The Government’s Shouting about Gender Equality Feels One-Note

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The launch of the government’s plan to tackle gender equality in higher education today has caused a media stir. In particular, the decision by higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to create 45 women-only professorships – like most proposals that involve affirmative action – was met with controversy …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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USI ‘Regrets’ No Student Representatives on Gender Equality Taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has hit out at the lack of student representation on the government’s taskforce for accelerating gender equality in Irish colleges. In a press statement, USI President Síona Cahill also said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 November]

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After Discord From Unions, USI Calls Emergency National Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held an emergency national council today after member organisations raised issues with the national union’s campaign strategies both before and after Budget 2019 …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 24 October]

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Lack of funding for sexual consent classes in Trinity, Oireachtas committee told

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may not be possible to extend classes on sexual consent to all students at Trinity College Dublin due to a lack of funding, an Oireachtas committee was told on Tuesday. Trinity College Dublin students’ union has run consent workshops for students living in Trinity Hall college accommodation based in Rathmines, and these saw 90% attendance rates last year …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Universities and USI criticise Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed its disappointment with the Government’s budget last week for failing to address the number issues facing the third-level education sector …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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DCU students demand society resignations after ‘explicit acts’ row

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of DCU societies have called for the resignation of executive committee members of the Accounting & Finance (A&F) society after some of its members engaged in explicit frat-style games …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Herald, 18 October]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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‘People were incredibly uncomfortable in that room’: USI cannot condone ‘hazing’ event at DCU

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said it can’t condone the targeting of first year students for a ‘number of very ridiculous stunts’ at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F). A&F has been banned from hosting social events this semester …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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USI to Go Plastic-Free for a Day

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will join forces with 15 third-level institutions around the country in going plastic-free for a day on October 17th. Students’ union officers and staff members in some of the institutions will participate in the ‘Sick of Plastic’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness on the overuse and overproduction of plastic in Ireland …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 October]

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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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Comment: ‘Budget 2019 means students will be left out in the cold for another year, quite literally’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There have been claims that Budget 2019 does ‘very little to address the growing crisis in third-level funding’. The Irish Universities Association has said that the extra €57m allotted to them ‘only allows the system to tread water’ and will impact on the education and prospect of the next generation of graduates …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]

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IFUT criticise lack of higher education funding in today’s budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today criticised Budget 2019 for what it sees as a lack of attention to higher education. The federation noted that ‘it is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5bn for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored’. Budget 2019 was announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 9 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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‘Grossly inadequate’ USI reacts to proposed allocation for third level – Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“According to the 2016 Cassells Report, Higher Education in Ireland requires €600 million a year in funding up until 2024 just to maintain current standards, yet this morning Government have proposed just €300 million investment into HE in Budget 2019 up to 2024 …” (more)

[USI, 9 October]

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USI criticises proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have today criticised a proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’ which will come ‘instead of investment in third level education’. USI are set to demonstrate at 8am tomorrow at Leinster House ‘to publicly denounce’ the fund …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Sexual consent classes needed across all of third level, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent classes for students should be embedded across all third level colleges, according to the Minister of State for Higher Education. Mary Mitchell O’Connor told a forum of higher education representatives that she was ‘appalled’ at the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault among students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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USI say 6,000 third level students protested in ‘Raise the Roof’ rally in Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Member unions of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), along with UCDSU, marched on Leinster House today in protest of the national housing and homelessness crisis. Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, student unions from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gathered together to call for radical change in housing legislation and tenant’s rights, before the Dáil vote next week …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 3 October]

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3,000 Students March as Housing Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As anger over the housing crisis intensifies, students from all over the country descended on the Garden of Remembrance this morning to march for better housing, ahead of the national Raise the Roof rally …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 October]

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Future college places at risk without action on funding, statement warns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The availability of college places for today’s first-class pupils is at risk unless there is urgent Government action on funding, it has been warned in an unprecedented, unified statement by third-level leaders, staff and students. With 40,000 extra students likely to be seeking higher education places by 2030, the joint statement calls for the budget in just under a fortnight to start addressing the issue or face the consequences for quality and capacity …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 September]

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