Trinity’s Alternative Admissions Feasibility Study Extended for a Fourth Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pioneering study into alternative college admissions, which was launched in 2014 and only expected to run for two years, has been approved by University Council to continue for a fourth year …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 July]

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Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Newstalk, 11 July]

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This could help end third-level funds crisis – if response is swift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today could be a hugely important one for this country if it leads to the reversal of the long-running decline in funding third-level education. The Cassells report represents the first serious effort to engage with what’s needed to finance higher education. It is no exaggeration to say the response will determine Ireland’s economic future …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 11 July]

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UCC’s €15 Million Student Centre Extension Sheds Light on Trinity’s Lack of Dedicated Student Spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This week, work began on a €15 million extension of a student centre in University College Cork (UCC). This development shines a light on the lack of such spaces in Trinity and the absence of any plans to introduce anything of this scale …” (more)

[University Times, 10 July]

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European court advised to find Trinity lecturer was discriminated against for being gay

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A top European legal adviser has recommended that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find that a gay lecturer employed at Trinity College Dublin was discriminated against regarding his pension due to his sexual orientation …” (more)

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With NUIG Taking Strides Forward, Trinity’s Relative Inaction on Refugee Admission is Highlighted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new scholarship programme in NUI Galway (NUIG) this week highlights the noticeable lack of action taken by Trinity when it comes to the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[University Times, 26 June]

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Trinity’s Northern Irish Students on Brexit: ‘I can safely say I don’t know what the future holds’

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

Ireland“Today’s stunning Brexit decision leaves Northern Ireland not only in the same uncertain state as the rest of the UK, but with added speculation about everything from an enforced border to a referendum on Irish reunification …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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Peter Higgs says Brexit ‘a disaster’ for scientific research

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Brexit vote is a ‘disaster’ for scientific research in Britain and for the free movement of academics in Europe, Nobel laureate and world-renowned physicist Prof Peter Higgs has said. Prof Higgs was among dignitaries conferred with honorary doctorates at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Brexit and Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The vote in the United Kingdom will have a long-term impact on universities in the Republic of Ireland and is a cause for concern. There is a long tradition of students moving between our islands as well as extensive academic networks, collaborations and important research activity …” (more)

[Trinity College, 24 June]

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Brexit and the Uncertain Future of Irish Higher Education

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

Ireland“Two weeks ago the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, speaking at the launch of new €5 million digital health research programme based in Trinity, referenced the UK referendum and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU: ‘As president of a university involved in numerous EU-funded collaborations with their neighbouring island, I hope very much that we will be able to continue these partnerships in the UK’. It wasn’t a passionate speech. Nor was it scaremongering …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 June]

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A Brexit Would Scupper Trinity’s ‘Whole Island of Ireland’ Goals

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

Ireland“Three years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast said that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since then, concrete steps have been taken in Trinity to achieve this goal, with two groundbreaking projects – the 2013 Northern Irish Engagement Programme and the 2014 A-Level Admissions Feasibility Study …” (more)

[University Times, 19 June]

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Diageo plan to offload Iveagh Grounds to TCD reaches impasse

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans by Diageo to offload an 88-year-old Guinness staff sports facility to Trinity College Dublin have reached an impasse. Almost 300 members of the Guinness Athletic Union in Drimnagh decided at a meeting on Tuesday to reject an offer from Diageo …” (more)

[Joe Brennan, Irish Times, 18 June]


New €60m fund looking to invest in early stage companies from Irish colleges

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new €60m fund, established by one of Europe’s top performing tech funds, will look to invest in early stage companies with global potential that are built from research at all of Ireland’s third-level institutions. Atlantic Bridge, the firm behind the new fund, will look to accelerate the commercialisation of research conducted at Irish colleges …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 17 June]

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Trinity agrees to take over former AIB IFSC office for research and development

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

Ireland“Trinity College has agreed terms to take over the former AIB Trade Centre in Dublin’s IFSC, as the area continues to move away from its financial routes. The college has signed the lease held by AIB over the property, which is officially known as Stack B (pictured above) …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 16 June]


UCC, Trinity, and UCD on ‘innovative’ university list

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three Irish universities have made it into Reuters’ first-ever ranking of Europe’s top 100 ‘innovative’ universities. Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and University College Dublin have made a list of institutes which are ‘doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy’ …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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My Erasmus experience

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Luca Arfini spent 9 months on Erasmus in Dublin. These are his thoughts on the place he now considers to be a second home. I arrived in Dublin in late September when the weather was still not so rainy. With its lovely green spaces, its warm and international atmosphere and the pubs full of friendly people I fell in love with the city from the very beginning …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 June]

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Irish graduates emigrating ‘should be regarded as a good thing’

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

Ireland“Colleges need to prepare students to work anywhere in the world and emigration should be encouraged not mourned for graduates, according to the new head of Trinity Business School …” (more)

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Top talent won’t come here because taxes are too high, says TCD dean

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“International academics have expressed interest in joining the faculty at Trinity’s new business school, but have been put off by the ceiling on professors’ salaries and the high rate of personal income tax, the school’s dean has said …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 26 May]

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TCD to investigate after professor criticises students’ answers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is to begin an inquiry after an associate professor’s comments criticising students’ exam answers appeared on his Facebook page …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Campus life key to overseas students’ good experience

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges should focus on improving social and other experiences on campus to help keep their fast-growing international student populations happy with their studies, new research suggests …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 May]

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