The most read articles of 2021 – The University Times

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to provide plenty of news, other events in Trinity and beyond filled our pages. Professor Linda Doyle has been elected Trinity’s first female Provost in history, after a long campaign that saw the College community take stock of the current state of the university and what it wanted to see changed. Indeed, Doyle’s first semester in office was not without incident, with controversies such as the closure of the Science Gallery and the slowness of Trinity to reopen to the public getting everyone talking.

college time has been at the center of these stories, asking the important questions so that even in times of rapid change and growing uncertainty, students can have a clear picture of the issues most relevant to them.

The Science Gallery will close permanently due to financial problems

The Science Gallery saga has been vigorously reported by college time and watched closely by students, College staff and Dubliners. First reported by the Business post, our most read article of the year detailed the planned closure of the Gallery due to serious financial difficulties. What followed was public outcry online and widespread criticism of Trinity and government priorities. We then revealed that the gallery could survive in a pared down format with the help of the government, but for now its current exhibition will end in early 2022 as planned and the gallery will then shut down.


Student unions should consider entering real estate market, says DCC chief

The student housing crisis – and Ireland’s housing crisis as a whole – has shown no signs of easing in 2021. Dublin City Council is coming under increasing scrutiny for its inability to provide affordable housing for students. Many balked when council chief executive Owen Keegan suggested in a letter to University College Dublin Students’ Union president Ruairi Power that student unions should consider entering the property market s they want to resolve the crisis. Keegan’s comments left a particularly sour taste in students’ mouths, as just weeks earlier luxury student accommodation provider Uninest had been granted permission to let 571 beds in Dublin 7 to non-students – as it claimed that he did not expect the student rental market to recover from the pandemic. This move to convert student beds to short-term rentals, Power said, would “undoubtedly perpetuate the supply crisis and artificially inflate rents across the city.” Keegan’s controversial response resulted in a protest outside the DCC offices calling for his resignation. He eventually apologized for the comments but did not resign.

Alyn-Stacey blocked from election, says HR played ‘crucial’ role in process

The race to become Trinity’s next provost got off to a rocky start with one of the most high-profile potential candidates denied entry. Professor Sarah Alyn-Stacey has long been an outspoken commentator on Trinity structures and decisions, having written a multitude of op-eds and letters to national newspapers on these issues. She accused the interview committee – which screens candidates before the list of candidates is finalized – of blurring the lines between election and nomination, giving HR a ‘crucial role’ in ousting her from the race. . She said college time she was surprised at the decision, which the interview committee upheld. Many expressed concern over the decision, including Trinity Senator David Norris, but it never passed.

Linda Doyle elected first female provost in historic election

The all-female race secured Trinity its first female provost, but Linda Doyle’s victory in April still sparked palpable excitement in the university community. college time covered the provost election closely and even after a grueling round of jostling there was no clear favorite for Trinity’s top job. Doyle did well with staff, but only narrowly won the Graduate Students’ Union preference and was runner-up ahead of Professor Jane Ohlmeyer in the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union preference . Nonetheless, the victory is seen by many as a turning point in Trinity’s history – and a major one for former provost George Salmon.

Pandemic or not, you don’t have to be at rock bottom to seek help

Many readers have resonated with Alex Connolly’s musings on the unnecessary notion that some issues are “not big enough” to seek help. In January, the country faced another level five lockdown, which Connolly said could be “the nation’s lowest mental health level”. Pandemic or not, however, Connolly stressed the importance of staying on top of your mental health and not feeling guilty for taking advantage of already very limited services. He wrote: “Putting counseling on a higher pedestal, reserved for those who supposedly need it most, only heightens the stigma around seeking help and prevents problems from escalating into crisis.

How TAP created plans for equality at Britain’s elite universities

While Trinity often references its special relationship with sister colleges Oxford and Cambridge, we don’t often get a behind-the-scenes look at their collaborations. Recently, Trinity Access has not only inspired, but also informed the development of programs at Oxford and Cambridge universities that aim to bridge socio-economic divides at the UK’s most prestigious – and elite – universities. . college time spoke to Dr Cliona Hanlon, director of the Trinity Access Program (TAP) and principal of Lady Margaret Hall College at Oxfor Alan Rusbridger, among others, about the plans. What began as a suggestion over pints in the Long Haul between former Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast and Rusbridger has resulted in an ambitious overhaul of the admissions system at Oxford. The article provides insight into one of Trinity’s crowning glories of recent decades – its founding program – and illustrates its impact beyond the walls of the College.

Doctoral students should be treated like workers, says new research dean

Doctoral rights were another issue on everyone’s lips this year, and they were given hope after Trinity’s new dean of research pointed out that doctoral students should be treated like workers. In an interview with college time Wolfgang Schmitt, freshly appointed by the new provost, was convinced that doctoral students are workers and should be treated as such. Schmitt’s view represents a significant departure from the College’s longstanding orthodoxy about doctoral students, who have become increasingly vocal about their low pay and poor working conditions in recent years.

Unpaid internships are an insult to students and deepen socio-economic divides

Highlighting the inequalities perpetuated by unpaid internships, Mairead Maguire struck a chord when she argued they shouldn’t be allowed these days. Maguire argued that while these “exciting” and “career advancement” opportunities really do as much for personal development as they claim, they shouldn’t be out of reach for working-class students who cannot. cannot afford to do without a salary to advance their careers.

Battleground in House 39: The Prank War Between Kenny and Cox

The pandemic may have curtailed most sources of entertainment, but Trinity Law School’s David Kenny and Neville Cox have managed to keep their iconic prank war going. Both sides are hazy on the genesis of the humorous feud, but its climax may have been when Kenny produced and hung a portrait of Cox in law school that read “Dr. Neville Cox, Dean of Graduate Studies. Commissioned by the Neville Cox Foundation for the Advancement of Neville Cox”. The article details other pranks the two have pulled on each other, each bolder than the last. History reminds us that there is still fun left in Trinity academics.

The Trinity Ball will take place on April 22

In October, college time must be the bearer of good news. We have revealed that the top of Trinity’s social calendar, Trinity Ball, has been scheduled for April 22 after the event was canceled two years in a row due to the pandemic. After the long-awaited return to in-person classes, Trinity Ball seemed like the last missing piece of pre-pandemic life. As cases soar, it’s hard to guarantee anything in terms of big events, but college time We will of course keep you informed of the evolution of the situation.

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