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)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 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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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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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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‘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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Third-level students fear dropping out over costs

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

Ireland“An overwhelming majority of third level students fear having to drop out of college because of the cost of education in Ireland, according to a new survey. 87% of students surveyed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said the cost of education, including fees, accommodation, transport food and other bills was such that they have feared having to drop out …” (more)

[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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‘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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Cuts to grants forcing students onto dole

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This year I applied for a student grant through Susi as I’d decided to return to college to study for a Master’s degree. I had been out of college for 5 years and had been working continuously throughout …” (more)

[Edel Hughes, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Students from rural areas are the new poor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“Students living in some towns and villages in County Galway are considered ‘the new poor’, with hundreds of families unable to access third level education, according to a representative group for rural areas …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway News, 10 May]

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Academics warn of ‘social chasm’ on university campuses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Working-class students are less likely to play a full part in university life because of the financial burden of getting through a degree course, according to research …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Telegraph, 3 July]

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Students face higher living costs for coming year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2013 by steve

“Students are facing higher living costs in the forthcoming academic year, according to a new survey. Expenses for a student away from home will average €7,902 – up from €7,803 – while a student living at home will see the cost rise by €81 to €4,176 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 July]

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Uni cuts force students to skip class, meals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2013 by steve

Australia“The Australian government’s recent proposed cuts to university funding and student loans will cost universities A$1 billion a year by 2017 and make it harder for people to balance study and work, the chief of the peak body for Australian universities said today …” (more)

[Bella Counihan and Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation, 8 May]

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SUs feed students in crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Students’ Unions across the nation are providing free food boxes and vouchers to students who are struggling financially …” (more)

[Luke Holohan, The Edition, 4 February]

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Stressed students: The grant fallout

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The grants delay is causing hardship, uncertainty and a surprising reliance on cars among Galway students …” (more)

[Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Students get food relief as grants wait goes on

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2013 by steve

“The students’ union of a third-level college has been doling out food vouchers to hungry students who are still waiting for their grants …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 11 January]

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Extra €3m ‘not enough’ for student hardship fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“Student leaders have warned that an additional €3m for an emergency hardship fund will not be enough …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 January]

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