Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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College to Consider Pausing Development of Trinity East

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

Ireland“College Board will decide the fate of Trinity East – College’s large-scale capital investment project – in March of this year, with a temporary halting of the project on the table. According to minutes of an October meeting of the College Board, the chief governing body in Trinity will decide the ‘future direction of the project’, which was previously called TTEC, in two months’ time, and the option to pause the project will be considered …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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Trinity survey highlights pitfalls of remote learning

Posted in Teaching on December 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email circulated to students on 27 November, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced plans to increase the amount of in-person teaching next semester. Following this, students were invited to participate in a survey to evaluate their opinions after a full semester of remote learning. Of Trinity’s 18,000 students, 6,053 responded to the survey sent out by college …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 22 December]

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College Should Listen to Students – But Restrictions Must Be Based on Science

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the saying goes, there are three types of deception: lies, damned lies and statistics. Trinity’s use this week of numbers as a bargaining chip is naive at best and dangerous at worst. College released the results of a survey which found that 65% of students want more in-person activities next semester – even if Ireland returns to level-five restrictions. ‘It’s fairly clear that the College should respond to that’, Provost Patrick Prendergast said …” (more)

[University Times, 13 December]

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71% of Students Feel Behind in Course, Says Survey

Posted in Life, Teaching on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 71% of students say that they feel behind on their studies, according to a survey carried out by Trinity. Only 28% of respondents said that they were keeping up ‘reasonably well’ with their courses. Some 53% said that they felt a ‘bit behind’ and 18% said they were ‘significantly behind’ on their studies. 1% said that they were not studying at all …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 11 December]

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Vast Majority of Students Want More In-Person Activities, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast told Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council tonight that a survey ran by College found that around 80% of students surveyed ‘want more in-person activities under level three’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 8 December]

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TTEC Now Called Trinity East, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College Board has decided to change the name of Trinity Technology Enterprise Campus (TTEC) to Trinity East. In an email to staff and students, Provost Patrick Prendergast said: ‘With this name Trinity paves the way for an eastward expansion of the college to encompass the campus at Grand Canal Dock as the home for new activities in education and research …'” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 December]

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Demand for mental health support doubles in some universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Universities face funding gap of up to €200m due to pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could be facing a deficit of up to €200m due to the ongoing pandemic in the event of a ‘worst-case scenario’, higher education representatives have warned. Even taking on board positive forecasts for 2021, universities are still estimated to be facing a combined deficit of at least €102m between this academic year and the last, according to the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Universities facing €102m deficit, committee hears

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s seven universities will run an estimated combined deficit of €102 million between last year and this year, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education has heard. The Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast, told politicians that the Covid-19 crisis has had a severe impact on an already seriously underfunded sector …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 3 November]

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Covid 19: Universities warn of ‘devastating’ financial losses this year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are due to run a combined deficit of more than €100 million this year due to a ‘devastating’ drop-off in commercial income and vacant student accommodation. The Irish Universities Association will the Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that emergency funding will be needed next year to cover unavoidable losses in the sector …” (more)

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

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Is it the Right Time to be Talking About In-person Teaching Next Semester?

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland took its first steps to relax level-five restrictions this week, apprehension and caution trumped any feelings of celebration that people may have felt. It felt eerily similar to last summer, when restrictions were loosened only for the virus to ultimately resurge with a vengeance. Provost Patrick Prendergast sent out an email to students on Friday …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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A new provost is a chance for a new Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We now have the likely field for the provost election. While Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer still have to apply for candidacy, be accepted, and secure the necessary nominations, it seems highly probable they will, given their respective profiles and CVs …” (more)

[Trinity News, 29 November]

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Priority for universities for the next term is the safety of staff and students and maximising the student experience

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares to adapt to further changes in the public health guidelines, the universities represented by the IUA are now completing the process of communicating with their staff and students on plans for the next semester …” (more)

[IUA, 27 November]

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TCD and freedom of expression

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one of the students who attended the protest outside Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker’s planned talk in Trinity College Dublin in 2017, I am outraged to read that the provost, Prof Patrick Prendergast, has claimed that there was a ‘very real danger of violence’ at that event …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Trinity and Richard Dawkins: Better to debate ideas than to ban them

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to ‘disinvite’ prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a scheduled address sparked considerable controversy across social media and other platforms …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 10 November]

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College confirms that ‘not much will change’ for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students this evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast explained that because of College’s previous preparations, not much will change in Trinity as College is operating at a ‘very high level of safety’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Covid-era college: Empty lecture halls, virtual clubs, ‘click and collect’ libraries

Posted in Life on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s Freshers’ Week at Trinity College Dublin and a cold wind rattles through the empty front square. The only telltale sign a new academic year is underway is a lone student inspecting posters which dot the campus advertising the college’s 120 clubs and societies …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Blanket Statements For All Universities ‘Unhelpful’, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast today said that ‘blanket statements’ applying to all courses and institutions were ‘unhelpful’, in a meeting of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and the presidents of Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 1 October]

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We’re obsessed with university degrees in this country – but college isn’t for everyone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, I’m often asked for advice about which university somebody’s daughter or son should attend, or if they should attend university at all. The question is understandable but impossible to answer unless one knows the potential student well …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 22 September]

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