Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

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

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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On Zoom call, provost confirms ‘no detriment’ policy discussion next week

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The possible implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments will be discussed at the University Council meeting next Wednesday, the provost confirmed on a Zoom call with Trinity residents, while also offering assurance that leases will be extended …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 3 April]

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With Email Bombardment, Students Step Up ‘No Detriment’ Campaign

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity students have today begun a campaign of email bombardment against the College, demanding the implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessment. The move marks an escalation of a campaign – launched by students Amber Davy and Grainne Sexton – that began with a petition earlier this week …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 3 April]

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Provost Given Power to Make Exam Decisions Without Board Approval

Posted in Teaching on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s provost, vice-provost and senior lecturer have been given the power to make decisions on summer exams without having to consult College’s decision-making bodies, The University Times has learned. The move comes as Trinity battles to put in place summer exam structures amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 1 April]

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TCD provost says new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College Dublin has said new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year on foot of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In a video message to students, Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Will Suffer ‘Financial Hit’ Due to Coronavirus, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has admitted Trinity will take a ‘financial hit’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but insisted College ‘won’t let our mission in education, research and innovation be derailed’ …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Provost reassures Leaving Cert students they will start college in autumn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Provost Professor Patrick Prendergast has reassured Leaving Cert students that they will be starting college in the autumn. ‘It might be slightly later than in previous years. It might be under slightly-adjusted criteria. But we will be welcoming you’, he said. His comments reflect the ongoing uncertainty over the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis on the education system, with schools already not due to re-open until April 20 at the earliest …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 March]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

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

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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Students Unable to Find Travel Can Extend Move-Out, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Students unable to make travel arrangements to get home can extend their deadline for moving out of Trinity’s accommodation, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 March]

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SIPTU Calls on College to Reverse Directive on Cleaning, Catering Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade union SIPTU has demanded that Trinity row back on its decision to call catering and housekeeping staff into College, arguing there is no ‘credible justification’ for keeping them in work after the closure of the College on Friday …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 March]

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At the Frontlines of the On-Campus Rent Wars

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“At the beginning of the year, when the results of the general election began filtering in, the nation was in a state of shock. Back before we realised that the coronavirus was about to change the way we live our lives, at least for a period of time, many thought the event that would rock Irish society could be the formation of a left-wing government …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 14 March]

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Campus access to continue for staff, research postgraduates, and residents, Provost confirms

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

“Access to Trinity’s campus is to be permitted to limited groups following the government’s decision to close schools, universities, and cultural institutions from 6pm on Thursday until March 29. The campus is to be closed to undergraduate students with the exception of those who live on-campus. Residents are to be required to show their identity cards in order to gain access …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 March]

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TCD and DCU make changes due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“Two third-level institutions in Dublin have decided to make changes to their schedules in reaction to the coronavirus. Dublin City University has postponed indefinitely Spring graduation ceremonies that were due to take place later this month …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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Trinity Cancels Physical Launch of Strategic Plan

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

Ireland“Trinity has cancelled the physical opening of its strategic plan, scheduled to take place tomorrow, and will instead launch the plan on a live stream due to the ‘ongoing situation’ around the spread of the coronavirus. In an email to attendees today, Provost Patrick Prendergast wrote of College’s ‘regret’ at the cancellation, but added that ‘we believe that this is the best course of action under the circumstances’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 9 March]

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Trinity Students on Exchange Not Asked to Return ‘At This Time’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students who are away on Erasmus or study abroad programmes are not required ‘at this time’ to cut short their exchange and return home, despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world. Last week, The University Times reported that Trinity had been in contact with all students currently on Erasmus exchange in Italy – where the rapid spread of the coronavirus has forced a near-lockdown of the northern part of the country – but was not requiring them to return home …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 9 March]

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Campus rent increases

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

IrelandSir, – An old aphorism states that if you show me your chequebook, then I will show you your priorities. In his recent opinion piece ‘Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?’ (Education, March 3rd), the provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, argues that recent rent increases in a number of Irish universities are necessary, because student accommodation must pay for itself …” (more)

[Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Provost Confirms Coronavirus Case in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, the College announced tonight. In an email sent to staff and students tonight, Provost Patrick Prendergast wrote that the College was informed of a positive case of coronavirus ‘late on Thursday night’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 March]

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TCDSU President Beston Blasts Provost Over Campus Rent Comments

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has slammed ‘preposterous’ and ‘hurtful’ comments made about student accommodation by Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Fiachra Gallagher, University Times, 4 March]

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On Rent Hikes, the Provost is Cold, Disingenuous – and Wholly Illogical

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

Ireland“The op-ed written by Provost Patrick Prendergast in today’s Irish Times was an outrageous – if transpicuous – sign of a College administration that’s admitting students are not among its prime concerns …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 3 March]

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TCD and student accommodation

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

Ireland“Sir, – I read with interest the provost of Trinity College defending the cost of on-campus accommodation (‘Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?’, Education, March 3rd). Patrick Prendergast states that, ‘on-campus accommodation has to pay for itself’ …” (more)

[Pat Kennedy, Irish Times, 4 March]

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