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TCD and UCD move up Shanghai rankings but UCC slips

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

“Both Trinity College Dublin and UCD have jumped up considerably in the Shanghai rankings, one of the most prestigious international league tables for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Human remains found in Dublin could be Vikings

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Archaeological experts believe human remains of at least four people found during digging for a new Luas line in Dublin could date back to the Vikings. Last month, during Luas cross city works on College Green, the remains of one person were found 1.5m below the ground just north of the gates of Trinity College …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Multiple human remains found outside Trinity College

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2014 by steve

“Multiple human remains have been found under the pavement outside Trinity College Dublin. Skeletal remains were first found in mid-July, during construction work for the Luas Cross City project, outside Trinity’s front gate …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 August]

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Over 170 academics pledge to boycott Israel

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2014 by steve

“The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel is gathering momentum after a petition started by a pro-Palestinian group, Academics for Palestine, garnered over 170 signatures from teaching staff at third level institutions both north and south of the border on Friday …” (more)

[James Wilson, Trinity News, 11 August]

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How two Trinity reverends let the great world spin

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2014 by steve

“When two men in Dublin replicated Foucault’s pendulum experiment, the results were impressive. Spectators gathered in Paris in March 1851 were astonished to witness evidence of the Earth’s rotation …” (more)

[Peter Lynch, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Trinity chief raises hopes of uni fee parity

Posted in Fees and access on August 5th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast has said he hopes Irish citizens returning from abroad will be able to attend university with the same fee structure as those who stayed in Ireland. ‘As it stands, this is not the case’, he said during his visit to Sydney recently …” (more)

[Padraig Collins, Irish Echo, 30 July]

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Students could end up living in Dublin hostels

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2014 by steve

“USI advises Leaving Cert graduates to start searching for accommodation in the capital now. Students must start searching for accommodation in Dublin now or they may face living in hostels, student leaders have said …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 1 August]

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Fraudulent research results: how common are they?

Posted in Research on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“The recent news that two ‘ground-breaking’ papers on stem-cell research by Japanese scientists have been retracted by the prestigious science journal Nature has raised the troubling issue of fraudulent results in science once more …” (more)

[Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 31 July]

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New Scholars Offered On-campus Accommodation After Delay to Trinity Hall Move

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

“Newly elected scholars have been offered on-campus accommodation after a challenge by the Scholars’ Committee which postpones the move to Trinity Hall until 2015 …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 28 July]

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College students warned they may have to stay in hostels in accommodation scramble

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2014 by steve

“Third level students studying in Dublin have been warned that they may have to stay in hostels as they hunt for accommodation. The Accommodation Office of Trinity College Dublin emailed students on a waiting list for campus accommodation this week with a list of more than 20 hostels in the city centre …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 July]

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Students told to find accommodation in city hostels

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

“Third level students are being advised to look at hostels for accommodation in Dublin City because of the accommodation shortage. Trinity College has pointed students at the hostels as it has nothing left to offer them on campus …” (more)

[Elaine McCahill, Independent, 26 July]

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‘Universities Will Be Forced To Engage’ – The Rankings Game

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

“Contributing Editor Jack Leahy examines the deep impact that international university ranking systems, despite their inadequacies, can have on third level institutions …” (more)

[University Times, 21 July]

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Second Skull Found Outside Trinity as Dig Continues

Posted in Life on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“Recent construction in front of Trinity College Dublin’s main gate has led to the discovery of human skeletal remains. The uncovering of the remains on July 16 has caused the construction for the Cross City Luas Line to be temporarily halted as the site is excavated …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, University Times, 21 July]

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Profile: Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2014 by steve

“Jan O’Sullivan is a TD for the Limerick City Constituency. Born in Clonlara, Co. Clare in 1950, she was educated at Villiers Secondary School in Limerick, and subsequently at Trinity College Dublin. Following her graduation from Trinity, she took a Higher Diploma in Education at University College Cork …” (more)

[Patrick Lavelle, University Times, 11 July]

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Staff anger at TCD decision to award professor salary above agreed pay scale

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2014 by steve

“The decision by the board of Trinity College to award a salary in excess of the agreed pay scale to the incoming professor of business studies has caused significant disquiet among current staff members, the Irish Examiner has learned …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 9 July]

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UCC and the United Nations are teaming up under a new water initiative

Posted in Research on July 9th, 2014 by steve

“The United Nations Environment Programme has chosen UCC to lead the way in assisting with their Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water) …” (more)

[Greg Murphy, Irish Examiner, 8 July]

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Getting the measure of scientific achievement

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“No one is talking about how these institutions are actually in the business of education and not the business of business. A lot of science comes down to measuring things. How strong was that earthquake? How far to the most distant galaxy? How old are those Neanderthal bones? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Trinity salary offer to breach cap

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

“The board of Trinity College has confirmed that it has offered a salary in excess of the agreed maximum pay limits to the leading candidate for the role of professor of business studies …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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Decision by TCD to take more Northern Ireland students welcomed

Posted in Fees and access on July 5th, 2014 by steve

“Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has welcomed an initiative by Trinity College Dublin to increase its intake of students from Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 4 July]

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Trinity College aims to triple student intake from Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees and access on July 4th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College in Dublin has launched an initiative to triple its intake of students from Northern Ireland. The historic institution has set itself a target of having 8% of its student body from north of the border, which equates to 300 students a year …” (more)

[Independent, 4 July]

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