Record 84,000 students applying for places in the upcoming academic year

Trinity reported a 38% increase in first-preference applications this year, with 10,253 prospective students opting for College as their first choice

A record 84,000 prospective students have applied for college places in Ireland for the upcoming academic year, 2021/22.

The latest figures follow the May 1 deadline for late applications. 

The record figure is thought to be due to a combination

Higher education department publishes details of legislation to reform sector

The legislation has been criticised within Trinity over concerns of decreased autonomy

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The details of contentious new government legislation introducing several changes to the higher education sector have been released today.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris published the legislation this morning, which is described as aiming to reform and

TU status granted to Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology

Status of Technological University has been granted as part of a government scheme to develop technological institutes across the country

Today, Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology have been granted the status of Technological University (TU). This status was today granted by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris and is being considered a “landmark” for

Union urges Trinity against reopening of Book of Kells during exams

Cultural venues are allowed to open their doors again from May 10 under the government’s phased reopening plan

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) is urging Trinity against reopening the Book of Kells next month as students sit exams.

Under the government’s phased plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions, cultural attractions can reopen from May 10, which also marks

Plan to reopen colleges expected in June, Harris confirms

Today, Minister Harris has announced that a plan to see students and staff return to onsite activities in the next academic year will be released this June

The Department of Further and Higher Education announced today that a plan to see students and staff returned to campus will be released in June.


Plans to see the country eased from Level 5 restrictions, put in place four months

Taoiseach: “I want to see our students on campus”

Martin acknowledged that plans are being developed in the arts, culture, educational sectors, however “the key factor remains stick with the strategy; a gradual, responsible, reopening”

Speaking to the country this evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he “wants to see our students on campus for the new academic year, enjoying the further and higher education experience that they deserve”. 

Martin acknowledged that plans are

Government to support bill to increase student renters rights says Harris

Harris highlighted the “massive impact” Covid 19 has had on students, adding that “perhaps that hasn’t been discussed enough” and “we can never endure another college year like this one”

In a Dáil debate this morning, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Research Simon Harris said government will support the Residential Tenancies bill, tabled by Sinn Fein, in its second stage. 

If passed, the Residential Tenancies bill would

TCDSU to lobby for free quarantine for returning students in college accommodation

The motion also requires TCDSU to request that the government allow students returning to Ireland to complete the mandatory quarantine in college-provided accommodation

After a successful vote at the final Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council meeting of the year, TCDSU is now mandated to lobby College to provide free college accommodation and Covid-19 tests to students returning from abroad.

The motion

Union to advocate for supports for students with full or part-time jobs

At the final Council meeting of the academic year, Council passed a motion to support students who have to work “out of necessity” during the academic year

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has passed a motion calling for the introduction of accommodations for students with full or part-time jobs.

With the passing of the motion, the union is now mandated to advocate for the introduction of

TCDSU Council passes motions on House 6 accessibility and lobbying against conversion therapy

The final Council of the year took place over Zoom this evening

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Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has passed motions at Council this evening on taking steps towards an accessible House 6 and lobbying against conversion therapy.

Chemistry Convener Thomas O’Neill proposed the motion against conversion therapy at tonight’s council. 

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