Senior Medicine Students Asked to Volunteer in Intensive Care Units

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

“Third and fourth-year medicine students have been asked by Trinity to volunteer to work in intensive care units in hospitals, as fears grow that the coronavirus pandemic could severely stretch Ireland’s healthcare system …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 March]

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TCD provost says new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College Dublin has said new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year on foot of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In a video message to students, Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Will Suffer ‘Financial Hit’ Due to Coronavirus, Says Provost

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has admitted Trinity will take a ‘financial hit’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but insisted College ‘won’t let our mission in education, research and innovation be derailed’ …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 26 March]

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Trinity Provost reassures Leaving Cert students they will start college in autumn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Provost Professor Patrick Prendergast has reassured Leaving Cert students that they will be starting college in the autumn. ‘It might be slightly later than in previous years. It might be under slightly-adjusted criteria. But we will be welcoming you’, he said. His comments reflect the ongoing uncertainty over the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis on the education system, with schools already not due to re-open until April 20 at the earliest …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 March]

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Trinity to Track Remaining Residents Using SafeZone App

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

“Students and staff who have remained in residence after College’s closure have been told to register with a phone app that will allow Trinity to track who is living on campus at any given time. College instructed students to vacate its accommodation last week, but allowed some – who met specific criteria – to remain, in a move to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University News, 26 March]

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Trinity Ball Refunds Will ‘Take Some Time’, Says College

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

“Refunds for Trinity Ball tickets will ‘take some time’ to process, College has said, following the cancellation of the ball yesterday due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ticket-holders will receive a full refund, but College has asked them to ‘refrain from emailing the Trinity Ball address with individual requests for updates …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 25 March]

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Students to Get Details of Exam Arrangements by End of Next Week

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

“Students should get confirmation on what shape this year’s exams will take by the end of next week, Trinity said today. Trinity’s College Board today approved proposed changes to the structure of this year’s exams – previously by The University Times – that could see students sitting final assessments instead of exams or real-time online exams …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 March]

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Trinity Ball Cancelled, With Ticket-Holders to be Refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“This year’s Trinity Ball has been cancelled, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Ents Officer Judith Robinson has confirmed. Speaking to The University Times, Robinson said: ‘Following the announcement today that was made the Taoiseach that colleges will close, and the extension will be made until the 19th of April, obviously that means that Trinity Ball will be unable to go ahead’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 March]

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An Accommodation Debacle That Showed Trinity’s Administration at its Worst

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

“A week is a long time in College politics at the best of times – and for Trinity’s decision-makers, this one must have felt like an eternity. Last week, this Editorial Board praised the College for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trinity, we wrote, had acted with precision and decisiveness in uncharted waters …” (more)

[University Times, 22 March]

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Many Nurses, Midwives Pulled from Placement, But Interns Still Attending

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

“Many nursing and midwifery students have been pulled from their clinical placement this week, amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but final-year nurses on internships are still being required to attend …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 22 March]

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Trinity did not put contract for campus tours out for tender

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

“Trinity did not put a €6.7 million contract to provide guided tours of its campus out for tender, according to a report in the Sunday Times. The contract to become Trinity’s official tours provider, which is held by Authenticity Tours, the company run by the assistant junior dean, Joseph O’Gorman, was awarded without an invitation to tender being put out, which would have allowed other companies to bid for the contract …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 March]

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Seanad elections to continue despite Trinity’s closure

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

“Elections for the three Dublin University seats in Seanad Éireann are continuing as normal despite the University being closed, a spokesperson for Academic Registry has confirmed to Trinity News. ‘We are still receiving ballots at the moment, we are currently on a rota and each staff member is sitting in separate rooms for safety purposes’, they stated, adding that ‘the university is planning to proceed with the count at present’ …” (more)

[Comhall Fanning, Trinity News, 21 March]

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No Decision As Yet on Trinity Ball, Says College

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

“Trinity is yet to make a decision on whether Trinity Ball will go ahead, the College has confirmed, amid ongoing uncertainty about the lasting impact of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 21 March]

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Trinity Offers Extensions to College Accommodation Residents

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

IrelandTrinity will allow student residents to remain in their accommodation beyond the end of term, offering extensions to those who need to stay on beyond their rental period. In an email sent to residents today, the College called on students who need to stay on in College accommodation after their rental period to make contact with the Accommodation Office …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 March]

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College Board Meeting to Proceed Next Week Despite College Closure

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

“Trinity’s College Board is to meet next week as scheduled, the College has confirmed, despite the closure of the College due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email statement to The University Times, the College’s assistant secretary, Victoria Butler, wrote that the College’s Board ‘meeting is going ahead as scheduled on the 25th’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 20 March]

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Trinity Cancels In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Set for April

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

“Physical commencement ceremonies – due to take place in April – have been cancelled, Trinity has announced, with graduations set to be live streamed instead and students conferred with their degrees in absentia …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 19 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to extend on-campus leases for students unable to go home

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

“University College Dublin (UCD) has said it will extend leases for any student living in on-campus accommodation ‘unable to return to their normal place of residence’ in May, due to coronavirus overseas travel restrictions. The university has also said students living in private rental accommodation outside of the south Dublin campus who lose their housing amid the coronavirus crisis can apply for on-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

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

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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Trinity Accommodation Shutdown: What We Know After a Day of Drama

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

“Controversy erupted in Trinity last night, when the College told all students living in its accommodation that they had 24 or 48 hours (depending on if you’re Irish or international) to clear out of their accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 March]

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Students on clinical placement not required to vacate Trinity accommodation

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

“Residents of Trinity accommodation on clinical placement will be permitted to stay in their accommodation, following College’s instruction that all students living in college accommodation must leave this week except those in exceptional circumstances …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 17 March]

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