Trinity Projected to Lose Nearly €12m Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is forecasting a net deficit of €11.8 million in 2022, The University Times has learned, with College’s top decision makers being told that a return to a balanced budget this year would have compromised the quality and delivery of its strategic objectives …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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Trinity Will Open Tomorrow Unless Government Advises Otherwise

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity operations will resume as normal tomorrow, including scheduled exams, unless the government advises otherwise. Trinity is one of several college campuses around the country that have closed due to Storm Barra, which has resulted in an orange weather being put in place in much of the coastal parts of the country …” (more)

[Jody Druce and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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Covid-19 Ireland: Trinity students call for cancellation of in-person exams across the country

Posted in Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will be heading to the Dáil today to delivery an open letter to Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. The students will call on Government to cancel in-person exams across the country this year as Covid-19 cases continue to rise …” (more)

[Roisin Cullen, DublinLive, 1 December]

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Just 4% of Students turn out for TCD Trans Referendum to Boycott Irish Times

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Just 4% of the student population voted in Trinity College Dublin’s referendum intended to boycott the Irish Times. Driven by the paper’s decision to print an article last August from therapists who were critical of some of the demands of the transgender movement, the referendum was held last Friday 26 November …” (more)

[Máire Ní Mhaoine, Gript, 30 November]

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TCDSU to Create Hybrid-Learning Policy with Postgrads and IFUT

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council has voted to work with postgraduate students and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) to create a policy which would require all lectures to be recorded. The motion will mandate the three groups to ‘find a solution for handing over copyright of recorded lectures to lecturers’ … (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 30 November]

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Lecturers to Lobby for High Risk Staff to be Allowed to Work from Home

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has voted to lobby for staff over 60, and those in the HSE’s ‘high-risk’ category, to be allowed to work from home until they receive a booster vaccine …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 November]

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Covid and teaching at third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When the history of the pandemic in Ireland is written, the universities will undoubtedly be singled out, along with schools, for their apparent stoicism in keeping their doors open amid rising infection rates amongst staff and students …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Calls to Cancel In-Person Exams Again Should not Claim to be Representative

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are heading into the fourth consecutive assessment period impacted by the coronavirus. We should know what to do at this stage, but there persists a lack of joined-up thinking among representatives …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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Exam Deferral Only Permitted if Student is a Possible COVID Case

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will not have an automatic right to defer exams as they have done for the previous three assessment periods, Trinity’s senior lecturer has said. Students will only be allowed to defer examinations if they develop coronavirus symptoms, test positive for the virus or are a close contact of a positive case close to their exams …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 26 November]

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RTÉ Liveline listeners hear Trinity College student told she can’t graduate because of €22 library fine

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ Liveline viewers heard that a Trinity College student wouldn’t be allowed to graduate from her course because of a €22 library fine. Sarah, who studied mental health nursing in the city centre university for four years, spoke to Joe Duffy from a toilet cubicle on her break …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, DublinLive, 26 November]

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College reopening proceeds as planned

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last week, College saw its second phase of reopening, as students returned to campus after reading week to increased face-to-face classes and greater social mobility within campus …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 23 November]

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GSU Co-Signs Open Letter Calling for In-Person Exams to be Scrapped

Posted in Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An open letter to Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly calling for Christmas exams to be held online has garnered more than 2,600 signatures …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 22 November]

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Lecturers respond to criticism over ‘re-using lecture content’ from last year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity lecturers have pushed back against criticism for ‘re-using’ last year’s lecture recordings. At the beginning of term, the University Times (UT) reported: ‘lecturers from at least five schools are re-using lecture videos recorded last year for classes this term’ …” (more)

[Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 21 November]

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Exam Period to Involve Online and In-Person Sittings

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has said that the upcoming assessment period will involve a mix of in-person and online exams. College is working on contingency plans for students who have to self isolate when they are due to sit an exam in person, but for now, no major changes to assessment timetables are planned as public health advice for universities is ‘unlikely to change’…” (more)

[David O’Connell, University Times, 19 November]

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College to move ahead with both in-person and online exams

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College has provided ‘clarification’ on the plans for Michaelmas Term assessments, but has not pledged to reintroduce mitigation measures or cancel in-person exams …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy and Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Trinity East Likely to be Majorly Scaled Back as Govt Funding in Doubt

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The development of Trinity East, a major College project worth hundreds of millions and involving the construction of a brand-new campus at Grand Canal Dock, will be scaled back dramatically due to uncertainty over government funding, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 November]

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Trinity Disregarding Warnings from Auditor Over Pension Liability

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has for more than a decade declined to act on warnings that it could be on the hook for millions in employee pension payments, insisting the state is liable for the retirement packages …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 16 November]

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Book of Kells in College Park

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to Sarah Alyn Stacey’s (Letters, November 9th) suggestion to exhibit the Book of Kells in Kells for the duration of the renovation of Trinity College’s Old Library, perhaps now is the time for the Book of Kells to return to Kells permanently …” (more)

[Oliver Joyce, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Book of Kells in College Park

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Readers of The Irish Times will recall as I do the proposal to build an underground car park in Trinity’s College Park some years ago. When alumni of the college heard of this, there was a public outcry and the plan was swiftly abandoned …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 9 November]

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The Provost is Communicating Poorly – But Above All, She’s Making Bad Decisions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Between the botched closure (or non closure) of the Science Gallery and the mooted Book of Kells exhibition in College Park, you have to ask: is there something in the water in House One at the moment? On both fronts, Trinity’s bigwigs are not only communicating poorly – or not at all – but are also just plainly making poor decisions …” (more)

[University Times, 7 November]

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