Friday 28 April 2017

Conventional thinking at TCD

The Punt hears that Trinity College has poached Jillian Wilson from the Convention Centre where she has worked since it opened seven years ago.

The move into the groves of academe is not as peculiar as it might first appear. In straitened times Trinity has built up a thriving conference and events business to help replace lost State funding.

Indeed, we hear the university now makes as much money from selling T-shirts and tickets to see the Book of Kells as it does from the Exchequer.

Conference facilities are another money spinner. Trinity famously hosted talks between Fine Gael and the Independents that led to the formation of the current Government.

Its most popular venues for companies hosting big events are the iconic dining hall, but businesses are also hiring lecture theatres during the holidays and even student digs on campus. Wilson, who is herself a alumnus of the university's law department, is now tasked with using her skills to find new ways of generating commercial revenue.

Expect to see more invitations to Trinity in future.

Irish Independent

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