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Communications 2016/17

Academic Year Structure 2018/19, approved by Council 8 February 2017

April 2017

Council documentation:

  • Strand 2: Internships and Student Mobility discussion document reviewed by Council (available through local access).
  • Strand 4: Trinity Electives recommendations approved by Council (available through local access).

February 2017

The new academic year structure will be introduced in 2018/19 which means that all Michaelmas modules will be assessed before Christmas.  This new structure contains a degree of flexibility, so individual programmes will need to decide if the current 12th week is designated for revision or for assessment rather than for teaching.    Guidance will be developed and issued to Schools in relation to the operationalization of this new structure.

  • External Review of entry routes to Two Subject Moderatorships (TSM), and Two-subject Combinations:

Council agreed on February 8 that an external review panel should be convened to examine how best to admit students to two-subject combinations (TSM) and other two subject combinations), and to bring forward a series of recommendations before the end of Michaelmas Term, 2017. So far, the Senior Lecturer/Dean of Undergraduate Studies has consulted with the relevant schools to formulate terms of reference for the external review, and these were approved by the University Council 8th March.  The external review will be asked to make recommendations on an optimal admissions mechanism to two-subject combinations that:

  • best fits the common architecture and its range of exit pathways;
  • enhances the range of two-subject combinations and maximises the potential for the provision of new combinations in the future;
  • ensures the distribution of students as effectively and equitably as possible across a broad range of subjects and is sufficiently flexible to respond to student demand;

Council is expected to receive a report by the end of Michaelmas Term 2016/17.

  • Phased Implementation:

Council agreed on February 8 that an external review panel should be convened to examine how best to admit students to two-subject combinations (TSM) and other two subject combinations), and to bring forward a series of recommendations before the end of Michaelmas Term, 2017. So far, the Senior Lecturer/Dean of Undergraduate Studies has consulted with the relevant schools to formulate terms of reference for the external review, and these were approved by the University Council 8th March.   Please see link for further information on the impact of this decision.

 

 

 

 

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement 2015/16

Provost's Review 2015/16

The Provost's Review for academic year 2015/16 includes a section on the Trinity Education Project which can be viewed here:

Communications

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1st July 2016

Interim Report July 2016

The Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Professor Linda Hogan, presents an update to the College community in relation to the Trinity Education Project and encourages staff to read the Interim Report circulated to University Council, 29th June 2016

 

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7 April 2016

'Renewing the Trinity Education' Provost's ezine

A University-wide project to renew and refresh Trinity’s education provision is underway. The Trinity Education Project is one of the central initiatives of the Strategic Plan 2014-19. Its overall purpose is to ensure that the undergraduate curriculum is developed in such a way that enhances Trinity’s reputation for excellence.  The focus is on delivering first-class programmes and a distinctive student experience, and equipping our graduates with skills that enable them to be career ready.

“The current plan is to renew and refresh our education. We need to think about how best to teach our students in a period where technology is yielding a diverse range of learning and teaching methods. We also need to think about the architecture and content of our programmes, about how we can create more opportunities for student engagement with industry, business and cultural institutions and about how and when we assess our students”, explained Professor Linda Hogan, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer, and sponsor of the Trinity Education Project.

“We have begun the process of renewing the Trinity education in order to take account of the transformational changes that have occurred in higher education internationally but also to ensure that Trinity’s reputation for excellence is maintained and enhanced in the decades to come.  This project is not about saving money nor reducing the range of subjects on offer. First and foremost, it is about the students and the quality of education we offer. Trinity has always made changes to ensure that we are at the frontiers of learning and the current plan to renew our education is part of that tradition,” the Vice-Provost continued.

The project is led by the Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and was preceded by a phase of extensive research on the best educational programmes internationally.  The work has been benchmarked against similar reform programmes in peer universities and our existing programmes have been reviewed by panels of leading academics from around the world.  The project is structured around seven strands each of which has representation from across the campus.  The strands are focused on stakeholder management and communications; curriculum principles and architecture; assessment; internships and study abroad; technology enhanced learning; learning spaces; and differentiation and positioning. 

A series of themed fora have been running since January as part of the project’s six month College-wide consultation on specific critical themes. These sessions have generated much discussion and valuable feedback. Video clips on the Assessment and Learning Spaces strand fora, as well as a project overview, may be viewed here and other updates will be added as the project progresses. In addition, the Senior Lecturer, Dr Gillian Martin and Project Manager, Fedelma McNamara have visited all of the Schools as part of the consultation process.

Trinity’s education is already rooted in a curriculum inspired by current research and scholarship. Our programmes combine disciplinary expertise with the acquisition of a broad range of critical skill and this change initiative seeks to build on the excellent work already being done throughout the University, whilst looking to the future to meet new opportunities and challenges.

