Extending the Admissions Feasibility Study Isn’t Enough – College Must Helm National Change

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In April, when The University Times first revealed that the College was considering scrapping its admissions feasibility study, many students were predictably unhappy. Why, some asked, was Trinity planning to do away with a system that offered a precious alternative to some – if arguably not enough – incoming students? This week, The University Times reported that University Council has decided to extend the scheme by a further two years …” (more)

[University Times, 3 June]

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College Extends Admissions Feasibility Study Until 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College will extend its admissions feasibility study for another two years, after questions over its future were raised earlier this year. Trinity’s admission’s feasibility study offers places in certain courses based on criteria other than CAO points, including the relative rank of a student in their second-level class …” (more)

[Katy Amos, University Times, 3 June]

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Trinity Professor Fell After Unclipping Safety Rope on Mount Everest

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Missing Trinity professor Seamus Lawless was blown off the side of Mount Everest after unclipping himself from his safety ropes to go to the toilet, according to a report in the Times Ireland edition, published this morning …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 May]

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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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Search for Trinity Professor missing on Mount Everest called off

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lawless, an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity, went missing last Friday after falling from an altitude of 8,300 metres on Mount Everest. The search party organised by Seven Summit Treks to find the Professor has been called off …” (more)

[Victoria Mitchell, Trinity News, 25 May]

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Taoiseach opens new €80m Trinity business school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin unveiled its new €80 million business school on Thursday, formally opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new flagship building, which opens on to Pearse Street, was funded by a large European Investment Bank loan to be repaid over 30 years, and €20m in philanthropic donations …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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€80m building for scaled up Trinity Business School opens

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s new €80m Business School was opened today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new building will house the scaled up Trinity Business School, a global leader in innovative business education programmes …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 May]

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Trinity Defends Tree Cutting, After Criticism from Wildlife Activists

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has defended itself from criticism after it was accused of illegally cutting trees on campus during the nesting season. The recent pruning of trees near the zoology building in Trinity angered wildlife activists, who argued that the destruction of vegetation, which is not allowed between March 1st and August 31st, flouted the national Wildlife Act …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 20 May]

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Trinity Appeals for Donations to Aid Search for Missing Professor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College is holding a vigil this evening for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest. Trinity has called for donations to a GoFundMe page to fund the search mission for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest on Thursday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 May]

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Trinity applies for permission to build kiosks in the Arts Building

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council to build ‘movable oak clad kiosks’ on the second-level floor of the Arts Building. The application states that the intended use for the kiosks is to ‘house multiple student and college related functions’, which are to include ‘clubs and societies information, charity events and sales, [and] study groups’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 15 May]

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Graduation by Grade Is a Relic of a Bygone Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several times a year, Front Square becomes a flurry of black robes, airborne hats and camera flashes as Trinity’s graduates celebrate receiving academic degrees. But for many, as the Irish Times discussed this week, the ceremony is not the day of unbridled delight that it should be. The practice of separating graduands into academic brackets – revealing the relative standing of each in terms of their grades – is self-evidently a misguided and antiquated way to run a graduation ceremony …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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Is it time to change Trinity’s ‘horrendous’ graduation ceremony?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s graduation ceremonies are steeped in cherished tradition: the Latin ceremony, the front square procession and the strict black or white dress code. But one particular tradition is attracting criticism and, for some, turning graduating into a day of ‘dread’ or even ‘humiliation’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Mixed reactions to Trinity College waiving fees for Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special circumstances’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been mixed reactions on social media after it emerged that Trinity College in the heart of Dublin is to waive college fees for former Egyptian prisoner Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special’ circumstances …” (more)

[James Brennan, TheJournal.ie, 5 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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Trinity College set to generate €50m from commercial revenues

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will generate €50 million in commercial revenues for the first time this year, its chief operating officer Geraldine Ruane has told The Irish Times. This is almost twice the level of five years ago and reflects a move by the university to build on this stream of income to help eliminate its financial deficit at a time when government funding of the sector has been reduced …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 1 May]

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College Must Learn From This Year’s Exam Chaos

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“After the stressful and chaotic first-ever set of College-wide Christmas exams, Trinity students could have hoped for a smoother exam period this term. Yet even those paying little attention would have known that this exam season has sent students into a frenzy, leaving them grappling with both a new exam system and a College seemingly unable to co-ordinate it …” (more)

[University Times, 30 April]

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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 lecturer wins unfair dismissal case over female circumcision comments

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over television comments he made about female genital mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Trinity lecturer awarded €6k for unfair dismissal following FGM controversy

Posted in Legal issues on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over TV comments he made about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 April]

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‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

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

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