€16.5m to be allocated to widen access to higher education

 The government has announced plans to allocate €16.5m in funding for new initiatives to help increase access to third level education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.   Approximately 2,000 students will directly benefit from the funding. The groups it aims to benefit include members of the Irish Traveller community, students entering college on the basis […]

Universities face funding cuts over gender gap

Third Level Irish institutions will be subject to mandatory gender quotas in order to combat the gender inequality at senior levels. The move comes as new figures released by the Higher Education Authority (HEA)  revealed that women are under-represented in senior positions.   According to the figures, 50 per cent of lecturers and only 21 […]

Brexit ‘threatens UK-Ireland research links’

  According to a survey conducted by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), approximately two thirds of Irish academics believe Brexit will have a negative impact on higher education in Ireland.   Respondents stressed the need for keeping strong research collaboration between Northern Ireland and the Republic and between Ireland and the rest of the UK […]

Trinity’s rise in the rankings a good start, but funding and internal reform still needed

During the year I overheard someone from the SU talking about a special rankings commission he was involved with. The problem, he said, was how many academics had absolutely no interest in rankings: they considered it an insult that someone could assign a number to their work. He complained of Fellows who, with impunity, completely […]

TCDSU Council votes to support free third level education

Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) Council has voted this evening to strengthen its stance on fees and loans in a motion put forward by the Students Against Fees (SAF) group. TCDSU is now mandated to campaign for a publicly-funded system of higher education.   The motion, which was proposed by Conor Reddy, Secretary of […]

Provost claims “we’re all coming from the same place” on funding issue in TCDSU Council address

The provost of Trinity, Patrick Prendergast, spoke to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council this evening. Introducing him, TCDSU President Kieran McNulty thanked the provost for “various initiatives”, such as the proposed Student Centre, and noted that it was an uncertain time for the college, not least due to the ongoing funding crisis.   Prendergast, […]

Jillian Wilson appointed Head of Central Events at Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit

Trinity College has appointed Jillian Wilson as the new Head of Central Events within the Commercial Revenue Unit, furthering attempts to cement the college as a city centre hub for conferences and events. Wilson, who studied Law in Trinity, has taken her position in the college after over seven years of working at the Convention Centre […]

Trinity temporarily removed from Times Rankings following data error

Trinity College Dublin has been temporarily removed from the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings. Phil Baty, editor of the THE rankings, has said: “we have been obliged to exclude Trinity College from this year’s ranking due to a unintentional submission error on their part, which is likely to have given them a lower […]

IFUT calls on Fine Gael and Labour to address crisis in third-level funding and places

Meanwhile the USI has released a statement calling on the government to avoid holding an election on a Thursday

Trinity’s ADAPT Research Centre receives €50 million investment

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD, yesterday launched plans for the expansion of the centre

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Natalia Duda
Sarah Morel
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John Tierney
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Kevin O'Rourke
Ines Niarchos
Huda Awan