13 Men Nominated for Women-Only Library Bust Campaign

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

Ireland“Some 13 men have had their names put forward for Trinity’s new Old Library bust campaign – a project designed to commemorate female scholars. And staff and students, in a nomination campaign launched by Provost Patrick Prendergast last September, have nominated 15 living figures for the campaign, despite a stipulation that the subjects must be deceased …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 January]

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Student campaign ‘not a factor’ in decision to leave Trinity, say Aramark

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

Ireland“The catering company Aramark, who until recently operated cafés in Trinity’s Hamilton building have said that the student campaign Aramark Off Our Campus ‘was not a factor’ in the company’s decision to end their contract with College in December …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 January]

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Hamilton Cafes Cut Ties With Aramark, With College-Run Options Set to Open

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

Ireland“After years of student opposition, Trinity’s Hamilton cafes have cut ties with controversial catering company Aramark, with new College-run alternatives set to open in the coming weeks. Aramark, which has been criticised for its involvement in direct provision centres, vacated the cafes after terminating its contract last month, according to Moira O’Brien, the head of Trinity Catering …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 21 January]

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As Election Looms, Trinity to Host Cross-Party Higher Education Debate

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

Ireland“Trinity will next week play host to a higher education debate featuring education spokespeople from Ireland’s political parties, ahead of a general election in February. Organised jointly by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Technological Higher Education Association, the debate will bring politicians from several parties to the Business School for a debate on the future of higher education and research …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 21 January]

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Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years. University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly €1m in the last seven years …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 19 January]

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Trinity To Be Sued Over New Book of Kells Ticketing System Contract

Posted in Legal issues on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The company in charge of ticket sales for the Book of Kells is suing Trinity in an attempt to stop the College from awarding the ticket system contract to another company. The company, Future Ticketing, has had the contract to run the ticketing system for the Book of Kells for several years, and now says that the tendering process Trinity is using to award the new contract is illegal, the Times.co.uk has reported …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 January]

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Patrick Prendergast: ‘Beacon of hope in docklands shows Ireland means business’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last Friday’s news that the Government has endorsed plans to create a Grand Canal Innovation District in Dublin is a decisive step toward positioning Ireland as an innovation economy in the decades to come …” (more)

[Independent, 5 January]

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Government set to grant €150m towards new Trinity College ‘innovation district’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government looks set to grant €150m towards a new €1.1bn ‘innovation district’ attached to Trinity College Dublin’s city campus. The new district, which will be located close to Facebook, Google and other high-growth tech multinational firms, aims to replicate the business-friendly campuses of California, London and Paris by co-locating research facilities, startups and international companies in close proximity …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 3 January]


Government backs new €1bn Silicon Docks campus for Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed plans to part-fund a new €1 billion technology campus for Trinity College Dublin in the so-called Silicon Docks area of Dublin. It will announce on Friday that it is prepared to commit up to €150 million to develop the campus over the next decade as part of a wider plan to create a new innovation district …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Impeachments, Referendums and a Boardroom Scandal: 10 Years at The University Times

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tonight 2019 will end and we will hurtle headlong into a new decade, after 10 years that saw the world change irrevocably in more ways than it’s possible to fathom. Life as we know it has altered in almost every aspect over the course of the 2010s, with the only constant being the regularity of a shock around every corner. It has rarely been boring …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 31 December]


How Trinity changed this decade

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past decade, and as we come to the end of 2019, it seems only right to reflect on the shake-ups that most affected staff and students in College over the last ten years …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 30 December]


Irish links to Chinese university at centre of protests

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading Chinese university with strong ties to UCD and TCD is at the centre of student and academic protests after it changed its charter to put a pledge of absolute loyalty to the ruling Communist Party above academic independence …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 December]

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Prof John Byrne: the man who turned Ireland into a tech world power

Posted in Life on December 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“TK Whitaker may be known as the man who made modern Ireland, but the highly respected civil servant wasn’t the only person who helped make the State what it is today …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Irish universities secure six prestigious European research grants

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have secured six out of just over 300 lucrative European research grants which are awarded to the continent’s top scientists and scholars. The Irish performance is an improvement on the last round when there was just a single European Research Council (ERC) grant winner from Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Mary McAleese inaugurated as new chancellor of Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former president of Ireland Prof Mary McAleese has been inaugurated as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds another former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, who was elected as first woman chancellor of TCD in 1998 and has held the post until now …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Postgraduate and ‘casual’ teaching staff are taken for granted by Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Contrary to popular belief, teaching and lecturing at university by no means automatically guarantees secure employment, ample time to pursue research, and a cosy office in which to do it. Over the past decade or so, especially since the recession in 2008/09, Irish universities, and indeed universities throughout the world, have begun to rely more and more on hourly paid or temporary staff to cover tutorials, seminars, lectures, and lab sessions …” (more)

[Trinity News, 3 December]

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Trinity has a seagull problem

Posted in Life on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are living in fear. In the Arts Block, students whisper in huddled groups. At lunchtime, they sit on the floor together and cry into their Sprout salad boxes. In between lectures, they rush from one building to the next, anxiously looking over their shoulders at every turn. Students are being plagued by a winged monster: namely, the herring gull …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Know what fuels your coffee break: The prison-industrial complex on our campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘Knowing what you own is the first step to aligning your investments with your values’, according to the Investigate Project, a research and information centre that seeks to learn how companies profit from and support state violence, and urges the public to investigate the human rights violations hidden in their investments. Students have continuously called upon Trinity to realign its investments and partnerships with their moral standards as a university in recent years, as Trinity’s business ventures come to light …” (more)

[Milena Barnes, Trinity News, 1 December]

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On Staffing, Trinity Has Become a Master at Normalising the Outrageous

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to staffing in Trinity, it sometimes feels like every stone you turn up reveals more issues affecting the people working in the College. This week – when The University Times reported on a climate of ‘stagnation’ among technical and support staff unable to obtain promotions or progressions – was no exception …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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