Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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With Third-Level Awaiting News of Teaching Review, UK Students’ Union Caution Wariness

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in the UK claimed success in recent days after they were able to exclude 12 universities from a national student survey in an attempt to damage the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The radical action, they say, was successful. Now, if the Irish government does indeed introduce a similar framework, Irish students’ unions will need to decide what their stance will be on a policy that has divided UK higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 AUgust]

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Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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A Summer Repeal Referendum Would Suppress the Student Voice

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

Ireland“No doubt many people will have now heard that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last Friday announced his intention to potentially hold the repeal referendum next June or July. I am currently calling it the repeal referendum, as are many people, despite the fact we have no clear indication if we will actually be asked whether we want to repeal anything or not …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, University Times, 2 August]

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Third level students want apprenticeships not loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic qualifications that include an apprenticeship module are not getting enough support at a time when Institutes of Technology are floundering financially, members of Limerick City and County Council were told …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 31 July]

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Closure of IT Tallaght Créche Will See Student-Parents Dropout Of College

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today calling on IT Tallaght to reverse the decision to close the créche on campus, or parents will be forced to dropout of college. IT Tallaght announced their campus créche would close after public tendering did not locate a new provider meeting the college’s criteria this month …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 27 July]

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23,000 students left without a place to stay as year begins

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

Ireland“Ireland is short of 23,000 purpose-built student bed spaces to meet the demand from college-goers this autumn, according to a new report that outlines plans to tackle the deficit up to 2024. While demand for student beds is put at 57,075 this year, only 33,441 spaces are available in dedicated student complexes, whether on campus or developed by private providers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 July]

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Brexit sees non-EU students apply to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More college students are choosing Ireland as a study destination because of Brexit. Evidence of the trend can be found at Trinity College Dublin, according to Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. ‘We have seen some evidence of increased numbers of non-EU students applying to Trinity courses and I think other Irish universities are seeing something of an uplift’, he said …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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College applicants ‘cannot afford student accommodation’

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

Ireland“Student unions have warned that the vast majority of college applicants cannot afford newly-built student accommodation. The warning comes as higher education authorities estimate there will be a shortage of more than 20,000 beds for students in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Students hit out at lack of support for motion to block ‘income-contingent’ student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out.’ That, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is the message being sent to Irish students by the Seanad’s failure today to support a motion calling for the rejection of an income-contingent student loan scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 July]

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Students Disappointed As Senators Fail To Reject Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today stated concern with the failure of a Labour private members motion in the Seanad on Wednesday 12th July, to reject any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. The amendment from Government instead called that no decision be made until the Joint Committee on Education and Skills had published their recommendations …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 12 July]

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Bacik welcomes USI support for Seanad Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the support from the Union of Students in Ireland for the Labour Party’s motion to be debated on Wednesday evening. Labour’s motion calls on the Government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education for all …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 July]

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 10 July]

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USI to Hire New Manager for Mental Health Project, After Promise of Government Funding

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is set to receive government funding to hire a mental health project manager who will lead a national research project into the mental health of students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 June]

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USI Condemns UCD’s Suggestion to Cut Irish Student Places

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President, Annie Hoey, condemned the suggestion made by University College Dublin’s (UCD) President Prof Andrew Deeks, that UCD may have to turn over places for Irish students to international students should the higher education funding crisis continue …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 8 June]

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USI raises concerns over higher level spending

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has raised concerns over spending by higher education institutions following recent revelations about severance payments made to senior personnel in the sector. USI president Annie Hoey pointed out that students and the taxpayer fund the higher education institutions and said trust in their governance was ‘crucial’ …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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USI Concerned Over Spending Of Students’ And Taxpayers’ Money

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has raised concerns over the spending of students’ and taxpayers money in light of the RTÉ Investigates documentary aired last night. USI President Annie Hoey said …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 26 May]

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Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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Proposed loan scheme to fund third level education is a ‘return to full fees via back door’, according to Solidarity TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and certain politicians find themselves at odds with the Government’s proposed new loan scheme for third level education, saying that such plans are tantamount to a ‘return to full fees through the back door,’ and that the move would cause a ‘brain drain’ …” (more)

[Fernando Sanchez, TheLiberal.ie, 2 May]

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Students warn proposed loan scheme will start new ‘brain drain’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has rejected claims student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. A technical group is preparing to brief the Oireachtas on how a loan scheme would work in Ireland. But student leaders say such a scheme would be expensive to set up …” (more)

[Jack Quann, Newstalk, 2 May]

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