Now they’ve No Platformed Richard Dawkins

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

Ireland“Celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins was booked to address the College Historical Society (nicknamed the Hist) at Trinity College Dublin next year. But the society’s auditor has now announced that the invitation will be rescinded, citing Dawkins’ views on ‘Islam and sexual assault’ …” (more)

[spiked, 28 September]

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College Announces Guidelines for When ‘Likely’ Coronavirus Outbreaks Occur

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College should prepare ‘for an increase in cases or an outbreak’ of coronavirus on campus, Trinity’s Major Emergency Management Team has said in its ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’. A summary of the plan, emailed to staff and students today, outlined the steps that they should take if they test positive for coronavirus …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 25 September]

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Five Trinity Clubs Will Be Allowed to Continue With Fixtures

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has granted several Trinity sports teams an exception to level three restrictions, allowing them to continue with their scheduled fixtures without spectators. In an email to students, Trinity Communications stated that Trinity Meteors, Dublin University Football Club men’s firsts, Dublin University Hockey Club men’s firsts, Dublin University Ladies Hockey Club firsts and Trinity Volleyball women’s firsts have been granted exemptions by the government as they ‘compete at high levels in their sport’ …” (more)

[Matt McCann, University Times, 24 September]

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School of Languages to Move Online Until At Least November

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All teaching in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies will move online until at least the week ending November 13th. In an email to students, Tracy Corbett, a communications officer in the School, said that the School would be ‘closely monitoring all public health advice to determine whether we will deliver face to face teaching after the 13th November, or whether we will continue to deliver online teaching’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Coronavirus Commuters: The Trinity Students Forgoing Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students are forgoing Dublin accommodation this semester, opting instead for lengthy commutes to save money as Trinity shifts heavily online. In an email to the college community on September 18th, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that all teaching and learning not requiring an in-person presence will be moved online due to tightened coronavirus restrictions …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 21 September]

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College Needs to Show Compassion for Residents Amid the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded among students earlier this week after this newspaper reported that Halls residents may be evicted if they have any visitors throughout their first term. Now, less than a week later – with Dublin elevated to level three of the government’s coronavirus roadmap and all possible teaching activity moved online – we have seen just how drastically situations can change in a short space of time …” (more)

[University Times, 20 September]

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to Move Online Where Possible, Says College

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, apart from those which must be delivered in person, will move online until level-three restrictions are lifted, the College announced this evening …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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Dublin universities cancel on-campus activities, move most classes online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s four universities have suspended the majority of on-campus activities and moved classes online as tighter Covid-19 restrictions look set to be implemented in the capital. UCD, Trinity College, DCU and TU Dublin announced that all teaching and learning will be online except for practical workshop and lab-based tuition that cannot be done remotely …” (more)

[Ceimin Burke, TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Student renters need protection ahead of potential Dublin restrictions, says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has released a statement urging immediate action to protect student renters ahead of anticipated restrictions in Dublin. The statement arrives as the likelihood of Dublin entering Level 3 of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap increases, as well as the predicted National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommendation for Dublin colleges to move to almost entirely online teaching …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 18 September]

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Halls Residents Who Have Guests Over Will Be Evicted

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents who allow guests into their flat – during the day or overnight – in the first semester will be evicted from Halls. Similarly residents will be evicted if they host a party, the College has announced. In an email to residents, Warden of Trinity Hall Roja Fazaeli said that having guests over or hosting a party would lead to ‘the revocation of a student’s licence to reside in College’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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On-Campus Residents Will Have to Book ‘Arrival Slot’ Before Moving In

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Incoming on-campus residents will have to book an ‘arrival slot’ before moving into their accommodation to ‘ensure that the social distancing guidelines are adhered to’, the Accommodation Office has said …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 17 September]

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Weekly Coronavirus Testing May Not Be an Attractive Prospect – But It Is Worthwhile

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of the pandemic, news feeds were abuzz with anxious commentary on how Ireland would contend with high testing demand as cases surged. Six months on, the national picture is much improved and focus has shifted toward using the extended testing capacity to implement routine testing in workplaces and public spaces …” (more)

[Eimear Finan, University Times, 17 September]

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Level Three Shouldn’t Curtail Face-to-Face Teaching, Says Provost

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students can expect the number of in-person teaching hours they have to remain the same even if the government moves to level three in its coronavirus roadmap, the Provost announced today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 September]

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Staff and Students Will Have to Clean Their Workspaces After Tutorials

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching assistants and students will be responsible for wiping down their own ‘touch areas’ after tutorials, the Dean of Graduates announced today. In an email to all teaching assistants, Dean of Graduate Studies Martine Smith said that staff and students will wipe down their own ‘desk tops, chair frames, podiums and keyboards’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 September]

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Third-Year Law Students Slam School Over Impractical Timetables

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-year law students have hit out at the Law School for creating unworkable timetables that have in-person and online lectures scheduled to take place immediately after one another. Students received their long-awaited timetables for the coming semester on Monday, with Trinity among the last of the universities to inform students of what they can expect their semester of blended teaching to look like …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 16 September]

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Campus Resident Who Claims to Have Coronavirus Symptoms Told to Move Out

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A resident on campus who claims to be displaying coronavirus symptoms has been told to vacate their rooms to make way for a student moving onto campus today. Despite informing the Accommodation Office that they had been instructed to self-isolate by the College Health Service, the resident was told to make alternative living arrangements …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 September]

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Easpa Gaeilge Ar Chomharthaí an Choláiste Le Ceartú

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá comharthaí ar na haonaid sláintíochta nua le ceartú ag an gColáiste ionas go gcloíonn siad le hAcht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla. An tseachtain ar Twitter seo léiríodh nach raibh na treoracha ar na stáisiún sláintíochta nua ar champas Choláiste na Tríonóide as Gaeilge, ach i mBéarla amháin …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 14 September]

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Coronavirus Rules for Residents Should Be Firm And – Above All – Clear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity raised eyebrows this week after it announced that violation of coronavirus rules in campus accommodation could lead to the offending student’s license to reside in College being revoked …” (more)

[University Times, 13 September]

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