University town a summer magnet for J-1 students

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“From the minute I arrived in Berkeley as an exchange student from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 I could feel the Irish legacy in the city, with many students taking advantage of the cheaper rents and proximity to San Francisco for J-1 work visas …” (more)

[Anna Harrington, Irish Times, 17 June]

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Trees and College Green

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Frank Byrne (June 12th) pleads for the retention of the trees in College Green as part of the car-free redevelopment proposals. I think Frank is wrong and that the trees seriously diminish the appreciation of one of Dublin’s great vistas …” (more)

[Declan Doyle, Irish Times, 15 June]

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Review of College Disability Service Raises Concerns about Funding Model and Stretched Resources

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Review also warns that legal action could follow if supported infrastructure not consistent across College. A quality review of the College Disability Service (DS) has raised concerns about the service’s funding model, its stretched resources and the implementation of College-wide disability policies, as well as with data protection issues …” (more)

[Paul Glynn, University Times, 12 June]

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Funeral service for ‘Trinity man’ Paolo will take place on historic campus

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The funeral service for one of Ireland’s most revered chefs and food critics is to take place in Trinity College this Thursday. Paolo Tullio passed away on Friday after a short illness …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 8 June]

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Trinity academic and biographer of Patrick Kavanagh

Posted in Life on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Antoinette Quinn, who has died aged 74, was an acknowledged expert on Patrick Kavanagh and the author of an acclaimed biography of the poet …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 June]

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Report finds 60% of Midwifery Students Bullied on Placement, and Breach of Working Hours Agreement

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TCDSU report finds far-reaching issues for midwifery student experience, with two-thirds reporting adverse mental health effects, as a result of financial, victimisation and responsibility pressures …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Sinéad Baker and Dónal Ring, University Times, 5 June]

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Cost of college campus lodgings set to rise by up to €1,000

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

Ireland“The cost of renting college campus accommodation in Ireland is to rise significantly from this September. University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University – who all provide on-campus accommodation – have confirmed plans for rent increases for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Universities and social change: the case of same-sex marriage

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

Ireland“As most readers will undoubtedly know, Ireland voted on Friday last week on whether to amend the country’s Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann, 1937) to include in the article on the family the following sentence …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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UCC emerge as leading scientific research university in global ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been recognised as one of the leading universities worldwide for scientific research. The university has topped the ranking in Ireland, and now holds the 16th position in Europe and 52nd worldwide.The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 ranked the 750 universities worldwide …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Provost’s Lack of Respect at College Board Reflects Issues with his Chairing, say Board Members

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Division and disenfranchisement in Trinity, arising from the Provost’s lack of respect for debate among Board members, has led to comments that the Board is ‘barely functional’ …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 May]

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Trinity’s Executive MBA Programme Ranked 59th in World

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School’s Executive MBA programme has been ranked in the top 60 in the world by the Executive Education Rankings 2015 from the Economist magazine. This is the programme’s first appearance on the list …” (more)

[Dónal Ring, University Times, 15 May]

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The increasingly precarious life of an academic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Concern is growing about exploitative employment practices at Irish third-level colleges, and the impact on learning. Here, three academics share their stories …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Provost Tweets Annoyance at No Posters Featuring Trinity Front Gate

Posted in Life on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has tweeted his annoyance at referendum posters which feature both an image of a student in front of Trinity’s Front Gate and text reminding voters of their ‘Equal Right to Vote No’. In a tweet this evening, the Provost said …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 11 May]

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Managerialism risks destroying our universities, warns IFUT General Secretary

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

Ireland“Huge damage is being done to independence and freedom of decision-making in the University Sector due to the new ‘managerialist’ approach increasingly asserting itself in our universities Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at the organisations Annual Conference in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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Why we need to talk about student sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In Ireland, like in many countries, we haven’t got the best track record when it comes to sex education. There are also many issues to be tackled in our society when it comes to sexual violence. As the nation begins to come to terms with and address the history of child abuse that occurred here, we should also turn our attentions to how adults treat one another …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 4 May]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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Deal-hungry Google snaps up TCD-based virtual reality startup

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Google has swooped in to buy an Irish virtual reality startup company, whose technology is to be incorporated into headsets and other futuristic devices …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 2 May]

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Students forced to re-sit exam after online blunder

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will have to resit an exam after the original paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard, the college’s internal network …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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The boss of the HEA slugs it out with academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Authority boss Tom Boland stepped into the ring of JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin recently for a bout with academics on the subject Are Irish Universities Committed to Enlightenment Ideals? …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 April]

[Tom Boland’s speech is here, Steve Hedley’s is here.]

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Zoology Students to Resit Exam After Paper was Uploaded to Blackboard

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fourth-year zoology students will have to resit their research comprehension exam after the exam paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard last week. Students sat the exam this morning, before the problem became apparent to course administrators …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 27 April]

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