A Good Move for Gender Equality, Overshadowed by Questions of Method and Motive

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Questions remain about the process by which College appointed its new associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion. At the beginning of the summer, this Editorial Board wrote in glowing terms about Provost Patrick Prendergast’s introspective address at the launch of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter …” (more)

[University Times, 10 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Even the Provost Thinks Student Cuts Are a Bad Idea. But it’s Where the Debate is Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost a year to the day since this Editorial Board wrote that ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the demise of third-level – once considered reputationally damaging for the sector even as its stakeholders fought its decline – had become increasingly normalised …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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Fellows Divided on Provost’s Warning that Trinity May Cut Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows are divided over an idea mooted by Provost Patrick Prendergast that could see the number of Irish students admitted by the College fall dramatically in the coming years, with some rejecting it for ‘moral reasons’ while others argue it is ‘only option available’ to a College in rankings freefall …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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Pre-Budget, a Starving Sector Makes Political Moves. The Government is Unlikely to Care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If the government was surprised by Provost Patrick Prendergast lambasting the ‘politicians putting their hands up’ in an RTÉ interview earlier this week, it would surely have been more startled again a few days later, when Hugh Brady launched a searing attack on its inaction in the face of higher education’s crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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Trinity College seeks female nominees to join collection of 40 male busts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble sculptures which line the main chamber of the Old Library are men is a less celebrated fact. Finally, after almost 300 years, this is about to change …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity considering plan to cut 3,000 places for Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is considering cutting its intake of Irish students by up to a quarter over the next five years in order to protect the quality of its education. Such a move would likely result in a sharp increase in the number of CAO points required for courses due to increased competition for fewer places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity May Drastically Cut Student Admissions in Next Five Years, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Trinity may need to reduce the number of students it admits in the next five years, arguing that reducing the staff–student ratio is crucial if the College is to arrest slides in university rankings. Speaking today on the Seán O’Rourke show on RTÉ Radio 1, Prendergast said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University News, 2 October]

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Amid Row Over Influence, Deal to Establish Trinity Islamic Centre Nearly Collapsed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The controversial establishment of a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity, paid for by an educational charity founded by Dubai’s deputy ruler, nearly collapsed in 2016 after a dispute over how much influence Trinity would be allowed to exercise over it, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 September]

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Trinity academics oppose plans to change board structure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics at Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, have railed against plans to reduce their influence on its board of governors, it can be revealed. In what is being described as a battle between academics and bureaucrats, Provost Paddy Prendergast is facing strong resistance and opposition to plans to reduce the board from 27 members to 15, amid major concerns from academics that the independence of the college is under threat …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 24 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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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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Provost in favour of student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The provost, Patrick Prendergast, has said that he is now in favour of an ‘income-contingent student loan scheme’ as his preferred option proposed in the Cassells report to plug the gap in third-level education funding. The provost made this announcement in an interview with the Sunday Business Post where he also warned that Trinity may have to cut student numbers to improve its position in the global rankings …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 September]

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The new frontier for Irish higher education: Africa

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so, Irish universities with an eye on expansion have been looking towards Asia or the Middle East. Most major colleges now have formal links or satellite campuses spread right across the region and are attracting growing numbers of international students …” (more)

[Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 17 August]

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UCD Had More Preliminary First-Preference Applications than Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity from the CAO’s preliminary stages this year, The University Times has learned. At a meeting of University Council earlier this year, Provost Patrick Prendergast reportedly asked why UCD had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 August]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has argued that ‘a system that has a mixture of public and private funding is the best’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that higher education could become a ‘crisis issue’ if the government fails to invest in the sector soon, arguing that loans schemes ‘should be investigated further’ as universities battle intractable financial problems …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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Provost: New Government Oversight a ‘Risk’ to University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that new government legislation on higher education could jeopardise the autonomy of universities – a move he said could ‘damage’ the sector. In an interview with the Irish Times during a recent trip to Africa, Prendergast said universities highly value their independence …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 August]

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Robinson insists she has ‘no knowledge’ of centre funded by Dubai royals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The establishment of the Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin was perhaps bad timing for former President Mary Robinson. The announcement came amid a renewed focus on TCD chancellor Ms Robinson’s controversial link to Dubai’s ruling family …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 2 July]

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