Student loan scheme ruled out, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Education Joe McHugh said university registration fees will not go beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to Government after the next general election …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Trinity to hold memorial service for Seamus Lawless in September

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to host a memorial service for Seamus Lawless, the Professor who died while climbing Mount Everest. The service will be open to all who wish to attend and will be held at 5pm on Monday September 30, in Trinity’s Public Theatre …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 August]

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Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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UCC Students Face Crippling Accommodation Rent Hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5% …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 11 August]

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Poll: Is the €3,000 cap on college fees too high or too low?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has told the Sunday Independent that college fees will be frozen for five years if Fine Gael returns to government after the next general election. The cap for annual registration fees is €3,000 per year and McHugh told the paper that the party has ‘no plans’ to increase that …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 August]

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Richard Curran: ‘Student rent hikes make universities appear like Rupert Rigsby’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Oh those landlords are at it again. They are hiking up rents on poor unsuspecting students. This time, the greedy landlords aren’t the vulture funds or even the good old-fashioned types like Rupert Rigsby from the 1970s British sitcom Rising Damp. No. This time they are our State-funded universities, who have decided to rip off students by hiking rents at a time of a major housing and rental crisis …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Independent, 11 August]

‘We want to ease college costs burden’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The receptionist in the Department of Education almost whispers ‘he’s very down to earth’ as the Sunday Independent waits to be called to Education Minister Joe McHugh’s office for a rare interview with. You would wonder if previous incumbents of the office were possibly not as grounded as the affable Donegal man or indeed ministers in general …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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Over 140 sign petition against Limerick student halls plans

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 140 people have signed a petition against plans for a €30m student village opposite Punch’s Cross. The proposals for 326 bedspaces through 100 apartments and 30 buy-to-rent units are currently being decided An Bord Pleanala, having skipped local planners due to the fact more than 100 living spaces are being provided …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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College fees to be ‘frozen for 5 years’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael is promising not to hike college fees or bring in controversial student loans to be repaid after graduation. Education Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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