Fellows Divided on Provost’s Warning that Trinity May Cut Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows are divided over an idea mooted by Provost Patrick Prendergast that could see the number of Irish students admitted by the College fall dramatically in the coming years, with some rejecting it for ‘moral reasons’ while others argue it is ‘only option available’ to a College in rankings freefall …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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Trinity Bypassed Board on Last-Day Response to Higher Education Reforms

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

Ireland“Members of the College Board were not consulted on Trinity’s last-ditch submission to the government regarding proposed reforms that could see the governance structures of the College reshaped radically, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 October]

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Trinity purchased over 17,000 live animals for research between 2016 and 2018

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has purchased 17,038 live animals for use in research between October 2016 and September 2018 for use in biomedical studies, with a drop of nearly 40% in the number of animals purchased in 2017/2018 compared to the previous year …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 15 October]

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College Reports 83% Drop in Smoking in Tobacco Free Zones During Pilot Scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Smoking in Trinity’s tobacco free zones reduced by 83% between July 2016 and March 2019, the College has announced. The zones were situated around the Day Nursery, around Fellow’s Square and around the Sports Centre …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 October]

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‘Peer learning in international higher education: the experience of international students in an Irish university’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on October 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Some of the main concerns in international higher education are the feeling of isolation among international students and their inability to adapt to the host environment, which may result in sub-optimal academic performance. Theoretically, peer learning can be an effective method to reduce these problems since it has the capacity to address isolation and adaptability issues among international students in a way that improves their learning experience and outcomes. Given the above, our study was designed to investigate this topic, focusing on the experience of international students. In this exploratory case study of a leading Irish university, we adopted a survey method via questionnaire to quantify and compare the experiences of a sample of international students at the said university. Five aspects of peer learning were explored, namely usage rate, current practices, outcomes, challenges, and coping strategies. We also included an open-ended section in the survey instrument for respondents to offer qualitative suggestions to the host institution. Through methodological triangulation of the quantitative and qualitative data, we discovered diverse practices, challenges, and outcomes of peer learning across different groups of international students in this university. The paper concludes with a discussion of research implications and suggestions for future studies.

Idris, A, Ion, G, Seery A Peer learning in international higher education: the experience of international students in an Irish university, Irish Educational Studies, 2018, 38, 1, 1-24.

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Trinity campaign group calls for College rent strike

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

Ireland“The campaign group TCD Cut the Rent have called for students in Trinity Hall and in on-campus accommodation to take part in a rent strike whereby they would withhold the second installment of this year’s rent, due around Christmas, unless their demands are met …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 9 October]

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Focusing on rankings will only accelerate Trinity’s decline

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The average Trinity student will work a part time job during the college year and, when hitting a bout of bad mental health, might run into lengthy waiting periods to see a counsellor or psychiatrist with College mental health services. If they’re from outside Dublin, they are paying on average €12,495 per year (including rent) to attend college in the single most expensive city in the eurozone …” (more)

[Adam McQuillan, Trinity News, 8 October]

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For Rent Strikes to Work, Activists and TCDSU Must be on the Same Page

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last Tuesday evening, two different meetings took place at the opposing ends of Trinity’s campus. One was Trinity College Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) council, at which the union formally opposed a no-deal Brexit, as well as creating new committees to deal with mature student issues and the environment. The other was the first meeting of Trinity’s new Cut the Rent campaign group – a collection of student activists looking to gather support for a campus rent strike …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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Students find mouldy walls and dirty rooms in GMB accommodation

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

Ireland“Trinity students who moved into their on-campus accommodation in the Graduates’ Memorial Building (GMB) at the start of this year were disappointed to find damaged furniture, unclean rooms and mould growing on the walls …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 5 October]

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Trinity Advises Campus Residents to Stay Indoors in Case of High Winds

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

Ireland“Trinity has warned students to stay indoors in case of high winds over the next few days, with College Park also closed until further notice due to adverse weather conditions forecast as a result of Storm Lorenzo …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University News, 3 October]

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Proposal to cut college places for Irish based students concerning – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the proposal being considered by Trinity College to reduce the places available for Irish based students by a quarter over the next 5 years is a cause for concern, and reflects the underfunding of the third level sector. Speaking this morning, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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Trinity College seeks female nominees to join collection of 40 male busts

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble sculptures which line the main chamber of the Old Library are men is a less celebrated fact. Finally, after almost 300 years, this is about to change …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity considering plan to cut 3,000 places for Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is considering cutting its intake of Irish students by up to a quarter over the next five years in order to protect the quality of its education. Such a move would likely result in a sharp increase in the number of CAO points required for courses due to increased competition for fewer places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity May Drastically Cut Student Admissions in Next Five Years, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Trinity may need to reduce the number of students it admits in the next five years, arguing that reducing the staff–student ratio is crucial if the College is to arrest slides in university rankings. Speaking today on the Seán O’Rourke show on RTÉ Radio 1, Prendergast said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University News, 2 October]

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‘College is hardly going to evict students’: Rent strike campaign gets underway

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

Ireland“A ‘war over space’ is being waged in Dublin city, according to Trinity activist Conor Reddy. He was speaking at the first meeting of the college’s newly formed housing activist group, Cut the Rent TCD, held on Tuesday evening in the Arts Building. The event was attended by around 30 people, in a cramped room on the fifth floor …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 2 October]

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Cut the Rent Members to Start Canvassing for Rent Strikes

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

Ireland“Activists from Trinity’s new Cut the Rent group will begin early next week to canvass students on withholding rent payments as part of a rent strike. The announcement was made tonight at Cut the Rent’s first meeting, which also saw impassioned speeches from students …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 1 October]

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Trinity’s Administration Isn’t Perfect, But the Alternative Could be Far Worse

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For many in higher education, fears around autonomy and government interference have lingered for years. Small wonder: by now, third-level institutes have had their cards marked on several occasions by a government that seems determined to exercise greater control over the administration of the sector …” (more)

[University Times, 29 September]

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Trinity can’t claim it is LGBT+ inclusive until curriculums change

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new inclusive housing programme, dubbed ‘Rainbow Housing’ by its initiators at the University of Limerick, seems to signify a watershed moment for those studying in Ireland who identify as LGBT+. Other colleges have yet to follow suit …” (more)

[Ursula Dale, Trinity News, 26 September]

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Trinity College Dublin: Time to forget about THE?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global rankings, especially THE‘s, have been very useful to British universities, at least to those sitting at the apex of the system. If a Russell Group university falls in the rankings then it is the fault of impending Brexit and/or the terrible austerity inflicted on the nation’s research prowess. If it rises then this is cause for congratulation but with a hint of foreboding …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 September]

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Amid Row Over Influence, Deal to Establish Trinity Islamic Centre Nearly Collapsed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The controversial establishment of a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity, paid for by an educational charity founded by Dubai’s deputy ruler, nearly collapsed in 2016 after a dispute over how much influence Trinity would be allowed to exercise over it, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 September]

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