Citing €500,000 Annual Cost, Staff Oppose New Faculty Managers

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

Ireland“In a major shake-up to Trinity’s often rigid administrative system, a new proposal has already generated significant opposition from senior staff across the College’s 24 schools, with claims it will cost nearly €500,000 a year …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 8 June]

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Trinity College Dublin planning €1.25bn tech campus

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

Ireland“The planned technology campus by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for the ‘Silicon Docks’ area of Dublin could entail a capital investment of up to €1.25bn. That is according to TCD, which stated that its Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) project ‘would represent one of the largest infrastructural projects undertaken in Ireland since the IFSC’ …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 8 June]


Student Accommodation Solutions Worsened by Government Inaction

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For some of those students who were successful in securing accommodation on campus or in Trinity Hall, the rent increases of up to 10% for some rooms may seem unfortunate. However, the increase may leave many more unsurprised …” (more)

[University Times, 5 June]

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With Private Sector Booming, Trinity Rethinks Approach to Securing More Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the need to secure extra accommodation for its students growing and with a sudden influx of private developers building in the city, Trinity is turning its focus away from building new accommodation to getting students rooms in existing developments …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 June]

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Trinity Secures Additional 500 Beds for Students in Gardiner St Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has secured almost 500 additional beds for students in a private development in Gardiner St for the next academic year, and has renegotiated a lease for just under 250 beds in the Binary Hub accommodation complex …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 June]

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Fresh masterpieces join The Book of Kells on display in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mention Irish illuminated manuscripts and the chances are the Book of Kells will pop into your mind. Not only is it a masterpiece of the illuminator’s art, it’s a global symbol of Irishness, and its presence in Trinity College Library draws a non-stop stream of visitors …” (more)

[Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Prendergast Pledges to ‘Surmount’ Challenges Posed by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has stated the College’s plans to ‘surmount’ the multitude of challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and affirmed its hope that higher, non-EU fees would not be introduced for British and Northern Irish students …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 May]

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Joe Duffy claims Trinity College ‘hates him’ from his days as a student

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Top radio presenter Joe Duffy has claimed that Trinity College still ‘hates him’ from his days as a student activist. His remarks were made after the university wouldn’t let him film a show on campus …” (more)

[Sharon McGowan, Dublin Live, 29 May]

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Funding Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is surprisingly difficult to get a consistent picture of university income in Ireland over the last decade. Accounting conventions have changed, as have the requirements from the Higher Education Authority in terms of detail. Finally, despite it being half way through 2017 it seems some, many, universities have not managed to get their 2016 or even 2015 accounts up and out …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 May]

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TCD entry requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy (May 18th) takes issue with a pilot admissions programme that looks at alternative entry requirements for just 25 students every year. This programme requires a personal statement from students but it is wrong to suggest that this is the only requirement …” (more)

[Gillian Martin, Irish Times, 23 May]


Essays and TCD entrance requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Longstanding Commitment to the Idea of Partnership Could be the Solution to Many Student Woes

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ask any Trinity student about the content of our current student charter and it’s unlikely that they will be able to tell you what rights and responsibilities it outlines. But while students rightly expect certain entitlements in the College, that relationship can too easily become a muddled, top-down one, where students reside at the bottom of a chain that dictates their four-plus years in Trinity …” (more)

[University Times, 14 May]


TCD ‘invests in weapons and cigarette companies’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has more than €470,000 invested in the arms and aerospace industry, the Sunday Independent can reveal. It also has a stake in ‘big tobacco’ – with €323,387 invested in one of the world’s largest cigarette producers …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 14 May]

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‘Impossible to Enforce’, College Lifts Ban on Sunbathing on Fellows’ Square

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Declaring it ‘impossible to enforce’ and ‘impractical’, Trinity’s Estates and Facilities have lifted the ban on sunbathing on Fellows’ Square in time for the excellent weather. The last few days has seen hundreds of students take to the lawns on the square to make the most of the good weather as exam season reaches its peak …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 May]

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Trinity Signs Pioneering Agreement to Redefine College-Student Relationship

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

Ireland“A proposal to re-write the relationship between students and the College was approved today by Trinity’s University Council. The first partnership agreement of its kind in Ireland, it aims to improve the engagement Trinity students and staff, putting them into a position of collaboration …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 May]


Final design for Dublin’s College Green plaza unveiled

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The planned College Green plaza in the heart of Dublin is designed to host public events for up to 15,000 people. The pedestrianised zone running from Dame Street past the Bank of Ireland and across the front of Trinity College will be paved with granite, lined with trees and include a defined cycle path and a separate route for buses, taxis and Luas trams …” (more)

[Independent, 8 May]


Trinity to Host Conference on Academic Free Speech and Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A conference on free speech and the Israel-Palestine conflict will be held in Trinity this September. The once-peripheral issue has dominated recent discussion in College after the cancelled visit of the Israeli ambassador, which was branded an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’ …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 4 May]

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Trinity students don’t deserve our sympathy? Discuss …

Posted in Life on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Imagine we sat down to have a cup of tea together, and I made a number of statements that were tantamount to saying the following: ‘Working class people don’t deserve our sympathy’. You might be shocked. You might become angry. Both would be justified …” (more)

[Laura Kennedy, Irish Times, 5 May]


Boston firm to hothouse startups on €1bn TCD tech campus

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A €1bn technology and enterprise campus being planned by Trinity College in Dublin will be a ‘global talent magnet’ for the city – and feature a startup incubator run by Boston-based Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC). The campus aims to play a pivotal role in building Ireland’s global presence in the technology sector …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 3 May]


Trinity planning technology campus at Grand Canal Dock

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is planning to build a technology-focused campus at Grand Canal Dock as part of €1 billion plans to develop the area as an ‘innovation district’. The first phase of the new ‘technology enterprise campus’ will cost €250 million, and the university hopes to complete it in the next five years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 April]