PhD candidates and postdoctoral status

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Sorcha Pollak writes of the difficulties and ‘darkness’ that come with undertaking PhD research (‘”I don’t think there’s anything darker than doing a PhD”‘, December 5th). I would agree but like to emphasise that much of the burden and stress comes from insufficient funding and exploitative working conditions …” (more)

[David Cichon, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Cork charity pays out €50k in last three months to help students in need

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A leading Cork charity has given more than €50,000 to students and their families who are struggling to keep up with the costs of third level education. In less than three months, St Vincent de Paul has granted €52,000 in financial aid to students in Cork who need help covering the costs of college, according to SVP South-West regional coordinator Gerry Garvey …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 5 December]

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Medical graduates and debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is not well known that approximately one-third of Irish medical graduates now are self-funded via the graduate medicine entry scheme, which was enacted over 10 years ago to increase the number of medical graduates in response to an anticipated shortage …” (more)

[Erica Maguire, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Education Is A Right – Not €20,000 of Debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If you were to ask me what education is, I’d simply reply with saying education is a right, education is what we’re told is our passport to life, our key to unlocking a greater life for ourselves. What education is not? It’s not €20,000 in the red when we leave college and having this barrier in our lives …” (more)

[Laura Smith,, 7 October]

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Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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Taoiseach addresses education funding at Trinity event

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left them repaying substantial debts …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 27 September]

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I Won’t Saddle Students With ‘Enormous Debt’, Varadkar Tells Trinity on 425th Anniversary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the 425th anniversary of Trinity’s foundation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told an audience in the College that he couldn’t support a funding model that would see students ‘saddled with enormous debt’. The thorny issue of a funding model has dominated debate in the higher education sector over the last several years …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 September]

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TCDSU Condemns €9,000-a-Year Dublin Accommodation Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has condemned the high prices of private student accommodation, calling on the government to act after their ‘negligent’ response to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 September]

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Can you afford new ‘luxury’ student accommodation?

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation might conjure up images of grotty homes with mildewed curtains and questionable electrics. Now, a new breed of purpose-built luxury student accommodation is on the way, kitted out with flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms and access to communal cinemas and gyms …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Student accommodation crisis: our school-leavers deserve better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The receipt of an offer for a college course should be a time of celebration for school-leavers. Instead, students planning to study away from home are facing into a period of stress and uncertainty. The crisis in housing supply, along with soaring rents, means many do not have access to affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 August]

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Paying for third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The article ‘Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third-level’ (August 22nd) is an example of how solving one aspect of a problem may result in many unwanted outcomes …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 24 August]

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‘Students left with nothing once rent is paid’

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a quarter of college students will be broke once their rent is paid this year, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). An online survey conducted for the USI earlier this year found 29% of third-level students do not have an income exceeding €500 a month, even though 58% of students expect to pay between €251 and €500 a month in accommodation costs …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 23 August]

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Thousands on university campus accommodation waiting lists

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The cost to students of on-campus accommodation has increased markedly in recent years across all seven universities, with students in Dublin universities seeing the largest rise. Thousands of students are on waiting lists for campus rooms, with nearly all college accommodation fully booked up …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Irish students are super-confident of landing a job. Finding somewhere to live is another matter

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The struggle to find somewhere to live has replaced a despondency about finding a job as the biggest bugbear for Irish students. A new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has found that third-level undergraduates are far more confident of finding a job than their 2011 counterparts …” (more)

[, 22 August]

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Irish parents ‘open’ to idea of student loans, reveals survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three out of four Irish parents think student loans could be a great idea according to a new survey, which also unsurprisingly reveals that parents appear increasingly unprepared for funding third-level education. The survey, carried out by Red C for Aviva, found considerable openness and some support for the idea of a student loan system with repayment to be contingent on the income earned by graduates …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Half of parents have no money put aside for third-level education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents say they have no money put aside to meet the cost of third-level education for their children. Parents expect to have to fork out more than €5,000 over a year to send a child to college or university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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18,000 students approved for help

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 18,000 students hoping to start college next month have been approved for financial assistance, to aid likely costs. They should now be fully prepared to plan budgeting for accommodation and other costs if they get offered a college course on Monday from the CAO …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 August]


1,000 Cork students join ‘sugar daddy’ dating site

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Cork students have signed up to a dating website that allows them to meet potential dates who are willing to contribute to their living expenses in exchange for company. The website, Seeking, claims almost 10,000 Irish students have joined …” (more)

[Liz O’ Brien, Evening Echo, 17 August]


A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[, 14 August]

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