SUSI Report Confirms Minister Failed Students in Blind Pursuit of Savings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denounced Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, following the findings of an independent report by Accenture. The report, launched today, shows that the Minister failed vulnerable students in blind pursuit of public sector savings …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 May]

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Cork IT to re-affiliate with USI

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

“The students of Cork Institute of Technology have voted to re-affiliate with USI after a 14 year absence from the national students’ union. After two days of voting, 71.2% voted in favour of re-affiliation …” (more)

[Facebook, 2 May]

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USI blames subversion by ‘small cohort’ as DCU SU voids affiliation referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2013 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has blamed a ‘small cohort’ in DCU for the decision of the university’s students’ union to declare a recent referendum affiliating it to the USI ‘null and void’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 March]

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Roscommon native elected as new USI President

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has today elected Roscommon native Joe O’Connor as its new president for 2013/2014 at its annual congress …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 27 March]

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Well-off children snap up college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 20th, 2013 by steve

“Children from better-off backgrounds are snapping up even more college places as the gap between social classes widens …” (more)

[Independent, 20 March]

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Students slam PayPal’s view of graduates

Posted in Life on March 15th, 2013 by steve

“The head of the Union of Students of Ireland has rejected claims from one of the government’s new jobs tsars that some graduates today have an attitude problem when in the workplace …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 15 March]

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Response to PayPal’s Louise Phelan: The Facts on Ireland’s Graduates

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2013 by steve

“USI President John Logue responded today to critical statements made by PayPal’s Louise Phelan about the quality of graduates coming from Ireland’s third-level institutions …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 13 March]

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Statement from USI President John Logue on the result of the affiliation referendum in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2013 by steve

“It is with great regret that I note the results of a referendum of UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) which will result in its disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[USI, Facebook, 27 February]

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Departure from USI would be ‘major blow to the organisation’ – Logue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“President of the Union of Students in Ireland USI John Logue has stated that the departure of UCDSU from the USI would be ‘a major blow to the organization’ …” (more)

[Ronan Coveney, College Tribune, 12 February]

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SUs feed students in crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Students’ Unions across the nation are providing free food boxes and vouchers to students who are struggling financially …” (more)

[Luke Holohan, The Edition, 4 February]

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Extra €3m ‘not enough’ for student hardship fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“Student leaders have warned that an additional €3m for an emergency hardship fund will not be enough …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 January]

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SUSI shambles an ‘adminstrative nightmare’

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

“Reflecting on my time in third level education, I certainly would not have been capable of attending lectures if I was a SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) applicant waiting on confirmation today …” (more)

[TJ Clare, 8 January]

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Students struggle with continuing delays in grant process

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

“Next to the row over the payment of student maintenance grants, or rather the non-payment of the grants, to thousands of students. In November the Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil …” (video)

[RTÉ Primetime, 8 January]

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Students forced to sleep in cars in grants debacle

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

“Students have had to accept food boxes, sleep in their cars and live on as little as €10 a week because they haven’t received their grants. Student leaders and college chiefs have now turned their fire on a new grant-processing system …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 8 January]

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Students waiting for grants ‘going hungry’

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

“Third-level students are struggling to pay rent and buy food because of delays in processing education grants, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Concern for student welfare over grant delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Food boxes have been set up in colleges around the country to help students still waiting for their maintenance grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 January]

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Only third of students to get grant by Christmas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2012 by steve

“Just 13,500 of the 35,000 first-year students due a college grant will have been paid by Christmas, despite government promises of a faster, more efficient system …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Student sleep out cancelled after Gardaí refuse permission

Posted in Legal issues on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) has cancelled its student sleep out at the Dáil which was due to take place tonight after Garda permission was refused last night …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 December]

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USI warns additional €3m for Student Assistance Fund not enough to prevent dropouts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Department of Education has announced a €3 million once-off allocation for the Student Assistance Fund. However, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned that this will not be enough to prevent students dropping out of college …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 19 December]

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4,000 students still waiting on grant approval

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“The body running the third level student grant service has said it has completed over half of the more than 60,000 applications it has received. Dublin VEC said a little over a third of grants have been awarded …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 December]

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