Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Are returned emigrants not Irish enough for free university fees?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The consequences may have been unforeseen, but the outcome is still hard on some Irish who go abroad. A rule made by the Department of Education to limit the number of foreigners availing of ‘free fees’ at Irish universities means that Irish people living outside the EU for as little as three years can face high costs to pursue second or post-graduate degrees at an Irish college. It should be changed …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Third Level Fees – Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the criteria and number of years residency required for students to access the payment of fees when entering third level courses in view of the fact that many young persons are returning home having been abroad during the recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Third Level Charges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on Ireland having the second highest third level fees in Europe (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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Students lose out as quality of third-level deteriorates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish universities and institutes of technology have suffered significantly. No Irish university appears in the Times Higher Education top 100, published last month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Irish third-level students pay second-highest fees in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Ireland pay the second highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. While the UK has the highest fees – equivalent to about €10,000 – it is followed by Ireland with fees of €3,000. A crucial difference, however, is that more than 40 per cent of students in Ireland do not have to pay fees as they are entitled to means-tested grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Students Who Drop Out of College May Find It Costly to Walk Away

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students who find that their college course doesn’t suit them may discover it’s costly to drop out – depending on which college they’re attending. Most colleges offer a full refund up until 31 October, says Oisin Hassan, vice president for academic affairs at the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Laoise Neylon, Dublin Inquirer, 1 November]

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Trinity’s Fee Hike Confirms Our Fears: Postgraduates are Cash Cows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the great truisms of the modern academic world that neoliberalism, that creeping, ubiquitous ideology-that-is-non-ideological, has transformed higher education into a business and students into its customers. In the case of Trinity’s postgraduate community, this is no longer true …” (more)

[Ralph Moore, University Times, 31 October]

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Backlash from Board Members Over Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several College Board members have spoken out strongly against Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. The move has triggered anger from students and serious reservations from senior staff about the impact of such an increase. Speaking to The University Times, several members of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 31 October]

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‘We’ve tried everything else, so why not a graduate tax?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 30th, 2017 by steve

“Only five years since the current system for funding Home/EU undergraduates at universities in England was introduced, its future is already in serious doubt. Policy proposals, first from Jeremy Corbyn during this year’s General Election campaign and then from Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference earlier this month, have once again put university fees and student funding at the centre of a national political debate …” (more)

[Helen Carasso, Wonkhe, 30 October]

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How Can College Justify Springing Fee Increases on Postgraduates?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When postgraduate students came into Trinity in 2014, they probably thought they were getting a good deal. Undertaking these courses in this world-class university was much cheaper than doing so in internationally equivalent institutions. Since then, the fees for all postgraduate courses – both for EU and non-EU students – have gone up by three or four per cent each year …” (more)

[University Times, 29 October]

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Trickle down education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Before I explain my position, I would like to say something about myself. I am not an ideologue who believes that the private sector is always more efficient, nor do I believe people are fully responsible for their social outcome. I say this because I feel that these are the two accusations most often thrown at those who do not support free fees …” (more)

[Conall Carlos Monaghan, Trinity News, 26 October]

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College approves 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College has approved a 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students. The College’s Finance Committee decided on the increase at a meeting on September 22 …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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The Answer to the Higher Education Funding Crisis Is Not to Raise Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When thinking about ways to address the central challenges we face in our system of education, it is important to begin by acknowledging one undeniable fact: our universities have a truly remarkable record of delivering for Irish society. At third level we have moved from a small, exclusive sector – effectively closed to large sections of society – to having one of the world’s highest levels of qualifications …” (more)

[Thomas Byrne, University Times, 3 October]

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Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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