The Vast Majority of Trinity’s Commercialisation Initiatives Should be Welcomed

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As a student or an academic, it is easy to view Trinity’s ‘commercialisation strategy’ cynically. In universities, where the pursuit of knowledge – often for its own sake – is one of the ultimate end goals, the idea of money-spinning activities and a focus on profit making seems anathema …” (more)

[University Times, 15 May]

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Computer science students may have to resit exam after lecturer uploads answers online

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students in the school of computer science and statistics may have to resit their software engineering examination, after it emerged that the lecturer in charge of that module had uploaded the solutions to the exam two weeks prior …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 5 May]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Trinity to Defend Discrimination Claim from Former Lecturer in European Court

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr David Parris, a retired Trinity lecturer, is bringing the college before the European Union’s Court of Justice, claiming that Trinity has discriminated against him in relation to his pension rights, based on his sexual orientation and his age …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 April]

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Provost Offering His House for Negotiations is Farcical in Light of Third-Level Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, it transpired that the Provost’s House, on 1 Grafton St, was in use by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams – an apparently neutral location for talks about the formation of Ireland’s next government. Thus, there has been a week of camera crews outside House 1 in Front Square. On Friday, Enda Kenny and Michéal Martin met in Trinity’s Biomedical Sciences Institute on Pearse St …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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How Far Ahead the Trinity Access Programme Is, and How Far We Need to Go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday, a constituent college of Oxford announced that it is to try to replicate the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) by launching a pilot access scheme that offers a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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Professor John Byrne: The father of computing in Ireland

Posted in Life on April 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof John Byrne, who has died aged 82, was the father of computing in Ireland and responsible, directly or indirectly, for most of the extraordinary success of the Irish software sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 April]

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Trinity College Dublin: A Case of Rankings Abuse

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is giving itself a public flogging over its fall in the rankings. This is rather odd since in fact it has been doing pretty well over the last few years with one exception …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 April]

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Oxford models TCD’s access programme to recruit disadvantaged students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An Oxford University college is piloting a scheme to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds based on an access programmed developed by Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Oxford Seeks to Replicate Trinity Access Programme with New Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, is to launch a pilot access scheme offering a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds in a new programme modelled on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 April]

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Trinity’s provost: ‘Irish universities have been resilient but it isn’t sustainable’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Despite a funding crisis, Trinity College Dublin has ambitious plans to expand towards Grand Canal Dock. Provost Patrick Prendergast spells out his vision and his concerns for third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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Trinity College posts ‘planned’ €24.1m deficit in 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College, Dublin, recorded its biggest deficit in five years in 2015, despite also recording its highest income level over the same period. The latest annual accounts for the year to September 2015 show the university posted a deficit of €24.1m last year — up from €21.8m in the previous 12-month period … ” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 16 April]

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Trinity Senators Say College’s EU Postgrad Status Rules are Unfair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All three Trinity senators have expressed disapproval of a Trinity-specific policy which denies EU status to European citizens applying for postgraduate studies if they have lived outside the European Union for more than two of the five years prior to application …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 7 April]

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Trinity’s Infrastructure Lags Behind Other Comparable Universities, Report Says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A report by a major UK consulting firm has found that Trinity’s infrastructure has not been optimised and lags behind other universities when it comes to student spaces, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 6 April]

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Trinity students take ‘privilege walk’ to highlight access issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“What do a woman from Tallaght who dropped out of school when she was 15 because she was pregnant, an Irish citizen who was born in Nigeria and has come up from his home in Cork to study in the capital, and a former pupil of Omagh Grammar School and proud Traveller who qualified for Trinity College Dublin with good A-Levels have in common? Why privilege, of course …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Preachers of hate grooming students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Extremist preachers may be spreading hate in Irish universities and encouraging vulnerable young Muslims to join Islamic State conflicts, a leading Imam has warned …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 3 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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