Revealed: Details of explosive UCD Students’ Union meeting as abortion controversy makes international headlines

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of an Irish university’s Students’ Union which is at the centre of an abortion stance controversy have now slammed their president in an explosive meeting. The latest comments come after a week which saw the President of the UCD Students’ Union hit international headlines as she is facing impeachment …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 October]

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Anti-abortion UCD students’ union president says she has been subject of ‘bullying campaign’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union says she has been the subject of a ‘bullying campaign’ by a group of students who are determined to remove her from office. Katie Ascough, who is anti-abortion, is facing an impeachment referendum later this month following controversy over her decision to withdraw detailed information over access to abortion services in a student magazine …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 October]

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SU president at centre of anti-abortion stance controversy slams calls for her impeachment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union president at the centre of a controversy over her anti-abortion stance has slammed calls for her impeachment as ‘bullying tactics’. President of UCD Students’ Union Katie Ascough is now facing a second impeachment vote after another petition on the campus collected 1,200 signatures …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 11 October]

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October Date Set for Katie Ascough Impeachment Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to trigger a referendum to impeach Katie Ascough as University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) president has been successful. The petition gained the 1,200 signatures needed to call the referendum, which will take place on October 25th and 26th …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 10 October]

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Petition to impeach UCD Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to impeach the University College Dublin (UCD) Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected by the Returning Officer of the Students’ Union. Returning Officer Stephen Devine, rejected the petition on Monday as he was concerned with its validity …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 3 October]

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‘Anyone who speaks out for pro-life is lambasted … there is no free debate’ – UCD student union president facing impeachment over pro-life actions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students in University College Dublin (UCD) have called to impeach their student union president, saying that the pro-lifer doesn’t represent them and that she hasn’t followed her mandate …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 30 September]

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UCD to Vote on Ascough Impeachment, as Petition Succeeds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition calling for a referendum on the impeachment of embattled University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough has gained enough signatures in just one day to trigger a vote on her future …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 28 September]

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UCDSU is What Happens When Apathy Prevails in Student Elections

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ union elections are more often than not described in a disparaging fashion: inconsequential, trivial, monotonous. The reasons as to why that is the case are multifaceted, but so too is the rationale behind the opposite kind of characterisation. For one thing, those who run students’ unions command hefty budgets …” (more)

[University Times, 24 September]

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UCDSU president defends dropping abortion information from freshers’ guide

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union has defended her decision to withdraw information over access to abortion services in a magazine circulated to new students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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As Ireland Waits on Repeal Referendum Date, Students’ Unions Are Planning their Campaigns

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the run-up to the academic year, students’ unions around the country are getting into gear to push for a referendum on the eighth amendment.With hopes for a referendum in spring 2018, students’ unions are starting to organise themselves for large-scale involvement in the national campaign …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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An Ireland Without Independent Students’ Unions Would be a Poorer, Less Liberal Place

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The student movement can take credit for a lot of things. It was the student vote that helped push marriage equality through in 2015. Last October, it was students who marched to Leinster House calling for publicly funded education – united in their thousands by one clear aim, bussed across the country by their respective students’ unions …” (more)

[University Times, 9 April]

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Amid Increasing Encroachments on Their Freedoms, Students’ Unions Seek to Legislate for Independence

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to ‘ever-increasing encroachments’ on their independence from institutions and a feeling of being unable to act, campaign and budget freely, students’ unions across Ireland are in the early stages of attempting to legislate to ensure their autonomy …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 5 April]

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94% of DCU students vote to remain in USI

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) has voted to remain part of the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) by a margin of 94%. The result was announced this evening at the end of two days of voting. A total of 2,304 votes were cast, with 2,176 voting ‘Yes’ to staying in USI …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Students unions inundated as first years seek accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions across Ireland have been inundated with queries from first years who cannot find accommodation as the new term approaches …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 30 August]

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After ‘Unacceptable’ Demands From College, DIT Students’ Union Left Without Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After rejecting a new funding structure proposed by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) that would allow the College to internally audit DIT Students’ Union (DITSU), DITSU is to be left without funds for at least three months, and with an uncertain funding future beyond that …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 23 July]

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Students’ Union Presidents Reaffirm Commitment to Publicly Funded Higher Education

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

Ireland“This evening, all 30 presidents of students’ unions affiliated with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) signed a public letter reaffirming their stance that education should be publicly funded in light of today’s news that the higher education funding working group presents a student loan scheme as one option to fund the sector …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 11 July]

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Is your students’ union a waste of space and money?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What use is a students’ union? Every university and almost every college in Ireland has one, and every student is automatically enrolled in it when they join college.One student says that should change …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 December]

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Is your students’ union a waste of space and money?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What use is a students’ union? Every university and almost every college in Ireland has one, and every student is automatically enrolled in it when they join college. One student says that should change …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 November]

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The Pros and Cons of A Voluntary Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union, more than any other body in college, acts as a catalyst for the things that students want from their time in third-level education. By universally representing the student body, it manages to be a voice for everyone on campus …” (more)

[Olly Donnelly, University Times, 19 October]

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Chaplains and student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Further to ‘Inquiry into way public funds used to pay third-level chaplains’ (October 8th), once again I find myself wondering which century some people think this is …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 October]

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