Grade Inflation ‘Likely’ Down to Shift to Online Exams, Says College

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Inflated grades observed in last year’s exams were ‘likely’ due to the shift to online assessments, Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell has said. Percentage marks, he said in an email to this newspaper, were ‘slightly inflated last year, based on a comparison of average yearly grades from 2019/20 to the previous year’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 22 January]

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Council Members Slam Provost Over Refusal to Hold Vote on Schols Quota

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Members of University Council have slammed the Provost’s decision to refuse to hold a vote on a contentious Schols quota system at yesterday’s Council meeting. The quota system – which limits the number of Scholars elected this year to 60 – was approved by Council yesterday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 January]

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TD Naughton: UCD Must Apologize for Involvement in Mother and Baby Home Vaccine Trials

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking to the Dáil today, Independent TD, Denis Naughton, called for UCD and Trinity College to make a formal apology for their part in the vaccine trials which were conducted in mother-baby-homes between 1960 and 1973 …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 21 January]

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College to Waive Semester Two Rent for Residents Who Leave Before March

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

Ireland“Students who have arrived in College accommodation but decide to return home for semester two between January 24th and February 28th will only be charged to the date that they leave their room, Trinity announced this evening …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 January]

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Visitors Uphold Controversial Schols Quota System

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Visitors have upheld a contentious proposal to limit the number of Scholars elected this year, amid fears of a spike in the number of students winning the scholarship. In their ruling – seen by The University Times – the Visitors determined that it was up to College Board members to decide on the quota system …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 January]

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Trinity Researcher Led Unethical Vaccine Trial in Mother and Baby Home

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former Trinity lecturer – Dr Victoria Coffey – facilitated and took part in unethical vaccine trials in mother and baby homes during the 1960s. Mother and baby homes were institutions set up in housing women pregnant outside of marriage – something deemed shameful in Ireland, particularly by the Catholic Church, during the 20th century …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 January]

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Hamilton Library to close while others operate on reduced hours

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This morning, College announced through an email to students that new arrangements regarding the Library were to come into effect from January 22, following the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. As exams finish on January 22, College will instigate new arrangements for student access to the Library. The focus on these arrangements will be to balance the ‘provision for Library users’ with the health and safety of Library staff and students …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 18 January]

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Prendergast Hints at All-Female Provost Race With Article Retweet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast yesterday hinted that the Provost elections would be an all-female race, after he retweeted an article in the Irish Independent saying that College will see ‘a woman in the top job’. The process of interviewing and nominating candidates for the position of Provost is highly confidential and it is still unclear who will be running for the position …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 January]

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Trinity has been forced to move exams online due to the coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in some departments are unable to submit exams anonymously on Turnitin, instead having to provide their name, student number and exam number, raising concerns about marking. Students usually have the option to anonymise their exams when they are taking place in person, as they are able to hide their name and student number on their exam booklets …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Doyle, Hogan and Ohlmeyer Confirm Eligibility for Provost Election

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

Ireland“Three applicants to the role of Provost have confirmed to The University Times that they have successfully cleared the interview stage of the process, and can now be nominated to run …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Lack of Clarity Over Essential Work Gives College ‘Carte Blanche’, Say Unions

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

Ireland“Trade unions representing Trinity staff have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the number of staff who are still working on campus despite current restrictions, saying ambiguity around what constitutes essential work gives College management a ‘carte blanche’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Why Trinity Should Introduce A Compulsory Environmental Science Module

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Individuals, businesses and governments alike have been aware for decades of the intense and widespread degradation that humans are causing to the environment through endless cycles of production, consumption and waste …” (more)

[Alix Pletcher, University Times, 12 January]

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College must step up for students next semester

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

Ireland“In Week 11 of Michaelmas Term, Trinity released the results of its survey, offering valuable insight into how students are coping with learning under the pandemic. College’s focus was on the significant majority who said they were in favour of more in-person teaching in the new year, but the respondents’ answers about their own wellbeing were arguably much more significant …” (more)

[Trinity News, 12 January]

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Erasmus uptake significantly lower than typical semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students choosing to study abroad this year has taken a significant hit amid concerns over Covid-19. Only 159 students are travelling abroad on an Erasmus exchange this semester, which is a major drop compared to the usual uptake of the programme. Similarly, only 45 students are on an international non-EU exchange this term …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 January]

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Mitigation Measures Are A Win For Students, But Communication Came Too Late

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of escalating case numbers and yet another lockdown, it would have been easy to miss the nugget of good news for students last week. After third-level students were yet again ignored in the announcement of lockdown restrictions, Trinity students had reasons for small celebration. College announced in an email that some of the mitigation measures, introduced last summer for exams, would remain in place for the upcoming examination season in recognition of the current ‘extremely difficult and stressful situation’ in which students have to try and study …” (more)

[University Times, 10 January]

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Exam Mitigation Measures Should Not Continue Past Pandemic, Says IFUT

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

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that mitigation measures for assessment should only be introduced in ‘exceptional’ circumstances and should not continue past the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 9 January]

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In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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College to Consider Pausing Development of Trinity East

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

Ireland“College Board will decide the fate of Trinity East – College’s large-scale capital investment project – in March of this year, with a temporary halting of the project on the table. According to minutes of an October meeting of the College Board, the chief governing body in Trinity will decide the ‘future direction of the project’, which was previously called TTEC, in two months’ time, and the option to pause the project will be considered …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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Students will also be allowed to resit exams that go towards their final degree, even if they had previously received a passing mark

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to defer their exams or essays due as part of the assessment period without providing a reason, and third and fourth years will be able to resit exams if they count towards their final degree mark even if they have achieved a passing mark in the module, College has announced …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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