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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USI Welcomes the Strategy for the Rental Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“USI welcomed the Strategy for the Rental Sector published on December 13th by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The strategy focuses on four key areas: security, supply, standards and service. USI believe that the document is the first and important step towards affordable and secure rental accommodation in Ireland – but believes that there is still more to be done on the issue of student and purpose built accommodation …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 14 December]

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Monday Interview: ‘Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 a year per student’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 per student a year to fund their education properly, according to Maynooth University president, Professor Philip Nolan. He added that students and the Government should share that extra cost evenly, through the introduction of the proposed income-contingent loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 December]

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USI: Student loans place unfair burden on students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student loans for university fees are not the best way to fund higher education. The representatives of over half a million students will address the Oireachtas committee on Education and Skills today, on the need for government investment in the sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 December]

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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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10,000 students protest at loan scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 10,000 students marched through Dublin to urge the Government not to impose a student loans scheme. More than twice as many students than expected took part in a huge demonstration in the capital yesterday …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 20 October]

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Thousands rally in Dublin protest against student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students from across Ireland attended a protest in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon and heard calls from student leaders on the Government to increase investment in publically funded education …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 10 October]

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IFUT rejects student loans and supports USI demand for adequate education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said that IFUT fully backs the USI demonstration today (Oct 19th) against underfunding of third-level education and proposals to introduce student loans …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 October]

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In Support of Public Funding, Between 8,000 and 10,000 Take to the Streets

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Between 8,000 and 10,000 students, trade union representatives and interest group members gathered today at the Garden of Remembrance as part of the annual March for Education in protest against the continued undercutting of funds to higher education and to urge the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee to consider a public funding model …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 19 October]

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Highlighting College’s Desire for a New Funding Model, Vice-Provost Reminds Students They’re Marching for ‘Future Generations’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a move that highlights Trinity’s support for finding a solution to the ongoing higher education funding crisis, the Vice-Provost, Prof Chris Morash, addressed the Trinity delegation for today’s March for Education in Front Square, stating that students today are ‘marching for tomorrow and for future generations’ …” (more)

[Chris McMahon and Róisín Power, University Times, 19 October]

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USI to hold protests over student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) will hold a national day of protest today to put pressure on the Government to find a long-term, publicly financed solution to third-level education funding …” (more)

[Dylan O’ Connell, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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The Lowdown on Student Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday the 19th October some 5000 students are expected to descend upon the streets of Dublin. No, they’re not there for a Coldplay concert, they’re there to protest the Government’s desire to introduce a student loan scheme following the publication of the Cassells Report, a report on the future of third level education. Here’s what you need to know …” (more)

[Mary Collins, UCC Express, 17 October]

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USI praise Irish universities for continuation of consent education

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) last week praised third level institutes across Ireland for introducing consent classes for students, with which the main aim is to normalise speech around consent and encourage people to know their rights around bodily autonomy …” (more)

[SIN, 13 October]

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UCDSU supports upcoming USI march

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have announced their plans for a large scale demonstration on Wednesday October 19th that they expect will attract in the region of 5,000 students. Despite remaining unaffiliated with the USI, UCD Students’ Union gave their support for the march …” (more)

[Ian Moore, University Observer, 13 October]

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