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This House Believes Trinity is Failing its Students

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The top-ranked university in Ireland. 108th in the world. Trinity’s reputation is an international one, drawing students from Ireland and around the world with promises of an esteemed education and the best graduate employability in the country. It is the university that produced Wolfe Tone, Edmund Burke, Samuel Beckett and Mary Robinson - for many, a Trinity offer is something they’ve dreamed of for years.

But is Trinity fulfilling its duty to these students? In just the last few years, student protests over a repeat exam fee culminated in students being locked in the Dining Hall, and created the Take Back Trinity movement. Access to libraries and college services was severely restricted the week before exams. The implementation of the Trinity Education Project created a climate of uncertainty and stress for final year students navigating an unfamiliar system. Student fees are steadily rising even while Trinity’s campus attracts over a million tourists each year. We have to ask the question: what are the priorities of the College, and is it truly serving its students?

This debate is about you. This debate is about all of us. The Hist is a forum, not just for rhetoric, but for debate about the issues that affect Trinity students. It’s a platform for those students to make themselves heard. Join us this Wednesday night to hear their voices.

The GMB. 7.30pm. Study hard.

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College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door. Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin and a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up. For incoming first-year students, an email with proof of acceptance will suffice.

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Earlier Event: November 1
Intermediate Debate Training
Later Event: November 7
Tea and Toast