Letter to Mr Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Social Protection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dear Minister, We write with reference to the now well-publicised decision of your department to refuse the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) to Erica Fleming, an unemployed, homeless single parent who is currently raising her daughter in a hotel …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 9 August]

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Union of Students in Ireland welcomes its second female president in two years

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed its second elected female president in two years. Annie Hoey (27) from Drogheda will succeed Kevin Donoghue and takes on the role two years after Laura Harmon held the position …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 6 July]

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Costings of Cassells Report into Higher Education Funding Emerge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The difference between totally free college education and a student loan scheme could be just €500 million stated out-going USI President Kevin Donohue. The Cassells report into the future government funding options for colleges and universities is now 8-months late …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 July]

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Irish students studying in the UK fear price hike in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish students studying in the UK could face a price hike in fees and problems with visas as a result of the Brexit. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) fear the Brexit will have ‘a negative impact’ for Irish students …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 25 June]

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Cost of college and rising rents push students to ‘breaking point’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The cost of third-level education is a major concern for the vast majority of third-level students, according to a new survey from the Union of Students in Ireland which found that 87% fear having to drop out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 22 June]

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‘It’s becoming increasingly hard for college students to survive’ – Senator slams latest food bank figures

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Senator Lynn Ruane said it is ‘disgraceful’ that over a half of students miss meals to stay in college. The former Trinity SU President said that a new survey conducted by the USI shows how much third-level students are struggling to get an education …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 June]

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USI calls for JobBridge abolition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The head of the largest body representing students in Ireland has described the JobBridge scheme as ‘one of the worst things to happen to young people in Ireland in decades’. Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Kevin Donoghue’s comments come following revelations in yesterday’s Irish Examiner that employers were accused of assaulting and bullying interns …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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Students have had a taste of change and want more

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A common misconception people still cling to, despite evidence to the contrary, is that students don’t vote. Most commentators, however, accepted the fact students and young people turned out in force to vote in favour of marriage equality in last year’s referendum …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Proposed Loan Scheme Will Have Negative Impact On Students From Rural Backgrounds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A newly proposed income-contingent loan scheme for Irish third level students will have a ‘disproportionally’ negative impact on those with rural and agricultural backgrounds, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Meadhbh Sinclair, Campus.ie, 23 December]

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USI critical of proposed loan-system for graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said a proposal that would see the introduction of a new income-contingent loan system for graduates would not work in Ireland …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Union of Students in Ireland Criticises New Draft Report of Student Loan System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the new proposed loan scheme for students. It said it is unreasonable and will deter students from applying to college. Irish college fees are already the second highest in Europe …” (more)

[USI, 14 December]

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Working Group Loan Package to Abolish Grants for Fees and Increase Charge to €4000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government working group on higher education funding is to recommend a package that would include an income-contingent loan scheme in conjunction with a €1000 increase in the student contribution charge, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 14 December]

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Students Are the Ones Who Suffer with a ‘Funding’ Loan System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“If we are going to have a discussion about loans, there are a few points that are worth clarifying. To begin with, there are at least two fundamentally different kinds of loan schemes. The first, which we will call a ‘support’ loan, is designed to help a student cover the cost of third, and in some cases, second-level education. The second, which we will call the ‘funding’ loan, is designed to provide for the cost of funding the system …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, University Times, 12 December]

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USI President Says Lynn Ruane was Right About Loan Scheme Speculation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Kevin Donoghue, said tonight that Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President, Lynn Ruane, was ‘right’ regarding speculation that a government-supported loan scheme is to be recommended by the upcoming government working group report …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 18 November]

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Rental costs ‘could push students away from third level’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Union of Students of Ireland has warned that the sharp increase in rental costs could push students away from third level institutions …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 November]

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USI slams Ógra Fianna Fail proposal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland slammed Ógra Fianna Fáil for proposing a Student Loan Scheme at the gates of Trinity College on Friday. President of the USI, Kevin Donoghue, said ‘The federal third level loan system did not work in the UK or the USA. It would be impractical and illogical to introduce an already broken loan scheme to Ireland’ …” (more)

[Katie Gallagher, The College View, 18 November]

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Greater student engagement following #MarRef

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The success of the recent marriage equality campaign has led to greater political engagement by third-level students which should translate into votes cast at the next general election, USI president Kevin Donoghue has said …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Higher education fees: ‘Study now pay later model not the answer’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘Study now, pay later’ models for higher education fees would lead to an ‘astronomical increase’ in costs for students, the president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. ‘Look at any country that has introduced such a model’, USI president Kevin Donoghue said …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Irish Examiner, 30 October]

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Plan for watchdog with power to fix student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A regulatory authority with powers to control student fee levels is under consideration, as part of wider moves on third-level funding reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 October]

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USI hold Showdown Talks with Government ahead of Budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Showdown talks were held between the USI and junior minister for education, Damien English to discuss the upcoming budget and the student accommodation crisis ahead of next week’s budget …” (more)

[Paul Dwyer, Campus.ie, 5 October]

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