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15th January 2016

Message from the Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer

The Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Professor Linda Hogan, presents an update to the College community in relation to the Trinity Education Project - one of the central initiatives of the Strategic Plan 2014-2019. Click here for scripted version.

 

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Events

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16th March 2016 College-wide Discussion Morning

A College-wide discussion morning on the curriculum principles and new programme architecture across all programmes was held on Wednesday 16th March in the Long Room Hub and in the Printing House.  There was a very good discussion at all four meetings and the points raised informed the proposal on curriculum architecture presented to the University Council.

The proposals can be read here: 16th March Forum Presentation.

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18th April 2016: Strand 4 : Internships and Study Abroad forum

Chaired by Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President for Global Relations and Chair of Strand 4 – Internships and Study Abroad, this forum sought to discuss how Trinity College might further facilitate and differentiate the internships and study abroad element of the trinity undergraduate programme.   Please see the Agenda & Outcomes and Presentation given at the forum by Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President Global Relations and Dr Chris Keely, Industry Engagement Liaison, Trinity Research and Innovation and Strand 4 member.

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18th April 2016: Strands 2 & 3 : Proposed Assessment Framework and Academic Year Structure forum

Co-chaired by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Senior Lecturer, Dr. Gillian Martin and Senior Academic Developer, Dr. Ciara O’Farrell, this forum built on previous and ongoing consultation including the TEP Assessment Forum held 26 January 2016. At the forum, feedback was obtained on a proposed Assessment Framework and various options for a new Academic Year Structure.  Please see the Agenda & Outcomes and Presentation.

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10th March 2016: Strand 5 : Technology Enhanced Learning forum

Co-chaired by the Associate Dean of On-line Education, Dr. Tim Savage and the Director of IT Services, Mr. John Murphy, this forum discussed how Trinity College might make use of emergent educational technology  to enhance the student learning experience, support the development of graduate attributes and embed innovative forms of assessment. Please see the Agenda and Presentation.

 

 

11th February 2016: Strand 6 : Learning Spaces forum

Co-chaired by the Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation, Professor Veronica Campbell and the Librarian, Helen Shenton, this forum sought to gather and discuss perspectives on the nature of learning spaces in Trinity College, including current challenges, enablers and examples of best practice locally and internationally. We were delighted to have Karen Latimer, Medical & Healthcare Librarian, Queens University, Belfast and Chair of the Steering Group of Designing Libraries, and Chair of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment Section joined us to give a perspective on International best practice. Please see the Agenda and Presentation.

Professor Veronica Campbell, Helen Shenton and Education Officer of the Student Union, Molly Kelly discuss the outcomes of the forum attended by Trinity academic staff, professional staff and students and the wider topic of learning spaces in Trinity.  The second video is a vox-pop of student views on learning spaces.  Outcomes from the discussions are available via Learning Space Forum

Scripted version

Scripted version

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26th January 2016: Strand 3 : Trinity Education Project - Assessment forum

Chaired by Dr. Ciara O'Farrell, Senior Academic Developer, this forum sought to gather and discuss perspectives on the nature and timing of assessment practices in Trinity College, including current challenges, enablers and examples of effective practice. Please see the Agenda.

Dr Ciara O’Farrell, Senior Academic Developer and Chair of the Assessment Strand (Strand 3), Trinity Education Project presents feedback from the Assessment Forum attended by Trinity academic staff, professional staff and students. Click here for scripted version.

 

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TRINITY EDUCATION PROJECT FORUM TIMETABLE ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/16

 

Trinity Education Theme

Lead

Date, Time & Venue

Graduate Attributes 

Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer  

2nd December 2015 @ 5.15pm
Printing House (completed)

Assessment

Dr Ciara O’Farrell, Senior Academic Developer,
Lead Strand 3 : Assessment

27th January 2016 @ 5.15pm
Innovation Academy (completed)

Learning Spaces

Librarian and Bursar/Director Strategic Innovation
Leads Strand 6 : Learning spaces

10th February 2016 @ 5.30pm
Innovation Academy,  Karen Latimer, Medical & Healthcare Librarian, Queens University Belfast (completed)

Technology Enhanced Learning

Associate Dean On-Line Education & Director IT Services
Leads Strand 5 : Technology Enhanced Learning

10th March 2016 @ 5pm
Innovation Academy (completed)

Proposed Assessment Framework and Academic Year Structure

 

Co-chaired by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Senior Lecturer, Dr. Gillian Martin and Senior Academic Developer, Dr. Ciara O’Farrell Strand 2 : Curriculum Principles and Architecture & Strand 3: Assessment

18th April 2016 @ 2.30pm Printing House (completed)

 

Internships and Study Abroad

Vice-President Global Relations
Lead Strand 4 : Internships and Study Abroad

18th April 2016 @ 5.30pm
Printing House (completed)