The 5 on Friday: party debates, MBAs, College admin failures and gladiator skeletons

Five of this week’s top news stories delivered in clickable, bite-sized chunks

Taxation reform and government corruption among main topics discussed at Hist Party Debate

The debate was panelled by five representatives out of the 16 parties running in this year’s general election:  Alex White, Lucinda Creighton, Alan Farrell, Glenna Lynch and Annette Mooney. Due to three members (White, Creighton and Farrell) of the panel leaving prior to questions opening to the floor, comments on the Eighth Amendment were not discussed with all members of the panel. Gavin Jennings, moderator for the evening, also took partial responsibility, stating that he left the questions on abortion toward the end of the debate for fear that it would take over the debate.


Trinity’s MBA course ranked best in Ireland, fifth in Europe

The listings put Trinity’s full-time MBA course ahead of both the Cambridge and Oxford MBAs, with UCD’s Smurfit Institute MBA placed eighteenth. In the 2014-2015 rankings the full time MBA programme in Trinity Business School placed ninth, and in the 2013-2014 rankings the course placed in the twelfth position. The part-time MBA comes fifth in the best masters ranking in Executive MBAs and part-time MBAs, and the MSc in Finance also places fifth in the best masters ranking in Corporate Finance.


College revoked decision to not allow student to sit Schols two days before exams began

Maeve Murphy Quinlan was informed in November that she was not eligible to sit the exams due to a clerical error in her application, with College repeatedly confirming that she could not sit Schols, despite the intervention of her tutor Professor Peter Coxon, on her behalf. On January 4, a final email definitively stated she would not be allowed to sit the exams.

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Ancient British “gladiator” genomes sequenced by Trinity scientists

Genome sequencing in Trinity has cast light on the origins of a set of Roman-age decapitated bodies, found in York. Professor Dan Bradley, from Trinity, said: “Whichever the identity of the enigmatic headless Romans from York, our sample of the genomes of seven of them, when combined with isotopic evidence, indicate six to be of British origin and one to have origins in the Middle East. It confirms the cosmopolitan character of the Roman Empire even at its most northerly extent.”


Trinity’s School of Engineering granted €65 million in software by Siemens

This grant “enables Trinity’s School of Engineering to teach their students on the same world-class PLM software… that is used by leading manufacturers around the world”. Professor Ciaran Simms, assistant professor in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and director of teaching and learning (undergraduate) in Trinity’s School of Engineering said that “by using the same technology in the classroom that is used by companies all over the world to develop a wide variety of products, our students gain important real-world experience during their studies that will serve them well after graduation.”

Matthew Mulligan

Matthew is Editor for the 62nd volume of Trinity News. He is a Sociology and Social Policy graduate and was previously Deputy Editor of tn2 Magazine.