Student Living

Seasonal self-care for students

Jack Kennedy gives tips on surviving the second half of Michaelmas term

I have been a student for an amount of time that’s on the verge of becoming embarrassing, and over the years I’ve garnered some experience in dealing with all of these things, which I’d like to share. 

The hangover


Arts & Culture

Trinity students’ tattoos and what they mean to them

Jack Kennedy speaks to an array of Trinity students about tattoos, the stories behind them, and what they say about the students who got them

I got my first (and so far only) tattoo about two years ago. It is an abstract line drawing of the solar system, on the inside of my right forearm. Often people are surprised when they first see me with …


“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


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


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


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


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 …