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Analysis: A packed field of candidates for what is likely to be a highly competitive set of TCDSU elections

Unusually, there is a near-equal gender divide among candidates this year

The candidates for the upcoming Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) elections were announced from the steps of House Six on Monday evening. With a total of thirteen, this election will see more candidates than usual, with an almost equal

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Analysis: Trinity’s management of the Goldsmith Hall Covid-19 outbreak

Trinity’s “failure to communicate” the Covid-19 outbreak and testing process has meant a chaotic end to the first week of Hilary Term for Goldsmith Hall residents

Trinity’s communication to residents during the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Goldsmith Hall and the subsequent testing of all residents, caused “confusion and unnecessary stress” for students with one resident telling Trinity News that “the communication from Trinity was absolutely horrendous”.…


TCDSU and JCR to try to provide “clarity” following students’ concerns in Halls

First years living in Halls voiced questions at a town hall meeting this evening

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Student representatives are to try to provide “clarity” for residents in Trinity Hall (Halls) who have asked questions and raised concerns about the implementation of Covid-19 restrictions.

At a Town Hall this evening, students expressed to Trinity College Dublin’s Students’

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Analysis: Trinity’s path to becoming a University of Sanctuary

Trinity has become the sixth Irish university to have received the University of Sanctuary Award

Trinity has become the sixth university to have received the University of Sanctuary Award by the People of Sanctuary Ireland, an initiative which has been running since 2016. The aim of the initiative is to encourage universities and other higher


Four statues of female scholars to be added to the Long Room

Trinity has chosen scholars Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace, Augusta Gregory, and Mary Wollstonecraft from more than 500 suggestions

College has announced their plans to commission four new sculptures of women for the Old Library’s Long Room. 

A panel, composed of the Provost, former Registrars, the Librarian and Academic and Collections experts and other senior staff has chosen Rosalind

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Analysis: DUFC positive Covid-19 cases calls the safety of close-contact sports training into question

Eight players and one coach of the Men’s 1st Rugby team tested positive for the virus last week

Last week, nine members of Trinity Rugby, Dublin University Football Club (DUFC) tested positive for Covid-19 – eight Division 1 players and one coaching figure. 

All sports training and events except for professional teams and inter-county GAA are currently suspended

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Analysis: Higher education not prioritised under new Covid-19 restrictions

The increased restrictions placed on universities at the start of term are likely to disproportionately affect Freshers

On September 18, Dublin was raised to Level 3 restrictions in response to rising Covid-19 cases in the capital. The levelled guidance system was published by the government only three days previously. 

Despite the guidelines indicating universities would remain open

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Analysis: International students returning to Irish universities during Covid-19 face high costs

Some Trinity students could pay as much as €950 for two weeks bed and board on campus

International students from countries that are not on the green list are required to restrict their movements for 14 days after their arrival. International students in this situation are likely to be dependent on their universities to support them during


Additional places to be allocated in high-demand courses

Plan could see more students gaining entry to nursing, law, medicine, engineering and other courses

According to the Irish Times, a new plan asking universities to increase their capacity in many courses is due to be presented to the Cabinet by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris next week. 

Oversubscribed courses including