Despite ‘free fees’, are universities still bastions of privilege?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the students’ union at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McGowan sees large numbers of students struggling to overcome financial hurdles on a daily basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Irish university students offer sex to fund studies, claims report

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“Female students at an Irish university are turning to sex work to help fund their studies, a report has claimed. The university and College Union and the Students’ Union claimed some PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast are being paid below the minimum wage …” (more)

[Kylie Noble, Independent, 27 October]

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Students in need of help with rent and transport from hardship funds

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

Ireland“Students are being helped more with transport costs from college hardship funds in a trend being linked to greater difficulties finding affordable accommodation. The €1.3m spent by the Government’s Student Assistance Fund (SAF) in 2014/15 on transport accounted for nearly a fifth of the total €6.6m provided to 14,909 third-level students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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Paying for a third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – With the campaign for a further increase in third-level charges gaining traction, mostly among the already graduated, what will the 23-year-old graduate, employed in a JobBridge scheme at €140 per week, make of that? …” (more)

[Eugene Tannam, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Student rents to rise on all seven university campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All seven of Ireland’s universities will be charging higher rents for college campus accommodation for the coming academic year, with increases ranging from 2.5% to 9.8% …” (more)

[Niall Flynn, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Students’ union tells government to heed advice on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should take the advice of experts who have recommended increases in the amounts paid in college grants, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said. USI president Annie Hoey was responding to the figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions which suggest 60% of parents are getting into debt to fund their children’s third-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

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60% of Parents Get into Debt Funding Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish League of Credit Unions has launched the results of the 2016 Cost of Third Level Education Study which surveyed 1,000 Irish adults over the age of 18 with Marketing Research Company iReach …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 18 August]

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Parents spend €450 monthly ‘supporting’ students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of students attending third level institutions will be financially supported by their parents over the next year with the average parent spending €447 each month, a survey has found …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to recent correspondents on how they worked to pay their own way through college (July 15th), I would like to point out that more has changed since the 1960s than music and fashion …” (more)

[Tomás M Creamer, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Paying for an education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While Nathaniel Healy (July 15th) should be commended for his self-reliance in funding his own university education in the 1960s, changing circumstances indicate that this laudable achievement is not particularly replicable …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, Irish Times, 16 July]

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High rents push student costs to €11,000 a year

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

Ireland“The price of going to college has reached €11,000 per year due to increases in the cost of rent, public transport and the student contribution charge over recent years …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 13 July]

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Rising rents push cost of college to €11,000 a year for some

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Rising rents and other living costs means the cost of going to college for students living away from home will reach about €11,000 this year, according to latest estimates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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‘Loans would help parents, and put onus on students’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD student Aoife Hardesty thinks that the option of student loans proposed by the Cassells report is a feasible one. Aoife (21) receives a SUSI grant, which covers half her fees, but her parents still struggle to pay for her college costs every year. She thinks that a loan system, while more expensive, would make it easier for families …” (more)

[Grainne Loughran, Independent, 12 July]

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Repayments could make life much tougher for many graduates as they begin their careers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Meeting repayments on the new student loan proposal would probably not push most graduates into destitution. But it could make life much tougher for many, particularly those with other debt, at the very start of their careers …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 July]

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‘There Have Been Days and Weeks When I Have Not Had Any Money Left for Food’

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, I was accepted to my dream course – nursing in Trinity. This offer came after some very difficult years, where I struggled with extremely poor health and lost my partner to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. But I was determined to move forward and progress in life. I accepted the offer and started my course in September 2014 …” (more)

[Tara McCormack, University Times, 25 June]

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Cost of college and rising rents push students to ‘breaking point’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The cost of third-level education is a major concern for the vast majority of third-level students, according to a new survey from the Union of Students in Ireland which found that 87% fear having to drop out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 22 June]

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87% of students fear having to drop out of college because of cost of education

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

Ireland“87% of students fear having to drop out of college because of cost of education, according to new research released today by the Union of Students in Ireland who had more than 870 responses to a national survey of students. 74.3% of students have thought about dropping out because of the cost of education and 75.4% have worked leading up to and/ or during exams …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 22 June]

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Students to fork out €6,000 for housing as rents spiral

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Spiralling rents will push up the cost of going to college for tens of thousands of students in the autumn. Dublin will be worst affected as rents in the capital return to boom-time levels …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 16 June]

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‘It’s becoming increasingly hard for college students to survive’ – Senator slams latest food bank figures

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Senator Lynn Ruane said it is ‘disgraceful’ that over a half of students miss meals to stay in college. The former Trinity SU President said that a new survey conducted by the USI shows how much third-level students are struggling to get an education …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 June]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Matthew A Harmey is of course right that financial considerations are a major issue for young people from families with limited means who wish to access third-level education (April 18th). Whether it is the major factor is open to debate …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 20 April]

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