Once Upon A Trinity Ball

Posted in Life on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Charlotte Ryan recounts the history of Trinity Ball, from the swinging sixties, to the present day … Before I was made aware of the term ‘problematic’ and how it applied to Walt Disney and a fair share of his movies, I was a devout disciple of Disney …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 13 April]

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Gender in higher education: the contribution of governance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As a guest post on this blog recently explored, and as I’ve also noted previously, the higher education scene is not necessarily one of good practice in relation to gender equality. Women make up an increasingly large proportion of the academic community overall, but are still seriously under-represented in senior positions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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Time for Trinity students to revolt

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“If the biggest achievement we get from trying to work with college management is to see fewer negative changes, we need to change strategy …” (more)

[Dee Courtney, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Trinity College library ‘like a Disney movie’ says travel bible

Posted in Life on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Visiting the Trinity College Long Room library is ‘like you stepped directly into a Disney movie’, according to a top travel magazine. A stroll round home of the world-famous Book of Kells has been voted one of the ’50 things to do in Europe before you die’, according to Conde Nast Traveler …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Independent, 7 April]

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Trinity College names Geraldine Ruane as chief operating officer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has appointed a chief operating officer. Geraldine Ruane, who filled the role on an interim basis since the start of 2014, has been confirmed in the role. Qualified accountant Ms Ruane has worked extensively in the pharma sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 April]

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Trial date set for alleged Trinity Gate crasher

Posted in Legal issues on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A 66-year-old Dublin man has been sent forward for trial accused of wrecking the historic wooden front gate of Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Completion of €70m Business School Delayed by 18 Months

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

Ireland“The completion of Trinity’s new €70 million business school is to be delayed by at least 18 months, at an estimated cost of €150,000 per month, because of planning permission issues …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 1 April]

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Man (66) facing trial charged with ramming historic Trinity College gates

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been sent for trial charged with damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College in a car ramming incident …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 1 April]

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‘Identify other students willing to take action’ – NCAD protesters at TCD

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

Ireland“The organisers of this month’s protests at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) have urged Trinity class reps to pursue direct action against college management following the passing of new and increased student charges last week …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 31 March]

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Trinity College Dublin ought to be a bastion of free speech and debate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When Maryam Namazie, a world renowned Iranian human rights activist cancelled her proposed lecture on ‘Apostasy and the rise of Islamism’, to the Society for International Affairs (SoFIA) in Trinity College Dublin, on Monday, March 23, she explained that Trinity security officials decided her address was ‘one sided’ and antagonistic to ‘Muslim students’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Chinese ambassador warns Trinity against inviting speakers hostile to China

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“China’s ambassador to Ireland, Jianguo Xu, has said that Trinity may be at risk of damaging prospective partnerships with Chinese institutions if it allows guests who are hostile to China to speak to its student societies …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 25 March]

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Board Approves Student Charges, But With Some Concessions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The College Board have approved a set of student charges originally proposed last June, but with several concessions, such as the withdrawal of plans to introduce a €250 fee for sitting supplemental exams …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 25 March]

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Minister Signals No Further Increase in Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has said that she does not see ‘any circumstances’ where the student contribution charge will be increased beyond €3000 …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 24 March]

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Direct action likely if looming student charges approved

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The incoming president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (SU), Lynn Ruane, has said that she would look to some form of direct action if proposed new student charges are approved tomorrow by the College Board …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Trinity College hammers yet another nail into the coffin of free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago, I was booked to debate the now infamous terrorist organiser, Anjem Choudary (I’ve written about the incident in the past, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before) …” (more)

[Ian O’Doherty, Independent, 24 March]

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Sexism is ‘rampant’ within Irish medicine

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sexism is ‘rampant’ within the Irish medical profession, according to an academic and consultant who claims that senior women within the industry have advised junior doctors to turn a blind eye to the problem to safeguard their career prospects …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Activist pulled out of event because of miscommunication – SOFIA

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Political activist Maryam Namazie withdrew from a talk on apostasy because she had mistakenly been led to believe that it would be a public event, the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) said in a statement circulated to its members this afternoon. The student society, which was due to host Ms Namazie in Trinity College today …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Activist pulls out of Trinity College talk due to ‘restrictions’ aimed at not ‘antagonising’ Muslims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A human rights activist whose speech at Trinity college was cancelled because she refused to agree with conditions not usually imposed on speakers has vowed to speak at the university …” (more)

[David Kearns, Independent, 23 March]

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My Education Week: ‘I try and approach any subject objectively’

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandMonday. I work part-time in the library in Trinity College Dublin for a couple of hours each morning. I clock off at 10, check out a few books and do some reading at my desk. At 12 I head for the National Library on Kildare Street where I need to consult some newspaper microfilms …” (more)

[Stephen McQuillan, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Activist claims Trinity speech on apostasy and Islam cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A political activist due to give a speech in Trinity college on apostasy and the rise of Islam has claimed the event has been cancelled after the college tried to attach conditions to it. Maryam Namazie was due to give a speech at the Society for International Affairs on Monday, March 23rd …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 March]

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