car in an incident earlier this year …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 2 October]

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Trinity professor to receive €1.2m research fund

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“A professor of brain research at Dublin’s Trinity College is to receive €1.2m in funding over six years to study the systems that support memory in the brain. Professor Shane O’Mara is the first Irish-based recipient of a Senior Investigator Award …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 September]

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‘The Role and Contribution of Universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“Colleagues and Distinguished Guests, It’s my honour, as this year’s chair of the Irish University Association, to welcome you to this symposium, and to give the opening remarks. Today, we look at issues of competitiveness, performance, regulation, governance, and financing focused on the Irish higher education sector …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin, 29 September]

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