The Provost’s Speech in Israel is Divorced from the Reality of Campus Opinion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast’s carefully crafted speech to graduates in Jerusalem this week almost certainly won him favour in the room. But back at home, it was met with outrage. Evidently feeling obliged to bring up the ‘sensitive’ topic of the anti-Israel protests that took place on campus almost 18 months ago, Prendergast apologised for the ‘regrettable’ actions …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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Students’ silent protest to highlight accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A silent protest by students demanding the Minister for Housing to build affordable accommodation was held on Friday. DCU Students’ Union, the Union of Students in Ireland along with volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group gathered outside new privately owned student accommodation New Mill on Merchants Quay …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Either Trinity Knew What Fee Certainty Was, Or It Didn’t. Both Options Are Unfortunate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March, when Take Back Trinity roiled the campus, College seemed to resolutely promise fee certainty to international and postgraduate students. Last week’s fiasco, which saw Trinity reverse course on a 5% fee increase for international students, therefore looks rather mystifying – even if, like us, you’ve become conditioned to expect rather elliptical decision-making from the College …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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Trinity reverses decision to increase fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has agreed to reverse proposed 5% fee increases for international and postgraduate students following outcry from students. Following fee hikes for international and postgraduate students last week, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) held a meeting with College this morning to discuss the fee increases …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 July]

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It Would Be Unwise for College to Underestimate Take Back Trinity Again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College had finally settled down for the summer after an overwhelming year of student protests when it emerged this week that some international students had been charged an unexpected five per cent increase in fees. Bewilderment is what followed …” (more)

[University Times, 29 July]

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USI condemns TCD attempt to break international and postgrad fees agreement

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is deeply concerned that senior management in Trinity College Dublin may have reneged on an agreement with their Students’ Union that guaranteed that international non-EU and postgraduate multi-year fees would not rise …” (more)

[USI, 27 July]

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TDCSU release statement addressing fee controversy

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

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has released a statement on its Facebook page addressing a 5% fee increase in postgraduate and continuing international student fees, news that appears to break a college agreement on fee certainty reached this year …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 July]

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TCDSU Demands Answers After Fee Rise Panic

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

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will meet with College on Monday, after apparent fee hikes for international students triggered panic and accusations that Trinity had reneged on the fee certainty agreement brokered last term …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 26 July]

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Anger as College appears to break Take Back Trinity deal

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

“College has increased non-EU and postgraduate fees by 5%, appearing to breach the fee certainty agreement agreed upon by the College Board in March, which followed the Take Back Trinity protests. College agreed to give fee certainty to postgraduate students and continuing international undergraduate students. College issued the fee certainty agreement following the success of the Take Back Trinity movement in March …” (more)

[Stacy Wrenn, Trinity News, 26 July]

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Protesters Target Clinton Visit

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

“Protesters gathered at Trinity today to protest the visit of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Roughly 50 demonstrators protested outside the Book of Kells after being asked to move from Front Square …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 June]

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Student groups will protest Hillary Clinton’s visit to Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Workers’ Party TCD are organising protests against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Trinity next Friday. Both groups oppose Clinton’s visit, during which Trinity will award her an honorary degree …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 15 June]

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Cork student digs costing €225 per week

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2018 by steve

“UCC Students’ Union is taking a stand against the increasing cost of student accommodation in the city, saying ‘enough is enough’. Student apartments are already coming on stream for next term at prices greater than €900 a month for one-bed units, which are more expensive than mortgage repayments on many family homes. The Students’ Union has refused to endorse a new student accommodation complex on the Western Road, saying the prices are ‘far too high’ to promote to students …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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TUI to hold lunchtime protest over pay discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011. The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 14 May]

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Students protest over rent increase at Galway accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students are due to protest in Galway over planned rent increases of up to €1,000 at private accommodation in the city. Students at Cúirt na Coiribe were notified of the move by a new management company in recent days …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 8 May]

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NUIG Protest a Sign of Growing Anger at a Yawning Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“Over the past few days, students from NUI Galway have camped outside the buildings of the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation facility in protest of an 18% rent hike being introduced by the accommodation provider. It’s yet another example of students voicing their opposition to the travails of an increasingly expensive accommodation market …” (more)

[University Times, 7 May]

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Free-speech warriors mistake student protest for censorship

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“Free speech on campus has once again become a point of contention. The universities minister, Sam Gyimah, has called for tough new guidelines to protect freedom of expression. His remarks come amid claims that books are being removed from libraries, and speakers banned from campuses – all because ‘generation snowflake’ is too timid to hear discordant opinions …” (more)

[Adam Tickell, Guardian, 7 May]

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Action in Institutes of Technology an Omen of Funding Exasperation

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

“Striking lecturers and angry students are nothing new. In recent years, the Department of Education has become used to picket lines and placards, while doing little to meet the chorus of demands from the third-level sector. So the news that staff in institutes of technology around the country will refuse to work an additional hour negotiated under recent national pay agreements will probably do little to faze the government. But it should …” (more)

[University Times, 22 April]

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DCUSU’s Limp Protest Didn’t Exactly Help the Student Movement

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

“On Tuesday, barely a dozen students from Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) turned up to the union’s own protest against price hikes for student accommodation on Kildare St. It was an embarrassment for several reasons …” (more)

[University Times, 22 April]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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Sinn Féin supports DCU students protesting against rent hikes in student accommodation – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has offered his support for students protesting outside Leinster House today against a 27% rent hike for accommodation in Shanowen student halls near Dublin City University. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 April]

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