Students on clinical placement not required to vacate Trinity accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Residents of Trinity accommodation on clinical placement will be permitted to stay in their accommodation, following College’s instruction that all students living in college accommodation must leave this week except those in exceptional circumstances …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 17 March]

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Mandatory remuneration for student occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many college students are faced with compulsory placements and no guarantee of payment. A day’s work warrants compensation. In January 2019 pharmacy students took to the streets of Dublin to protest a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degree. The group were successful with the ban being lifted but payment still remains optional …” (more)

[Niall Hurson, University Observer, 21 November]

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Trinity student challenges incorrect conviction contained on Garda vetting disclosure

Posted in Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university student has brought a High Court challenge over what she says is the wrongful inclusion of a criminal conviction against her on a disclosure issued by the Garda National Vetting Bureau …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin,, 5 March]

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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Pharmacy Regulator Declines to Support Paid Placements, As Students Blast Working Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fate of unpaid pharmacy placements remains unclear, after the Pharmacy Society of Ireland (PSI) declined to offer support for paid placements in spite of a march by hundreds of students from all over the country from the Dáil to the offices of the PSI this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 January]

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Pharmacy Students to Rally Against Unpaid Placement and Fee Hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pharmacy students from all over the country, backed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), will rally at the Dáil next week in protest at fee increases and unpaid work placement. The protest, which takes place on January 24th, is being organised by USI in conjunction with the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 18 January]

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4,000 signatures raised against pharmacy students’ unpaid work placement

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dissatisfaction with a new course structure for pharmacy students in Ireland is escalating around the country, with students launching a campaign against unpaid work placements. An online petition formed this weekend has received over 4,000 signatures at the time of publication …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 17 December]

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‘We’re unmotivated at placement’ – college to meet regulator over pharmacy students’ mental health fears

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Officials at University College Cork are to meet with the pharmacy regulator amid concern about mental health issues and a lack of motivation among young pharmacists coming in to the industry. It comes as part of a remarkable row between the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and students coming into the industry …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 16 December]

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Student teachers may drop out due to financial difficulties – poll

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trainee teachers who are required to carry out unpaid work in schools as part of their studies are suffering from severe financial difficulties, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 3,000 student teachers indicates that close to half – 42% – consider dropping out due to financial pressures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Nursing Students Criticise Trinity, Amid Placement Confusion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Nursing students have accused Trinity of abandoning them today and ignoring the impact the snowy weather would have on students attending placement. With Trinity remaining resolutely open this morning, even as other colleges closed their doors, nursing students on placement were left unsure what to expect …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 February]

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Third Level Fees – Placement Years

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

IrelandSenator Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I thank the Minister of State for attending the House today to respond to the issue I have raised on third level fees, specifically those charged to students undertaking a year’s internship as part of their course of study. The issue was highlighted to me by a student in north County Dublin who is in her third year in Maynooth. She is on work placement for the full year. She also has a friend who is in DCU who is on a full-year’s work placement. They both have to pay their full fees to their particular universities amounting to more than €3,000 each …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 6 February]

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UL failed to inform students of Baldonnel chemical fears

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick failed to pass on health concerns about the Air Corps hangars to its work placement students, despite several warnings over chemical exposure fears. Although it was told that students ‘may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and organic solvents during the course of their work placement’, UL did not follow up on requests to inform the relevant students …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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Report finds 60% of Midwifery Students Bullied on Placement, and Breach of Working Hours Agreement

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TCDSU report finds far-reaching issues for midwifery student experience, with two-thirds reporting adverse mental health effects, as a result of financial, victimisation and responsibility pressures …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Sinéad Baker and Dónal Ring, University Times, 5 June]

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Minister English launches German traineeships for Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD, today launched 40 traineeships / placements for Irish graduates. The initiative is funded from the Irish Erasmus+ budget and builds on a 2012 recommendation from the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs that the programme should be used to support employability and German language learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 November]

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Audiology students seek HSE placements as course cleared

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A class of 11 students who went to court last year to be allowed complete a cancelled audiology degree at Athlone Institute of Technology should be able to begin clinical placements with the HSE in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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‘I had no idea the housing situation was this bad’

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“When choosing my third-level course in public relations at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), I always knew I would spend the second half of third year on work placement …” (more)

[Derek Owens, Independent, 3 June]

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Student social workers slam proposed graduate scheme as ‘complete exploitation’

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

“A proposal for a graduate placement scheme, similar to the one currently in place for nurses, has been slammed by a group representing students training in this area …” (more)

[, 9 March]

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The University of Limerick shortlisted for top award

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“The University of Limerick is the only third-level Irish college short-listed for an international award for quality placement programmes. The institution has been selected as one of only five finalists from a total of 350 applications in the Best University Placement Awards …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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Why more ‘helicopter’ parents hover in their children’s college life

Posted in Life on November 20th, 2013 by steve

“Alex White, the Labour Junior Minister, has been in a bit of hot water after he contacted his daughter’s university to try to change her work placement …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 19 November]

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