This Week, Cut the Rent Blinked Under Pressure. Its Movement Could be Over

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting this week, activist group Cut the Rent opted not to go ahead with a planned rent strike on campus in January. The news was met with a surprising lack of uproar. When Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council initially voted not to support rent strikes (before U-turning a month later) students were outraged. But Cut the Rent’s decision to not launch the campaign it was set up to organise didn’t seem to ignite similar anger among students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearin, University Times, 29 November]

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Academics pile pressure on UL president over structural reorganisation ahead of industrial ballot

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 University of Limerick staff members gathered at a public meeting earlier this week to discuss the university’s recent controversial restructural proposal. And it was followed this week by a letter signed by 50 professors at UL looking for the reorganisation proposals to be paused by the Governing body so they can ‘instruct that reorganisation proposals are only tabled after a thorough review of the academic structures’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 29 November]

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University of Limerick facing academic revolt over restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Management at University of Limerick (UL) is facing an academic revolt after 50 professors signed a letter calling for the suspension of restructuring at the college, which they said risks making it academically ‘not fit for purpose’. The university, which is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has published a plan to develop a new campus in the heart of Limerick city. It is aiming to cater for an additional 4,000 mostly postgraduate or international students …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 November]

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On Capitation, UCCSU Has Set a New Precedent – We Must Treat it With Caution

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, University College Cork (UCC) capitulated dramatically and reversed the massive €200 capitation fee increase that it had tried to push through over the summer. In response to the fee increase, members of the University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) initially camped outside the UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s office …” (more)

[University Times, 24 November]

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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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TCDSU backs Cut the Rent movement after initial rejection

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council have this evening voted to mandate the union to support the Cut the Rent campaign, having previously voted not to support the movement last month. The motion to support the movement was passed by a majority at Council, following a discussion where some members retained their reservations, while others supported the amended motion …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 19 November]

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UCCSU Claim Huge Victory As Capitation Increase Reversed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Students’ Union (UCCSU) has successfully reversed an incremental €200 increase in the student capitation fee, reducing the cost to €170 for all incoming students ahead of the 2020/21 academic year. The increase was announced in June 2019, inciting protests from the Students’ Union, who staged a sit-in demonstration in the following days …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 19 November]

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USI Votes to Support Student Rent Strikers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) tonight voted to support rent strike campaigns set up to protest the cost of student accommodation in Ireland. The motion was passed without objection at USI’s national council, which was held in Trinity this evening …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 15 November]

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Amid Protests, Trinity Lets Students in Hong Kong Decide Whether to Stay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has asked students studying abroad in Hong Kong to ‘carefully consider the situation and advise if they would like to stay or return’ after pro-democracy protests spilled onto college campuses this week, TheJournal.ie reported today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 November]

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UCD advises exchange students in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing protests

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has advised its students on exchange in two universities in Hong Kong to return home. The students, thought to number fewer than five in total, have been studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the remainder of term …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang, Independent, 14 November]

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University strike could affect more than a million students, says union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

“Staff at 60 universities across the UK are to walk out on strike later this month over pensions, pay and conditions in a wave of action which could disrupt the studies of more than a million students, according to union leaders …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 5 November]

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Cut The Rent Debacle Exposes A Timid Council’s Conservatism

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s council on Tuesday voted against supporting Cut the Rent, a student-led grassroots movement calling for a rent strike on Trinity’s campus. The group had been building support in the weeks leading up to council: collecting 200 signatures, canvassing students and even getting national media traction …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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How Should Universities Respond to China’s Growing Presence on Their Campuses?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

“Over the last several months, opponents of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have clashed with protest supporters at universities across the world. In Australia and New Zealand, pro-Beijing students have occasionally shoved, doxed, and threatened peaceful protesters …” (more)

[ChinaFile, 4 November]

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Trinity students to withhold rent due to rising on-campus rates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are mobilising a campaign to withhold rent from the college amidst rising on-campus rates. Almost 300 students who live in the College’s city centre campus have signed up to withhold their rent when the next payment is due on January 1. One of the members of the Cut The Rent group, Conor Reddy, said …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 3 November]

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TCDSU Votes Not to Support Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has voted against adopting a stance supporting rent strikes organised by student activist group Cut the Rent. The union voted against a motion that would have mandated it promote and participate in the group’s efforts to canvass students for withholding rent payments in January, as well as protecting students in the case of disciplinary action …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 October]

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Postgraduate students campaign for better terms and conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the trade union Siptu have joined forces to campaign for improved terms and conditions for postgraduate students who carry out teaching and other work in third level colleges. Many postgraduates experience precarious working conditions and low pay within their higher education institutions, according to Siptu organiser Dave Curran …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 October]

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Students protest closure of NUI Galway’s Caifé na Gaeilge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has officially confirmed the closure of Caifé na Gaeilge, located in Áras na Gaeilge. The Students’ Union released a statement, stating that the Caifé was closed, having been ‘operating on a loss since 2008’ …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 26 October]

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QUB: Call for apology over gay aversion therapy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

“A leading Queen’s University academic has called on the institution to release more information on its historical involvement in electrical aversion therapy on gay men. BBC News NI previously interviewed a student who was shown pictures of naked men and given electric shocks if he was aroused. It took place during the late 1960s and early 1970s …” (more)

[Niall McCracken and Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 October]

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Dundalk IT Students Protest After Graduation Moved Off Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student protests are taking place at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) after a decision was made by the college to hold their graduation ceremony in the local arts centre and not on campus as in previous years …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 11 October]

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Students Stage Protest Over Dundalk IT’s Plans To Move Graduation Off Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dundalk IT staged a protest this morning against the institute’s plans to hold this year’s graduation ceremony off campus. Last week Dundalk IT announced that this year’s graduation ceremony, which runs from October 31st to November 2nd, would take place in the town centre rather than on campus as has been the case in recent years …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 10 October]

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