Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says

Outgoing head of college, which gets 40 per cent of its revenue from government, says independence and autonomy of universities must be maintained

7th April, 2021
Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says
Patrick Prendergast, provost of Trinity College Dublin, with then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the 425th anniversary of the university in 2017. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) could survive without government funding if it needed to, Patrick Prendergast, the head of the university has said. Forty per cent of Trinity’s revenue comes from the state, but the college has sought exclusion from upcoming legislation strengthening state accountability of higher education institutions.

Prendergast, who finishes his ten-year tenure as provost in July, said of the funding: “If we didn’t have it, we’d have to change a lot...

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