Trinity Loses Third HR Director in Three Years, With Aer Rianta Director Named as Replacement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has lost its third HR director in nearly as many years. The departure of Kate Malone, one of the College’s most senior officers, comes as Trinity navigates an industrial dispute and threats of strike action. Malone, who took on the role in October 2015, leaves Trinity in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the College’s three trade unions …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 September]

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Trinity Hall Consent Workshops See Record Turnout

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The organisers of the consent workshops in Trinity Hall have been forced to put on extra workshops and call in more facilitators due to the large numbers of students turning up to participate in the classes. With 400 people participating in the workshops as a whole last year, over 200 people turned up to the workshops on the first day alone …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 20 September]

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Trinity Set to Record a Deficit Again This Year, Chief Financial Officer Says

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After recording a €9.4 million deficit last year, Trinity will once again see a deficit in its accounts at the end of this year, the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian Mathews, has told The University Times. Mathews said that he did not expect Trinity to post a surplus by 2019 …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 20 September]


Universities are being hollowed out

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent conference held in Trinity College Dublin on academic freedom has shed invaluable light on the shifting identity of universities from liberal centres of learning in the service of the community to failing centres of economic interest in the service of capitalism …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 16 September]

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TCDSU Condemns €9,000-a-Year Dublin Accommodation Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has condemned the high prices of private student accommodation, calling on the government to act after their ‘negligent’ response to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 September]

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At Trinity Conference, Academic Freedom Fiercely Defended

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funny, polite and fiercely unapologetic, Steven Salaita raged in defence of academic freedom and against the actions of Israel in Palestine in a much-hyped talk in Trinity this evening. The talk, which discussed the topic ‘Freedom to Boycott: Boycott, Divest, Sanctions and the Modern University’, centered around issues of freedom of speech in academia through the lense of Salaita’s experiences …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 11 September]

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TCD conference on boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In reference to the Trinity College conference on the academic boycott of Israel, Jeremy O’Friel asks whether ‘it will be following this with a series of conferences on similar boycotts of China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the other hundred-odd countries whose human rights violations exceed those in Israel’ (September 9th) …” (more)

[Raymond Deane, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Criticising Israel brings ‘lifetime punishment’, says US academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who became a test case for academic freedom in the US said he had no regrets for sending anti-Israel tweets. Dr Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American, sued the University of Illinois when they withdrew an offer for a position as associate professor following a number of tweets that he sent following the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 11 September]

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NUIG’s Failure to Elect a Female President Turns Attention to Next Opportunity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite national speculation and a committee dedicated to the job, NUI Galway has failed to elect a female president. It now looks likely that Trinity could belatedly achieve the honour of having the first female university head if and when Provost Patrick Prendergast decides to bow out in 2022 (there are some indications to suggest Prendergast may seek a second term) …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Trinity to hold conference on freedom of speech on the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College will hold a conference on the Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The case of the Academic boycott of Israel this Monday and Tuesday. The conference will take place in the Synge and Robert Emmet lecture theatres. The conference will be interdisciplinary, and will include law, the arts, social science and humanities. It will involve academics from Ireland and abroad with practical experience of the issues around freedom in higher education …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 10 September]

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TCD to host conference on academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who had an offer of a post withdrawn after a series of tweets protesting at the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 is to speak at a conference in Trinity College Dublin next week …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Trinity to create 3D model of College using drone technology

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to create bird-eye view imagery and video of the College using drone technology. Hundreds of high resolution images and videos were taken of Trinity earlier this month. Trinity is aiming to use this imagery for a multitude of new projects, including a 3D model of the college …” (more)

[Jessica Howard, Trinity News, 8 September]


Rankings Have Long Bamboozled Our Universities. When Will It End?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has had a tumultuous time with university rankings. Last year, because of an error that saw it state its annual income as just €355, it found itself excluded from the listings produced by Times Higher Education, which are widely considered the most prestigious.When it was eventually reinstated in February, it was revealed that it had fallen more than 30 places, to 131st in the world …” (more)

[University Times, 3 September]

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Just When is Accommodation Going to Become a Real Priority for Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the accommodation crisis morphs from a calamity into a permanent feature of Irish cities, the inadequacy of Irish universities’ attempts to solve the problem are becoming more and more apparent. The crisis, which is showing little sign of relenting, has become an annual talking point in the media. High rents, exploitative landlords and the latest innovation all take up column inches as politicians and universities offer the latest pithy advice to students fretting about finding a home for college …” (more)

[University Times, 27 August]

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Reaction to Animal Testing in Trinity is Hypocritical and Inconsistent

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The issue of animal testing for biomedical purposes within Trinity was dragged into the news again this week, following the release of figures by the Irish Independent showing that over 100,000 animals had been used in research since 2012 …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 24 August]

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‘It’s behaviour from the Dark Ages’ – Outrage as Trinity experiments on 110,000 animals

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 110,000 animals have been used in medical research by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in the past five years, new figures have shown. Last year alone, it spent more than €310,000 buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10,000 to dispose of them when the research was complete …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 21 August]

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Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Trinity Report Finds Employment Level for Postgraduates Below National Average

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduates of the class of 2015 fell below the national employment average by six percentage points, a new Trinity report on graduate employment has revealed, although 74% of postgraduates reported being employed nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 13 August]

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Trinity Consent Workshops Return in September Improved and Refocused, After Year of Review

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Consent workshops for incoming first-year students have undergone several changes after 400 students participated in last year’s successful pilot. The most successful workshops of their kind in Ireland last year, the classes were held in Trinity Hall over the course of Freshers’ Week …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 5 August]

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No End in Sight to Trinity’s Dispute with Staff, Despite Final Promotions Promise

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will run a round of promotions for administrative and support staff in September as part of a concession to the College’s three trade unions. But while the College say this will be the final round, Trinity’s staff will hope otherwise …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 August]

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