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“One of the great privileges of our job is that we get to interact with people who are cleverer than us”

Juergen Barkhoff, the new Vice Provost, talks about TEP, his longstanding relationship with the Provost, and what Trinity means to him

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Attending Trinity as a visiting student in the 1980s was, for a young Juergen Barkhoff, a formative experience.  

Life as a Trinity student meant, to him, developing all aspects of one’s personality, rather than merely burying one’s head in a

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The SU is in denial about the level of its unpopularity

The Union is characterised by a petty “hack culture”, evidenced by its poor handling of social media criticism

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by the recent experience of attending Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council, I made a couple of Tweets about how I thought some of the way Council was run – including the #CouncilBants

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A manifesto for migration activism

Ireland’s unjustifiable mistreatment of refugees and immigrants is the next frontier for social justice

Ireland has a xenophobia problem. I believe that there is something in the national conscience that makes us think we are above this truth, partially or entirely. Perhaps it is because we are a former colony that experienced oppression at

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Shifting the conversation on housing

Misdirected and neglectful political and media treatment of the housing protest signal a government without scruples

Much of the public and media reaction to the recent occupation of city centre properties, and the subsequent law enforcement response, has been deeply disappointing. Commentators are too fixated on whether the protest was “legitimate”. There is an inordinate amount …

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The gender gap in college courses

Data from the Higher Education Authority provides insight into the gender disparity both between academic disciplines, and third-level institutions themselves

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) publishes a wealth of data about enrolment in the institutions it funds each year, including seven universities, fifteen institutes of technology and four part-funded colleges. Between them they represent the overwhelming majority of third level