Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests. In surveys conducted for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), all three groups agreed with the need for change …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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USI Calls for Rent Controls on Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemned government inaction on a housing crisis that is ‘becoming a significant barrier’ to education, calling for rent regulation in purpose-built student accommodation during an address to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing and Planning …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 22 November]

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Committee told students are sleeping in cars due to rental accommodation shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee has been told that students are sleeping in cars, couch-surfing with friends and commuting long hours in order to attend lectures due to the shortage of rental accommodation. That is according to representatives of the Union of Students of Ireland who were before the Oireachtas Housing Committee this morning …” (more)

[Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News, 22 November]

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USI Launch National Student Housing Survey 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In light of the current National Housing Crisis, the Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all third level students across the country to take part in the 2018 national housing survey, aimed at understanding the student experience of accommodation …” (more)

[USI, 21 November]

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USI Votes to Boycott Aramark Over Direct Provision Links

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has this evening voted to boycott Aramark, a company that runs catering outlets on campuses around Ireland, for its links to direct provision. USI’s national council, made up of sabbatical officers from all its member organisations, has voted to support the Aramark off our Campus campaign …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 16 November]

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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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