Back to college

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – After many frantic, anxious weeks my son finally secured accommodation in Dublin and was really looking forward to getting back to college for his third year after missing some of first and all of second year due to Covid. He’s just received his timetable and is in college for one hour per week with the rest of his lectures pre-recorded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Petition Launched to Refund Students With No In-Person Lectures

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 350 students have signed an online petition calling for refunds for those who do not have in-person classes. The petition was created by the TCD Campaign for F2F Teaching and cites approaches from other universities, vaccination rates and the mental health of students and the student contribution charge as reasons for Trinity to provide more in-person teaching …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 13 September]

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College has a duty to engage in ethical investment

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

Ireland“As government and student funded institutions, it is imperative that universities strive to uphold an ethical approach to investment, something which Trinity is crucially failing to do. Ethical investment is a strategy whereby investors, in this case College, choose to allocate capital towards companies whose practices and values align with their own social or moral values …” (more)

[Ella Sloane, Trinity News, 14 September]


Trinity students say university ‘broke promises’ about in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College students have expressed discontent with the university’s approach to on-campus learning so far this year. The university confirmed that all lectures with over 150 students will be online until at least November 1 …” (more)

[Emma Nevin,, 14 September]

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Teaching Staff Re-using Lecture Recordings From Last Year

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers from at least five schools are reusing lecture videos recorded last year for classes this term. Screenshots of lecture recordings for various modules in English, chemical sciences, engineering, European studies and biological sciences, seen by The University Times, indicate that the videos were recorded in 2020 …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 13 September]

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Many schools unable to comply with College’s promised level of in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Room allocation issues have prevented classes with fewer than 50 people from being held on-campus. Many students in Trinity are to have less in-person teaching this semester than College had previously said would take place …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 12 September]

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TCDSU ‘Shocked’ at IUA’s Stance on Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has said that the government’s approach to college fees is not working, criticising the Irish University Association’s (IUA) opposition to fee abolition. In an interview with The University Times, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that ‘we have to recognise that there are individuals and families in the country who can afford to make the student contribution’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 10 September]

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Unvaccinated Students from Red List States Must Pay for Hotel Quarantine

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

Ireland“Unvaccinated Trinity students arriving from any of the seven countries on Ireland’s list of designated states must pay their own hotel quarantine fees, College has confirmed. Currently, these countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, with students from Ecuador required to enter hotel quarantine as of 4am today …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 9 September]

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College Rugby and Concussions: A Ticking Time Bomb

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

Ireland“I talked to the doctors, and they didn’t tell me what to do. They just explained to me what studies have gone on, like in the NFL, and then just the amount of times that he said depression, suicide, you know, words like that. I decided, ‘there’s no way I can keep playing’ …” (more)

[Charlie Moody-Stuart, University Times, 8 September]

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Board Review Deliberately Vague on Student Numbers, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The final report from Trinity’s Board Review Working Group was deliberately vague on the question of students on Board, Provost Linda Doyle has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 September]

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Trinity to to Implement Indoor Events ‘Bonus’ for Vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College is considering plans to admit fully inoculated students to indoor events ahead of their unvaccinated peers under a new ‘bonus’ system this year, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 7 September]

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Prince Albert of Monaco visits TCD after donating €1m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sixty years after his parents’ first visit and a decade after his own first State visit, Prince Albert II of Monaco returned to his ancestral homeland to visit Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It was another first for one of continental Europe’s best-known royal families as he brought his six-year-old twins the Crown Prince Jacques and his sister Princess Gabriella on their first visit to Ireland …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 3 September]


Schools May Rotate Groups of Students for In-Person Classes

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Schools may decide to allow rotating cohorts of students to attend in-person lectures intermittently, the Director of College Health has said. The plan would see students divided into smaller groups that would take turns attending in-person lectures, while watching them online the rest of the time …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 31 August]

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Trinity College adopts a two-phase approach to re-opening campus

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is adopting a two-phase approach to returning to campus from next month to take account of the evolving public health situation. Up until the end of October it will operate strict social distancing rules that will limit activity, such as capping the maximum number of students at in-person lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 August]

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Trinity’s Yearly Timetable Debacle Has Been Made Worse With the Return to Campus

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Every year, Trinity students vent their frustration at the short window between College finalising lecture timetables and the return to lectures. With the gradual re-opening of society – and colleges – this debacle has become infinitely more farcical. Trinity’s lack of clarity regarding the impending return to campus has showcased a College that lacks clear and cohesive communication …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]


Limitations on Events Unfair, Say Societies

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

Ireland“Students in Trinity’s societies have expressed dismay at the Central Societies Committee’s (CSC) most recent announcement for freshers’ week, arguing that the limitations on events are ‘unfair’, and the committee’s communication with societies is ‘inconsistent’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 21 August]

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Trinity is Dragging its Feet on Proper Gender Recognition

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

Ireland“Transgender people have existed throughout history, and recent advancements in human gender expression have made space for people who are neither male nor female. The general term for this is non binary – that is, not part of the binary gender division …” (more)

[Annie Humphrey, University Times, 18 August]

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Students to be requested not to attend campus on day they are not timetabled to

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

Ireland“Students are going to be asked not to attend campus if they do not have classes or lectures scheduled that day, an email to students and staff said today. Students received an email this morning from Trinity Communications with some details concerning the planned return to campus this coming September …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 13 August]

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Despite Divestment Pledge, Trinity Still Has Millions in Fossil Fuel Shares

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

Ireland“Trinity still has shares worth at least €8 million in companies directly involved in fossil fuel activities, despite saying it would divest from such companies several years ago. In 2016, College announced it would divest from ‘companies whose primary business is in the extraction of fossil fuels’, in response to 15 months of campaigning by student activist group Fossil Free TCD …” (more)

[Jody Druce and Mairead Maguire, University Times, 11 August]

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‘I never thought this day would come’: Trinity first to resume on-campus graduations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sierra Murphy, a business and Spanish student at Trinity College Dublin, never thought she’d get a chance to graduate in a gown alongside her friends and family. ‘We’ve missed out on so many things, like our last Trinity ball, our last classes, our last exams and all those celebrations’, says Murphy (24), who was due to graduate last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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