2021 must be the year to solve the higher education funding question, says Harris

The minister for further and higher education said that his personal preference was against the implementation of a student loan scheme

Simon Harris has said that “2021 has to be the year” to settle the question of higher education funding, which has plagued Irish politics since 2016 when a government report found the current model of funding to be unsustainable. 



Number of S2S mentors rises for first time in four years

Programme officer Orlágh Morris attributes rise to mentors wanting to help freshers face an unprecedented year

The number of students who have signed up to be mentors to incoming freshers in College’s Student2Student (S2S) programme has this year risen for the first time in four years.

619 students signed up to be mentors for the 2020/21


Over 300 students deferred exams under Covid-19 “safety net” measures

Students were permitted to defer exams due to be sat in the summer assessment period until August

Over 300 students availed of measures implemented for this year’s summer assessment period which allowed them to defer sitting their exams until the end of August.

According to figures released to Trinity News under the Freedom of Information Act 2014,


Trinity “reviewing” possibility of offering refunds for unused accommodation

Minister Simon Harris has said that he expects all colleges to offer refunds


Trinity have said that they are reviewing the possibility of offering refunds to students who have paid for college owned accommodation but are not now using that accommodation due to classes being moved online. 

Speaking to Trinity News, a College


Revived Theological Society to have Christian-specific focus

Members have raised concerns about the conduct of the sole candidate for auditor taking unilateral decisions around elections which contradict the society’s constitution


The Theological Society, which has not been active since the 2018/19 academic year, is due to be relaunched with a renewed focus on Christian doctrine, rather than facilitating discussion on a variety of religions, as had been their modus operandi …


Trinity reopens with majority of classes online and tight restrictions on movement around campus

An outbreak of the virus in Trinity “very likely” according to emergency management team despite strict preventive measures and few in-person classes

Students returning to campus for classes this week for the first time since the closure of all schools and colleges in March have been instructed to “keep right and keep moving” in corridors and not spend casual time inside buildings.