Library Apologises for Confusion Caused by New Booking System

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

Ireland“The library has apologised to students for confusion caused by recent changes made to the library booking system. The changes, which include a 25-hour limit on booking per week and a new check-in system, were introduced in an effort to combat the number of students booking slots and failing to show up …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 18 November]

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TCD and freedom of speech

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

Ireland“Sir, – I was a mature student at Trinity College Dublin in 2017 when a group of 40 protesters, not all of them students, protested the proposed talk of the Israeli ambassador to members of the College Society for International Affairs. The right to protest should not be allowed to override the right to academic freedom within the university environment …” (more)

[Teresa Trainor, Irish Times, 18 November]

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International students face ‘extravagant’ fees despite online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities risk reputational damage due to ‘extravagant’ fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by the Irish Council for International Students has heard. While domestic undergraduate students pay fees of up to €3,000 a year, the cost can rise to €25,000 for international students or €55,000 for medical students from abroad …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The #RhodesMustFall campaign began in the University of Cape Town in 2015, worked its way through several South African Universities, before rolling to a standstill in Oxford in 2016. It is easy to see why the statue of British imperialist Rhodes fell in Cape Town, and easier still to see why he didn’t in Britain. In a 2014 poll, 59% of Britons thought that the British Empire was something to be proud of, and 49% thought that those countries colonised by Britain had gained more from it than they had lost …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Neill,, 17 November]

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New Library Rule Gives Students 45-Minute Window to Check Into Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will now have a 45-minute window to check-in to the libraries, otherwise forfeiting their pre-booked seat, the library announced today. In recent days, people have raised concerns to the library about students booking slots and then failing to show up. In response the library has introduced a number of new rules starting from today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 November]

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Trinity Apologises For ‘Undue Distress’ Caused By Mislabelled Graduation Videos

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has apologised for ‘any undue distress’ caused by the mislabelling of a number of virtual graduation ceremonies which resulted in graduates having to watch multiple videos to find their own ceremony …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 November]

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TCD and freedom of expression

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one of the students who attended the protest outside Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker’s planned talk in Trinity College Dublin in 2017, I am outraged to read that the provost, Prof Patrick Prendergast, has claimed that there was a ‘very real danger of violence’ at that event …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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TCDSU Communications Officer Philly Holmes said the tone of the email was ‘wholeheartedly inappropriate’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Communications Officer Philly Holmes has slammed an email sent from College’s Accommodation Office to residents of Halls, which told them to turn off their lights and close their blinds, after alleged complaints from neighbouring residents …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 November]

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Printing House Square Projected to Open in Spring 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Printing House Square, Trinity’s new accommodation complex, is projected to open in spring 2021, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and contracting issues – after a slew of setbacks spanning more than a year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 November]

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It’s time to give the Long Room back to Trinity students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In light of the recent conservation and redevelopment plans regarding a certain characteristic monument on campus, I have felt compelled to consider said monument, and to propose what case I can for its reconciliation with the student body …” (more)

[Olivia Bayne, Trinity News, 12 November]

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Capital Expenditure Programme – TCD and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital works projects currently ongoing at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin that are being part funded or fully funded by his Department; the cost of each project; and the completion date for each project in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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Trinity and Richard Dawkins: Better to debate ideas than to ban them

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to ‘disinvite’ prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a scheduled address sparked considerable controversy across social media and other platforms …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 10 November]

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The Provostial Elections Will Affect Every Student’s Life. They Must Stay Clued In

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Applications have officially opened for the top job in College: the role of Provost. The election of the next Provost will be pivotal for Trinity. Although it may seem to students that the role of the Provost is confined to a hidden-away ivory tower – an idea that is not helped by the number one Grafton St address and the intimidating facade of the house – they are indisputably the most powerful person in the college community …” (more)

[University Times, 8 November]


International Applications to Trinity Dip After Years of Seismic Growth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of non-EU applications to Trinity dropped this year, after climbing by 70% between 2017 and 2019. Some 9,034 international students applied for a place in Trinity this year, down from 9,453 in 2019, according to figures released to The University Times under the Freedom of Information Act. There were 6,869 such applications in 2018, and 5,469 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 November]

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The changing scope of students’ welfare needs

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘One student described how the isolation period on campus could be “profoundly lonely” and that, “There have been days that have taken a toll on mental health.”’ ‘First year students, who by all rights should be swirling in a whirlwind of free wine and pizza from societies, pouring their heart out to a new best friend as they stumble back to Dartry from town, are instead restricted from the mill of new people that typically makes first year so exciting …'” (more)

[Jack Ryan, Trinity News, 6 November]

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Six Halls Students Fined €250 Each for Hosting Indoor Gathering

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Six residents in Trinity Hall (Halls) were this week fined €250 each for hosting an indoor gathering, which is forbidden under the complex’s coronavirus restrictions. Two of the students involved confirmed to The University Times that they and four others were called to a disciplinary meeting, held over Zoom, where they were issued the fines …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 November]

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DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Demand for counselling services emphasises the importance of funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mental health has been the great secondary talking point of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have used the effect of government restrictions on people’s wellbeing as an argument against lockdowns, most of the discussion has revolved around adapting the country’s mental health services to the new normal in Ireland …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 5 November]

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Life at Trinity Halls: What happens to a social hotspot when socializing is restricted

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tucked away into a corner of Rathmines, Trinity Hall is, for many, a sentimental milestone from first year, often associated with the rows of dimly-lit kitchens late at night, cold walks back along Dartry road, and the famously vibrant social scene …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 3 November]

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