Trinity to Propose Accommodation Fee Jump

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

Ireland“College is proposing a significant increase to on-campus accommodation, The University Times has learned. A memorandum from Trinity’s Director of Commercialisation, Adrian Neilan, due to be discussed at Finance Committee today and obtained by The University Times, recommends a €21 increase per week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 March]

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374,000 students get access to free online GP consultations

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

Ireland“Third level students throughout Ireland will have access to free online GP consultations for the rest of the academic year. All 374,000 student members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will be able to access VideoDoc – an online GP service – from now until June …” (more)

[, 6 February]

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That dreaded time of the year again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The reminder, which boldly announces that the remaining 50 per cent or €1,500 is due, sends a shiver tingling down my spine, sparking a multitude of thoughts and emotions. First comes the recognition that this is something that will be of benefit to me and must be paid …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Financial difficulties of students

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

Ireland“Sir, – The findings of the latest Eurostudent survey (News, January 22nd) indicate that over a third of college students in Ireland are experiencing severe financial difficulties. This is the highest percentage of all the European states …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes HEA Report on Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today published the Eurostudent VI study, the sixth report of its kind into how students experience university life, while visiting GMIT Mayo campus Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 22 January]

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Over a third of students in Ireland face ‘severe financial problems’

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over a third of higher-education students in Ireland experience ‘severe financial problems’ according to a new study of student living conditions. About 36% of the total student population say they are in severe financially difficulty, with the problem at its most severe among older students. Over 40% of students above the age of 24 say they struggle with money …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 22 January]

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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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