Colleges in capital affected by outbreak of mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An outbreak of mumps has affected Blackrock and Trinity colleges in the capital, with students prompted to get vaccinated if they weren’t immunised with the MMR as children. Blackrock College has cancelled a rugby match against St Michael’s College tomorrow after the mumps alarm was raised in the school yesterday …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 9 February]

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Third Level Institutions – Hazing at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the practices of hazing at Trinity College, Dublin in respect of student initiation into certain societies …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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Trinity warns of mumps outbreak after cases recorded in College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has today warned students of an outbreak of mumps in the Dublin area which has seen students contracting the disease. According to an email sent by College today, there has been a ‘number of cases in the Dublin area recently and we have had some cases of mumps here in College over the past week or so’ …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 8 February]

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Students are not at the centre of TEP

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is renowned as Ireland’s most prestigious university. Boasting alumni such as Oscar Wilde, Edmund Burke, Bram Stoker, and other members of the Irish liberal literati, College often exists in the public imagination as something to be revered: a bastion of academic excellence and opportunity …” (more)

[Gráinne Sexton, Trinity News, 6 February]

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No, College, It’s Not Up to Students to Fix the Trinity Education Project

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff attending Wednesday’s Trinity Education Project open forum, hosted by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), were at cross purposes from the very beginning. On the one hand, you had students, who saw the event as an opportunity to rail against what they characterised as a fundamentally flawed project …” (more)

[University Times, 4 February]

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Have your say: Have you ever taken part in an initiation ceremony?

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Typically associated with the membership rites of some college societies, hazing or initiation ceremonies can sometimes overstep the mark …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 February]

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Junior Dean Launches Investigation into Boat Club Hazing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Junior Dean, Tim Trimble, has launched an investigation into hazing practices in Dublin University Boat Club, following reporting from The University Times that revealed the existence of an initiation ritual known as ‘Commons’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 February]

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College Green traffic free plaza to be trialled in July and August

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Green traffic free plaza, rejected by An Bord Pleanála last year, will be put in place this summer on a trial basis, Dublin City Council has said. The council has confirmed it intends to lodge a fresh application for the permanent pedestrian and cycle plaza to the board by the middle of this year, but will close College Green to traffic between 7am and 7pm on Sundays in July and August …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Acrimony and Unanswered Questions, at TEP Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College officials were met with resentment and uncomfortable questions this evening, as students made plain their unhappiness about the Trinity Education Project at a bad-tempered open forum run by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 30 January]

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Students and Staff Routinely Use Wrong Bins, Contaminating Recyclable Waste

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lack of awareness among students and staff is resulting in the contamination of vast quantities of recyclable waste on Trinity’s campus, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 29 January]

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Trinity investigates claims boat club members were whipped with bamboo sticks

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is investigating allegations that new members of its boat club were told to strip to their underwear and whipped with bamboo sticks as part of an initiation ceremony. It has been claimed by current and former members of the Dublin University Boat Club that annual rituals designed to humiliate new members, or ‘novices’, have been taking place over a number of years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Whipping, Secrecy and Coercion: Inside Boat Club’s Hazing Culture

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For most Trinity students, the annual December tradition of going for Commons involves a three-course meal in the Dining Hall and a night that evolves into little more than routine Christmas merrymaking. But for new members of Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), known as ‘novices’, Commons has a different meaning …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 January]

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College Caves to Union Pressure, Handing Out 50 Permanent Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following years of pressure from trade unions and a government intervention that warned the College over its preference for temporary contracts, Trinity has backed down, handing permanent contracts to more than 50 non-academic staff in the last year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 January]

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Trinity signs ‘Brexit-proof deal’ to link up with UK university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK. The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 January]

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The SUSI Fee Debacle is Proof Academic Registry Has an Issue With Core Functions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Academic Registry, according to its website, ‘is responsible for services that support the complete student lifecycle of Trinity College Dublin – from application to graduation’. As such, it is the College unit in charge of things like registration, exams and fees …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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College to Spend €860,000 on Rubrics Refurbishment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has plans to spend €860,000 on a refurbishment of the Rubrics and the Chief Steward’s House as part of a range of works on the College’s historic accommodation buildings. The oldest building on campus, dating back to 1699, the Rubrics will be renovated ‘for residential and support uses’, according to a public tender seeking a design team …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 January]

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Trinity Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jack Power, Irish Times reporter, discusses the news that Trinity College Dublin is hoping to recover €1.7m after 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 January]

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After Anger Over TEP, TCDSU to Run Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) is hosting an open forum this month to allow students to air their concerns about the Trinity Education Project to College officials. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 January]

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