Archive for TCD

University and the ruins of the present

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Reading the manifestos of the candidates for Provost (President) in Trinity College you could be forgiven for thinking that we really had reached the end of history. Nowhere in their over-inflated promises is there any sense that the university, and education in general, has any role other than competing for resources on a global market …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 23 March]

Another empty election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Last night we attended one of the many hustings (‘debates’) taking place for the election of the new Provost of Trinity College. Unfortunately there is no debate. All the candidates accept that the state should no longer provide free and equal education (because the government has decided the banks and bondholders are more important) …” (more)

[The provisional university, 23 March]

‘Don’t vote for me’, TCD candidate tells electors

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“A belated discovery of lack of citizenship by a confirmed Seanad election candidate means she cannot run for the Upper House – but her name will remain on the ballot paper …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 March]

Trinity’s big decision

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“The old jibe that academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small does not apply to the election battle for the provost’s job in Trinity College Dublin. For one thing, all five candidates have run polite campaigns. For another, the stakes could scarcely be higher …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 March]

The part-time academy?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“It is now nearly 25 years since I first assumed academic management responsibilities. At the time, after the untimely death of my head of department in Trinity College Dublin, I became Acting Head of TCD’s business school …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 March]

Kells bells! TCD puts ancient book’s name to beer

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“It’s probably not what the Columban monks had in mind as they slaved by candlelight over the manuscript that was to become the Book of Kells in the year 800, but visitors to the books exhibition in Trinity College may soon be able to buy Book of Kells-branded soaps, perfumery, cosmetics and even beer …” (more)

[Harry Leech, Independent, 20 March]

Leading doctor joins race for Senate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Dublin GP and Life magazine correspondent Dr Maurice Gueret is among those battling to fill the Trinity College Senate seat left vacant by the election to the Dail of Shane Ross …” (more)

[John Drennan, Independent, 20 March]

Google buys Trinity College video processing startup

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Google has announced the acquisition of a Dublin-based technology startup company that helps to improve the quality of low-resolution videos …” (more)

[Business ETC, 16 March]

Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The number of candidates in the race to be the next provost of TCD is down to five after Prof Robin Coningham of Durham University withdrew last week …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 March]

Promotion – Academic Staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“The current promotions embargo is a disaster for College, its staff, its students, and for the recovery of the Irish economy. The next Provost must campaign immediately to have this embargo lifted. As Provost, I will also act immediately to replace the current promotions system with a more modern, inclusive, fairer and more transparent system that commands the confidence of all our staff …” (more)

[Colm Kearney, 14 March]

Trinity College drops plans for superpub

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin has sought permission to turn a former bank in Dublin city centre into a restaurant, after giving up on plans for a ‘superpub’ at the site …” (more)

[Gavin Daly, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

Nanotechnology pays big dividends

Posted in research with tags , , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Investment in nanotechnology by the Irish government and industry is now showing tangible results, according to Diarmuid O’Brien, executive director of Crann. The research institute, which focuses on nanotechnology and material science, released its annual report today …” (more)

[Adam Maguire, Irish Times, 11 March]

Trinity’s big plan for restaurant in old AIB

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“A former bank in Temple Bar looks likely to become the area’s latest trendy new restaurant. Trinity College Dublin has applied to the city council for permission for the restaurant development …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 10 March]

Why take rankings seriously?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“2/2 @MikeLyons1956 So, question for all #tcdprovost candidates: why take rankings seriously enough to base policy on them?” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Twitter, 10 March]

Universities fail to make global grade

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Ireland’s two biggest universities fail to rate among the world’s top 100 for teaching and research in the view of international academics. They are, however, among the top 26 in Europe, according to the latest global league table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

College connector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Catherine Morris has the enviable job of cultural co-ordinator at Trinity College. What’s that exactly? To share the university’s resources with other institutions …” (more)

[Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 5 March]

Candidates for TCD Panel of Seanad Eireann published

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The list of candidates for the TCD panel of the Seanad have been published, they include unsuccessful Labour candidate (and current TD Seanad member) Ivana Bacik, likely-Presidential Candidate (and current TCD Senator) David Norris, Current Senator Fiona O’Malley …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 3 March]

University Seanad nominees announced

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Labour’s Ivana Bacik and former Progressive Democrat TD Fiona O’Malley are included in a 20-strong list of nominees on the Dublin University panel for the upcoming Seanad elections …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 March]

Reflections on women in academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“It is well-understood that although increasing numbers of women are entering the academic profession, there are still far too few in the higher academic ranks and in senior management positions. In spite of some progress over recent years, Trinity College remains a male-dominated community in which gender inequality persists …” (more)

[HT: Brian M Lucey]
[Colm Kearney, 1 March]

TCDSU seeking legal action over unregistered student voters

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) are considering legal action after a number of TCD students were turned away from polling stations in the capital during the General Election …” (more)

[Sarah Doran, University Observer, 1 March]