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Students’ Union to Lobby College Board with Email Campaign over Student Levies

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2014 by steve

“The Students’ Union has launched an email campaign, addressed to individual College Board members, in protest of recent student levies approved by the College Finance Committee …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 19 June]

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Knowledge Transfer Ireland – Keeping Dead Academic Experts Alive …

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“Knowledge transfer Ireland is, as I have noted, rather error ridden. It is designed to allow companies to find experts in academia with whom they can work. This was launched with great fanfare to be a new portal …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 18 June]

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Finding the right ratio

Posted in Teaching on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“One of the key performance indicators that influence university rankings and attract comment is the student-staff ratio. In almost every assessment of higher education there is an assumption that a smaller number of students supported by a larger number of academic faculty is better for quality …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 June]

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Step by step: restoring Trinity’s front gate

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“A newly restored front gate being reinstated at Trinity College Dublin. The gate was severely damaged when struck by a car on April 2nd. The damaged gate was removed by craftsmen from the Trinity College Buildings Maintenance Department and brought to the joinery workshops of Dunwoody & Dobson, specialist heritage building contractors …” (more, photos)

[Irish Times, 16 June]

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Decision to scrap inequality module must be reversed

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2014 by steve

“The decision of the Department of Political Science to completely drop a Senior Sophister module on inequality tells us a lot about a number of trends in higher education …” (more)

[Trinity News, 14 June]

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The Poignancy of the Disparity Between Aims and Actions in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“We take an in-depth look at what exactly the revelations about student charges and HEA Reports over the past two days mean, with comparisons to similar charges in other Irish universities and a detailed look at the Finance Committee documents …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Jane Fallon Griffin and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 14 June]

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Board approves pay cap breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“The Board of Trinity College has approved a salary offer above the standard scale for the incoming Professor of Business Studies, Trinity News has learnt. The offer is understood to be significantly above the approved annual rate for professors under the current salary scales for College employees …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 13 June]

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Iconic Trinity College wooden gates hang once again

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“The famous wooden gates once again hang at the entrance to Trinity College Dublin. The College Green entrance, historically known as the ‘Great Gates’, was severely damaged when it was rammed by a car last April …” (more)

[Claire Mc Cormack, Independent, 11 June]

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Work under way to restore damaged Trinity College gate

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2014 by steve

“Work has started at Trinity College Dublin to replace a wooden entrance gate that was badly damaged after being repeatedly rammed by a motorist in April. A section of the European oak gate at the College Green entrance to Trinity, which dates to 1879, was broken into pieces during the incident …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 10 June]

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Going entirely online?

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2014 by steve

“A major change in higher education over the past decade or two has been the erosion of the belief that there is just only one quality model of higher education. Until very recently everyone who mattered thought that the gold standard was set by universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 June]

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Trinity’s historic gate to be restored this week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“A newly restored Front Gate will be reinstated this week at Trinity College Dublin. Trinity’s Front Gate was severely damaged when it was hit by a car on the morning of April 2. The gates were removed for repair and restoration, and replaced with temporary wooden panels …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 June]

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Trinity goes digital with first free online course in September

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin is making its first foray in the realm of open-access digital teaching with a free history course going online in September. The six-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is aimed at giving people a ‘Trinity education experience’ without having to attend the university …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Landlord rep calls for bedsit reprieve

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2014 by steve

“The head of a landlord representative organisation has called on the Government to reinstate bedsit accommodation for students in order to ease the burden on the private rental sector …” (more)

[James Rogers, Irish Times, 5 June]

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College rental rates to rise by up to 13%

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The cost of renting college campus accommodation in Dublin is set to rise by up to 13% this September. Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Griffith 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, 3 June]

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Trinity is the first in Ireland to Secure Funding under New EU Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has led the way in Ireland, securing the first funding award under Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. An award of €175,000 has just been granted to the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 30 May]

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Knowledge Transfer Ireland – Partial, Error ridden and Naïve

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Knowledge is only useful if people know it exists. So it is great to see Knowledge Transfer Ireland established, to start to allow organisations and individuals to seek out the knowledge in Irish third level institutions. At least, it would be if it worked. It doesn’t …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 May]

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HEA rejects board member’s ‘TCD is best’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has moved to distance itself from controversial comments made by a board member about the relative value of a degree from Irish universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 May]

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Exam process designed for a different era, says professor

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“Another leading educationalist has come out in support of teachers assessing their own Junior Cycle students. Dr Damien Murchan, of Trinity College Dublin, said while the issue was fraught with difficulties, he did not think they were insurmountable …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 May]

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Three centuries of medicine at TCD

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“While he accepts a certain bias, Dr Muiris Houston finds the new book by Prof Davis Coakley, Medicine in Trinity College Dublin — An Illustrated History, a must read for TCD graduates and historians alike …” (more)

[Irish Medical Times, 24 May]

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Bureaucracy, LEAD-ing to Mistrust, in the University sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“Bureaucracy is like Kudzu – it is invasive, persistent, useful in small doses but when unchecked it is destructive and self-perpetuating even when it engulfs that which was supporting it. Take the LEAD programme designed for Irish universities …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 26 May]

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