Trinity students launch petition to remove University Times funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Trinity College Dublin are circulating a petition to cut funding to the University Times, a student-run newspaper based on campus. The University Times (UT) today reported that students are seeking to end the funding of a salaried position of Editor and stop the practice of providing on-campus accommodation for the Editor …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 20 March]

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Céad Oifigeach Gaeilge Riamh Tofa ag QUBSU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge tofa in Aontas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Banríona (QUBSU) den chéad uair i stair an choláiste. Toghadh Aodhán Ó Baoill oíche Chéadaoin, gan iomaíocht ar bith ina éadan, le 76 faoin gcéad den 1,267 ag vótáil ar a shon …” (more)

[Eoin O’Hare, University Times, 7 March]

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It’s Time to Disaffiliate From the USI

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of each year students across Ireland pay their college and university fees. Incorporated into these lump sums is the standardised €8 membership fee for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). This organisation purports to represent 374,000 third level students across the island of Ireland. This of course means that it rakes in approximately €3,000,000 per year …” (more)

[Ciarán Fagan, The Burkean, 1 March]

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DCUSU senior executives have been criticised for bypassing class representatives to call a referendum on USI membership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student societies have condemned Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) for showing ‘a clear disregard for democracy and transparency’, after the union executive voted to support disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) without consulting class representatives …” (more)

[Jack Synnott and Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 23 February]

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Referendum on new TU Dublin Students’ Union passes with overwhelming majority

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) students have voted to create a new overarching students’ union across its City, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght campuses, with more than 95% students voting Yes to the new union …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 21 February]

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Unions issue warning to students as crowds multiply in city for Donegal Tuesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT have issued a warning as revellers form queues at Eyre Street in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 February]

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NUI Maynooth set to construct its first student centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has finalised plans to construct a new student centre and in conjunction with Maynooth Student Union (MSU) the first stage of construction was signed off on January 23rd. The student centre will be built as part of Maynooth University’s campus development plan. The plan aims to meet the needs of students, staff and the wider community by providing important campus buildings and infrastructure …” (more)

[Rachel Halpin, The College View, 6 February]

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DITSU Cancels Iron Stomach Competitions After Insurance Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has cancelled any ‘iron stomach’ competitions on campus, after the the institute’s insurance provider advised that such events were too risky …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 4 February]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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SUs at odds with USI and activists over direct provision movement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Relations between students’ unions around the country and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are fraught over developments in campaigning against direct provision. The tensions follow a meeting of students’ union leaders in recent weeks to discuss a national, union-led campaign against direct provision …” (more)

[Peter Kelly and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Maynooth Signs Off on New Student Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Maynooth are one step closer to having a student centre, after the college and Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) signed off on the first stage of the report on the building. In an email statement to The University Times, MSU President Leon Diop confirmed that the signing of stage one was a ‘massive leap for the building’ …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 January]

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Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Students Had Five Years to Mobilise Against A Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At long last, Tobacco Free Trinity has finally achieved its goal. Trinity is now a smoke-free campus, after years of planning and debate and in spite of the rancour of some students. After initially coming out against it, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) eventually softened its position and then decided it’d be better off having no stance at all …” (more)

[University Times, 17 December]

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NUIGSU lose case against student accommodation provider Cúirt na Coiribe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have lost a case brought against private student accommodation provide, Cúirt na Coiribe. The case was filed following a decision to increase rent rates in the accommodation complex. Speaking to Trinity News, NUIGSU President Megan Reilly stated the result was in accordance with what the SU had been expecting …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 29 November]

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Ulster University to introduce Irish language signs at Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

“The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Ulster University’s Students’ Council on Tuesday. The Ulster University has four campuses, one in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Londonderry. Each location has their own students’ union …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 November]

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UUSU Vote to Remain Members of NUS-USI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

“In a whopping 90.2%–9.8% result, Ulster University Students’ Union have voted to remain members of NUS-USI. Voting took place this week from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November across all UU Campus’. Members and Officer Board of the trilateral agreement flocked to Ulster University throughout the week to campaign in favour of the long standing membership and outline its benefits to students around campus …” (more)

[USI, 16 November]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Around the Country, Students Get Creative to Fight for Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student activists have had a hectic few years. Between the momentous victories that were the referendums on same-sex marriage and the eighth amendment, to Trinity students’ bold resistance of supplemental fees, student movements have recently seen unprecedented success. Since the repeal campaign reached its climax back in May, students have turned their attention to the next big issue: accommodation …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 10 September]

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Students at Ireland’s Newest University Could Wait a Decade for Their Union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The process of merging the three students’ unions at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) into a single union for the new Technological University Dublin could take 10 years, former union officers have warned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 September]

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Galway student unions highlight student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway’s third level Student Unions have come together to condemn rent prices in the city. The call comes ahead of the return of thousands of third levels students for the beginning of the new academic year. The unions have criticised the prevalence of new ‘luxury’ student housing …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 August]

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