USI to Hire New Manager for Mental Health Project, After Promise of Government Funding

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is set to receive government funding to hire a mental health project manager who will lead a national research project into the mental health of students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 June]

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USI Condemns UCD’s Suggestion to Cut Irish Student Places

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

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President, Annie Hoey, condemned the suggestion made by University College Dublin’s (UCD) President Prof Andrew Deeks, that UCD may have to turn over places for Irish students to international students should the higher education funding crisis continue …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 8 June]

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USI raises concerns over higher level spending

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has raised concerns over spending by higher education institutions following recent revelations about severance payments made to senior personnel in the sector. USI president Annie Hoey pointed out that students and the taxpayer fund the higher education institutions and said trust in their governance was ‘crucial’ …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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USI Concerned Over Spending Of Students’ And Taxpayers’ Money

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has raised concerns over the spending of students’ and taxpayers money in light of the RTÉ Investigates documentary aired last night. USI President Annie Hoey said …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 26 May]

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Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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Proposed loan scheme to fund third level education is a ‘return to full fees via back door’, according to Solidarity TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and certain politicians find themselves at odds with the Government’s proposed new loan scheme for third level education, saying that such plans are tantamount to a ‘return to full fees through the back door,’ and that the move would cause a ‘brain drain’ …” (more)

[Fernando Sanchez, TheLiberal.ie, 2 May]

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Students warn proposed loan scheme will start new ‘brain drain’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has rejected claims student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. A technical group is preparing to brief the Oireachtas on how a loan scheme would work in Ireland. But student leaders say such a scheme would be expensive to set up …” (more)

[Jack Quann, Newstalk, 2 May]

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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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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Why Students’ Unions and Universities are on the Same Page Over Autonomy

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

Ireland“Power and autonomy are big words. They’re terms that have come to frame the debate over abortion and the repeal of the eighth amendment. Now, the student movement has found a new use for them …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 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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USI Votes to Develop National Model for Consent Workshops

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today voted overwhelmingly to design national consent workshops for students, based on models successfully introduced in colleges across Ireland over the last year …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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DITSU to remain affiliated to USI as Odoemene re-elected as President

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

Ireland“A referendum on DITSU’s USI membership took place alongside the annual DITSU elections across all DIT campuses on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with students overwhelmingly voting to remain affiliated to the USI …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, The Edition, 25 March]

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LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

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

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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91% in DIT Vote to Remain in USI

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with 91% of students who voted choosing to stay affiliated with the union …” (more)

[University Times, 16 March]

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Maynooth Students’ Union Votes Overwhelming to Remain in USI

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

Ireland“Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), following a constitutionally mandated referendum, with nearly 96% of voters supporting membership of the union …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 March]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

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This is how much Trinity College made in student fines since 2011

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

Ireland“Trinity College in Dublin has racked up over €900,000 in student fines since 2011. UCD and UCC took in almost €400,000 in the same period, while DCU collected almost 300,000 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 January]

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Trinity students pay nearly €600,000 in library fines as USI voices concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has voiced concern that rising library fines are potentially being used by universities as a ‘money making mechanism’. Figures obtained by The Herald under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that students paid a total of €2,786,930 in library fines over a five year period …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 30 December]

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