02 May 2019   |   Network Updates   |   Update from Trinity College Dublin
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Trinity College Dublin goes public with its €400 million fundraising campaign – Ireland’s largest fundraising campaign

Trinity College Dublin is launching the public phase of its €400 million fundraising campaign today [May 2nd, 2019]. ‘Inspiring Generations’ is the University’s first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland. 

‘Inspiring Generations’ will support transformative educational experiences across the University that will attract the most innovative academics, and the most talented students from all backgrounds, from the world over. Together they will research and address some of the major global issues of our time, from environmental challenges to cancer treatment. 

Key flagship projects that will benefit from philanthropic funding include the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute that will transform cancer patient care; the new E3 Institute in Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies that will find balanced solutions for a better world; and the conservation and redevelopment of Trinity’s historic Old Library and the creation of a research study centre. Priority will also be given to student scholarships and new academic posts that will enable expansion and innovation across education and research. The public launch of ‘Inspiring Generations’ commences with €272m already raised, which represents 42,933 donations by 10,244 donors from 68 countries.

Speaking at the public launch of ‘Inspiring Generations,’ Dr Patrick Prendergast, Trinity’s Provost said:

“At Trinity, our history inspires and informs our future.Trinity was founded on lands granted by Dublin Corporation in 1592, and since then our College has helped to shape a better-informed and more equal society – in Ireland and around the world. We’ve achieved this by producing exceptional research, delivering a transformative education and inspiring Trinity alumni to make a positive contribution to the world.”

“We are dedicated to pursuing innovation in education and research, and fearlessly advancing the cause of a pluralistic, just and sustainable society. ‘Inspiring Generations’ will enable Trinity to achieve these ambitions and inspire generations to come. Our vision is by no means wholly dependent on philanthropy; but Trinity would not be the place it is today without support from alumni and friends of the University.”

“Our ambitious Campaign goals are €400m in donations and 150,000 volunteer hours. ‘Inspiring Generations’ will advance Trinity into the next decade and lay the groundwork for us to inspire generations to come.”

The national launch of the campaign will be followed by international launches in major cities worldwide in the coming weeks including London, Paris and in the US and Asia.

The Provost’s Council, made up of a core group of alumni and supporters, has worked closely with Trinity on the planning of ‘Inspiring Generations’.

Fergal Naughton, CEO of Glen Dimplex and Chair of the Provost’s Council said:

“I am delighted to be part of this ambitious campaign and I call on fellow alumni and supporters of Trinity here in Ireland and the world over to join us. Trinity has a history of innovation, inspiring people to change the world. Your support will allow Trinity to pursue ambitious initiatives that anticipate emerging global trends and develop solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. This campaign can be your legacy for future generations – come join us.”

Central to ‘Inspiring Generations’ will be the delivery of a transformative Trinity education and widening access for future students.

It will build on the University’s scholarship programme for talented students who dream of studying at Trinity. It will fund new academic posts and professorships ─ the lifeblood of the University – attracting the best educators, researchers and postgraduate students.


It will also enable the Trinity Access Programme to scale up. Building on the success of this first access programme in Ireland founded 25 years ago, it will expand its outreach to schools nationwide and its existing student programmes.

Senator Lynn Ruane a recent graduate of Trinity said:

“Education has had a transformative influence on my life. Thanks to the Trinity Access Programme which enabled me to study at Trinity I have had an educational experience that has quite literally changed my life. I hope that this campaign will help provide access for many more to benefit from this unique Trinity education.”

In healthcare, the new Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute will transform cancer treatment in Ireland by integrating research, medicine and training with highly individualised care for cancer patients.

Tackling global challenges across Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies, the landmark E3 Institute will put Trinity at the forefront of the national drive to establish Ireland as a European leader in research and innovation. Building starts this year on this state- of- the- art E3 facility.

A redevelopment plan for the Old Library will protect and conserve Trinity’s historic Old Library and its unique collections. It will make them more accessible to visitors with a new Research Study Centre, improved facilities and the application of new digital technology.

The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute will also be further developed as a focal point for the Arts and Humanities.

These are just some of the key initiatives that feature in ‘Inspiring Generations’.  The campaign will provide Trinity with the resources it needs to attract the brightest minds, create the environment for world class research and to ensure Trinity remains a global leader in higher education tackling society’s most complex challenges.

This release was first published 2 May 2019 by Trinity College Dublin.

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