Trinity to Provide Occasional Staff With Terms of Employment Under New Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity must provide occasional staff with the terms and conditions of their employment within five days of their work beginning, according to a new policy passed at College Board today. As part of the terms and conditions, occasional staff will be considered employees of the university …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 June]

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Trinity Spent Over €42m on Building Acquisitions Since 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent a total of €42 million on acquiring new buildings since 2015, including the €21 million purchase of the Connaughton’s Building in the Grand Canal Quay, the Business Post reported today. Aside from the Connaughton’s Building, Trinity also spent €16 million on Stack B last year and nearly €2 million on the Iveagh Grounds in 2017. It also bought properties on Fenian St and Clare St …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 June]

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Ireland’s top two universities bought almost €50m of property in five years

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s top two universities have spent almost €50 million buying property in the past five years, new figures show. Between them, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) have purchased 11 properties in the capital with a total value of €49.1 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Business Post, 16 June]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

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

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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College Matches Allowed to Resume Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Matches are allowed to recommence at College Park, Iveagh Grounds and Santry Sports Grounds from next Tuesday, Trinity Sport has said. College’s Sports Centre will also re-open for individual training only on that day. Members must book training sessions in advance through the Trinity Sport app or website …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 June]

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COVID Conspiracy Theorists Converge on Trinity’s Lloyd Institute

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

Ireland“A group of coronavirus conspiracy theorists entered the east side of Trinity’s campus earlier today, carrying placards and chanting. The group appeared to be targeting Trinity’s Prof Luke O’Neill, who has led the charge over the past year in educating the public about the coronavirus and vaccines …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 June]

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Covid impact sees Trinity College report deficit of €25.6m

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 has led to Trinity College Dublin reporting a deficit of €25.6 million for the 2019/20 financial year despite an increase in income from State grants and academic fees. The shortfall marks a major reversal in the university’s financial position …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 2 June]

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€13k for PhD Stipends Is Simply Not Good Enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, professors and PhD students alike expressed outrage at the Ussher PhD positions being offered by College for next year. The positions – which require a first-class degree, a personal statement, a research proposal and two references – provide a stipend of just €13,000 with tuition paid for only three out of the four years of the programme …” (more)

[University Times, 30 May]

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Trinity to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro for the development of the Trinity East campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro to be used for the development of the Trinity East campus. The donation is the largest philanthropic donation from individual benefactors given to an Irish university in the history of the state …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 27 May]

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Postgraduate Workers’ Alliance of Ireland launches petition demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts for PhD and postgraduate students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Postgraduate Workers Alliance of Ireland (PWAI) is demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts with access to sick pay, holiday pay, pension contributions and parental leave for PhD and postgraduate students. Following their launch two weeks ago, the PWAI has released a petition, outlining the key demands of their upcoming campaign …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 26 May]

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Professors and Postgrads Angered by €13k-a-year Ussher PhD Positions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Professors and PhD students have expressed their displeasure with Ussher PhD positions offered for next year, arguing that the conditions attached – a €13,000 stipend with tuition paid for three out of four years – narrow the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 24 May]

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Trinity College to move 750,000 books during restoration of Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A €90 million restoration of Trinity College Dublin’s world-famous Old Library will see the removal into storage of all 750,000 of its books. The restoration of the library, built in 1732, will be one of the largest and most costly heritage projects in the history of the State …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Government announces €25 million in funding for Trinity College’s Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced funding of €25 million for the restoration of one of Ireland’s foremost national heritage sites, the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. The Old Library is home to the magnificent Long Room and precious manuscripts, including the 9th century Book of Kells …” (more)

[TCD, 20 May]

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Colleges – Not Victims – Have to Tackle Anti-Asian Racism on Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times published an op-ed written by two PhD candidates in Trinity on behalf of a larger group of postgraduates in College who have launched a petition for universities to tackle anti-Asian racism on campuses. The petition provides a harrowing depiction of the issue, from personal testimonies of verbal harassment on the streets, to stories of students on placement experiencing ‘over-the-counter’ racism …” (more)

[University Times, 16 May]

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Trinity Reports Deficit of €25.6m in the 2019/20 Financial Year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has reported a €25.6 million deficit for the 2019/20 financial year, after running surpluses for the previous two years. In its annual financial statement, College largely attributed the losses to the coronavirus pandemic, which it said has ‘had a significant impact on the University’s non-exchequer revenue streams during the year, particularly in relation to commercial income’ …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 14 May]

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Trinity’s On-Campus Accommodation Closed to Tourists This Summer

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

Ireland“Trinity’s on-campus accommodation will be closed to tourists for the second summer in a row. College confirmed to The University Times today that tourists would not be allowed to rent out on-campus apartments this summer – traditionally a lucrative source of revenue for Trinity, as students move off campus after the exam period …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 May]

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College Allocates €2m to Improving Accessibility on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Capital Resource Group has approved over €2 million in funding to make College more accessible to people with disabilities. The funding comes as part of phase two of the Universal Access Programme, which will see Estates and Facilities work with the Disability Service to ensure that all current and future buildings are accessible to the entire student population …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 10 May]

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Skilful Backroom Negotiations Are Required to Protect Trinity’s Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris this week granted Trinity a golden opportunity to avoid harsh blows to its autonomy. In the heads of a bill to reform university governance structures, Trinity was the only university specifically mentioned as being potentially excluded from some of the proposed reforms to college governance. How exactly this will affect changes to College Board down the line is yet to be seen …” (more)

[University Times, 9 May]

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Govt Leaves Door Open to Flexibility on Restructuring of College Board

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government has today left the door open to more flexibility in how Trinity is governed in the future, likely easing concerns that the department would grant the Higher Education Authority (HEA) sweeping powers to control how College is run …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 May]

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College must act to implement a specific sexual misconduct and assault policy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The topic of consent has been brought to the fore in recent years, particularly in the wake of the Me Too movement which sparked discussions about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in all echelons of society. College campuses are in no ways exempt from a culture of misogyny, sexual assault, or victim blaming. While a broad cultural shift is needed to take on such ingrained societal attitudes, the least universities can do with regards to sexual assault is to have a robust policy in place that enables victims to report assault in a way in which they feel comfortable, and can be assured that due process will be guaranteed …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 5 May]

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