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We have a cunning plan

Trinity College Dublin last night launched its Strategic Plan at a reception in which the Provost presented the Minister for Education with a copy of the plan. It has played well in a piece by Sean Flynn in today’s Irish Times, under the headline “Trinity seeks 25% increase in postgraduates”, and focussing on the plan’s strong emphasis on increased research activity and aim to improve Trinity’s position in world rankings as a consequence.

It is an important development, and I welcome it wholeheartedly, but I feel the need to sound a note of caution. The process of developing such institutional policy consumes large amounts of time and talent, and the best way to ensure that generating the plan is not merely a pro forma exercise to keep Government and funding bodies happy is to take the plan seriously. But it is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. Like any such plan, it should be respected and followed, and allowed to direct developments; but respect and fidelity should not impose constraints, and institutional policy should not be allowed to shackle the creativity of the individual academic.

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  1. […] First, Sean Flynn writes about yesterday’s launch of the fourth cycle of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Under this scheme, third-level colleges will submit proposals to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for €190 million in new research funding. Proposals will be expected to focus on key national priority areas and reflect higher education institutions’ research strategies (such as TCD’s Strategic Plan). In particular, and reflecting the HEA’s policy on graduate education, this cycle of the PRTLI will seek to enhance graduate education through graduate schools. (If undergraduate education is the third level, then graduate education represents the fourth level, the current sacred cow in Irish education policy). In this competitive scheme, essentially universities and ITs will argue that, as institutions, they ought to receive more funding, that they are worth it. […]

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