Science in brief

SciTech Editor Katarzyna Siewierska gives an account of the biggest stories to emerge from Trinity’s science departments this term


TCD physicists create a sensor from graphene and silly putty

On December 9, the prestigious journal Science published a paper on “Sensitive electromechanical sensors using viscoelastic graphene-polymer nanocomposites” which reports on a very exciting discovery of what is now


Why we need Students Against Fees

Sean Egan, chair of Students Against Fees, argues that students need to mobilise to offer a real challenge to the introduction of student loans


“Has posing nicely in the press shots of politicians, building CVs and passing well-meaning motions with little promise of meaningful struggle loosened the financial noose around Irish students’ necks?”

Students against Fees (SAF) was created in response to a failure


A Revival of student activism: Fueling divestment with Fossil Free TCD

Catherine Hearn of Fossil Free TCD outlines their campaign for the divestment of college funds from the fossil fuel industry


“Trinity had investments worth approximately €6.1m in companies such as Shell Global, ExxonMobil, BP and TransCanada Corporation.”

6.1 million euro is a lot of money – it’s a national lottery prize, a small island in the Philippines, or 62,500 years’

Life, News

David O’Doherty at ComedySoc

An impromptu stand-up gig by the award-winning Irish comedian was enjoyed by a packed-in crowd in the GMB on Thursday.

Comedy Soc held a gig on Thursday 27 in the GMB to a stuffed-in, enthusiastic crowd. Far flung from the Tuesday nights in the Pav with student comedians and the occasional run in with the staff, this week the society …


Sell the Kells

Fossil Free TCD’s tongue-in-cheek petition provides a novel way to draw attention to Trinity’s decision on divestment this November


“Hi, would you be interested in signing our petition towards selling the Book of Kells?”

It is in no way unusual to be approached by whichever group or society have claimed the tables on the first floor of the Arts


Dublin’s best hipster gruel

Bláithín Sheil reviews Dublin’s answer to porridge all within a short distance of Trinity’s walls


Are you a dedicated athlete training before dawn breaks, a commuter relying on an early bus, or just a good old Catholic who eats porridge rather than cornflakes (see the Irish Times, “Protestants? They wore underpants, had proper toilet


Government introduces €4 million grant scheme for low-income postgraduate students

The grant will be made available to 1,100 postgraduate students


The government has announced the introduction of a full maintenance grant for 1,100 postgraduate students as part of Budget 2017. The grant, worth almost €6,000, will be made available to students in the lowest income category.

The scheme is part


A guide to Trinity sports clubs

Did you miss out on the chance of joining at Freshers’ week? Clare McCarthy gives you all the information you need to join one of Trinity’s clubs

Trinity News offers you a comprehensive guide to all the sports clubs that TCD has to offer. College is the perfect place to start a new sport or to continue on with the sport you have done through school. With


The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) celebrates ten years of research

The study explores the economic and social well-being of the older generation

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) celebrated ten years of research in Trinity College Dublin earlier this month. TILDAs research focuses on understanding and improving ageing in Ireland.

Established in 2006, TILDA was created to provide an


Coping with culture

Hannah O’Brien-Møller explores the phenomenon of culture shock as experienced by herself and others upon moving to Dublin.


Stepping off the plane from Brussels with an anxious mother in tow, I thought I was totally prepared for life in Ireland. I am, after all, half Irish. I have many Irish relatives and I’d visited Dublin countless times before