NUIG postgraduates launch petition for ‘fair working environment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Postgraduate Workers Alliance launched a petition this week calling for ‘a fair working environment and Covid-19 response’ for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at the university …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 21 May]

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Trinity Confirms Abandonment of Casual Staff Pay Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following major backlash from postgraduate students, Trinity’s Finance Committee has confirmed the restoration of pay rates for casual staff to their previous levels. Last month, The University Times reported that Trinity’s casual workers – including many TAs and postgraduate students – were facing pay cuts of almost 20% for their teaching duties …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 3 March]

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Trinity Rows Back on Teaching Pay Cuts for Casual Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has rowed back on its decision to cut the hourly teaching pay of students and staff employed on a casual basis, hours after postgraduates protested against the reduction outside a meeting of the College’s Finance Committee. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the committee, as nearly 80 postgraduate students protested against the pay cuts outside House One …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 February]

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SIPTU and USI launch charter for better rights and conditions for postgraduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have launched a Charter of Rights and Conditions for Postgraduates which calls for a living wage, better access to supports and training as well as other improvements for those who carry out teaching and other work in third level institutions across the country …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position with regard to the restoration of post-graduate grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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One in five postgrads consider quitting over financial or personal issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two in five postgraduate research students have seriously considered dropping out of their degree, mainly because of financial or personal issues, a major national survey reveals. The study of nearly 3,000 masters, PhD, or other students on postgrad research programmes found that more than 61% are fully or partly funded by a scholarship, but the figure drops to 57% if non-Irish students are excluded …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2018 by steve

IrelandPeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of continuing the restoration of postgraduate grants with the restoration of the partial band rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Hard Brexit – The risk to postgraduate research

Posted in Research on September 1st, 2018 by steve

“… We offer a more fine-grained analysis, focusing on one dimension of higher education and research with many ramifications, that is, the role of non-UK postgraduate research students in UK research. These students substantially enhance UK research capacity and teaching excellence and UK higher education institutions are highly dependent on them …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, University World News, 31 August]

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Preserving the DNA of UK universities: the key role of non-UK postgraduate research students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“We cannot understand the risks posed by Brexit to the UK higher education (HE) system simply by taking a bird’s eye view of the system at the macro-level, treating the ‘university’ as a one and indivisible unit and the ‘student’ as a one-size-fits-all category. This misses the diversity of higher education institutions (HEIs), the multitude of disciplines they harbour that cater for all dimensions of human activity and the different types of students they enrol …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, CGHE, 17 July]

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Postgraduate students likely to experience stress and depression, according to GSU survey

Posted in Life on June 1st, 2018 by steve

“The average PhD student experiences severe stress, moderate anxiety and mild levels of depression, according to the results of a Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) postgraduate mental health survey. The survey was presented by GSU Vice-President Madhav Bhargav at a meeting of the Student Life Committee this week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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College Warns of €2.6m Income Loss if Postgraduate Fees Frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Frozen fees for current postgraduate and non-EU students would wipe €2.6 million from College’s projected earnings, Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer Ian Mathews has warned. Documents, circulated ahead of a high-stakes meeting of the College Board tomorrow and seen by The University Times, reveal Trinity’s concerns about the financial impact of fee certainty …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 28 March]

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Postgraduate Services Need Improvement, Says USI Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held its inaugural postgraduate conference yesterday, focusing on solving current issues plaguing students who decide to undertake a master’s degree or PhD …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 23 February]

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Financial difficulties of students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The findings of the latest Eurostudent survey (News, January 22nd) indicate that over a third of college students in Ireland are experiencing severe financial difficulties. This is the highest percentage of all the European states …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Our Hands Are Tied, Trinity’s Financial Officer Tells Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students were given a glimpse behind the curtain this afternoon, as three of Trinity’s senior officers tried to persuade them that fee increases were part of the hard reality of College’s financial situation …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 January]

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Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Students at Trinity threaten strike over postgraduate fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin have threatened industrial strike action in response to plans to increase their fees. Trinity is set to raise its postgraduate fees by 5% – several hundred euros for most students – for the 2018/2019 academic year. This follows a 4% increase in 2014 and annual increases of 3% every year since …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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Trinity’s Fee Hike Confirms Our Fears: Postgraduates are Cash Cows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the great truisms of the modern academic world that neoliberalism, that creeping, ubiquitous ideology-that-is-non-ideological, has transformed higher education into a business and students into its customers. In the case of Trinity’s postgraduate community, this is no longer true …” (more)

[Ralph Moore, University Times, 31 October]

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