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:

Promote Student Life

A2.1 Transition to College

The transition to university is the first step in a transformative journey. It is a transition to the life and traditions of Trinity College, as the student’s chosen university, and to new friends and experiences. We will support and enhance these transitions by delivering programmes, resources and services that increase personal, social and academic connections, thereby accelerating the student’s entry into the collegiate community.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • providing orientation information to parents/families on the challenges and expectations facing new students so that they can provide a supportive home environment while still respecting the growing independence of the student
  • enhancing Open Days for potential applicants and Induction Days for incoming students
  • appointing a First Year Experience Officer and expanding the orientation timeframe, beginning when students are offered a place at Trinity and extending throughout the first semester
  • adding transition and study skills to the first-year curriculum
  • introducing ongoing ‘drop in’ orientation activities throughout the first semester
  • rewriting the Student Charter, and disseminating it widely.

A2.2 Student Environments

Over the centuries Trinity has developed a beautiful city-centre campus which has now extended beyond the walls of the original island site to include buildings on Pearse Street, D’Olier Street, Foster Place, Fenian Street, and South Leinster Street, as well as a residential campus at Trinity Hall, the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) at Grand Canal Dock, and campuses at the St. James’s and Tallaght teaching hospitals. The mix of heritage buildings beside cutting-edge modern design is the physical manifestation of the juxtaposition of innovation and tradition. The college supports a vibrant residential community, and an infrastructure for teaching and research that facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration alongside spaces for public engagement. Technological change is also impacting on the delivery of education. We aim to ensure that our spaces will allow Trinity to innovate at a faster pace while enhancing its solid traditions of small-group teaching and experiential learning.

The mix of heritage buildings beside cuttingedge modern design is the physical manifestation of the juxtaposition of innovation and tradition

Through the execution of an Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan 07 we will:

  • provide new buildings and refurbish existing ones to incorporate spaces for small-group teaching, collaborative working and student congregation
  • develop infrastructure to support experiential learning for students and connect the public with the academic life of the university
  • design new buildings and refurbish old ones to include spaces that support a ‘blended life’ approach, including catering spaces for a diverse student community, additional occasional seating indoors and in existing and new garden spaces
  • increase the number of student residences’ bed spaces by 2,000 on and near the campus; this will include the completion of new residences on the Oisin House site by 2019
  • enhance facilities in the Library to allow for greater access to the research collections, and accelerate the creation of digital collections
  • reconfigure spaces in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton libraries with an emphasis on flexibility in order to catalyse collaboration, to enable different, changing styles of teaching, learning and research, and to foster emerging technologies
  • ensure that the IT infrastructure of the university has the capacity to support a ‘cloud-first’ approach to facilitate flexible delivery of teaching and administrative services to students on a range of devices and platforms
  • work in partnership with Dublin City Council to connect the campus sites in an increasingly more open relationship with the city.

A2.3 Student Services, Tutorship and Registry

Trinity aims to support its students’ development through a broad experience of scholarship and community. The Student Services, the Tutorial Service, and Academic Registry strive to enhance the student experience. The Student Services do so through the integrated nature of their delivery, thereby enabling and promoting physical and mental well-being, and increasing the student’s awareness of his or her strengths and abilities. The Tutorial Services provide students with confidential help and advice on personal as well as academic issues, and college tutors act as advocates for students in academic appeals and in matters of discipline. The Academic Registry provides an integrated, service-focused team that supports all stages of the student lifecycle with an ethos of respect, professionalism, efficiency, and innovation.

In the context of the strategic plan, we will:

  • define service-level agreements with students on the quality and delivery of services and implement resourcing models to provide the capability and capacity to meet the needs of the increasingly numerous and diverse student body
  • promote Trinity’s distinctive personal tutor system which ensures that all students have access to an individual member of academic staff who is appointed to look after the welfare and development of the students in his/her care
  • further develop appropriate IT platforms for on-line delivery of relevant student services
  • support organizational change in the Academic Registry to embed process improvement and develop a flexible, teambased approach combined with a bestpractice service approach
  • promote student health awareness.

A2.4 Student-led Activity

Trinity recognizes that participation in extra- and co-curricular activities enhances both the intellectual and personal development of students. The motivation and enthusiasm for a vibrant student experience arises from student-led activity. The role of the university is to create an environment that fosters and encourages student initiative through clubs and societies. Trinity also recognizes the importance of individual initiatives in local, national and international engagement. The university’s primary task will be to ensure that its academic and administrative structures allow and encourage student-led activity to flourish.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • developing Trinity’s academic programmes and timetable to facilitate participation in clubs, societies, and community engagement
  • ensuring that the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan takes due account of the space needs of student-led activities
  • ensuring that university policies and administrative procedures support studentled activity, recognizing its key role in the student experience
  • enhancing the Dean of Student’s Roll of Honour as a method of giving formal recognition to student learning through participation in local, national and international volunteering activities
  • providing training and professional skills development to student officers of clubs and societies
  • delivering an e-portfolio system to capture the full range of student development.

Trinity recognizes that participation in extra- and co-curricular activities enhances both the intellectual and personal development of students

Footnotes

  • 07 The Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan will involve extensive consultation, and will be completed by end 2015.