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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WITSU welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on student costs

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

“The Taoiseach’s commitment to not introduce further costs for higher education are to be welcomed according to the president of Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union (WITSU), who says students are frightened of a potential income-contingent loan scheme. During Leo Varadkar’s visit to Waterford at the start of the month, WITSU President Michael Murphy sought a commitment from him …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 30 March]

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Supplemental Fees Brought Student Activism to Life. Don’t Let it Die

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning’s announcement that the College Board has agreed to scrap the supplemental exam fees is a truly historic moment in the history of student activism. In the face of sustained and vocal student anger, Trinity has agreed to halt, at least for now, the creeping introduction of stealth charges that have caused severe tension on campus in recent years …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 28 March]

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TCD reverses plan to introduce supplemental fees

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

“Trinity College Dublin has decided to drop plans for the introduction of supplemental examination fees after a campaign led by students, which said the proposal was unfair and undemocratic. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the college said the board of Trinity College Dublin agreed …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Trinity Agrees to Scrap Supplemental Exam Fees

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

Ireland“Supplemental exam fees have been scrapped, in the face of historic levels of student anger and opposition, following a decision of the College Board today. Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the decision on Twitter following this morning’s meeting of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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College Warns of €2.6m Income Loss if Postgraduate Fees Frozen

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

Ireland“Frozen fees for current postgraduate and non-EU students would wipe €2.6 million from College’s projected earnings, Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer Ian Mathews has warned. Documents, circulated ahead of a high-stakes meeting of the College Board tomorrow and seen by The University Times, reveal Trinity’s concerns about the financial impact of fee certainty …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 28 March]

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GSU Promises Action, if Take Back Trinity Demands Rejected

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

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) passed a motion at council tonight that will mandate the union to take ‘reasonable’ action if the demands of the Take Back Trinity campaign are not met tomorrow. The motion was passed with an overwhelming majority …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 27 March]

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Student accommodation hikes unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised student accommodation providers in Dublin for proposing sharp rent increases for student accommodation. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The latest rent increases by private student accommodation providers will see privately-owned DCU student accommodation fees rise to over €10,000 for nine months …'” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 March]

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For Take Back Trinity, A Mark on the Provost’s Legacy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2018 by steve

“Whether the Take Back Trinity campaign will have lasting repercussions for Irish higher education remains to be seen. It is nevertheless already clear that the protests will leave an indelible mark on Provost Patrick Prendergast’s tenure. This Editorial Board has noted before that his almost-neurotic battle against declining rankings will likely come to define his legacy …” (more)

[University Times, 25 March]

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Students stage low-key protest outside Berkeley Library

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Around 30 students have gathered around Sfera con Sfera, the golden ball sculpture outside the Berkeley Library, in the latest protest against the introduction of a €450 flat fee for supplemental exams. The low-key direct action was advertised on Facebook within the last hour, promising a ‘very chill and relaxed’ protest …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 23 March]

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