On the Provost Race, Academics Must Ask: Election or Appointment?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The irony is not lost on this Editorial Board that Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey, the candidate in the provost elections likely to rail against College bureaucracy, has been disqualified seemingly due to College bureaucracy. There’s no doubt that Alyn-Stacey was an unorthodox entry. A self-confessed traditionalist, she has been quite vocal about her disdain for College’s shift to a more corporate, managerial model in recent years …” (more)

[University Times, 7 February]

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In Open Letter, Postgraduates Slam Disqualification of Alyn-Stacey

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An open letter, endorsed by 23 Trinity postgraduate students and two Trinity alumni, has condemned the disqualification of Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey from the Provost election. The letter – authored by Alexandra Corey, a PhD student in Trinity’s French Department, and published in The University Times earlier this evening – argued that the basis upon which Alyn-Stacey was disqualified is ‘obscure and antidemocratic’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 7 February]

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The case for making doctoral supervision collaborative

Posted in Teaching on February 8th, 2021 by steve

“… When it comes to the first part of a PhD journey, it is vital that the process is demystified and that it is treated as a management of equals. Universities offering doctoral places should undertake due diligence in the interview and recruitment of qualified candidates. They should also make provisions to ensure that potential PhD candidates are matched with appropriate supervision teams with experience in the subject area or methodological interests of candidates …” (more)

[Nnamdi O Madichie, University World News, 6 February]

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Local Issues are Important, but the Provost Elections Will Impact Students Too

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As the provost election campaign kicked off this week, a survey conducted by this newspaper among the electorate yielded some interesting results. With all the talk about Trinity and its place in the global rankings and grand plans for future expansion, it is the day-to-day, bread-and-butter affairs of administration and bureaucracy that 42% of Trinity’s academics cited as the most important issues in this year’s provostial elections …” (more)

[University Times, 7 February]

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