As Irish Universities Move to Address Gender Inequality, Trinity to Develop New Plan for Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to introduce ‘wide-reaching’ and ‘ambitious’ reforms as part of a new plan to improve gender equality among the university’s staff, as the Irish higher education system begins to tackle the persistent gender inequalities across colleges and universities …” (more)

[Maeve Claffey, University Times, 1 November]

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Trinity Aims to Redefine its Education, but Has to Build on Broken Systems to Do So

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“No one can deny the ambition of the ongoing Trinity Education Project, a complete reimagining of the way Trinity’s undergraduates are taught and assessed. While complaints can be raised over the abstract nature of its goals or some of the changes it seeks to make, no one can deny that by undertaking and attempting to complete it in a short time frame, Trinity is being extremely ambitious in aiming to achieve something new …” (more)

[University Times, 30 October]


TCD expects €34m deficit for last academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s overall deficit is expected to have reached around €34m for the 2015-16 academic year, according to figures released today in a ‘Provost’s Review’ of the year, which was emailed to all students …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 28 October]


Trinity College Dublin seeking to sell naming rights for €1m

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

Ireland“Trinity College in Dublin is seeking to sell the ‘naming rights’ to part of its campus in a deal expected to generate €1 million over the first five years. The university is to appoint consultants to identify a person or firm willing to part with €200,000 a year to have their ‘name plate’ on part of the campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 27 October]

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We need to support our students – not throw them into debt

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

Ireland“I represent 17,000 students in Trinity this year in our students union. There are moments when you witness how difficult it can be to be a student in Ireland …” (more)

[Kieran McNulty, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Sell the Kells

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fossil Free TCD’s tongue-in-cheek petition provides a novel way to draw attention to Trinity’s decision on divestment this November …” (more)

[Emma McCarthy, Trinity News, 23 October]

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Highlighting College’s Desire for a New Funding Model, Vice-Provost Reminds Students They’re Marching for ‘Future Generations’

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

Ireland“In a move that highlights Trinity’s support for finding a solution to the ongoing higher education funding crisis, the Vice-Provost, Prof Chris Morash, addressed the Trinity delegation for today’s March for Education in Front Square, stating that students today are ‘marching for tomorrow and for future generations’ …” (more)

[Chris McMahon and Róisín Power, University Times, 19 October]

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Trinity Will Fundamentally Change the Way it Assesses its Students

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The original meaning of the word ‘perversion’, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘turning the wrong way’, or ‘diversion to an improper use’. There is a good case to be made that in Ireland there are elements of the educational system that are, in this sense at least, perverse …” (more)

[Chris Morash, University Times, 18 October]


More lamentation from Dublin

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

Ireland“Rankings have become a major weapon in the struggle of universities around the world to get their fair share or what they think is their fair share of public money. The Times Higher Education (THE) world and regional rankings are especially useful in this regard …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 17 October]

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Trinity is to Open a New Cancer Institute with St James’s Hospital

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity, along with St James’s Hospital, is to develop a new cancer institute, which aims to set a new standard for cancer care in Ireland. The new institute, which will be located at St James’s, will be the first of its kind in the country …” (more)

[Rósín Power, University Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Shortlisted for Entry to Prestigious League of European Research Universities

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

Ireland“In his mid-term address to College on Friday evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed the ‘rumour’ that Trinity has been shortlisted for membership of the League of European Research Universities (Leru), a pan-European group of 21 leading universities on the continent …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 15 October]

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For Prendergast, ‘Fees, Philanthropy and Commercial Activities’ Must Increasingly be Our Future

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

Ireland“The funding crisis loomed large as Provost Patrick Prendergast addressed college at the midpoint of his term this afternoon. In discussing the funding challenges faced by the university, Prendergast highlighted the strategies the university has introduced to adapt to the changing higher education landscape in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 14 October]

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Trinity College Dublin turns sod on new business school

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

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton officiated the sod turning of the Trinity Business School today. Last year, Trinity pledged to more than double the size of the student body studying at the school. The new building will also incorporate an Innovation and Entrepreneurship hub. It will front onto Pearse Street and the campus, providing another link between the city and the university …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 14 October]

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Trinity’s Admin Failings Hinder an Otherwise Incredible Erasmus Experience

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When I first heard of Erasmus aged 16, my priority became to benefit from a European exchange. I saw it as an incredible opportunity, one that would open many doors and provide me with unique experiences. However, my difficulties began with the very makeup of my course, political science and geography, which is comprised of two cross-faculty disciplines and severely lacks administrative coordination. But, as I would come to realise, the difficulties did not end there …” (more)

[Stephen McLoughlin, University Times, 7 October]

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Byrne presses need for long-term investment in Third Level

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to move fast to address the funding shortfall in third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fail, 5 October]

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Examining Trinity’s fall in the QS World Rankings

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

Ireland“For the past three years, Trinity has been on the decline, at least according to the QS World University Rankings, in which Trinity has fallen from 78th to 98th place this year. In the THE World University Rankings, Trinity is in an even worse position …” (more)

[Ronan Mac Giolla Rua, Trinity News, 2 October]

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42% Increase in Trinity Senior Management Staff Since 2012

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of senior management staff employed by Trinity has increased by 42% since 2012, The University Times has learned, compared to an 8% increase in all staff across the university. The average salary for senior management, according to Trinity’s Human Resources Annual Report, obtained by The University Times, was €103,000 …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 September]

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New €68m medical research centre to open in Galway

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new centre for medical device research representing a unique partnership between Irish universities and industry is opening in NUI Galway. The Cúram centre represents a €68 million investment in medtech research. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry players have invested €49 million over six years to the project …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Study raises questions over quality of Leaving Cert learning

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new study which raises serious questions over the quality of learning for the Leaving Cert has found that students frequently were unable to recall information they learned just two months after the exam.The research carried out at Trinity College Dublin found crucial skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving were ‘starkly absent’ from the exams over a five-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 September]

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32% of Postgraduate Students Self-Funded, According to College Survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s first annual survey of postgraduate students has revealed that 32% of postgraduates are self-funded. The report noted funding for research students to be one of the key areas that needs attention …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 September]

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