Quinn’s reforming zeal acknowledged by educators

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Education stakeholders have acknowledged Ruairi Quinn’s reforming zeal as Minister for Education, although with mixed sentiment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Union of Students want to talk to politicians today

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) are hosting a social lobby of the Oireachtas today. Students will be available to discuss important social issues with members of the Oireachtas …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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Staff-student ratios ‘considerably out of line’ with international norms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Staff-student ratios in higher education in Ireland are now ‘considerably out of line’ with international norms ‘and the national implication is incredibly serious’, the recently-appointed president of UCD has said. In one of his first public statements since taking up the post, Prof Andrew Deeks …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Third-level staff and students call for extra funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level lecturers and students have insisted serious funding problems in Ireland’s colleges and universities must be addressed if the system is to cope with future demand. Speaking after the launch of the first ever Higher Education System Performance report …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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USI Call on Increased Public Investment in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Following the publication of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s System Performance Report today launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcome the positive findings of the Report for the Higher Education sector, but warn …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 11 June]

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USI says ‘internship culture’ to blame for low graduate wages

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“The ‘internship culture’ created by government-backed schemes such as JobBridge is partly to blame for a ten-year low in graduate wages, the Union of Students in Ireland has said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 June]

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USI President Welcomes Reduced Fees for Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the St Patrick’s Day announcement by Minister Quinn of fee reductions for returning emigrants and the children of Irish families living outside the EU …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 18 March]

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One student’s vote decided if this Dublin college would rejoin USI

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“Students at Dublin City University have this evening voted to re-join the Union of Students in Ireland. The referendum on membership of the student representative body was passed by just one vote …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 27 February]

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The future of third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

Ruairí Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills: When we talk about the funding of higher education, the discussion often immediately narrows to the reintroduction of fees or a loan scheme for students. While these issues are worthy of debate, I believe that as a first step our universities and colleges need to look within themselves …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Investing in third-level will make highly-skilled workers our best asset

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2014 by steve

“As highlighted in this newspaper yesterday, the Irish third-level education sector is chronically underfunded …” (more)

[Joe O’Connor, Independent, 11 February]

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USI welcomes extra allocation to the Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Measures could result in up to an extra €1 million being made available for students in financial difficulties …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 22 January]

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Study fee for apprentices ‘could spark dispute’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2014 by steve

“A union leader has warned that a new charge of up to €1,433 on apprentices doing off-the-job training in institutes of technology could lead to industrial action in companies where they work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 January]

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DCU to Propose Referendum on USI Affiliation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2013 by steve

“Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) will propose a motion at their next Council meeting to hold a referendum on re-affiliating with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Hannah Ryan, University Times, 10 December]

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Third-level survives

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2013 by steve

“Third-level education has avoided major damage in Budget 2014, but for students as young people and as members of society, there is cause for concern in the Government’s plan …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 18 October]

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USI welcomes budget decision that protects vulnerable students and families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 15th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the Government’s decision not to cut the student maintenance grant any further this year. USI President Joe O’Connor said …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 15 October]

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Grant cut will cost millions, students warn TDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is warning TDs that every young person on the dole costs the State twice as much as a student on the grant …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 9 October]

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Change one thing: Create a decent grant system to give Ireland’s third-level students a chance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2013 by steve

“The student maintenance grant is a lifeline for thousands attending college. The one change I want is a reliable and decent grant system that would make third-level accessible to all …” (more)

[Joe O’Connor, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Students call for ‘protection’ from spiralling costs and grant cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Students across the country failed to allow the rain to dampen their spirits as they gathered in their masses to protest over cutbacks to grants and spiralling education costs …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade and Ralph Riege, Independent, 2 October]

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Students say ‘targeted cuts’ to be met with ‘targeted voting’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Hundreds of students marching in Dublin today heard that ‘targeted cuts’ to grants would result in ‘targeted voting’ by the student cohort …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Students protest over third level cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Around 1,000 students have taken part in a march in Cork calling for no further cutbacks in third level education …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 October]

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