IUA introduce new measures and restrictions to HEIs

Government has recommended that all third level education institutions move online for the next two weeks, except for laboratory classes and tutorials that cannot be done online

Following a government request, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) have mandated that all higher education institutions (HEIs) apply to “enhanced public health protection measures”, in a bid to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

These measures were placed on Dublin-based


SF students express outrage at repeated enrollment mishaps

After a week of see-sawing with module enrollment delays and mistakes, students speak to Trinity News about their frustrations

After a week of delays in senior fresh module enrollment, many students have expressed anger and frustration with the Academic Registry (AR) and their departments.

Initially, online module enrollment for senior fresh students was due to open on September 21


Toolkit for “active consent” workshops on campus launched

New figures released alongside the Active Consent Toolkit showed that 37% of female college students and 53% of male college students gave a “neutral” or “agree” response when asked whether asking for consent is awkward

The “Active Consent Toolkit: Developing a Consent Strategy for your Higher Education Institution”, was rolled out yesterday evening to 22 higher education institutions across the country, after being produced by National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUI Galway) Active Consent Programme.


Cross-border campaign calls for immediate change in higher education funding

The campaign is calling on TDs to sign a pledge committing to several actions as part of the new Education for All campaign

A new campaign from students’ unions around the country is calling for immediate action on higher education funding in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. 

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has joined the Union of Students in Ireland (USI)


College prepares for change in case of Level 3 restrictions

Provost Prendergast updated students in an email this afternoon


Trinity is reviewing additional measures to “limit congregation” in light of expectations that Dublin will move to Level 3 restrictions under the government’s new Covid-19 framework.

According to RTÉ this afternoon, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected


Short term lets to be offered in Botany Bay

Trinity is planning to offer two houses in Botany Bay as short term accommodation to students, with a minimum two night stay

College is planning to offer limited short term rentals on campus for students, instead of some year long rentals, as students are to be on campus less this term. 

Speaking to Trinity News, Dean of Students Catherine McCabe confirmed that


USI “concerned” about lack of clarity for higher education

Following guidance yesterday from government that higher and third level institutions should “consider enhanced protective measures”, the union has expressed concern by the ambiguity of the statement

Yesterday, government officials announced their new “Framework for Restrictive Measures in Response to Covid-19”, introducing a five-level plan to classify Covid-19 restrictions according to different risk rates across the country. 

Alongside the publication of their new five-level plan, government included


Class rep elections to take place online

Nominations for class representatives positions are to open on September 28

Elections for Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) class representatives are to take place online this year as part of a range of measures to move away from physical processes amid Covid-19.

TCDSU Education Officer Megan O’Connor announced on Twitter


Points rise for nearly 75% of courses in CAO offers

The significant increase in points is due to the high calculated grades in the Leaving Certificate this year, with scores on average 4.4% higher than last year

Points have risen for nearly three quarters of all Level 8 courses across higher education institutes, according to data from the Central Applications Office (CAO).

78,950 places in college, university or other higher education institutions have been offered to 53,815