At Trinity’s Printing House Square, Plumbers Protest Underpayment

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

Ireland“Construction workers and trade union representatives gathered outside the Printing House Square construction site this morning to protest against the underpayment of plumbers working on Trinity’s new student accommodation complex. With a giant inflatable rat in tow, protestors stood outside the Pearse St entrance of Trinity …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 August]

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UCC Students Must Beat Fee Increases – Or Students Everywhere Could Suffer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If national media outlets this week dedicated unusually significant coverage to students in University College Cork (UCC) protesting a proposed 120% increase to their capitation fee, it was hardly any wonder. It’s not hard to see that the move, which would see students paying €370 each per year in capitated fees by 2023, has huge implications for students all over the country …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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UCC President Meets with Students’ Union Following Protests over Capitation Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday evening, members of the UCC Student’s Union met with the President of UCC, Prof Patrick O’Shea, following protests earlier in the day over the decision to increase the student capitation fee by 120% …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 26 June]

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UCC student fee increase without referendum ‘sets a dangerous precedent’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Increasing the student capitation fees at University College Cork without a student referendum sets a dangerous precedent for the future, according to the president of the university’s Student’s Union. Alan Hayes was speaking at a protest outside the president’s office at UCC on Wednesday …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 June]

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UCC Students Occupy President’s Building in Capitation Fee Protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A small group of students are camped outside the president’s office in University College Cork (UCC) in protest at an increase to the university’s capitation fee. Around 20 students attempted to gain access to the offices of UCC’s President, Patrick O’Shea, but were prevented from entering by college staff …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 June]

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UCC Students Demand Referendum on Capitation Fee Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a petition calling for a student-wide vote on huge increases to the university’s capitation fees ahead of the coming year. The petition, launched yesterday, states that the fee increases – which will see UCC students charged an extra €80 this September and will rise to €370 by 2023 – ‘should only be brought in with consent from students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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UCC students demand a referendum on fee increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Students’ Union at University College Cork has called for a referendum on plans to more than double the student capitation fee. UCC is planning to increase its fee from €170 per student per year to €250 for incoming first years this autumn …” (more)

[Darragh Bermimgham, EchoLive, 20 June]

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IT Tralee staff holding protest in Cork over Munster university merger

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

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee and their counterparts at Cork Institute of Technology are holding a protest in Cork this morning. Their protest coincides with the arrival of an international panel which will assess a proposed merger of the two third-level institutes. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is organising the picket …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 22 May]

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Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

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

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Student apartments near the Lough ‘sanctioned by people who are unaffected by it’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The approval of a major student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the area. An Bord Pleanála has approved the construction of 57 apartments in four and five storey buildings on a site overlooking the Lough. The development, located on Bandon Road, will have space for 419 students …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 May]

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University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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USI’s Protest Needed to Capture Significant Public Attention. But It Didn’t

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

Ireland“Last week, this Editorial Board wrote that it was incumbent on the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to prove the worth of its new ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, after a year in which higher education funding has often seemed far removed from the union’s list of priorities …” (more)

[University Times, 24 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Fund the Future Rally Draws 200 for Higher Education Protest

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

Ireland“Students gathered this afternoon in Front Square calling on the government to invest more money in higher education, with walkouts taking place on campuses all over the country as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Fund the Future campaign …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Trinity students join 10,000 protesters at Schools Strike for Climate Change

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

Ireland“Trinity students are among an estimated 10,000 people to march to Dáil Éireann to strike for climate action this afternoon. The students joined a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – led student bloc under the Schools Strike for Climate Change …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 15 March]

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The Gentle Revolution: 50 years on from UCD’s radical protests

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘I was very much a middle class boy from Stillorgan’, Basil Miller tells me, his voice crackling down the phone. ‘I went to UCD to study economics and politics, and that is what I was doing, in 1969, when all this stuff started to kick off.’ 27th February 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the student-led occupation of the administration offices at UCD Earlsfort Terrace …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 11 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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