Goals

We provide a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where all are encouraged to achieve their full potential. We will:

Engage Wider Society

C7.1 Staff Engagement in the Public Square

Over the centuries, Trinity’s staff, students and alumni have helped shape the social, political, cultural and economic landscape of Ireland and the world. From science to literature, from politics to philosophy, the Trinity story has drawn inspiration from the capacity to engage constructively with the public square. Some Trinity graduates have won Nobel prizes; more have made less public, but still extremely valuable, contributions in their communities.

We will build on this tradition of engaged citizenship by:

  • communicating, via high-quality national and international media channels, Trinity’s achievements in education and research so that the public can fully appreciate and benefit from our work
  • bringing major international thought-leaders to Ireland for public discussions and promoting Trinity as an itinerary destination for world leaders on visits to Ireland where staff and students and the general public can have structured opportunities to engage with them
  • hosting Trinity Research Expos to showcase the real-world application of the work of Trinity Research and Innovation, LaunchBox and other initiatives
  • encouraging Trinity academics to write expert opinion pieces and create more video content dealing with specific discoveries
  • using scheduled video blogs, webinars, and e-zines to share the success stories of staff across academic and administrative areas
  • leveraging cross-promotion opportunities with major national events that attract younger people, where Trinity should have a presence.

C7.2 Trinity Visitor Experience

Trinity College currently welcomes over one million visitors annually. It is one of Ireland’s foremost visitor attractions. Among our visitors are tourists, prospective students and their families, returning alumni, and visiting faculty. We aim to engage all visitors with the college’s heritage, its museum collections, and the breadth of its cultural and scientific achievements.

We will achieve this objective through the Trinity Visitor Experience plan13 that will be executed in 2014–19 by:

  • providing welcoming and easy-to-find spaces and services for visitors, thus facilitating a deeper interaction for them with the work of the university
  • providing facilities to support experiential learning for students and connecting the public with the academic life of the university
  • increasing the operating surplus on ancillary commercial activities by 20%
  • improving stewardship of collections through the provision of modern facilities for manuscripts and early printed books in the Library
  • improving and enhancing conservation measures in the Long Room and improving the visitor experience therein
  • developing physical and virtual contemporary exhibitions of Library Treasures as a 21st-century experience of world-heritage items, uniquely in the context of a university environment
  • extending the Library Shop
  • creating the Berkeley Exhibition Hall for student exhibitions and for showcasing Trinity content, research and innovation
  • improving Trinity entrances, and creating a Visitor Reception Area
  • creating the virtual campus, bringing our campus tours and collections to the mobile and desktop digital environment for visitors whose attention will be captured by targeted social marketing.

The above actions will be incorporated into the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan.

C7.3 Relationship with the City

Trinity’s campus community of some 3,000 staff and 17,000 students plays an important part in the life of the city. Most members of this community work and study in the main campus which sits at the mid-point of Dublin’s main north-south axis at the confluence of the cultural, political, technology and business districts. Together with the staff and students in Trinity’s main teaching hospitals – St James’s Hospital, the largest hospital in the state, and Tallaght Hospital located in Dublin’s western suburbs – our staff and students play an important part in making Dublin a successful city in which to live and work.

We will develop our relationships with the city by:

  • partnering with government to play our part in advancing Dublin’s reputation as a global city
  • collaborating with enterprise, state agencies and other educational institutions to help drive Dublin’s innovation ecosystem
  • acting as a catalyst for the creative and cultural arts in the city through the Trinity Creative Initiative14 which inter alia aims to strengthen our relationships with municipal and national cultural institutions, including galleries, libraries, archives, theatres and other creative and performance spaces
  • promoting environmental sustainability, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s ‘Greening the City’ initiative and developing, via the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan, a campus infrastructure in line with this objective
  • maintaining effective lines of communication with Dublin City Council and the City Manager.

C7.4 Neighbours and Community Liaison

Recognizing Trinity’s civic responsibility, particularly to the communities in its immediate hinterland, and acknowledging the contributions our neighbours make to the life and work of the university, Trinity aims to continue to develop and enhance its relationships with the communities living alongside it, with whom it shares many challenges and opportunities, and on whom Trinity’s steady growth and expansion has had an impact.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • continuing to support the work of the Community Liaison Officer in discharging the dual role of ambassador to the local communities, giving an account of the college’s current and planned initiatives, and communicator to the college of the concerns, interests and needs of the local community through a direct line of connection to the Provost
  • maintaining continuous communication with local stakeholders on matters of significant interchange, including the oversight of major ongoing programmes of community/ college engagement such as the Voluntary Tuition Programme, several shared sports programmes, and the Sports Day
  • being represented by the Community Liaison Officer on a number of organizations of community interest and development including Dublin City Council’s Strategic Finance Committee, the local Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID) committee and the Local Enterprise Board
  • addressing issues of concern associated with Trinity’s building, reconstruction and maintenance work in areas within the neighbourhood
  • engaging the local community with the academic activity of the university through, for example, the ‘Trinity and its Neighbours’ project, a cultural programme that has resulted in the publication of the first oral history of Trinity’s relations with the local community since the early 20th century, the hugely successful series of free extramural lectures concerning local history and local historical figures, and reports of recent research developments in science, technology and medicine.

Trinity aims to continue to develop and enhance its relationships with the communities living alongside it, with whom it shares many challenges and opportunities

Footnotes

  • 13 Overall integrated approach approved by the Trinity College Board, 25 June 2014.
  • 14 Trinity Creative Initiative is a project under development which aims to develop Trinity’s role in supporting the Creative and Cultural Industries.