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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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Provost expresses support for student fees, defends industry links

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

“Provost Patrick Prendergast this morning defended student fees and backed Irish universities’ industry links at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) symposium in the Royal College of Physicians. In the opening speech of the day-long event …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 29 September]

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Bringing students from the North back to Trinity can help build a shared future

Posted in Fees and access on September 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year, at the inauguration of Northern Irish judge Donnell Deeny as Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College, I was gobsmacked to learn of the sharp decline in student numbers from the North at Trinity …” (more)

[Liz O'Donnell, Independent, 27 September]

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Leading anatomist who revelled in teaching

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Maurice John Turlough FitzGerald (MJT, or Turlough to family and friends) was born in Dublin in 1929. Ireland’s leading neuroanatomist came from unlikely origins. His mother, Clare O’Hare, was the daughter of a prosperous merchant family in Mayobridge, Co Down …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 September]

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Concern Over Future of Social Work Courses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2014 by steve

“Concern has been expressed about the future of the ability of the School of Social Work and Social Policy to maintain its current standard of teaching in relation to worries about filling current and vacant staff positions and issues with its financial position …” (more)

[Sineád Baker, University Times, 23 September]

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Interview: Minister Jan O’Sullivan

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The only logical way to open an interview with the Minister for Education and Skills is to discuss the higher education funding question. Jan O’Sullivan’s predecessor, Ruairí Quinn, made perhaps the most categorically stupid election pledge right outside Front Arch in 2011, close to eight weeks before he became Minister …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 21 September]

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College employs private company to assist homeless students

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

“A flyer drop to 20,000 homes on the outskirts of Dublin by the Students’ Union’s Accommodation Advisory Service appealing for digs has so far resulted in only 200 additional beds being made available …” (more)

[James Prendergast, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Number of students seeking financial advice rises steeply

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

“Students around the country are suffering under the financial burden of high rent and increasing registration fees, with over 1,500 students seeking advice from Trinity College welfare services in the last month …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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‘Phenomenal’ asylum seeker student who achieved 615 points in her Leaving Cert faces €15,000 bill

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

“An asylum seeker who achieved 615 points in her Leaving Cert is facing a €15,000 bill to go to college …” (more)

[Independent, 5 September]

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