Saturday 21 January 2017

What a remarkable admission about Trinity admissions

John McAvoy

Published 27/08/2015 | 06:00

'Trinity no longer wants the brightest students in the country; it wants only the brightest in particular schools'
'Trinity no longer wants the brightest students in the country; it wants only the brightest in particular schools'

In the Irish Independent of August 17, Prof Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College is quoted as saying: "In Trinity, we are excited about getting in students who came first in the class, or in the top percentile of their schools, whether that score is 360 or 460 or 560."

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What an admission. Trinity no longer wants the brightest students in the country; it wants only the brightest in particular schools. I am sure the other higher education institutions will be delighted to accept the high-fliers Trinity has decided to ignore.

While Trinity may be excited, how excited are the 25 students who worked extremely hard for two years but who have been deprived of a place?

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