Doyle: Trinity is ‘looking at rapid testing’ to get students back on campus by September

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

Ireland“In an interview with Bryan Dobson on RTÉ Radio 1 this afternoon, Provost Elect Professor Linda Doyle said that there is more that universities can do to get students back on campus, including rapid testing. ‘There’ll be students now who have had two academic years disrupted’, she said. She continued saying that Trinity is ‘looking at rapid testing’ …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 12 April]

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Provost’s priorities for Trinity

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

Ireland“Sir, – I congratulate Prof Linda Doyle on her election as provost of Trinity College Dublin (‘Trinity College Dublin names Linda Doyle as first woman provost in 429 years’, News, April 10th). During the campaign, Prof Doyle made several key commitments to early-career academics, particularly precariously employed adjunct staff. At the Irish Federation of University Teachers hustings she promised to ensure they were paid for every hour worked in class preparation and marking time, and to consult with unions in determining a fair hourly rate …” (more)

[Niall Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Trinity College Dublin names Prof Linda Doyle as first female Provost

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has named Professor Linda Doyle as the first female Provost in its 429-year history. The Professor of Engineering and The Arts and former Dean of Research was one of three female candidates for the ten-year position …” (more)

[Laura Fletcher, RTÉ News, 10 April]

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Professor Linda Doyle set to become Trinity’s first female Provost

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

Ireland“Professor Linda Doyle is set to become Provost of Trinity College Dublin, the first woman to ever hold this role in the University’s 429-year history. She will be the 45th Provost of the University and take over from the current Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, on August 1st this year. Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity and became the Provost-elect today after an election involving staff and student representatives …” (more)

[Trinity College, 10 April]

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Prof Jane Ohlmeyer Eliminated In Provost Election in First Round

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

Ireland“Prof Jane Ohlmeyer has been eliminated from the Provost election, having received the fewest number of votes in the first round of the election. Ohlmeyer received 211 first-preference votes in total. Prof Linda Doyle and Prof Linda Hogan received 345 votes and 222 votes respectively …” (more)

[Matt McCann, University Times, 10 April]

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Trinity to elect first woman provost in 429-year history

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will unveil the first female provost to lead the university in its 429-year history on Saturday afternoon. About 860 full-time academic staff are eligible to vote in the election which will take place online this year. The all-female shortlist of three senior academics includes Prof Linda Doyle, dean of research; Prof Linda Hogan, a theologian and former vice-provost; and Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, a high-profile historian …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Why Did it Take a Pandemic to Reasonably Accommodate Everyone?

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

Ireland“Trinity adapted quickly in March 2020 when coronavirus restrictions closed the university. As classes moved online, so did annual examinations. Mitigating measures were introduced, including the option to defer assessments – without explanation – before or after sitting them, or resit modules students had passed alongside greater latitude in marking of assignments and assessments …” (more)

[Declan Treanor, University Times, 9 April]

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Chemistry Staff Slam College’s Ruling on COVID Guidelines in Laboratories

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

Ireland“Staff members in the School of Chemistry have expressed frustration at the recent cancellation of in-person laboratory practicals, alleging that Trinity is out of touch with the reality of the situation. In March, this newspaper reported that Trinity had introduced new rules mandating in-person activities be a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in length in order to prevent people working in the same room from being labelled as ‘close contacts’ by the HSE …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 8 April]

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Support Staff Can’t Pick the Next Provost. Here’s What They Can Do For Us

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

Ireland“An initial observation on the provost election from a support and service staff perspective is that the whole process is archaic, undemocratic and insulting to those who work in College but have no voice in the election of a person who will hold the most important position in College for a decade …” (more)

[Cieran Perry, University Times, 9 April]

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Postgrad Workers are at Breaking Point. The New Provost Must Fight For Us

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

Ireland“In a recently published survey from the Trinity Postgraduate Workers Alliance examining the impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate researchers, we found that 90% of respondents had been negatively affected by the pandemic. Some 35.6% reported loss of income, over 60% reported negative effects on their mental health, while others worried about the security of their accommodation and broader impacts on their research …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, University Times, 8 April]

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Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) could survive without government funding if it needed to, Patrick Prendergast, the head of the university has said. Forty per cent of Trinity’s revenue comes from the state, but the college has sought exclusion from upcoming legislation strengthening state accountability of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Sarah Taaffe-Maguire, Business Post, 7 April]

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The New Provost Must Tackle Precarious Employment in Trinity

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

Ireland“Two striking trends sum up the profile of Trinity’s staff over the last five years: 42% of all staff are on fixed term contracts, including 25% of core funded staff and almost a quarter of all staff on academic grades. There has been a 40% increase in the proportion of senior managers …” (more)

[John Walsh, University Times, 7 April]

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Provost candidates make final bids to secure votes at last hustings of the campaign

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

Ireland“On one of the final days of the campaign, the three candidates in the race to be Trinity’s next provost have engaged in their last debate ahead of voting this weekend. Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer faced a broad range of questions that picked up on some topics that have characterised the campaign and others that had not yet been publicly engaged with …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Finn Purdy and Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 7 April]

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What Trinity’s Student Leaders Want From the Next Provost

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

Ireland“Students play a largely insignificant role in the actual process of electing a Provost. However, their presence hangs over much of the debate: whether that be the dreaded student-staff ratio or the bureaucratic nightmare that is running a school. Those tuning into the Provost election debates have heard a lot about student issues from the senior ranks of College. Here is what leaders in the student community want to see the next Provost bring to the table …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 April]

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Survey: Half of Students with Autism Say Trinity Supports Inadequate During COVID

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some 52% of students with autism in Trinity said College is not doing enough to support them during the pandemic, according to a survey carried out by the Trinity Ability Co_op. Of those surveyed, 34% said that Trinity was also not providing enough support to students with autism before the pandemic …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 April]

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Senator David Norris Calls for Suspension of Provost Election

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Senator David Norris has expressed concern about the exclusion of Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey from the Provost election, arguing that the election should be suspended to allow for Alyn-Stacey’s inclusion in the race. In January, Alyn-Stacey was disqualified from running in the Provost election by the Interview Committee, which was set up to screen candidates before the Provost elections begin …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 30 March]

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At IFUT Hustings, Provostial Candidates Call for New Approach to Employment

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provostial candidates were keen to distance themselves from Trinity’s current employment practices and converged on similar messages throughout at today’s hustings hosted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Chair of IFUT’s Trinity branch John Walsh ran the hustings, posing questions …” (more)

[Matt McCann, Mairead Maguire and Cormac Watson, University Times, 30 March]

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Provost of Trinity election

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am concerned about the current state of the election of the Provost of Trinity College Dublin and in particular the exclusion of Prof Sarah Alyn Stacey …” (more)

[David Norris, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Provost candidates diverge in stances on international student fees increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The future of fees for international students is likely to be determined by which of the three candidates in the race to be Trinity’s next provost is successful in the April election. Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer took different standpoints on whether fees for non-EU students would increase under their provostship at a hustings this evening hosted by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Audrey Brown and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 March]

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Trinity and Chinese universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Times has carried articles that report on a controversy surrounding Irish collaboration with a university that until recently was called ‘The Central University for Nationalities’ (‘UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University’, News, November 25th). When the Chinese Communist Party in 1949 created the People’s Republic of China, it envisioned a land of multiethnic and multilingual flourishing …” (more)

[Nathan Hill, Irish Times, 29 March]

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