For Quality and Equality, Public Funding is Higher Education’s Best Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 20 years after the abolition of higher education fees, Ireland now has the second highest student contribution fees in Europe. This system is often referred to as having ‘free fees’. Our politicians have a great sense of humour …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, University Times, 16 September]

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Let them go to regional colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent comments by Minister for Education Joe McHugh, stating that students who can’t afford to go to university should consider regional options (Home News, August 14th) are elitist and imply that studying in university is only for the wealthy …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 17 August]

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In Unprecedented Move, USI Endorses Laura Harmon and Lynn Ruane for Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) this morning announced that they ‘fully support’ the Seanad candidacies of former USI President Laura Harmon and the current Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President, Lynn Ruane, making it the first time the national union has ever backed candidates in the Seanad elections …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 16 March]

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Students’ union calls for youth vote to be taken seriously

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Political parties have been urged to take the youth vote much more seriously. ‘Young people do vote, so you need to represent them’, Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon said as the union launched its proposals to improve the voting registration system …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 29 June]

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More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum in recent times, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. As it launched a car-pooling initiative for students to get home to vote on Friday …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Independent, 19 May]

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Scrap drinks campaign, says students’ union

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has called for the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign to be wound up in the wake of the latest resignations from its board …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 26 March]

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New USI president to campaign for increased State investment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is planning to step up its campaign for greater investment of State funds in higher education ahead of the next general election, its newly-elected president has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 March]

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Minister O’Sullivan’s Address to Union of Students in Ireland Congress

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It is a very real pleasure to be here to address the Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland. Since I became Minister for Education and Skills in July last year I have had a genuinely positive relationship with the USI, and in particular with your president Laura Harmon …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 March]

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ICTU Youth, USI and IFUT statement in support of University of Amsterdam occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Youth, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) want to express our support for the New University / ReThink UvA occupation at the University of Amsterdam …” (more)

[Irish Left Review, 19 March]

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We can’t afford not to invest in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The myth that the only person to benefit from a degree in Ireland is the person picking up their scroll in a gown has dogged the debate on higher education funding in this country for decades … ” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Independent, 16 March]

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UCC ‘No’ to USI would affect all members

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Should UCC students opt to vote against re-affiliating with the Union of Students in Ireland, the loss will be felt not only by the union but by all of its members, said USI President Laura Harmon as campaigns prepared for next week’s vote …” (more)

[Barry Aldworth, UCC Express, 22 January]

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Students are ‘anxious to have their voices heard’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are ‘anxious to have their voices heard’ on the issue of marriage equality, according to a leading body. The President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Laura Harmon, said students had a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to make Ireland more equal through the referendum on marriage equality …” (more)

[Brian Byrne, Independent, 21 January]

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Foreign students face accommodation shortage as Irish rents rise

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The struggle for student housing is set to increase this month as thousands of exchange students seek accommodation, according to a new warning …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Sunday Business Post, 6 January]

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USI advises Government to hold Marriage Equality Referendum on or before May 1

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has urged the Government to consider holding the referendum on equal access to civil marriage before May 1st, as students will be doing their exams in May …” (more)

[Laura Mulqueen, Campus.ie, 6 January]

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Students ask for marriage-equality referendum to happen in April, not May

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… The Government has revealed the country will vote on same-sex marriage in early May, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) wants the referendum to be held in April. The USI claims most college-goers will be too busy with exams by May and has suggested April 24 as a possible date …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 January]

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Safe pair of hands

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Laura Harmon is on the phone when I meet her outside the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College. She finishes, apologises gratuitously, and we make our way into the Arts block to locate an empty lecture theatre …” (more)

[Jonny Baxter, Village, 29 December]

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DITSU President senses USI referendum may happen this year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“DITSU President Fiachrá Duffy feels the SU may seek a referendum on leaving the Union of Students in Ireland USI this year. Duffy made the comments ahead of a USI questions and answers session …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 13 November]

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‘We’re not exactly breathing sighs of relief’ – USI reacts to Budget 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed a number of budgetary measures announced today, but President Laura Harmon insists they’re ‘not exactly breathing sighs of relief’ as third-level fees continue to rise …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, Campus.ie, 14 October]

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Students take to streets in fight against fees

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

Ireland“Students took to the streets calling on the Government to protect student supports and invest in the future of third-level education …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Independent, 9 October]

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Thousands of students march in Dublin to call for more investment in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish students have taken to the streets calling on the government to protect student supports and invest in the future of third level education …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Independent, 8 October]

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