Academic Freedom Goes to Court

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it …” (more)

[Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, 15 December]

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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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Solidarity visit by the former General Secretary of IFUT on behalf of ETUCE to Istanbul/Attendance at Court case against Turkish Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

“The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged with the ‘crime’ of signing a petition criticizing the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurdish people particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 December]

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USI Support IT Tallaght SU Sit-In

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Letter Penned By USI President, Michael Kerrigan: ‘As President of USI, I would like to commend IT Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU) in their efforts to secure a full time Students’ Union secretary …'” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 1 December]

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Student Sit-In Planned, as Tallaght IT Fails to Hire Union Secretary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) will be staging a sit-in on Friday to protest the college’s delay in hiring a new full-time secretary for the students’ union. Organised by Institute of Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU), the sit-in is the latest response to the months-long delay in hiring a new staff member after the union’s old secretary retired in September …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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UCD Students Begin Boycott of Aramark Catering

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in UCD are boycotting campus food services supplied by Aramark Catering, because of the company’s work with Direct Provision housing. In 2013, Aramark secured the tenure to create an International Food Court in Gerard Manley Hopkins building, above the Global Lounge …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 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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Students Against Fees Shifts Focus to Housing Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“High rent and Dublin-based Scholars are in the sights of Trinity’s Students Against Fees, after the group formally decided this evening to switch its focus to housing. At its public meeting this evening in the Arts Block, the group decided to address high accommodation costs …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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Taoiseach dismisses UK and US style loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar’s unclear plans for the proposed ‘Student Loan Scheme’ outraged the Union of Students in Ireland, who led the march for publicly funded education in Dublin on October 3rd …” (more)

[Cait Caden, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Students Against Fees Considers Expanding Campaign to Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Students Against Fees campaign group will consider expanding its campaign to include housing, in light of the housing crisis. A public, student-led meeting will be held on campus in the next few weeks appealing to students to get involved in the campaign against fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 October]

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‘No ifs, no buts, no education cuts’ – Students from across the country march through Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Carrying placards, bullhorns and chanting slogans, several thousand students marched through Dublin city ahead of rally at Merrion Square this afternoon. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is worried that the recommendations in a government report would see an increase of fees, burden young people with debt and drastically reduce access to higher education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 October]

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Limited UCD Turnout at March for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s March for Education organised by the USI saw a turnout saw 5,000 students from across Ireland march against the introduction of an income contingent loan scheme in Ireland. The students also called for an end to government funding cuts to higher education and student grants which they claim are undermining the quality of the Irish Higher-level education system, and driving students into poverty …” (more)

[College Tribune, 4 October]

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It’s Time for Historic Decisions, USI President Tells 6,000-Strong Crowd at Education March 

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students were called to defy any suggestion of an income-contingent loan scheme today, as speech after speech at the March for Education warned the government of the repercussions of rejecting publicly funded education. For thousands of students marching today, this message is nothing new …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 4 October]

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Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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Q&A: What’s the student protest about?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandQ. What’s today’s student protest about? In essence it’s about the need to invest in our cash-strapped third level education system – but it’s also a warning shot by students ahead of the budget to say a loan scheme is not the answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Students set for Dublin march against loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says many institutes of technology, in particular, are being starved of resources yet there is no long-term plan to tackle the problem …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 3 October]

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IT Lecturers protest over funding for third level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at the Institutes of Technology in Sligo and Letterkenny are staging protests this lunchtime over funding. The demonstrations are being held at ITs right around the country at the same time as a similar protest outside the Higher Education Authority offices in Dublin where members of the TUI will march to the Dail …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 27 September]

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LIT lecturers protest over damage caused by funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology lecturers today staged a lunchtime protest outside their place of work over the funding crisis facing their sector. The protests were organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents over 4,000 lecturing and research staff in Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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