Students Plan Trump Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students are ‘likely’ to protest US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November, according to leaders of students’ unions and activist groups. In an email statement to The University Times, the President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Síona Cahill said …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 10 September]

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USI Has Stepped Off the Anti-Fees Pedal, and May End Up Regretting It

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This year isn’t the first time that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has decided against holding its annual March for Education. In 2015, after the momentous victory of the yes side in the marriage equality referendum and with a general election on the horizon, the student movement also took a breather and opted to hold a national voter registration day in the march’s stead …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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USI to Fight Housing Crisis, Not Fees, at Annual March

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) will this year join the march for housing, instead of organising its annual pre-budget march for education, amid an ongoing housing crisis. Raise the Roof, the march for housing, will be held on October 3rd, and will be advocating for housing for all …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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Warning over rental accommodation scams

Posted in Legal issues on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“People seeking rental accommodation are being urged to be aware of potential scams that could leave them without their deposits and no accommodation. The warning comes from housing charity Threshold, the Union of Students of Ireland and property website Daft.ie as pressure for rented accommodation grows ahead of the new academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 August]

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USI urges homeowners to open their door to students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“USI is calling on homeowners with a spare room in their home to open their door to students in need of accommodation. To promote the Homes For Study initiative, a major promotional campaign is now underway across Ireland …” (more)

[USI, 1 August]

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USI condemns TCD attempt to break international and postgrad fees agreement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is deeply concerned that senior management in Trinity College Dublin may have reneged on an agreement with their Students’ Union that guaranteed that international non-EU and postgraduate multi-year fees would not rise …” (more)

[USI, 27 July]

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UCDSU’s Plagiarism is a Tacit Acceptance of the Work That USI Does

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“There were whispers of bemusement from many corners of the student movement this week when it was revealed that University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) had plagiarised almost the entirety of the Union of Students’ in Ireland’s (USI) pre-budget submission. It’s a strange move for a union that has defiantly declared over the years that it didn’t need USI to hold its hand on the national stage …” (more)

[University Times, 22 July]

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5,000 New Student Beds to be Provided This Year

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

“Almost 5,000 new student accommodation units will be completed this year, according to a new report released by the government, as increasing numbers of private, purpose-built beds enter the student accommodation market …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 12 July]

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USI Pitches Accommodation Regulation to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Student accommodation needs investment and regulation, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has told an Oireachtas committee debating new housing legislation. USI President Michael Kerrigan and Vice-President for Campaigns Amy Kelly were presenting at the Oireachtas Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Committee this morning as it debated the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 June]

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82% of Public Support Better Third-Level Funding, Says New Report

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

Ireland“82% of people believe that higher education needs more public funding, according to a new survey from the Coalition for Publicly Funded Education. The survey of 1,000 people by Behaviour and Attitudes reveals that a majority of people believe that the embattled third-level sector needs more funding …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 June]

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USI supporting bill to impose rent caps on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is supporting a Sinn Féin bill that includes student accommodation in rent pressure zones. It comes after students in DCU and NUI Galway protested against rent increases of almost 30% in recent months …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds

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

“As early as last January, when Government strategists began planning the timing of the abortion referendum, a single date stood out: May 25th. ‘It was the only available window to ensure as many students as possible would be able to vote’, says a political source. ‘The following Friday was a bank holiday weekend; any later meant thousands of students would have been abroad on J1 visas’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 May]

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Student loans ‘off the table’ for lifetime of current Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The introduction of a State student loans scheme is ‘off the table’ for the lifetime of the current Government. The Union of Students in Ireland said it ‘cautiously’ welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is ‘off the table’ while the current Government is in office …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 27 April]

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USI approaches county councils to secure third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“While the government is still deciding on the funding of third level education, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is approaching local county councils in an effort to gain support for increasing spending in the sector. Since the middle of 2017, USI officers have been contacting county councils to lay out their argument for a publicly-funded higher education system …” (more)

[Molly O’Rourke, UCC Express, 11 April]

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Student teachers may drop out due to financial difficulties – poll

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trainee teachers who are required to carry out unpaid work in schools as part of their studies are suffering from severe financial difficulties, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 3,000 student teachers indicates that close to half – 42% – consider dropping out due to financial pressures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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USI condemns drastic increases in student accommodation near DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has condemned the decision of off-campus student accommodation providers near DCU to drastically increase to cost of accommodation for the upcoming academic year. USI stands in solidarity with Dublin City University Students’ Union, and agrees that the proposed price rises are disproportionate and exploitative of students as a captive audience …” (more)

[USI, 27 March]

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86% Of UCC Students Say Yes To USI

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, members of UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Polls opened on Tuesday the 6th of March and closed on Wednesday the 7th of March. Final result was 86% of UCCSU voters saying yes to USI …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, USI, 8 March]

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Teachers to oppose changes to exams

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents, students and universities have given broad support to a system of continuous assessment for the Leaving Cert – but teachers are opposed. The views were aired at a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee to consider whether a change would reduce high levels of student stress blamed on the current exam model …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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USI Condemns €450 Supplement Exam Fee Placed On Trinity College Dublin Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) stands in solidarity with Trinity College Dublin Students’ Unions (TCDSU) after the announcement that Trinity students will be expected to pay a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams from 2019 onwards, following a decision of the College Board on February 28th …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, USI, 6 March]

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Postgraduate Services Need Improvement, Says USI Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held its inaugural postgraduate conference yesterday, focusing on solving current issues plaguing students who decide to undertake a master’s degree or PhD …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 23 February]

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