Trinity has been forced to move exams online due to the coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in some departments are unable to submit exams anonymously on Turnitin, instead having to provide their name, student number and exam number, raising concerns about marking. Students usually have the option to anonymise their exams when they are taking place in person, as they are able to hide their name and student number on their exam booklets …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Doyle, Hogan and Ohlmeyer Confirm Eligibility for Provost Election

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Three applicants to the role of Provost have confirmed to The University Times that they have successfully cleared the interview stage of the process, and can now be nominated to run …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Lack of Clarity Over Essential Work Gives College ‘Carte Blanche’, Say Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing Trinity staff have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the number of staff who are still working on campus despite current restrictions, saying ambiguity around what constitutes essential work gives College management a ‘carte blanche’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Why Trinity Should Introduce A Compulsory Environmental Science Module

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Individuals, businesses and governments alike have been aware for decades of the intense and widespread degradation that humans are causing to the environment through endless cycles of production, consumption and waste …” (more)

[Alix Pletcher, University Times, 12 January]

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College must step up for students next semester

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In Week 11 of Michaelmas Term, Trinity released the results of its survey, offering valuable insight into how students are coping with learning under the pandemic. College’s focus was on the significant majority who said they were in favour of more in-person teaching in the new year, but the respondents’ answers about their own wellbeing were arguably much more significant …” (more)

[Trinity News, 12 January]

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Erasmus uptake significantly lower than typical semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students choosing to study abroad this year has taken a significant hit amid concerns over Covid-19. Only 159 students are travelling abroad on an Erasmus exchange this semester, which is a major drop compared to the usual uptake of the programme. Similarly, only 45 students are on an international non-EU exchange this term …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 January]

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Mitigation Measures Are A Win For Students, But Communication Came Too Late

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of escalating case numbers and yet another lockdown, it would have been easy to miss the nugget of good news for students last week. After third-level students were yet again ignored in the announcement of lockdown restrictions, Trinity students had reasons for small celebration. College announced in an email that some of the mitigation measures, introduced last summer for exams, would remain in place for the upcoming examination season in recognition of the current ‘extremely difficult and stressful situation’ in which students have to try and study …” (more)

[University Times, 10 January]

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Exam Mitigation Measures Should Not Continue Past Pandemic, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that mitigation measures for assessment should only be introduced in ‘exceptional’ circumstances and should not continue past the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 9 January]

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In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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College to Consider Pausing Development of Trinity East

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College Board will decide the fate of Trinity East – College’s large-scale capital investment project – in March of this year, with a temporary halting of the project on the table. According to minutes of an October meeting of the College Board, the chief governing body in Trinity will decide the ‘future direction of the project’, which was previously called TTEC, in two months’ time, and the option to pause the project will be considered …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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Students will also be allowed to resit exams that go towards their final degree, even if they had previously received a passing mark

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to defer their exams or essays due as part of the assessment period without providing a reason, and third and fourth years will be able to resit exams if they count towards their final degree mark even if they have achieved a passing mark in the module, College has announced …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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Trinity Displaying ‘Lack of Leadership’ on COVID As Cases Surge, Says Unite

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unite the Union – which represents technical staff in College – has strongly condemned a ‘lack of leadership’ in Trinity, after it announced today that staff and students would be notified about arrangements for the second semester ‘by Friday’. Cieran Perry, the secretary of Trinity’s Unite the Union house committee, said that the union was ‘very disappointed with the lack of leadership from the college’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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Trinity to Announce Effects on Teaching of Expected Restrictions By Friday

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will announce by Friday the effects on teaching of new restrictions expected to be introduced by the government in the coming days. An email – signed by Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff and Secretary to the College John Coman – to staff and students today said that there would likely be further clarification on how new restrictions will affect universities later on Wednesday or Thursday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January

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Students establish TCD Renters’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A representative group for Trinity students living in rental accommodation has been established, aiming to secure concessions from College on accommodation. Trinity College Dublin Renters’ Union (TCDRU) states on its social media that it aims to ‘give a voice to all student renters’ and “support students to stand up for themselves” and has begun signing up members …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 3 January]

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Trinity’s acting applications surge after TV show success

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity College acting academy which produced nine of the stars of Normal People has received a surge in applications from budding actors. It was the ultimate case of art imitating life when a string of graduates of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College landed roles in the coming-of-age love story set in the country’s oldest university …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 3 January]

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Exams after Christmas are a necessary evil

Posted in Teaching on January 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“For people who are in their fourth year of college or have been in Trinity for four years, they will have now studied under a total of three different exam structures; the most recent being exams after Christmas. This new exam structure was implemented after the coronavirus pandemic shut college down a number of weeks early last year and forced the majority of teaching and mentoring online …” (more)

[Phoebe Otway-Norwood, Trinity News, 1 January]

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TCD gets permission for €9m revamp of Rubrics building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has secured planning permission for a €9 million revamp of the college’s Rubrics building which featured in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. The imposing Rubrics – which can be seen by campus visitors as they enter TCD through its College Green pedestrian entrance – was built between 1699 and 1702 and is the oldest surviving building on the TCD city centre campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 28 December]

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Protestor sent to prison after alleged criminal damage at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A protester has been sentenced to serve at least two weeks in prison on charges of trespassing, failure to comply with the directions of a Garda, and a separate case of alleged criminal damage, all based at Trinity. System Change Ireland activist Ronan Browne was arrested and detained on December 18 following several protests on the grounds of Trinity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 28 December]

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Climate activist charged with trespassing at TCD to spend Christmas in jail

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin-based postgraduate student turned climate protester, Ronan Browne, will spend Christmas in jail after refusing to comply with bail conditions. He was before Dublin District Court on Monday on charges of trespass; failure to comply with the directions of a garda, and a separate case of alleged criminal damage at Trinity College Dublin relating to graffiti painted on campus property …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 23 December]

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