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2009-2010 Academic Year

  • At the end of the 2009-10 academic year Dr Jon Slapin moved to take up a new position at the University of Houston, Texas. We wish him well in his new position.
  • On 22 July 2010 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution issued its final Report on elections and the electoral system. The Committee was assisted greatly in its endeavours by the work of two PhD students in the department, Séin Ó Muineacháin and Matt Wall, who were singled out for praise by the committee's acting chairperson, Jim O'Keeffe TD, when he launched the Report in Leinster House. In addition, three members of the department staff made presentations to the Committee in autumn 2009, as detailed below.
  • Dr Jacqueline Hayden was presented with a Provost's Teaching Award at a ceremony on 10 June 2010. These awards recognise outstanding teaching quality and commitment within Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Hayden's award reflects the enthusiasm that she brings to her teaching and that in turn she generates among her students. In the words of one of her nominations, her 'enthusiasm and commitment to a high-quality student experience are second to none in our School'.
  • On 18 May 2010 Dr Raj Chari made a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Affairs, specifically on the subject of the regulation of lobbying. The following day his co-authored book on the subject was launched by Senator Ivana Bacik in European House on Dawson Street, Dublin; for full details see the regulatelobbying site.
  • On 2 February 2010 the Department co-hosted a public consultation on electoral reform with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution in Trinity’s Public Theatre. This was the first time in Trinity’s history that a fully constituted Joint Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas has sat in Trinity and only the second time in the history of the Oireachtas that a formal Committee has sat outside the Oireachtas. The meeting was well attended and generated a lively discussion, with contributions by students and staff from the department. Fuller information from the committee's press release, Trinity's news page, and media coverage.
  • In late 2009 Michael Marsh (4 November), Michael Gallagher (18 November) and Ken Benoit (9 December) made presentations to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution, which is reviewing the PR-STV electoral system that has been used at all general elections in Ireland since independence. Michael Marsh addressed the impact of PR-STV upon intra-party competition, Michael Gallagher discussed the constituency service role of TDs and the question of whether this could be attributed in any significant measure to the electoral system, and Ken Benoit discussed the issues involved in the process of changing an electoral system.
  • In November 2009 the Department was awarded a place in the Excellence Group for Political Science in this year’s CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany) Excellence Ranking. The CHE Excellence Ranking highlights the research strengths of European higher education institutes and awarded the Excellence Group status to TCD’s Department of Political Science at the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy because of its outstanding achievements in citations and publications.
  • This is the second time the CHE has completed its annual ranking, this time focusing on the academic disciplines of economics, political science and psychology. The CHE Excellence Ranking is based on the performance on five key indicators with either a research orientation or an international dimension. For seven different subjects a group of 20 to 60 European universities were selected by their prominence in research and internationalisation indicators. This selected group of universities is called the 'Excellence Group' of the respective subject.
  • Speaking on the award, Professor of Comparative Political Behaviour and Faculty Dean Michael Marsh said: ‘The excellence of political science in TCD has been highlighted by several objective surveys in recent years and the department is delighted to see this rating confirmed by such an authoritative institute.’
  • The department is pleased to welcome new lecturers for the academic year 2009-10. Dr Elaine Byrne, who is well known as an Irish Times columnist, is teaching PO3630 Irish Politics; Dr Anna Gwiazda, who lectured at Dublin City University in 2008-09, has been appointed a full-time lecturer for 2009-10 and is teaching both PO2650 Comparative Politics and PO3670 Democracy and Development; and Dr Etain Tannam, a lecturer in the Irish School of Ecumenics, is teaching PO4700 Contemporary International Relations. Full details on each new lecturer on the Staff page.
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