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Saturday 21 October 2017

€200k and mansion on offer as Trinity looks to fill top job

A blue-chip job with a salary of more than €200,000 and the best address in Dublin is up for grabs.

It comes with the plush perk of a fully staffed 1760s town mansion at No 1 Grafton Street.

The top position in Irish academia will soon be advertised and once carried a salary of €237,785 -- but following pay cuts in the public sector, this has been reduced to €202,118 since January last, Trinity College said.

"The salary is set by the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector," a Trinity spokeswoman told the Herald.

"The Provost is obliged by College statutes to reside in the Provost's House as a taxable benefit in kind."

The Provost position is open to those who have "significant academic standing; evidence of capacity for management and administration such as is required in an educational or equivalent institution" and "evidence of leadership skills and the ability to represent the College externally," Trinity said.

External applications are "encouraged" and applications for interview will be received once the advertisement is placed, possibly later this month, the college said.



Insiders

The new Provost is expected to take up his/her office from August 1 next.

The current Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr John Hegarty, is due to finish his 10-year term next June.

While the job is open to academics worldwide, Trinity insiders are said to have an edge.

The successful candidate will need the backing of hundreds of Trinity academics.

The favourite is said to be the current vice-Provost, Professor Patrick Prendergast, who played a key role in a research merger between Trinity and UCD last year.

Professor Colm Kearney of the School of Business has been the first and so far only academic to declare an interest.

The former Dublin City University president, Ferdinand von Prondzynski, rumoured to be a possible candidate, has been ruled out since his appointment as principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Up to 600 professors, lecturers and council and board members will vote in the election with the candidates being interviewed by a selection panel for the first time.

The role has expanded enormously since Adam Loftus, the first Provost, was appointed in 1592. The new Provost must be able to plan, prioritise and manage not just the university but also its finances.

mlavery@herald.ie

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