Trinity Extends Coronavirus Testing to ‘Key Groups of Staff’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is extending its coronavirus testing scheme to ‘key groups of staff’, including people working in College Health, the Day Nursery and Estates and Facilities on a phased basis. At present, only residents of Halls and on-campus accommodation can avail of the service …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 November]

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TCD and the BDS movement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Teresa Trainor is keen to play down widespread support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement among students at Trinity College Dublin (Letters, November 18th). Focusing on the percentage of TCD enrolment that voted in the 2018 student union (TCDSU) referendum on whether to support the BDS movement is a red herring …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Three Leading Female Professors Confirm Intent to Become Next Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three of Trinity’s top professors – Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Prof Linda Doyle and Prof Linda Hogan – will put their names forward for the Provost elections this year. Ohlmeyer, Doyle and Hogan tonight confirmed to this newspaper that they intend to apply for the position …” (more)

[Molly Furey and Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 November]

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Trinity College Dublin submits planning for ‘innovation district’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has submitted a planning application for the first phase of an ambitious new €1.1bn ‘innovation district’. The third level institution hopes to kick off its ten-year development plan for a new city district with an ‘innovation hub’ for entrepreneurs, start-ups and large companies, to be operational in early 2022 …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 19 November]

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Printing House Square expected to be completed by spring 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The construction of Printing House Square is expected to be completed for spring 2021, after facing several delays over the last few years. The accommodation complex was expected to be completed this summer; however, construction on the site had to halt due to the lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Trinity College appoints Savills to advise on €1bn Silicon Docks campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin ’s plan to develop a €1 billion technology campus in Dublin’s so-called Silicon Docks area has moved up a gear following the appointment of Savills Ireland to provide financial management and property advisory services for the project …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Library Apologises for Confusion Caused by New Booking System

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The library has apologised to students for confusion caused by recent changes made to the library booking system. The changes, which include a 25-hour limit on booking per week and a new check-in system, were introduced in an effort to combat the number of students booking slots and failing to show up …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 18 November]

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TCD and freedom of speech

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

Ireland“Sir, – I was a mature student at Trinity College Dublin in 2017 when a group of 40 protesters, not all of them students, protested the proposed talk of the Israeli ambassador to members of the College Society for International Affairs. The right to protest should not be allowed to override the right to academic freedom within the university environment …” (more)

[Teresa Trainor, Irish Times, 18 November]

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International students face ‘extravagant’ fees despite online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities risk reputational damage due to ‘extravagant’ fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by the Irish Council for International Students has heard. While domestic undergraduate students pay fees of up to €3,000 a year, the cost can rise to €25,000 for international students or €55,000 for medical students from abroad …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The #RhodesMustFall campaign began in the University of Cape Town in 2015, worked its way through several South African Universities, before rolling to a standstill in Oxford in 2016. It is easy to see why the statue of British imperialist Rhodes fell in Cape Town, and easier still to see why he didn’t in Britain. In a 2014 poll, 59% of Britons thought that the British Empire was something to be proud of, and 49% thought that those countries colonised by Britain had gained more from it than they had lost …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Neill, TheJournal.ie, 17 November]

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New Library Rule Gives Students 45-Minute Window to Check Into Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will now have a 45-minute window to check-in to the libraries, otherwise forfeiting their pre-booked seat, the library announced today. In recent days, people have raised concerns to the library about students booking slots and then failing to show up. In response the library has introduced a number of new rules starting from today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 November]

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Trinity Apologises For ‘Undue Distress’ Caused By Mislabelled Graduation Videos

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has apologised for ‘any undue distress’ caused by the mislabelling of a number of virtual graduation ceremonies which resulted in graduates having to watch multiple videos to find their own ceremony …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 November]

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TCD and freedom of expression

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one of the students who attended the protest outside Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker’s planned talk in Trinity College Dublin in 2017, I am outraged to read that the provost, Prof Patrick Prendergast, has claimed that there was a ‘very real danger of violence’ at that event …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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TCDSU Communications Officer Philly Holmes said the tone of the email was ‘wholeheartedly inappropriate’

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Communications Officer Philly Holmes has slammed an email sent from College’s Accommodation Office to residents of Halls, which told them to turn off their lights and close their blinds, after alleged complaints from neighbouring residents …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 November]

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Printing House Square Projected to Open in Spring 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Printing House Square, Trinity’s new accommodation complex, is projected to open in spring 2021, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and contracting issues – after a slew of setbacks spanning more than a year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 November]

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It’s time to give the Long Room back to Trinity students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In light of the recent conservation and redevelopment plans regarding a certain characteristic monument on campus, I have felt compelled to consider said monument, and to propose what case I can for its reconciliation with the student body …” (more)

[Olivia Bayne, Trinity News, 12 November]

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Capital Expenditure Programme – TCD and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital works projects currently ongoing at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin that are being part funded or fully funded by his Department; the cost of each project; and the completion date for each project in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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Trinity and Richard Dawkins: Better to debate ideas than to ban them

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to ‘disinvite’ prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a scheduled address sparked considerable controversy across social media and other platforms …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 10 November]

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The Provostial Elections Will Affect Every Student’s Life. They Must Stay Clued In

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Applications have officially opened for the top job in College: the role of Provost. The election of the next Provost will be pivotal for Trinity. Although it may seem to students that the role of the Provost is confined to a hidden-away ivory tower – an idea that is not helped by the number one Grafton St address and the intimidating facade of the house – they are indisputably the most powerful person in the college community …” (more)

[University Times, 8 November]

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International Applications to Trinity Dip After Years of Seismic Growth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of non-EU applications to Trinity dropped this year, after climbing by 70% between 2017 and 2019. Some 9,034 international students applied for a place in Trinity this year, down from 9,453 in 2019, according to figures released to The University Times under the Freedom of Information Act. There were 6,869 such applications in 2018, and 5,469 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 November]

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