Students Had Five Years to Mobilise Against A Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At long last, Tobacco Free Trinity has finally achieved its goal. Trinity is now a smoke-free campus, after years of planning and debate and in spite of the rancour of some students. After initially coming out against it, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) eventually softened its position and then decided it’d be better off having no stance at all …” (more)

[University Times, 17 December]

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Trinity senator seats to be eliminated in Seanad reform

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Seanad reform report is set to recommend that the election of three Trinity senators by Trinity graduates be abolished. In place of the current system, which sees graduates elect senators on an institution-specific basis, the reform would establish one six-seat Seanad panel that would be elected by graduates of all universities and institutes of technology in Ireland …” (more)

[Lorna Aylward, Trinity News, 16 December]

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Trinity Awarded Prestigious EQUIS Business School Accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School has been awarded a prestigious European business school accreditation, as it prepares to open the doors of its new building in March. The EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation is awarded to business schools based on their quality, taking into account the level of internationalisation in schools …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 14 December]

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TCD exam students left in limbo for hour after seating error

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 1,000 Trinity College students have been affected by an administrative error that left exams delayed by more than an hour in the RDS in Dublin. According to one student, they were informed 20 minutes before their exams were due to begin at 5pm that the hall had to be evacuated …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Trinity likely to be hardest hit by disruption to flow of students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The flow of almost 3,400 students across the Border may reduce significantly following Brexit, according to analysis by UK and Irish higher education authorities. In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin would be most vulnerable to a reduction in number on the basis that it is the most popular choice for undergraduates resident in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Over 1,000 students affected by hour-long exam delay

Posted in Teaching on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 1,000 students have been affected by an administrative error at an exam in the RDS Simmonscourt venue this evening. The incident is still ongoing, with a student present estimating that around 70% of students had re-entered the venue at 6.15pm …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Trinity to Become a Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College Board today approved the introduction of a smoke-free campus, after a successful two-year pilot, years of campaigning and a Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) vote this year that showed students were overwhelmingly in favour of the move. There are now just three smoking zones on campus …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 12 December]

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International Students Made Up 10% of Scholars This Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 10% of the students who were awarded Foundation Scholarships this year were international students, down from the 16% who received the honour in 2017, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times. In 2017/18, around 16% of students are non-EU students …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 11 December]

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After TEP Dispute, Labour Court Grants Extra Holidays to Trinity Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s academic staff will enjoy extra annual leave this year, after a Labour Court ruling ended a long dispute over the additional workload caused by changes to the College’s year structure. The extra two days of annual leave have been awarded on a once-off basis, to compensate for disruption …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 9 December]

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Labour Court rules in favour of IFUT in holiday entitlement dispute

Posted in Legal issues on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled in favour of a claim by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin for additional leave days in compensation for the introduction of new academic structures introduced by the college. The Court awarded two days’ leave on a once-off basis, in a case taken under Section 26(1) of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 December]

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How Exactly Did Trinity’s Campus Fall Into Such Disrepair?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Changes abound, it would seem, on Trinity’s historic campus, with the wide-ranging recommendations of the College’s Estates Strategy. The report includes an explicit directive asserting that ‘if the University is to be more competitive over the longer term, there needs to be a paradigm shift in the approach to managing and investing in the estate’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 November]


Santry Stacks Full and ‘Not Fit for Purpose’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Santry stacks depository, which houses the majority of the College’s books, is to be replaced in the near future, after being deemed ‘not fit for purpose’. The College is also considering the possibility of disposing of its properties on D’Olier St and in Foster Place …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 30 November]

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Over half of Trinity’s teaching spaces are rarely used

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“55% of Trinity’s teaching spaces are utilised at a rate of 25%. This figure comprises 34% of teaching spaces which are underutilised, and 21% of spaces which are defined as having low frequency usage. According to the strategy, 21% of teaching spaces find themselves used at a frequency of between 25 and 40%, with 28% of the spaces seeing a ‘good frequency’ of above 40% …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 28 November]


Consistently low level of student engagement with lecturers outside of class

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 42% of students ‘never’ discuss course topics, ideas, or concepts with academic staff outside of class, according to the results of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) 2018, which were released last Tuesday. This is consistent with the 2017 results, which saw 42.3% of students never discussing coursework with their lecturers in a non-classroom environment …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 28 November]


New Year Structure Causes ‘Massive Stress’ for Students

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students are suffering ‘massive stress’ amid major changes to Trinity’s academic year and the introduction of Christmas exams, with many forced to request extensions or meet ‘silly’ deadlines as College’s schools struggle to adapt to the requirements of the Trinity Education Project …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 November]


Bewailing Rankings, The Provost Tries to Rewrite History and Redefine His Legacy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March 2016, this Editorial Board remarked that it had become increasingly clear that university rankings were becoming the central element of Patrick Prendergast’s provostship – going so far as to say that they would end up being the thing he would be remembered for. After all, the undertakings that provosts are remembered for typically occur in the middle years of their 10-year term of office …” (more)

[University Times, 26 November]

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Historic Trinity College campus under scrutiny as plans for future development afoot

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Every inch of space on the historic Trinity College campus is under scrutiny as the university sets out plans for its future development. The challenge is to conserve its rich architectural heritage, while also making space for new buildings to meet the needs of a growing university and modern students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 November]


Disparity in NUI representation is a symptom of the lack of Seanad reform

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In both 2002 and 2015, major overhauls of the Seanad were proposed by All-Party Oireachtas Committees, and in 2013 a referendum to abolish the Seanad completely, was defeated by a tiny margin of three and a half percent …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 21 November]

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Aramark Off Our Campus continue protest campaign outside Westland Eats

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off Our Campus continued their boycott campaign today with a second protest taking place outside Westland Eats. Trinity students displayed banners stating ‘Aramark Profits From Human Suffering’ and ‘Westland Eats Funds Refugee Imprisonment’ as part of the demonstration …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 21 November]

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Influential Irish economist and TCD academic Louden Ryan dies

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 95. Ryan played a seminal role in forming Irish economic policy in the 1960s, advising civil servant TK Whitaker and then taoiseach Seán Lemass on a series of economic plans that would reverse decades of protectionism and self-defeating economic policies …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 21 November]

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