10 Years as Provost: Patrick Prendergast’s Final Interview

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast is apologetic when he emerges from House One for his final interview with The University Times as the head of Trinity: ‘Sorry I’m not wearing my tie’. Prendergast’s choice of clothing is just one indicator of his winding down as he concludes his 10-year term as provost …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 July]

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Provost: Inspiring Generations Campaign Has Exceeded €400m in Donations

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Inspiring Generations philanthropic campaign reached its target of €400 million in donations, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said. The campaign, which was launched in May 2019, is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 July]

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Trinity’s Income From Donations Has More Than Doubled Since 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s income from donations and endowments has more than doubled in the past five years, according to a review of Provost Patrick Prendergast’s term in office. The review, which was published yesterday, is ‘an overview of what has been accomplished over the past 10 years’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 July]

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Trinity College to move 750,000 books during restoration of Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A €90 million restoration of Trinity College Dublin’s world-famous Old Library will see the removal into storage of all 750,000 of its books. The restoration of the library, built in 1732, will be one of the largest and most costly heritage projects in the history of the State …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 20 May]

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We shouldn’t take the independence of our universities for granted

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The great Renaissance humanist Erasmus said he longed to be a citizen of the world. I’ve always liked this quote because it sums up so much of the university ideal. Universities have been reaching out into the world for centuries – something that benefits both the institutions themselves and the country as a whole …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Number of TCD staff earning over €300,000 more than doubled last year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of staff at Trinity College Dublin earning over €300,000 per annum more than doubled last year to 13. That is according to the 2020 annual report for the college which shows that TCD’s operating losses also more than doubled to €16.37 million as it grappled with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) could survive without government funding if it needed to, Patrick Prendergast, the head of the university has said. Forty per cent of Trinity’s revenue comes from the state, but the college has sought exclusion from upcoming legislation strengthening state accountability of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Sarah Taaffe-Maguire, Business Post, 7 April]

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Former Davy Stockbrokers Chief Steps Down from Provost’s Council

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Former Davy stockbrokers chief executive Brian McKiernan has stepped down from the Provost’s Council, the Irish Times reported earlier today. Members of the Provost’s Council include prominent alumni and businesspeople and act as an intimate network to various sectors for Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 15 March]

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2,400 students sign TCDSU petition calling for reduction in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 2,000 Trinity students have signed a students’ union petition calling for a reduction to the annual contribution charge. 2,400 students have signed the petition from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) which is calling on the government to reduce the student contribution charge of €3,000 …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 3 February]

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Rethinking the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The widespread view that the Leaving Certificate is ‘brutal but fair’, referred to by the provost of Trinity College Dublin (Education Opinion, January 26th), is worth examining. Everyone appears to agree that the Leaving Certificate is brutal; however, it is far from fair …” (more)

[Michael Shevlin, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Why should the Leaving Cert have to be ‘brutal but fair’?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s time to rethink the Leaving Certificate. The cancellation of last summer’s exam and the debacle over calculated grades exposed the main weakness in the current system – an over-reliance on a written final exam, and the under-use of other complementary forms of assessment …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Council Members Slam Provost Over Refusal to Hold Vote on Schols Quota

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Members of University Council have slammed the Provost’s decision to refuse to hold a vote on a contentious Schols quota system at yesterday’s Council meeting. The quota system – which limits the number of Scholars elected this year to 60 – was approved by Council yesterday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 January]

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Prendergast Hints at All-Female Provost Race With Article Retweet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast yesterday hinted that the Provost elections would be an all-female race, after he retweeted an article in the Irish Independent saying that College will see ‘a woman in the top job’. The process of interviewing and nominating candidates for the position of Provost is highly confidential and it is still unclear who will be running for the position …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 January]

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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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