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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Dubai royal family to fund TCD centre for Middle Eastern studies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has refused to reveal how much money is being donated by the Al Maktoum Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for Middle Eastern studies at the university. The foundation is owned by the ruling royal family of Dubai, which has been accused of human rights abuses …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 1 July]

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New Law School to Be Built Near Samuel Beckett Theatre

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s new Law School is to be built on the north end of the campus, near the Samuel Beckett Theatre and not far from its current home in New Square, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 June]

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Leo Varadkar Can’t Take Any Credit for Trinity’s Impressive New Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Provost Patrick Prendergast, Dean of Trinity Business School Andrew Burke and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar cut the ribbon on Trinity Business School’s new building on the east end of campus. Now located within walking distance of the so-called Silicon Docks, it is an exciting time for the school, which is also now just one accreditation away from being listed in the top ranks of world business schools …” (more)

[University Times, 26 May]

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Trinity College launch philanthropic campaign to raise €400m for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is launching a worldwide fundraising campaign to help it reach a target of €400m to develop the campus, recruit more academic staff and improve the student experience generally. It is Trinity’s first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 May]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast said that applications to Trinity had decreased a further 20%, after last year’s drop

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications to Trinity from Northern Ireland have dropped by around 20% this year as a result of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast. This drop is on top of a 20% decrease in applications from Northern Irish students last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 April]

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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education. The university’s academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 April]

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Defunding Trinity paper a disproportionate response – Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Voting to defund the University Times (UT) newspaper in a referendum among Trinity College Dublin students was not a ‘proportionate or reasonable response’ to controversy over its reporting, provost Patrick Prendergast has said. Last month the student newspaper reported on an initiation ceremony involving the all-male society, the Knights of the Campanile, in the apartment of the society’s president Ben Arrowsmith …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Trinity becomes a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin became a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day, 6 March. The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne marked this milestone with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Students’ Union Sports Officer, Darragh Flood and Healthy Trinity Ambassador, Nuria de Cos Lara by hitting a cigarette-shaped piñata hanging from a tree in Front Square …” (more)

[Trinity College, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 March]

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Trinity signs ‘Brexit-proof deal’ to link up with UK university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK. The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 January]

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Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Trinity Students circulate open letter to Provost condemning TEP

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity students have this week circulated an open letter, calling for signatures from students condemning the ‘catastrophic’ implementation of the Trinity Education Project (TEP). The letter has been signed by over 100 students and will be sent to the Irish Times next week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 6 January]

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Trinity inaugurates Dr Sean Barrett as new Pro Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Economist and former Senator, Dr Sean Barrett, has been inaugurated as the new Pro-Chancellor of Trinity at a ceremony held in the Provost’s House last week. Barrett previously worked as a senior lecturer at Trinity’s Economics Department. He is also a fellow of Trinity, and was elected to the Dublin University constituency of Seanad Éireann, where he served until 2016 …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 18 December]

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Bewailing Rankings, The Provost Tries to Rewrite History and Redefine His Legacy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March 2016, this Editorial Board remarked that it had become increasingly clear that university rankings were becoming the central element of Patrick Prendergast’s provostship – going so far as to say that they would end up being the thing he would be remembered for. After all, the undertakings that provosts are remembered for typically occur in the middle years of their 10-year term of office …” (more)

[University Times, 26 November]

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Provost, a ‘Believer’ in Public Funding, Defends College’s Commercial Strategies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has defended the College’s record on philanthropy and commercialisation, insisting that relying on government funding would mean that ‘everything would have continued to tumble down’. Speaking frankly about the state of public funding in an address to staff and students …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 November]

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