Senator Ivana Bacik to raise supplemental exam fees in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senators David Norris and Ivana Bacik have criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental exam charges with a flat fee of €450. Speaking to Trinity News, Norris said that he thinks that the fees are ‘considerable overcharging’. Norris continued by stating: ‘In my view Trinity is completely out of sync with other universities’ …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 9 March]

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Senator Lynn Ruane says introduction of supplemental fees will cause ‘detrimental impact’ to student retention

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senator and former Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President, Lynn Ruane, said that she opposes the decision of College Board to introduce a €450 flat rate for supplemental exams and that she ‘completely’ supports the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 8 March]

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DIT drops demand for Garda vetting on course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has abandoned a controversial move to make Garda vetting a condition for adults applying to a ‘second-chance education’ course.The introduction of the requirement provoked criticism from those who said it would act as a deterrent to education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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Senators criticise proposal for student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell. ‘The idea of asking students for loans … and the way the banks have treated graduates and undergraduates in this country, is absolutely outrageous’, she said. ‘You could not write it down’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Newstalk, 11 July]

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 Seanad debates – Order of Business

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Lynn Ruane (Independent): As we approach the end of the 2015-16 academic year, the Cassells report which was due for publication eight months ago has still not been published. The higher education sector is at crisis point. Students are being charged a steadily increasing fee to attend college under the guise of a contribution charge. These increases and the corresponding decrease in State funding for higher education have had a noticeably negative impact on the quality of education …” (more)

[Seanad, 21 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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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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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 Against Fees Plans Expansion To Other Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A meeting was held yesterday evening regarding the issue of incoming student loans and fee increases, which was attended by members of the Students Against Fees group, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), as well as students from such as DCU, UCD, and NUI Maynooth, who are interested in setting up similar groups in their respective university …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 January]

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President of TCD students’ union Lynn Ruane to run for Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Lynn Ruane, a single mother from Tallaght who left school at 15 and was elected president of Trinity College Dublin’s students union earlier this year, is to announce her candidacy for next year’s Seanad elections …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 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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Third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ferdinand von Prondzynski wants the Government to reintroduce fees in order to provide proper funding for third-level education; Lynn Ruane wants it to raise taxes to achieve the same goal (‘Third-level fees – the case for and against’, December 7th). Both are likely to be disappointed …” (more)

[Frank Bannister, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Third-level fees debate: the case for and against

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The former president of DCU argues that fees are necessary to improve standards, while the president of Trinity students’ union argues that the less-well-off will bear the brunt of their reintroduction …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 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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Minister Signals No Further Increase in Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has said that she does not see ‘any circumstances’ where the student contribution charge will be increased beyond €3000 …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 24 March]

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Direct action likely if looming student charges approved

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

Ireland“The incoming president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (SU), Lynn Ruane, has said that she would look to some form of direct action if proposed new student charges are approved tomorrow by the College Board …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Róisín Meets … Lynn Ruane, elected TCD SU president

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

Ireland“Podcast: Ruane, who left school at 15 when she became pregnant, is a former addiction worker. President-elect of Trinity College Students’ Union Lynn Ruane has criticised cutbacks in student services, describing them as ‘mimicking the community sector’ …” (more, audio)

[Irish Times, 21 February]

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Trinity student president vows to fight college austerity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Every morning when she walks across the historic cobbles of Trinity College, in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, Lynn Ruane takes a moment to savour her surroundings …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 16 February]

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