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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Coronavirus Commuters: The Trinity Students Forgoing Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students are forgoing Dublin accommodation this semester, opting instead for lengthy commutes to save money as Trinity shifts heavily online. In an email to the college community on September 18th, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that all teaching and learning not requiring an in-person presence will be moved online due to tightened coronavirus restrictions …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 21 September]

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to Move Online Where Possible, Says College

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, apart from those which must be delivered in person, will move online until level-three restrictions are lifted, the College announced this evening …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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Student renters need protection ahead of potential Dublin restrictions, says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has released a statement urging immediate action to protect student renters ahead of anticipated restrictions in Dublin. The statement arrives as the likelihood of Dublin entering Level 3 of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap increases, as well as the predicted National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommendation for Dublin colleges to move to almost entirely online teaching …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 18 September]

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Level Three Shouldn’t Curtail Face-to-Face Teaching, Says Provost

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students can expect the number of in-person teaching hours they have to remain the same even if the government moves to level three in its coronavirus roadmap, the Provost announced today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 September]

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Reduction in Indoor Gathering Sizes Will Not Apply to Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s announcement that the reduction in the permitted size of indoor gatherings from 50 to six will not apply to higher education institutions, College has announced. In an email to students today – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Áine Kelly, the chair of the resumption of teaching working group – College said that …” (more)

[Molly Furey and Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 August]

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Tricky Questions Raised at Board Review Open Forum

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast and Chair of the Board Review Working Group Dermot McCarthy fielded tricky questions on the merits behind proposed College Board reforms at an online town hall this morning …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emma Donohoe, University Times, 21 July]

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College Campus to Reopen for Staff on August 10th

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

Ireland“Campus will reopen fully to all staff on August 10th, with a phased reopening beginning on July 20th, College announced this evening. In a video posted on Twitter, Head of Facilities and Services Brendan Leahy said that all staff accessing campus will need to complete a ‘COVID-19 pre-return to work questionnaire’ three days before arriving on campus …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 July]

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No, Appointing One Female University President Does Not Shatter the Glass Ceiling

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Kerstin Mey’s appointment as interim president of the University of Limerick (UL) earlier this week has – rightly – been lauded as historic. She is the first woman to lead one of Ireland’s universities in the 400 year-long history of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 12 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

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

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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‘Positive meeting’ between Provost, IUA and Simon Harris on future of new higher education department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris met with the Irish Universities’ Association (IUA) and Provost Patrick Prendergast on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of the new higher education department following the appointment of the new government Cabinet at the weekend …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Black Studies module to be offered by Trinity as early as next year

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An elective module in Black Studies may be available to students at Trinity from Hilary term of 2021, according to a post from a campaign group advocating for the module. The authors of a petition, which now has over 2,800 signatures and urges for the introduction of the module in Trinity, issued a statement on social media that they have met with Provost Patrick Prendergast and have his support …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 18 June]

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Accommodation Won’t be Denied to Any Scholar Next Year, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has said that accommodation in College ‘will not be denied to any Scholar’ who wants it next year, but said Trinity is asking Scholars to forfeit their right to free accommodation ‘in the interest of the overall community’ …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 18 June]

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Denying Dublin-Based Scholars Rooms Goes Against Statutes, Provost Told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Scholars tonight denounced Trinity’s move to restrict places in its accommodation next year – a decision that could deny some Dublin-based Scholars a room on campus or in Halls – as well as arguing it puts College in conflict with its own statutes …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 June]

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€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The head of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, has been overpaid since 2011 as his salary is ‘in breach’ of what was approved by the Department of Education. Paddy Prendergast is paid €201,000 a year, but an external audit report, seen by the Irish Examiner, concludes that benefit-in-kind relating to his use of the provost’s lodge on campus exceeded the approved rate …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

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Trinity Considering ‘Rotas’ in College Accommodation Kitchens, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is weighing up a ‘rotation system’ in its accommodation next year, which could see students allowed to use shared kitchens on a rota in order to ensure social distancing protocols are followed, Provost Patrick Prendergast said tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 June]

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