Complex Metrics and Rankings Committees: The Measurements Taking over Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In light of Trinity’s revised position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which saw Trinity placed at just 131st, the discussion surrounding rankings and their reliability has come under increasing pressure …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 February]

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Failure to Recruit Top Academics Sees Trinity Develop a New Method for Strategic Hires

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s University Council approved a proposed new method for strategic hires, following the College’s disappointing recruitment of only one of five targeted professors under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Targeted Professors initiative …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 25 February]

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Trinity’s Total Income Rose to €355 million in 2015/16, a 7% Increase from the Previous Year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Figures from Trinity’s Financial Services show that the College’s total consolidated income increased by 6.9% from last year to €355 million, a significant increase compared to a 1.8% increase in the year 2014 to 2015 …” (more)

[Daniel O’Beirne, University Times, 24 February]

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Trinity College breaks with 400-year exams tradition

Posted in Teaching on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to break with almost 400 years of tradition by introducing Christmas exams and an earlier start to the academic year for its students. The changes, approved this week by a majority of the university 200 fellows or senior academics, will bring Trinity into line with most European and US universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 February]

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62% of Fellows Vote in Favour of New Academic Year Structure, Including Christmas Exams

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a vote that could have vetoed the introduction of a proposed new academic year structure, 62% of Trinity’s Fellows have voted in favour of the introduction of a Christmas exam week and a two-week earlier start to teaching …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 22 February]

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Trinity condemns ‘unacceptable attack’ on free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has condemned a protest that led to the cancellation of an event with the Israeli ambassador to Ireland as an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’. Ze’ev Boker was due to speak on Monday at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Trinity College found in breach of advertising guidelines over online course listing on website

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s Trinity College has been found to be in breach of advertising guidelines over a course listing on its own website. Details on the Trinity College Website for a Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy provided details of the fees for Years one and two of the course …” (more)

[Brian O’Reilly, Independent, 21 February]

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Oh no, not again – another heckler’s veto in Trinity

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

Ireland“… I don’t have time to write a considered post about this right now, but I could not let it pass unremarked, so I will content myself for the time being with noting: oh no, not again.” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, cearta.ie, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled

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

Ireland“An event at Trinity College Dublin involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker has been cancelled following a protest. Mr Boker was due to speak at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (Sofia) …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

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

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Impact of Grade Inflation Must Not Be Overstated

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news this week that the number of first-class degrees awarded by Trinity has increased by 33% between 2013 and 2015 will likely evoke concern that this is the latest symptom of a general trend of grade inflation in Irish third-level sector. Indeed, with some courses seeing as many as 61% of graduates awarded a first, one could probably be forgiven for thinking …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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In Trying to Secure Student Accommodation, Universities Face a Multitude of Challenges

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

Ireland“For many students, finding suitable accommodation is a plight they face year on year. This is largely as a result of a wider housing crisis currently affecting everyone, from those looking for social housing to renters looking for affordable accommodation in the private rental market, including students …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 11 February]

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Trinity back on elite university list after ‘really stupid’ error

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has admitted a ‘really stupid mistake’ it made saw it drop down the rankings of the world’s best universities. The university sent data relating to its research funding to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in the wrong format two years in a row …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Following Temporary Exclusion Last Year, Trinity Ranked 131st in World by Times Higher Education

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

Ireland“Following its temporary exclusion from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings last September, Trinity has now been ranked 131st, making it the highest ranked university in Ireland …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 February]

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TCDSU to Request Changes to Construction Schedule, as Luas Works Continue

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

Ireland“In response to noise complaints made by on-campus residents about the Luas Cross City construction works, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will be requesting periods of no night-time works coming up to and during reading week …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 February]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the diminishing of terms and conditions of employment of both academic and administrative staff in Trinity College (details supplied); and if so, his plans regarding same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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33% Increase in First-Class Degrees Awarded Between 2012 and 2015

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students achieving a first in their undergraduate degree has increased dramatically in recent years, with a 33% increase in the number of first-class honours awarded between 2012/13 and 2014/15. In 2012/13, 397 students were awarded firsts, according to the most recent Senior Lecturer’s Report …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 7 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Trinity College dons ‘incensed’ by provost’s reform plan

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

Ireland“The provost of Ireland’s oldest university has been accused of trying to turn Trinity College Dublin into a ‘second-rate polytechnic’ by introducing full semesterisation. Paddy Prendergast is also under fire over a plan to offer jobs to the spouses of ‘world-class researchers’ in order to attract top-tier talent to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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