6% Drop in Students Eligible for SUSI Grant Since 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite an increasing number of students in higher education, and the rising cost of student accommodation, the number of students eligible for SUSI grants has fallen by six per cent over the past three years. RTÉ this morning reported that SUSI statistics show that 80,000 students availed of the grant last year, down from 85,000 in 2015 …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 13 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Third level mental health support needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enniscorthy TD, James Browne, has said the Government is failing third level students when it comes to mental health support. He made his comment in the wake of a study that revealed a significant number of third level students were reporting mental health issues …” (more)

[Brendan Keane, Wexford People, 7 September]

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It’s Good We’re Talking About Mental Health. But the Road Ahead is a Long One

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The results of a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) survey on mental health this week are at once unsurprising and deeply alarming. Nearly a third of the 3,340 students surveyed had received a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition – a shocking figure by any standards …” (more)

[University Times, 2 September]

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Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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Minister ‘offering vague solutions’ to mental health crisis among students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘offering sympathy’ but ‘only vague solutions’ to what has been described as a mental health crisis among college students. The claim, from Fianna Fáil mental health spokesman James Browne, came after the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published a report showing 38% of students experience extreme levels of anxiety …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 28 August]

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10 third-level students have their say about mental health

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday, a report published by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – and funded by the HSE – claimed that one third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’. The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed students on their experiences with mental health and mental health services …” (more)

[Damian Cullen, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Almost a third of students in Ireland depressed

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’ and have had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives, according to a report by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed 3,340 students on aspects of their experiences with mental health and mental health services in third level education. It was funded by the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Students spend up to 30 hours a week commuting

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lorna Fitzpatrick, USI president, tells us how students are spending up to 30 hours a week commuting to college because they can’t afford the high cost of accommodation …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 25 August]

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University Student Charges and USI’s Student Levy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With September looming, the annual news cycle has invariably turned to the perennial problem of student accommodation, or, more correctly, the lack of it. What is increasingly clear is that, with their eye-watering rents, the newly built purpose built student accommodation blocks found on most college campuses have done little to alleviate the issue. In fact, far from providing a solution to the accommodation problem, they are starting to look more like corporate investment vehicles …” (more)

[Donal Horgan, The Burkean, 24 August]

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USI wants the barriers to education broken

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on the government to break the barriers to third level education. In a statement, the USI criticised government ministers Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O’Connor for downplaying the accommodation and higher education funding crises …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 20 August]

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Ministers under fire over cost of living comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two Government ministers are under fire for ‘alarming’ comments on the cost of living for students. Craig McHugh, Union of Students in Ireland vice president for the Dublin region, said young people face huge obstacles to university due to rising rents and stagnated student grants …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 17 August]

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Third-level students facing expensive, long commutes as rents rise

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute would be. She spends up to four hours each day on buses and trains in rush-hour traffic to get from her home in Co Kildare to the campus at Belfield and back again …” (more)

[Lynn Rusk and Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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FG is slammed for ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to grants and rental costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been heavily criticised for suggesting students should use their Susi grant to cover the cost of accommodation, or go to regional colleges. Fianna Fáil accused Fine Gael of having a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to higher education costs facing families, as Leaving Cert students receive their first round CAO offers today …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 15 August]

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Universities Round on Joe McHugh After Government Fee Promise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have rounded on Minister for Education Joe McHugh after he pledged not to increase student fees in the next five years, calling for ‘positive solutions on funding’ from the government. In a statement released this afternoon, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that McHugh’s promise not to increase fees beyond €3,000, made in an interview with the Sunday Independent, ‘tells us what the Minister will not do’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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Leaving Cert results out earlier under ‘fast-tracked’ changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 55,000 Leaving Cert students are set to receive their exam results on Tuesday under a new fast-tracked process which will see college applicants receive their offers before the end of this week. The changes also mean students who appeal their exam grades will receive their results three weeks earlier than normal …” (more)

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

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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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‘Huge increases’ to students accommodation costs ahead of rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Owners of purpose-built student accommodation have been accused of hiking prices ahead of new caps on rent increases coming into force next week. Until now, purpose-built student accommodation has been exempt from legislation capping increases in designated pressure zones. This is due to change on Thursday, when it formally comes under new legislation that will limit price increases to 4% per annum …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 August]

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USI deputy accuses colleges of introducing ‘hefty rent increases before they are capped’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students say they are facing a growing accommodation crisis, with every college in the country increasing the cost of their on-campus living for the new academic term. Rents at university-owned accommodation are rising, just as new rules come into effect next week which cap increases at 4% …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 7 August]

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