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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DCU students to protest 27% rent hikes at student accommodation

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

“DCU students will be protesting outside the Dáil dressed as cattle today, claiming the Government see them as nothing more than cash cows. It is to highlight 27% rent hikes at the Shanowen student accommodation site near the university …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 17 April]

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DCU president calls for government intervention as student complex hikes rents by 27%

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“The President of DCU has called on the government to regulate the student accommodation sector after students staged a sleep out last night to protest rising rents. A group of students staged the protest last night in response to plans by Shanowen Student Residences in Santry to hike rents by 27% for the coming term …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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DCU students protest rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Students from Dublin City University (DCU) plan to stage an overnight ‘sleepout’ protest on Thursday night outside privately owned student accommodation beside the college, where operators plan to raise rents by almost 30% next year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Students stage ‘sleep-out’ at accommodation complex in protest over 27% rent hike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) are staging a ‘sleep-out’ outside student accommodation tonight to protest the 27% rise in accommodation fees for the next academic year. At 4pm today, the students will be marching from DCU to Shanowen Residence in protest of the increasing fees …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 5 April]

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Students Need to Shut Down More Than Just the Book of Kells

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“The last few weeks have been incredibly empowering. In the space of a month, we have gone from the shock of a €450 flat fee for supplementals to the euphoria of their complete removal. Fee certainty for non-EU students and all postgrads now exists, combined with the reversal of huge increases in accommodation rates …” (more)

[Kevin Keane, University Times, 3 April]

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It’s time to bring Take Back Trinity a step further

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The last month has been a turning point in Trinity, and perhaps student politics nationally. Undergraduate, international, and postgraduate students united to undertake the most radical student action in over a decade, successfully winning on all our demands …” (more)

[Oisin Vince Coulter, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Should We ‘Take Back’ UCD?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Recently there was a meeting in the Trinity Arts Block, held by activists involved in the Take Back Trinity movement. The discourse of the meeting followed the lines of how to move on from the dining hall occupation, and how to escalate from here. The capacity of these students to organise themselves, the sheer strength in numbers, and their genuine belief in the idea that they can win this battle against their administration is both heartening and aspirational …” (more)

[Benjamin Jordan, University Observer, 30 March]

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‘It’s a complete disgrace’ – DCU students protest 27% increase in accommodation fees

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2018 by steve

“DCU students gathered outside of Shanowen Square Student Residences to protest the 27% rise in accommodation fees for the 2018/2019 academic year. Rent for the upcoming academic year has increased by €1,850, bringing the total cost to €8695 for the eight-month period between September 10 and May 25 …” (more)

[Kyle Ewald, Independent, 29 March]

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Supplemental Fees Brought Student Activism to Life. Don’t Let it Die

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning’s announcement that the College Board has agreed to scrap the supplemental exam fees is a truly historic moment in the history of student activism. In the face of sustained and vocal student anger, Trinity has agreed to halt, at least for now, the creeping introduction of stealth charges that have caused severe tension on campus in recent years …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 28 March]

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TCD reverses plan to introduce supplemental fees

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

“Trinity College Dublin has decided to drop plans for the introduction of supplemental examination fees after a campaign led by students, which said the proposal was unfair and undemocratic. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the college said the board of Trinity College Dublin agreed …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 28 March]

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