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

Renew the Trinity Education

A3.1 Curriculum

Trinity education is rooted in a curriculum inspired by current research and scholarship. The strengths in the curriculum derive from the dedication of academic staff, who have international reputations in their respective fields, working together with professional, technical, administrative and support staff to harness the excellence and diversity of the multidisciplinary university. Our programmes combine disciplinary expertise with the acquisition of a broad range of critical skills, preparing our graduates to work adaptively in diverse settings. Recognizing that the context in which our graduates compete is ever-changing, we will ensure that our curriculum evolves in light of new discoveries in disciplinary knowledge, and that we maintain the emphasis on critical thinking and fostering independence of mind.

Our programmes combine disciplinary expertise with the acquisition of a broad range of critical skills, preparing our graduates to work adaptively in diverse settings

We will achieve this objective by:

  • promoting a research-inspired curriculum where all students have the opportunity to complete a piece of independent research as part of their undergraduate programme
  • introducing flexibility in our programme patterns, while maintaining the disciplinary strengths on which our reputation for excellence is founded
  • developing the key skills of critical thinking, problem-recognition, problem-solving, adaptability and effective communication in the context of disciplinary and multidisciplinary programmes
  • ensuring that our curricula and pedagogies are enhanced through the adoption of new technologies and new learning paradigms
  • developing, in every programme, modules that develop skills of creativity, opportunity recognition and risk-taking (as part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategy)
  • expanding our engagement with employers to ensure that curricula address contemporary work practices, and that feedback plays an appropriate role in curriculum development
  • promoting non-traditional modes of assessment that facilitate a more comprehensive evaluation of the educational objectives of each programme.

A3.2 21st-Century Skills

Trinity education aims to create in our students a life-long desire for knowledge and understanding. Also important is a capacity for creativity and innovation and an aptitude for cross-cultural understanding and an affinity for global citizenship. We will continue to educate our students to be leaders in intellectual, cultural, social, political and economic life, and we will exploit the opportunities of the digitally connected environment in pursuit of this end.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • promoting student-led and peer-to-peer activities through which critical life-skills are developed
  • providing opportunities for global exchange, study abroad, global internships, research lab placements and service-learning, thereby enabling students to develop the skills essential for success
  • fostering relationships between students, faculty and alumni, and harnessing this collective expertise for the benefit of students
  • improving partnerships with industry, business, cultural, inter-cultural and social institutions in order to enhance the opportunities for students to develop the skills necessary to flourish in life.

A3.3 Employer Relationships and Careers

Trinity will reinvigorate its relationship with national and multinational employers, particularly those on our doorstep in Dublin city. We will open up new conversations about the curriculum to seek wider views on 21st-century skills and how we can collaborate to provide them. In 2013, the Careers Advisory Service was repositioned within Trinity Teaching and Learning (part of the Academic Services Division), and this repositioning will aid in achieving our objectives by:

  • developing mutually beneficial relationships with employers to embed employability and career-development opportunities in the undergraduate curriculum
  • promoting corporate engagement by establishing a high-level university/ employer forum
  • establishing the supporting infrastructure to develop and manage partnerships with national and global employers that will advance workplace internship programmes, placements and exchanges
  • developing existing structures to increase alumni networking and mentoring opportunities.

By introducing CPD courses we will meet the educational ambitions of a more diverse student body and support the further development of a well-educated population

A3.4 Continuous Professional Development

By continuous professional development (CPD), we mean courses for new and returning students in mid-career, courses that enable them to maintain their knowledge and professional skills. CPD courses are now obligatory in many professions (e.g., law, engineering, medicine), and constitute an essential component of life-long-learning. Trinity will introduce new CPD courses within the next five years, focusing on developing partnerships with professional bodies and global leaders in the various fields. In this way we will meet the educational ambitions of a more diverse student body and support the further development of a well-educated population.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • developing a strategy for continuous professional development and life-long learning that matches Ireland’s current and future economic and social needs
  • positioning Trinity’s Business and Innovation Hub to be a leading provider of education and training across the spectrum of entrepreneurial activities
  • advancing Accreditation of Prior Learning for admission to our programmes
  • and through the Online Education Project, we will
    • deploy new technologies to support flexible learning opportunities for students, targeted at areas of national and international demand
    • create global learning communities through the provision of high-quality, open-access courses (MOOCs).