The Price of Trinity’s Flights is No Big Deal – But College’s Environmental Impact Is

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week the Irish Times reported that Trinity spent over €259,084 on flights in the last year. The publication framed the statistic in the context of Trinity’s call for further investment (after tumbling down the rankings), suggesting, perhaps, that the spending was unwarranted. Financially speaking, however, Trinity spending €259,084 on flights is not entirely scandalous …” (more)

[University Times, 23 September]

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Universities told to find spaces for 35 students without college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government Ministers have intervened to pressurise universities into providing college places for dozens of students who were told in recent days that they could not take up their places until next year. Thirty-five students were told last Thursday there was no college place for them in the current year after they secured places following rechecks and upgrades of their Leaving Cert exam papers, The Irish Times understands …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Number of late CAO offers more than doubles

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of late CAO offers made to Leaving Cert candidates who were awarded a results upgrade has more than doubled to 594. It follows an almost doubling in applications for exam rechecks after major changes to the appeals process and, in turn, a doubling in the number of successful appeals to 2,916 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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Students used as ‘pawns’ in Trinity College funding row

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being used as pawns in a university’s row with the Government over the effect of insufficient funding on international rankings, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has claimed. USI president Lorna Fitzpatrick said third-level education is underfunded and colleges are forced to compete with each other for project-based funding …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Minister urged to ban vaping on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick (UL) is urging the Department of Education to ban vaping across all Irish educational institutions. Dr Des Fitzgerald, a professor of molecular medicine and former chief academic officer for the Ireland East Hospital Group, said vaping is now ‘a real health risk and is being directly implicated in health crises and even deaths among users’ …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 23 September]

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Trinity’s rankings are in the Government’s hands

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of people here and overseas have been asking me about Trinity College Dublin’s fall this month in the Times Higher Education world university rankings. Students and staff, potential students, alumni, employers, industry, politicians and overseas universities. Everybody wants to know how Trinity, of all places, could have suffered the worst fall among any of the world’s individually ranked universities …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Joint Campaign to Keep Dublin Bus Stopping at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union have launched a campaign to ensure Dublin Bus resumes full service to Belfield during night-time hours. In a press statement on September 3rd, Katie O’Dea (UCDSU’s Campaigns and Engagement Officer) and President Joanna Siewierska made the announcement. The campaign proposes to end decades of struggles between students and Dublin Bus with Siewierska stating that ‘Dublin Bus are once again stopping at all times on UCD campus’ …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 21 September]

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