Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, says USI. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 9 October]

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Students Against Fees Considers Expanding Campaign to Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Students Against Fees campaign group will consider expanding its campaign to include housing, in light of the housing crisis. A public, student-led meeting will be held on campus in the next few weeks appealing to students to get involved in the campaign against fees …” (more)

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

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‘No ifs, no buts, no education cuts’ – Students from across the country march through Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Carrying placards, bullhorns and chanting slogans, several thousand students marched through Dublin city ahead of rally at Merrion Square this afternoon. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is worried that the recommendations in a government report would see an increase of fees, burden young people with debt and drastically reduce access to higher education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 October]

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Limited UCD Turnout at March for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s March for Education organised by the USI saw a turnout saw 5,000 students from across Ireland march against the introduction of an income contingent loan scheme in Ireland. The students also called for an end to government funding cuts to higher education and student grants which they claim are undermining the quality of the Irish Higher-level education system, and driving students into poverty …” (more)

[College Tribune, 4 October]

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It’s Time for Historic Decisions, USI President Tells 6,000-Strong Crowd at Education March 

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students were called to defy any suggestion of an income-contingent loan scheme today, as speech after speech at the March for Education warned the government of the repercussions of rejecting publicly funded education. For thousands of students marching today, this message is nothing new …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 4 October]

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Students set for Dublin march against loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says many institutes of technology, in particular, are being starved of resources yet there is no long-term plan to tackle the problem …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 3 October]

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Are UCDSU and USI Getting Along Again?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are set to put aside their differences at the upcoming March for Education on Wednesday, October 4th 2017. In advance of the March, the Tribune spoke to the Presidents of the two Unions to assess their working relationship so far this year …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 September]

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Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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USI Condemns Dublin City Councillor’s Vote Preventing Student Accommodation Planning During Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemns a vote by Dublin City Councillors last night for applicants to submit evidence demonstrating that there is not an over-concentration of student accommodation within an area, including a map showing all such facilities, from 0.25km to 1km of a proposal in Dublin …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 20 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Small USI team carries the fight for Irish students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Working out of a tiny corner office overlooking Dublin Port, it is hard to believe that the eight staff and 10 full-time officers of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) run an organisation that represents 350,000 students …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Proposal for floating student accommodation met with cautious optimism by USI

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland’s accommodation shortage rages on, the national students’ union has reacted with cautious optimism to the innovative proposal of one property management company: floating accommodation on two barges in Galway …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 August]

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‘Students left with nothing once rent is paid’

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a quarter of college students will be broke once their rent is paid this year, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). An online survey conducted for the USI earlier this year found 29% of third-level students do not have an income exceeding €500 a month, even though 58% of students expect to pay between €251 and €500 a month in accommodation costs …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 23 August]

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No hot water or proper heating – Student housing exposed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of students are being hit with unexpected rent hikes and living in accommodation without hot water or proper heating, a study has found, writes Niall Murray. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling for more publicly supplied, purpose-built student accommodation and better protections for tenants in private accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Students had to use accommodation for the homeless

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some students are ending up sleeping on friends’ couches, floors or in cars due to difficulties sourcing affordable accommodation, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). A survey of more than 3,500 students by USI has found that almost 40 students were unable to secure accommodation and had to rely on friends or emergency accommodation for homeless people …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 August]

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UCDSU and ULSU Decline Offer from USI to Attend National Training Event

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An attempt by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to mend the historically fractious relationship with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) and University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) went unreciprocated this week, as the two unions declined an invitation to a USI-run training event …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 August]

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Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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Students Set to March Again in October, as Decision on Education Funding Draws Nearer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With decisions looming on the future of higher education funding, students will take to the streets once again on October 4th, as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today announced proposed plans for their national demonstration …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 15 August]

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A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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