‘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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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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Are racist incidents on the rise in Trinity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From neo-Nazi marches in the US, to attacks on mosques in New Zealand, it seems that crimes centred on hate for certain races, cultures, or religions are on the rise around the world. In Trinity, this year has been somewhat of an outlier in the number of racist incidents recorded publicly …” (more)

[Temi Adeniran, Trinity News, 15 April]

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With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Trinity students vote against slashing University Times funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times following a referendum on whether to dramatically cut funding for the newspaper over controversy into its reporting methods in a recent news story …” (more)

[David Gorman, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Students Vote Overwhelmingly to Save University Times

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a landslide, 74% of voters have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times. Just over 25% voted to make the Editor of The University Times an unpaid position and to limit the funding to just €3,000 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 April]

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Student Conduct Committee to hear Knights case, after Junior Dean finds no hazing

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Student Conduct and Capacity Committee looks set to consider the case against the Knights of the Campanile following the Junior Dean’s dismissal of hazing allegations. Speaking to Trinity News, Editor of the University Times Eleanor O’Mahony said: ‘Essentially, the Junior Dean closed the investigation without speaking to us about it and without asking for evidence …'” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 April]

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Electoral Commission Condemns Spread of Misinformation in University Times Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s (TCDSU) Electoral Commission has condemned the spread of misinformation about the referendum on the future of The University Times. In an email statement to The University Times, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Stephen Sheil, said …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 11 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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Trinity College Dublin student at centre of ‘poisoning plot’ of his housemates

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A student at posh Trinity College Dublin is at the centre of an alleged poisoning plot of his housemates. The Irish Mirror has learned university bosses were alerted to a claim of bleach being placed in a coffee machine …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Irish Mirror, 11 April]

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Save UT campaign threaten legal action against SU Electoral Commission

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Save the University Times (UT) campaign threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission (EC), the Students’ Union body that organises and regulates referenda and elections, Trinity News has learned. In a letter sent by Prof Eoin O’Dell, legal counsel for the University Times, he alleges that the EC incorrectly applied rules for sabbatical officer elections to the referendum …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Fate of Admissions Feasibility Study Up in the Air

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Uncertainty abounds over the future of Trinity’s admissions feasibility study, as College considers whether to continue funding a programme that aims to make certain courses accessible to students with fewer CAO points. The admissions programme allows leaving certificate students to apply to study law, history, and ancient and medieval history in Trinity using alternative criteria to CAO points …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 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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Knights of the Campanile group claim exoneration over ‘hazing’ allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male Trinity College Dublin society at the centre of an alleged ‘hazing’ controversy, has claimed a college investigation has concluded only that an ‘unauthorised party’ took place. The investigation was into the behaviour of The Knights of the Campanile, during an initiation ceremony for new members, held in the student residence of the society’s president, Ben Arrowsmith, in late February …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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Student Arrested in Trinity Library for Abusive Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A male student was removed from Trinity’s library by the Gardaí for being abusive to other students this afternoon. At around 4pm, Gardaí escorted an unnamed student from the first floor of the Berkeley library …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 3 April]

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‘Peculiar’ – Trinity newspaper responds to all-male society’s statement on hazing allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The college newspaper which uncovered an alleged hazing controversy at the all-male Knights of Campanile society said that the organisation’s statement today denying bullying or humiliation was ‘peculiar’. The Trinity College Knights of Campanile society released a statement on the back of the University Times investigation …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Independent, 2 April]

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Trinity society says hazing reports ‘not to be taken too seriously’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male society in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at the centre of a controversy over hazing allegations has defended practices in the club, following ‘misleading’ reporting, the group has said. In a statement, the Knights of the Campanile said media reports on an initiation ceremony that took place for new members ‘are not to be taken too seriously’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Has semesterisation been a good thing?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity Education Project (semesterisation and modularisation in effect) is provoking a lot of debate at the moment. All of the other universities semesterised many years ago and it would be quite easy to simply characterise Trinity as a reactionary institution that drags its feet on everything. However, the longer I am in this line of work the more I value a slow and steady approach to reform …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 1 April]

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The untold story of the Trinity Education Project

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The 2018/19 academic year has brought with it the first year of the Trinity Education Project implementation. As Trinity’s most extensive effort to alter and consolidate its undergraduate curriculum, TEP is already more than half a decade in the making. Today, less than a year into implementation, alterations have already been made …” (more)

[Isabella Noonen, Trinity News, 30 March]

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