The new frontier for Irish higher education: Africa

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so, Irish universities with an eye on expansion have been looking towards Asia or the Middle East. Most major colleges now have formal links or satellite campuses spread right across the region and are attracting growing numbers of international students …” (more)

[Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 17 August]

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At Trinity’s Printing House Square, Plumbers Protest Underpayment

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

Ireland“Construction workers and trade union representatives gathered outside the Printing House Square construction site this morning to protest against the underpayment of plumbers working on Trinity’s new student accommodation complex. With a giant inflatable rat in tow, protestors stood outside the Pearse St entrance of Trinity …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 August]

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UCD Had More Preliminary First-Preference Applications than Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity from the CAO’s preliminary stages this year, The University Times has learned. At a meeting of University Council earlier this year, Provost Patrick Prendergast reportedly asked why UCD had a higher rate of first-preference applications than Trinity …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 August]

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Enough is Enough – It’s Time Students’ Unions Put Rent Strikes on the Table

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If ever there was a sign of just how normalised the student housing crisis has become, it was the response of students to Trinity’s increased accommodation costs this week. Exasperation, rather than shock, was the prevailing mood to reports that the College had brought in €13 million worth of income from its student accommodation over the past year, even as the price of a room in Goldsmith Hall – hardly a palace – rose by €389 between last September and this one …” (more)

[University Times, 11 August]

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Trinity to hold memorial service for Seamus Lawless in September

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

Ireland“Trinity is to host a memorial service for Seamus Lawless, the Professor who died while climbing Mount Everest. The service will be open to all who wish to attend and will be held at 5pm on Monday September 30, in Trinity’s Public Theatre …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 August]

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Campus Rent Increases Will Hit Most Vulnerable, Says TCDSU President

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has criticised increases to College’s student accommodation prices, arguing that they make living on campus unaffordable to those in need of financial grants. In a statement published this evening, TCDSU President Laura Beston said: ‘TCDSU has not, nor will it ever, support rent increases on our campus’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 9 August]

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Trinity Made €10.9m Profit from Student Accommodation in 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity received an income of €13 million from its student accommodation in 2018, a 33% increase from 2014. The Irish Independent today reports that College made a profit of €10.9 million from student accommodation last year, bringing in €13 million while spending €2.1 million on maintenance and refurbishment costs …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 9 August]

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Surge in university students wearing banned smartwatches in exams

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities have recorded a sharp increase in the number of students wearing banned smartwatches in exam halls. Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Provost: New Government Oversight a ‘Risk’ to University Autonomy

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that new government legislation on higher education could jeopardise the autonomy of universities – a move he said could ‘damage’ the sector. In an interview with the Irish Times during a recent trip to Africa, Prendergast said universities highly value their independence …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 August]

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At Printing House Square, Trinity is Sucked Into a Labour Fiasco – Again

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

Ireland“For years now, Trinity has faced criticism for the way it treats its staff, with its preference for temporary contracts even drawing a warning from the government in 2017. This week, the College had to answer fresh questions about the conditions for workers on its campus, when the Dublin Inquirer reported that plumbers working on the Printing House Square project had been illegally underpaid by a subcontractor for almost 10 months …” (more)

[University Times, 4 August]

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8% Increase in Book of Kells Visitor Numbers

Posted in Life on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Visitor numbers to the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity have increased by almost 8% since last year, with the site climbing one place in the list of Ireland’s top ten tourist attractions. 1,057,642 people visited the world-famous medieval manuscript and accompanying exhibition last year, an increase of 7.5% from 983,410 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 August]

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If the Rising’s rebels had taken Trinity, might it today be called Pearse College Dublin?

Posted in Research on August 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“During Easter Week 1916 Michael Taaffe, a medical student, was part of the small garrison that defended Trinity College from insurgent attack. Half a century later he wrote down his memories of those turbulent days. ‘I had a nightmare vision of a last stand at the Library windows, ammunition spent, while a horde of rebels with fixed bayonets swept in line across the Fellows’ Garden’. This extract from Defending Trinity College Dublin explores how close Taaffe’s nightmare came to being realised …” (more)

[Rory Sweetman, Irish Times, 1 August]

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Trinity launches investigation into claims of underpaid construction workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College has launched an investigation into claims that workers on the Printing House Square site have received hourly rates €2 to €3 lower than legal requirements. Plumbers and apprentices on the site complained about their wages in February to Rob Kelly, a regional organiser for trade union Unite, while he was visiting the site, Kelly told the Dublin Inquirer …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 31 July]

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Union Says Workers on Trinity College Construction Site Aren’t Being Paid Legal Rates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Since March, Rob Kelly has been trying to get somebody to care about plumbers and apprentices on a student-accommodation building site being – he says – underpaid. Once finished, Printing House Square should offer 250 beds for students, plans show. The project, which is being overseen by Bennett Construction Limited, is being built on the former site of Oisín House on Pearse Street, for Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Aura McMenamin, Dublin Inquirer, 31 July]

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Space Issues ‘Critical’ in Nursing School, Says Report

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

Ireland“Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is rapidly outgrowing the space available in its D’Olier St building, a new report has found, leaving open the possibility that the school may move to the College’s Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 July]

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Trinity Pursued Property Tax Exemption for Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity asked the government for an exemption to the local property tax, claiming the charge – which would cost the College over €100,000 – would force it to raise the price of its accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 21 July]

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Former president Mary Robinson appointed professor in Trinity

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

Ireland“Former president Mary Robinson has been appointed Adjunct Professor on Climate Justice in Trinity College. The President has taken up the role after resigning as Chancellor of the university at the start of June …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 12 July]

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Al Maktoum ‘Gift’ Raises Urgent Questions About Who Trinity Does Business With

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

Ireland“Earlier this week, when the College announced the receipt of a ‘generous gift’ of an undisclosed amount from the Al Maktoum Foundation – a charity established by the deputy ruler of Dubai – to create a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, headlines were made around Ireland. It was hardly a surprise that newspapers were interested …” (more)

[University Times, 7 July]

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New Vice-Provost Faces the Unenviable Task of Rescuing TEP’s Reputation

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

Ireland“This week, Prof Jurgen Barkhoff officially took over as the College’s Vice-Provost, following Prof Chris Morash’s resignation in April after a turbulent three-year tenure. In some ways, Barkhoff’s position is not an enviable one …” (more)

[University Times, 7 July]

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Trinity 37th in Times Higher Education Teaching Rankings

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is 37th in the Times Higher Education European teaching rankings for 2019, climbing significantly from last year. The 2018 pilot rankings saw College fall into the 51st–75th category …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 July]

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