‘They were supposed to direct me but I directed them’ – NUIG students express relief at having course fees refunded

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUIG students have expressed their relief after complaints about the organisation of the BA Journalism course during the third year of the program were upheld. Over the last week, NUIG announced that they will be refunding an entire years worth of tuition fees to current third and fourth year students on their BA Journalism course after they received complaints about the organisation of the course during the third year of the program …” (more)

[Payu Tiwari, Independent, 5 August]

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Refunds controversy shines light on quality of third-level learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students were left without basic equipment. Printers were faulty for months on end. The outdated studio regularly broke down – and when it did work, the quality was poor. Students reported little or no feedback on assignments they handed in for the first semester and had to request them in order to get an idea of how they were performing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUIG apologises over ‘major problems’ with journalism course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The incoming Head of Journalism at NUI Galway has apologised to students over what he called ‘major problems’ in the BA Journalism course at the university. Current third and fourth year students in the course are to receive a refund of one years tuition fees after a complaint relating to the standard of the course was upheld …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 July]

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Trinity reverses decision to increase fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has agreed to reverse proposed 5% fee increases for international and postgraduate students following outcry from students. Following fee hikes for international and postgraduate students last week, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) held a meeting with College this morning to discuss the fee increases …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 July]

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Student fees refunded on concern over quality of course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying. Between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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It Would Be Unwise for College to Underestimate Take Back Trinity Again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College had finally settled down for the summer after an overwhelming year of student protests when it emerged this week that some international students had been charged an unexpected five per cent increase in fees. Bewilderment is what followed …” (more)

[University Times, 29 July]

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USI condemns TCD attempt to break international and postgrad fees agreement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is deeply concerned that senior management in Trinity College Dublin may have reneged on an agreement with their Students’ Union that guaranteed that international non-EU and postgraduate multi-year fees would not rise …” (more)

[USI, 27 July]

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TDCSU release statement addressing fee controversy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has released a statement on its Facebook page addressing a 5% fee increase in postgraduate and continuing international student fees, news that appears to break a college agreement on fee certainty reached this year …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 July]

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TCDSU Demands Answers After Fee Rise Panic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will meet with College on Monday, after apparent fee hikes for international students triggered panic and accusations that Trinity had reneged on the fee certainty agreement brokered last term …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 26 July]

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Anger as College appears to break Take Back Trinity deal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“College has increased non-EU and postgraduate fees by 5%, appearing to breach the fee certainty agreement agreed upon by the College Board in March, which followed the Take Back Trinity protests. College agreed to give fee certainty to postgraduate students and continuing international undergraduate students. College issued the fee certainty agreement following the success of the Take Back Trinity movement in March …” (more)

[Stacy Wrenn, Trinity News, 26 July]

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Thousands may not be claiming tax relief on qualifying 3rd level fees – McGrath

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of parents and students may be missing out on valuable tax relief on qualifying third level fees because they are not claiming it, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD. Deputy McGrath was speaking having received figures from the Ministers for Finance and Education and Skills which point to a significant under claiming of this tax relief …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham, TheCork.ie, 26 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Eamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum of maintaining third level charges at their current rate for each year of the next five years; the cost of abolishing all such fees for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Sinn Féin pledges to ‘abolish all student fees’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 16th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD has repeated his party’s pledge to abolish student fees as part of a fiery speech in which he put it up to the government to hold an election. The Donegal deputy referred to himself as a potential finance minister in a keynote address at the party’s Ard Fheis at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 June]

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Expert urges action to end third-level funding impasse

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Decisions and action are needed before a stalemate on higher education funding leads to further impact on students, the author of a key 2016 report to Government has warned. Peter Cassells, chair of the expert group whose report has been awaiting political decisions for two years, said the status quo is not a cost-free option …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 June]

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Irish university sector

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“A chara, – Maynooth University has recently announced teaching PhD studentships with waived fees and a stipend of €9,000 per annum. In return, the recipients may be requested to teach up to 455 hours per annum …” (more)

[Eoin Ó Colgáin, Irish Times, 28 May]

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‘Studying in Britain not feasible if fees rise’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“The 350 Irish student nurses in Buckinghamshire New University are some of the beating hearts that make up a human bridge between Ireland and the UK. It is a link that can be traced back for generations, and which Brexit threatens to sever. The ‘Bucks’ students are among about 10,000 Irish currently pursuing third-level study in Britain and Northern Ireland, often because they couldn’t get the course they wanted at home …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 May]

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‘Access to third level isn’t on merit. It’s a lottery based on which family you were born into’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As a Trade Union activist and a former Union organiser I was incredibly heartened by the successful fight which the Trinity College Students Union (TDSU) took last month against the introduction of a repeat exam fee of €450. This latest battle went to the very heart of what is really the ‘Americanisation’ of third level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Paul Gavan, TheJournal.ie, 21 April]

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Students Need to Shut Down More Than Just the Book of Kells

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“The last few weeks have been incredibly empowering. In the space of a month, we have gone from the shock of a €450 flat fee for supplementals to the euphoria of their complete removal. Fee certainty for non-EU students and all postgrads now exists, combined with the reversal of huge increases in accommodation rates …” (more)

[Kevin Keane, University Times, 3 April]

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It’s time to bring Take Back Trinity a step further

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The last month has been a turning point in Trinity, and perhaps student politics nationally. Undergraduate, international, and postgraduate students united to undertake the most radical student action in over a decade, successfully winning on all our demands …” (more)

[Oisin Vince Coulter, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Should We ‘Take Back’ UCD?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Recently there was a meeting in the Trinity Arts Block, held by activists involved in the Take Back Trinity movement. The discourse of the meeting followed the lines of how to move on from the dining hall occupation, and how to escalate from here. The capacity of these students to organise themselves, the sheer strength in numbers, and their genuine belief in the idea that they can win this battle against their administration is both heartening and aspirational …” (more)

[Benjamin Jordan, University Observer, 30 March]

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