Abolishing Fees Would Cost Government €229m, Says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The abolition of the student contribution fee would cost the government €229 million, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh. McHugh, answering questions in the Dáil this week, said the cost of abolishing Ireland’s fees – which currently stand as the second highest in the EU – would hit the budget of the government’s grant scheme …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 July]

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UCC Students Occupy President’s Building in Capitation Fee Protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A small group of students are camped outside the president’s office in University College Cork (UCC) in protest at an increase to the university’s capitation fee. Around 20 students attempted to gain access to the offices of UCC’s President, Patrick O’Shea, but were prevented from entering by college staff …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 June]

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President Higgins calls for higher education to equip students to deal with ‘crisis’ of climate change

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has called for students to be ‘equipped for the crisis we are in’ during the ‘struggle to mitigate climate change’ in a speech addressed to student organisations. The President made the statement at a garden party held in Áras an Uactaráin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the 75th anniversary of Macra na Feirme, a youth organisation for people from rural Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 24 June]

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NUI Galway Gets Green Light for 674 New Beds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has received planning permission for a new 674-bed student accommodation complex worth an estimated €23 million …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 22 June]

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USI reiterates demands for increased higher education funding in pre-Budget submission

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have released their pre-Budget 2020 submission, outlining their demands for increased higher education funding. The costed recommendations cover the major subcategories of higher education funding, such as grants, fees and housing. The general proposals have largely been made by USI before in previous pre-Budget submissions and the media …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, University Times, 19 June]

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‘Education is a right, not a privilege’ – UCC students hit out as college capitation fees double

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have hit out as their college capitation fees will more than double in the next four years. Each year, students must pay a capitation fee to cover the cost of things like membership of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) and recreational facilities and to cover the cost of counselling services …” (more)

[Callum Lavery, Independent, 18 June]

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Student Manifesto – Local and European Elections

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

Ireland“Access to Education: If you are a local candidate: Will you support fully publicly funded third level education in Ireland; Will you reject any move towards a student loan scheme system in Ireland; …” (more)

[USI, 2 May]

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Students Demand the Right to Access Third-Level Education in Ireland as part of Global Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland are calling upon the Irish Government to include the right to third-level education in the Higher Education Authority Bill 2020, currently being considered by the Department of Education. This comes after a country-wide student call for access to education, backed up by a motion unanimously passed at USI’s Annual Congress, 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 29 April]

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Employers and union bosses join students and industry leaders in calls for university and third level funding crisis to be tackled

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, ICTU, USI, American Ireland and British Irish Chamber of Commerce support Irish Universities Association calls for action on funding. The top leadership of the employers union, trades unions, student unions and industry representative bodies have today called for government action on the long-awaited reform of the funding of Irish university and higher education …” (more)

[IUA, 27 April]

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Students Victorious with 4% Rent Caps in PBSA

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, presented amendments to the Residential Tenancies bill, which writes into law that students in Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) will no longer see hikes of above 4% year on year and will fully be able to avail of RTB protections, starting in July …” (more)

[USI, 11 April]

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TUDSU walk out of USI Congress in fee protest

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

Ireland“Delegates from the Technological University of Dublin Students’ Union (TUDSU) have walked out of the Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), following a motion proposed by the USI President to conduct a review of the fee that the national students’ union charges member organisations for affiliation. Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Shane De Rís, and Education Officer Aimee Connolly, also walked out in protest …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity News, 2 April]

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Students call on Taoiseach to commit to publicly-funded higher education system

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

Ireland“Student groups have welcomed comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which appear to rule out a student loan scheme or increase in fees for higher education. Until now, Mr Varadkar has voiced his opposition to ‘US or UK-style’ student loans schemes but has not ruled out other loan schemes which involve smaller levels of debt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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USI’s Protest Needed to Capture Significant Public Attention. But It Didn’t

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

Ireland“Last week, this Editorial Board wrote that it was incumbent on the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to prove the worth of its new ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, after a year in which higher education funding has often seemed far removed from the union’s list of priorities …” (more)

[University Times, 24 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Fund the Future Rally Draws 200 for Higher Education Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered this afternoon in Front Square calling on the government to invest more money in higher education, with walkouts taking place on campuses all over the country as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Fund the Future campaign …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

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

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

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

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Cultural change needed to make campuses safer for third-level students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it had been made aware of three rapes of first-year college students at the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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