‘A university should never be a safe space’

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

Ireland“Nigel Farage should be given a platform to speak to the Hist in Trinity College. As the boundaries of free speech become increasingly blurred and as conservative viewpoints on open borders are constantly conflated as white supremacist or racist …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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No, Farage Should Not Get a Medal. But He Should Be Invited to Speak

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The decision of the College Historical Society (the Hist) to cancel the awarding of its Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse to Nigel Farage is the correct one. But the whole spectacle surrounding it is unfortunate considering the rise of the ‘snowflake’ students trope.The decision was correct simply because it is hard to argue that Farage has made anything even close to an outstanding contribution to public discourse …” (more)

[University Times, 8 October]

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TCD society withdraws plans to offer gold medal to Nigel Farage

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society’s auditor has apologised for his decision to award its gold medal to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Mr Farage was due to speak at the Hist, as it is known, early next year and would have received the society’s gold medal for outstanding contribution to public discourse …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Nigel Farage: Too Many Young People Are Going To University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2014 by steve

“Too many young people going to university to study poor quality degrees, according to Nigel Farage – and it’s all the fault of a 26-year-old BT advert. The Ukip leader is blaming it on actress Maureen Lipman …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 4 April]

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