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

Strengthen Community

A 1.1 Access and Participation

The Trinity community is ultimately defined by those who are enrolled as students. Through its access and admissions policies, Trinity seeks to enrol students with a broad range of talents and with the ability to engage with the kind of education the university offers. We aim to create a diverse and cosmopolitan community that values, respects and encourages excellence.

We aim to further this objective by:

  • continuing to enrol high-performing students from diverse backgrounds who can benefit from the distinctive education that Trinity provides
  • achieving a broader representation of students from throughout the island of Ireland and a greater demographic spread from other European Union (EU) countries
  • building a global community by increasing the number of students enrolled from outside the EU from 7.8% in 2012 to 18% in 2019
  • increasing the percentage of under-represented groups enrolled on undergraduate courses to 25% in 2019
  • improving rates of undergraduate transition from first to second year courses from 84% in 2012 to 90% in 2019.

A1.2 Internationalization

Geographical diversity in our student community is critical in developing an educational milieu which fosters cross-cultural understanding and prepares all students for a life of global citizenship. It allows for a coming-together of different educational, cultural and personal perspectives. It is also a key factor in introducing students to a global dialogue on their areas of academic study, and in building a global Trinity community by creating lifelong, personal, academic, and professional relationships across the world. We will ensure that an integrated internationalized student community re-emerges as a strong feature of the Trinity experience.

Geographical diversity in our student community is critical in developing an educational milieu which fosters cross-cultural understanding and prepares all students for a life of global citizenship

We will achieve this objective by implementing the Global Relations Strategy II 05 which involves:

  • presenting Trinity as a world-class educational institution, with a research-inspired curriculum, which attracts students of the highest calibre from all continents
  • developing strategic partnerships and joint, dual and partnership degree programmes with peer institutions globally
  • providing an enabling and stimulating learning environment for students from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • taking every opportunity to integrate all of our students, whether based in Dublin or abroad, into the global Trinity community
  • pursuing opportunities to create campuses abroad, which may include developing our existing presence and opening new and joint research centres.

A1.3 Online Students

Technology-enhanced education offers opportunities to support student learning, to develop innovative teaching strategies, and to cater for the needs of 21st-century learners no matter where they are around the world. The Online Education Project, 06 to be executed in the 2014–19 period, will:

  • use flexible and wholly online modes of course delivery to increase the numbers of student online learners to 1,000, on up to 20 courses, focused primarily on postgraduate and continuous professional development (CPD) students, targeted at areas of national and international demand
  • ensure that the online student experience matches the research-led Trinity education based on academic rigour and built upon the existing culture of scholarship, innovation and creativity
  • develop technology-enhanced learning across the face-to-face teaching environment to assist in the ongoing development of 21st-century learning paradigms such as a flexible curriculum, hybrid learning and the flipped classroom to enhance the student experience
  • create global-learning communities through the provision of high-quality, open-access courses (MOOCs) in areas where Trinity has recognized excellence and global reach.

Technology-enhanced education offers opportunities to cater for the needs of 21st-century learners

A1.4 Student-to-Alumnus Transition and Alumni Engagement

Having experienced the college first hand, Trinity’s alumni are our most effective advocates and ambassadors. We aim to achieve a step-change in the nature and level of our engagement with our current and future alumni. We will foster mutually beneficial relationships throughout the whole of their lives from the time they enter college.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • creating dynamic and inter-connected alumni global networks that will provide opportunities for social and professional interactions amongst alumni and between alumni and the college, e.g., through the Trinity Global Graduate Forum, and by supporting our branch networks
  • embedding alumni-related activity in the culture of Schools, both amongst the staff and the current student body by providing opportunities for alumni to continue their engagement with Schools as guest speakers, advisors and ambassadors, and for them to support internship and other career opportunities for our students and graduates
  • providing opportunities for alumni, in Ireland and abroad, to benefit from and connect with the university via a range of services and benefits, including university and regional events, student and alumni networks, continuous professional development, alumni space on campus, including in the library and in sports, accommodation and catering facilities
  • enhancing our communications with our alumni through video blogs, webinars, and e-zines in order to involve them in the success stories of staff and students
  • actively harnessing alumni expertise and desire to help by serving on advisory boards, and providing strategic input for the future direction of the college
  • recording and recognizing the support of students and alumni.


  • 05 Global Relations Strategy review approved by the Trinity College Board, 28 May 2014.
  • 06 A Trinity Technological-Enhanced and Online Education Initiative approved by the Trinity College Board, 19 June 2013.