‘I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The door to the introduction of student fees was left open this week after the government opposed a motion against third level student loans. The Labour motion raised in the Seanad called on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education and to reject any move to implement an income contingent loan scheme to fund third level education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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Students hit out at lack of support for motion to block ‘income-contingent’ student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out.’ That, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is the message being sent to Irish students by the Seanad’s failure today to support a motion calling for the rejection of an income-contingent student loan scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 July]

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Students Disappointed As Senators Fail To Reject Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today stated concern with the failure of a Labour private members motion in the Seanad on Wednesday 12th July, to reject any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. The amendment from Government instead called that no decision be made until the Joint Committee on Education and Skills had published their recommendations …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 12 July]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Calling All Senators: Vote Tomorrow to Reject Loans and Support Free Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow, the Seanad will debate a private members’ motion on third-level funding put forward by the Labour Party. Our motion, which I am proud to be proposing along with my colleagues, will call on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University Times, 11 July]

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Trinity could attract ‘star academics’ after Brexit if pay restraints eased

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

Ireland“Constraints on public pay should be loosened after Brexit to attract international ‘star academics’ working in important areas of national interest to Ireland, the Seanad has heard. Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at Trinity College, Dublin, said Ireland was in danger of squandering the opportunities presented by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Senator denies claims over Limerick IT role

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former mayor has denied claims she tried to cling onto a high-profile job on the board of LIT after she was elected to the Seanad. A number of councillors have alleged Maria Byrne had sought to remain on the governing body at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), and other roles, despite her April election …” (more)

[Nick Rabbits, Limerick Leader, 26 July]

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Senators criticise proposal for student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell. ‘The idea of asking students for loans … and the way the banks have treated graduates and undergraduates in this country, is absolutely outrageous’, she said. ‘You could not write it down’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Senator Bacik expresses concern about student loan proposal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On the Order of Business today, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed her concern regarding the proposal to introduce a scheme of income contingent student loans to fund third level education, and called for a debate on the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education chaired by Peter Cassells …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Newstalk, 11 July]

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 Seanad debates – Order of Business

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Lynn Ruane (Independent): As we approach the end of the 2015-16 academic year, the Cassells report which was due for publication eight months ago has still not been published. The higher education sector is at crisis point. Students are being charged a steadily increasing fee to attend college under the guise of a contribution charge. These increases and the corresponding decrease in State funding for higher education have had a noticeably negative impact on the quality of education …” (more)

[Seanad, 21 June]

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University of Limerick graduates ‘should get the vote’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Newly elected senator Alice-Mary Higgins believes it is ‘imperative’ Limerick college graduates should be allowed vote for the universities panel. Ms Higgins, a daughter of Limerick-born President Michael D Higgins, visited UL during her campaign …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 4 May]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Call for extended Seanad voting rights

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A campaign has been launched by three of Ireland’s third level institutions in an effort to extend voting rights for Seanad elections to the graduates of all third level institutions in the State. Graduate Equality, a joint campaign between Dublin City University (DCU), the University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), aims to have the results of a 1979 constitutional amendment implemented …” (more)

[Tomás Heneghan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Higher Education Funding Becomes Central in TV3 Seanad Candidate Debate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While candidates largely agreed on the topics of free fees and access to education, the question of how to strike the ‘balance’ in the funding of higher education became central in last night’s Vincent Browne debate between 13 of the 16 candidates for the Seanad’s TCD panel …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 21 April]

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Seanad election and the NUI panel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A total of 30 candidates are seeking election to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. To assist in identifying possible preferences, I made the following rough breakdown of candidates’ attributes under some admittedly arbitrary classifications, based on their election literature and selected other accessible information …” (more)

[Michael Walsh, Irish Times, 18 April]

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