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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Trinity College Dublin to spend €150,000 on campus tour app

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is set to spend €150,000 on the development of a new app for self-guided tours by tourists of the historic city centre campus. About one million people visited the campus each year before the Covid shutdown, to view the Book of Kells exhibition, generating €12.7 million in revenues. Of those, 87% were overseas visitors …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Union urges Trinity against reopening of Book of Kells during exams

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) is urging Trinity against reopening the Book of Kells next month as students sit exams. Under the government’s phased plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions, cultural attractions can reopen from May 10, which also marks the start of two weeks of assessments for students …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 April]

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Ryanair gives Trinity College €1.5m for research on sustainable aviation fuels

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will begin researching sustainable aviation fuels and zero-carbon flying with the aid of €1.5 million from Ryanair. The airline and the university said on Thursday that the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre at Trinity would work on sustainable aviation fuel, zero carbon aircraft propulsion and noise mapping …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 April]

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TCDSU to lobby for free quarantine for returning students in college accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After a successful vote at the final Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council meeting of the year, TCDSU is now mandated to lobby College to provide free college accommodation and Covid-19 tests to students returning from abroad. The motion also requires the union to request that the government allow students returning to Ireland to complete the mandatory quarantine in college-provided accommodation … (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 27 April]

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Trinity Begins On-Campus Vaccination Programme

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

Ireland“College has begun its on-campus vaccination programme today, beginning with students and staff with very high-risk medical conditions. The vaccines arrived on campus today, with another set of Pfizer vaccines set to arrive on May 10th for the remaining very-high risk staff and students, as well as those with high-risk medical conditions …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 27 April]

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Archbishops laments ‘commodification’ of university education

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

Ireland“The ‘commodification’ of third level education has been criticised by Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell. Under ‘pressure to be relevant, universities sometimes lose sight of what led to their foundation and of what their authentic mission consists’, he said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 26 April]

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Schols Quota Scrapped After Grade Inflation Fears Did Not Materialise

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

Ireland“Tinity did not apply a quota system for the Foundation Scholarship (Schols) examinations this year, after the Central Scholarship Committee decided that the number of candidates meeting the individual criteria was ‘within the historical range of awards given’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 26 April]


COVID’s Damage to Student Sport Has Not Gotten the Attention It Deserves

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Seeing Trinity’s rugby teams battle it out in College Park has for years been part of the furniture of College. No matter the weather, the players can be seen at the heart of Trinity on their patch training or playing. The same goes for the clubs that use Santry Avenue or the Sports Centre or the Iveagh Grounds …” (more)

[University Times, 25 April]

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College must make a conscious effort to shed its elitist reputation

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

Ireland“Perhaps unsurprisingly, the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth has often stood apart from Ireland’s other third-level institutes in many regards. While the college prides itself on being an institution of Ireland’s best and brightest (admittedly supported in this claim by annual world university rankings), through other lenses it has long been regarded as being exclusive and elitist …” (more)

[David Wolfe, Trinity News, 21 April]


The Business School is Great for Trinity. Other Schools Deserve Similar Attention

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

IrelandThe University Times this week reported that Dean of the Trinity Business School Andrew Burke emailed members of the school on the day of the Provost elections saying that if Prof Linda Hogan was not elected, the Business School’s gains over the past few years could be at risk. It is, of course, unsurprising that schools will compete for attention – there is a scarcity of it in Trinity and each provostial candidate offers different prospects to different schools …” (more)

[University Times, 18 April]


Survey: Nearly 90% of PhDs Feel Pandemic Has Affected Their Research

Posted in Research on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A survey has found that nearly 90% of Trinity’s PhD students feel their research has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Among issues affecting research, 16.7% identified lack of access to library materials, 23.6% identified lack of access to TCD resources, 20.4% identified lack of a suitable space to work from home, 19.6% identified lack of access to supervisors and meetings and 19.7% identified lack of access to key resources and data …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 18 April]

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