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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Trinity College Dublin to resume with as much face-to-face teaching as possible

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has announced that the university will return in September with students receiving a combination of online lecture and face-to-face seminars. New students will begin a week early with an orientation week on September 21st, while the teaching term for all students will begin on September 28th …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Time to be ambitious. We need a Department of Higher Education and Research

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

Ireland“Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Malley’s decision to open up secondary education to all Irish people. A second example was Sean Lemass’s decision to ditch protectionism in favour of an open economy …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 1 June]

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In Plan to Re-Open Accommodation, Students to be Told: ‘Do Things Differently’

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

Ireland“Trinity’s student residents will need to ‘do things differently’ next year, The University Times has learned – they’ll be told to keep kitchens and shared spaces clean, as part of College’s plans for a phased re-opening of its accommodation …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 28 May]

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No Decision on Re-Opening of Book of Kells Exhibition, Says Trinity

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

Ireland“College has not yet made a decision on when the Book of Kells exhibition, which has been closed since March, will re-open for visitors. Provost Patrick Prendergast ordered the closure of the exhibition on March 10th, along with the Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde museum …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 May]

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Campus Will Re-Open to Residents Next Monday, But Staff Told to Stay Home

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

“Trinity’s residents can return to campus from next Monday onwards, as part of phase one of the re-opening of Ireland amid the coronavirus pandemic, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 May]

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No Decision Yet on When, How College Will Re-Open Accommodation Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2020 by steve

“College has yet to make a decision on when and how it will re-open its accommodation next year, with questions unanswered about the logistics of moving students back into communal living arrangements …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 11 May]

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Online Teaching to Continue Into Next Year, Provost Confirms

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Online classes are likely to continue into next year, along with a return to real-life contact ‘in a responsible way’, Provost Patrick Prendergast said this evening. While large lectures will be delivered online, smaller lectures, seminars and tutorials will return to campus, Prendergast said, in a video released on Twitter tonight. Groups will, however, be moved into larger lecture theatres to allow for social distancing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 May]

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Why is the Provost So Quiet on Board Changes With Huge Autonomy Implications?

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

“In recent years, when Provost Patrick Prendergast has ventured into the media, he’s tended to focus predominantly on one issue: funding. Small wonder: for third-level, government underinvestment has been the monster at the end of the bed for years – and in the last few months, with economic crisis looming, Prendergast has been making the case for state funding more stridently than ever …” (more)

[University Times, 4 May]

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Universities eye more Irish students to replace overseas losses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities want extra Irish student places to be funded by the Government in the coming academic year to replace a sharp drop in the number of international students. The Irish Universities Association is seeking a €230 million stability fund which it says could provide additional student places in access programmes for those from under-represented backgrounds, as well as improved grants and wellbeing supports …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 May]

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