Trinity and UCD spend €600k on lab rats, mice and pigs

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has purchased almost 10,000 mice and rats since the beginning of 2013 at a cost of almost €400,000. The college use animals for biomedical research, as is practiced in several universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 2 January]

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National Library seeks €12m for vault amid concern for collections

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The cash-strapped National Library of Ireland is seeking Government backing for a €12m repository amid concerns over the security of its valuable collections …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 2 January]

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‘I’m Israeli and I take responsibility’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ronit Lentin is perhaps the most senior figure associated with Trinity College to support an academic boycott of Israel. Born in Haifa before, as she is keen to stress, the creation of the state of Israel, Lentin began her PhD in Trinity in 1991 …” (more)

[Tadgh Healy, Trinity News, 30 December]

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Trinity College is all dolled up for New Year’s

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow people across the country will be getting ready to ring in a new year. Trinity College, and a number of other buildings around Dublin city have got a head start and are looking very fancy tonight …” (more, photos)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 December]

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Go East? Chinese Universities and Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A TL:DR of Irish university internationalisation plans would be: get Chinese students, link with Chinese universities. I’m not at all sure that this makes sense, economically or otherwise …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 December]

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Being a rural student in Trinity is hard

Posted in Life on December 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Fast-forward a few years and you are one of them. You’ve perfected your own brand of shabby chic fashion. You spend hours each day in hipster coffee shops, drinking overpriced blends that you hadn’t even heard of before you moved to the city, and discussing the newest cult TV show …” (more)

[Doireann Ní Chonghaile, Trinity News, 29 December]

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Threat to university course for people with intellectual disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“‘I was upset at first – from happiness. I was proud when I heard I was coming.’ Such was the response of one participant in a pioneering university course for students with intellectual disabilities which now faces an uncertain future due to funding difficulties …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 24 December]

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Trinity is top Irish university for employability, says global index

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university to appear in the 2014 Global Employability University Ranking. The index ranks the world’s top 150 universities in terms of their graduates’ employability …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 24 December]

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Irish universities give 22 staff pensions payoffs over €200,000

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“New figures show 22 staff at Irish universities have enjoyed lump sum pension payoffs in excess of €200,000 over the past two years. Figures supplied by the universities in response to Freedom of Information requests …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 December]

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Retiring professors’ ‘crocks of gold’ payoffs slammed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association yesterday hit out at what he described as the ‘crocks of gold’ received by retiring university dons …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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Greater co-ordination needed to ensure university gender equality, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Following the recent gender discrimination award to a lecturer in NUIG, Joan Donegan, deputy general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for co-ordinated action by all universities to ensure equality for women at senior lecturer and professorial level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 18 December]

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Spot the difference: Do you know which of these is Trinity’s new logo?

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

Ireland“After many months of deliberation and discussion, Trinity College Dublin has revealed its new logo to the world. The re-branding sees a change from to royal blue-and-gold design to a more modern blue-and-white …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 December]

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Bible retained in new Trinity logo

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

Ireland“The clasped bible scrapped from the revised Trinity logo criticised by staff and students in March has been reinstated as part of new visual identity proposals passed by Trinity board members today …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 17 December]

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Trinity Reveals Revised Visual Identity Logotype

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin today revealed a reworked visual identity, which is the result of months of consultations held in response to an initial controversial rebranding attempt last April. The College Board approved a set of logotypes this afternoon …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 17 December]

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Brand new brilliant idea. Not.

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

Ireland“Goodness, here we go again. A few months ago my former university, known throughout the world by everyone as Trinity College Dublin, thought it needed a new name, for reasons that baffled everyone except the consultants …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 December]

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Education preview: What’s in store for 2015?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Deeper Sino-Irish relations, an increased emphasis on philanthropy and a teachers’ pay claim are among our predictions for the new year …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Spaceman Chris shares his odyssey with students

Posted in Life on December 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Astronaut Chris Hadfield was back on terra firma when he visited Trinity College Dublin and regaled students with tales of his space odyssey …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 15 December]

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Minister congratulates Irish universities and enterprise partners on their success in EU multi-million euro Strategic Partnerships

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Damien English TD, has congratulated Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and their enterprise partners on their success in being part of the winning consortia for the two new KICs – large scale innovation partnerships – that were announced yesterday …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish eyes definitely are not smiling at Trinity College in Dublin, where the campus paper, The University Times, has acknowledged that one of its editors seems to have been a serial plagiarist …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 8 December]

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Online Learning at University: Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 8th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs. I draw to the attention of the witnesses the fact that, by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to this committee …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees, 3 December]

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