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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Is a new conformism stifling debate?

Posted in Life on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Breda O’Brien writes ‘University student unions have taken to banning people who are judged outside the pale of acceptable thought and speech, as their presence will make the university “unsafe”. Whatever happened to convincing others of the error of their ways by producing better arguments? …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 October]

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New Group pushes for Freedom of Association with Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the course of their studies, students’ levels of contact with their union vary wildly. The union may be encountered by a student only once in their college career, when they find themselves …” (more)

[College Tribune, 16 September]

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UCD students’ union marks 40th anniversary

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

Ireland“Students today are accused of lacking the radicalism of their predecessors but, according to Diarmuid Coogan, who lent his name to one of the most famous student protests of the past 40 years, this is based on nostalgia …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 March]

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NUIG students first in Europe to officially support cannabis legalisation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The NUI Galway student body has today voted that its Students’ Union should support the legalisation of cannabis. In a referendum today, students were asked if they agreed the SU should ‘actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 March]

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Students’ unions and unofficial rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We take issue with comments made by Tommy Roddy about rag week in Galway (Letters, 19th February). While we agree with elements of his assessment, his statement that the students’ unions have sat back and said ‘nothing to do with us’ is unfair …” (more)

[Declan Higgins and Sam O’Neill, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Galway Rag Week must return to student union control

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This week, students in Galway are ‘celebrating’ an unofficial Rag Week. Unofficial, because the students unions in GMIT and NUIG have washed their hands of it since major drink fuelled incidents were connected with it a number of years ago …” (more)

[Tommy Roddy, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

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Single mother who left school at 15 elected TCD SU president

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

Ireland“A single mother and drugs addiction worker from Tallaght in west Dublin has won an emotional victory in the race for president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union. Lynn Ruane who dropped out of school after her Junior Cert, having become pregnant at the age of 15, enrolled in the university three years ago through its access programme …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 February]

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DITSU President senses USI referendum may happen this year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“DITSU President Fiachrá Duffy feels the SU may seek a referendum on leaving the Union of Students in Ireland USI this year. Duffy made the comments ahead of a USI questions and answers session …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 13 November]

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Students at Queen’s University divided on Irish unity vote

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“… Students’ Union members at the university will be asked on Monday in a referendum: ‘Should Ireland be a united and independent country?’ But a counter-referendum by a group called ‘Keep QUB Neutral’ says: ‘This Students’ Union is a shared space that is inclusive for all students …'” (more)

[Nevin Farrell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 October]

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UCD Students’ Union nets €1.1m after first foray into corporate world

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2014 by steve

“The union representing students in the largest university in the country has dipped its toes into the corporate world, presiding over a million euro business in its first year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 5 June]

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