University of Limerick Students’ Union’s war of words with editor over paper’s future

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

Ireland“A bitter war of words has erupted between the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the campus newspaper, after a decision was made to change An Focal to a monthly publication. A spokesperson for ULSU said that the decision was made in response to ‘the particular experience’ it had with its outgoing editor Seamus Toomey, who held the position since August …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh and Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Leader, 9 December]

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DITSU Leadership Bungles USI Referendum Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bid by senior officers in Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) to hold a referendum on membership of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) failed on Thursday night, after a vote of the students’ union council …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 8 December]

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The Case for the Opt-Out Option

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

Ireland“A petition has been launched in Trinity, as many reading this will be aware, for a referendum which would enable students to opt-out of the student union. Even with the initiative in its infancy, the debate surrounding this idea is proving to be quite divisive. In this article, I would like to outline as simple as possible why I support the right of students to leave the union …” (more)

[Donnchadh Curran, Burkean Journal, 5 December]

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‘Students all over the country are dissatisfied with their Student Unions’ – DCU the latest to question union’s abortion stance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) students have become the latest to question their Students’ Union’s stance on abortion. As Ireland prepares for an abortion referendum next year, students across the country are questioning their SU’s stance …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh and Kyle Ewald, Independent, 3 December]

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Student Sit-In Planned, as Tallaght IT Fails to Hire Union Secretary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) will be staging a sit-in on Friday to protest the college’s delay in hiring a new full-time secretary for the students’ union. Organised by Institute of Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU), the sit-in is the latest response to the months-long delay in hiring a new staff member after the union’s old secretary retired in September …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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Students’ Union Autonomy is Too Important Not to Fight For

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

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) is one of the only students’ union in the UK and Ireland that isn’t autonomous or independent from its institution …” (more)

[Stephen McCrystall, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Compulsory Students’ Union Membership is No Draconian Stricture

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

Ireland“In the space of just three weeks, groups of students in Trinity, Dublin City University (DCU) and University College Dublin (UCD) have launched campaigns with almost identical ambitions: to see membership of their respective students’ unions become an optional affair …” (more)

[University Times, 19 November]

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QUBSU to Lobby for Independence from University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) will lobby to become autonomous and independent, after a vote at its student council last night. Speaking to The University Times, the President of QUBSU …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 November]

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Petition Launched To Make SU Membership Optional

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A group named Freedom of Choice Coalition of UCD (FOCC) are launching a petition this week to change Article 3 of the UCDSU Constitution which if passed would see membership of the SU become optional. In a press release, the group stated that their reason for launching the petition …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 November]

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Removal of UCD students’ union president

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

Ireland“Sir, – I was utterly astonished to watch the unfolding removal of the UCD students’ union president by its own members. That a third-level institution would be the setting for such a spectacle of narrow-mindedness makes it even worse …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 November]

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After UCD Votes to Impeach, Ascough Comes Out Defiant

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An overwhelming majority of voters, 69%, chose to impeach University College Dublin Students’ Dublin (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough from her role. The result follows two days of voting which saw thousands of students participate …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 October]

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UCD students vote to impeach union president Katie Ascough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) students have voted to impeach their Students’ Union President Katie Ascough. In total 4,540 students voted to impeach Ms Ascough, out of 6,572 students who cast a ballot, meaning a majority of 69% were in favour of her removal …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 October]

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UCD SU president makes last plea ahead of impeachment result

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union president Katie Ascough has said the impeachment campaign against her is predicated on her pro-life views and refusal to break the law. Voting in the two-day plebiscite will continue until 8pm this evening after 1,200 students of the college signed a petition calling for an impeachment referendum to take place …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Hundreds of students take to the polls to vote in referendum to impeach UCDSU President Katie Ascough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students have taken to the polls to vote in the referendum to impeach SU President Katie Ascough. Polling stations opened around campus yesterday morning and will close at 8pm on Thursday night …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 25 October]

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Impeachment vote a ‘freedom of thought’ issue – UCDSU chief

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

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union president Katie Ascough said the referendum to impeach her is a ‘freedom of thought’ issue on campus. The move to impeach Ms Ascough began following her decision to remove a page in the UCDSU freshers’ Winging It magazine that contained information on abortion services abroad, and reprint the magazine at a cost of up to €8,000 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 October]

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In UCD, Ascough Condemns Opponents, Student Media and More, But Stands Firm

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

Ireland“Tonight’s hustings in University College Dublin (UCD) came down to democracy, with both sides of the referendum arguing that they were more democratic. There were many accusations levelled on both sides and things ended on a sour note for University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough, who students are trying to impeach …” (more)

[Róisín Power, Isla Hoe and Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 October]

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Three UCD union officers campaign to impeach Katie Ascough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three colleagues of University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) president Katie Ascough have joined the campaign to impeach her …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 24 October]

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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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