USI Welcomes the Strategy for the Rental Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“USI welcomed the Strategy for the Rental Sector published on December 13th by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The strategy focuses on four key areas: security, supply, standards and service. USI believe that the document is the first and important step towards affordable and secure rental accommodation in Ireland – but believes that there is still more to be done on the issue of student and purpose built accommodation …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 14 December]

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Monday Interview: ‘Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 a year per student’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 per student a year to fund their education properly, according to Maynooth University president, Professor Philip Nolan. He added that students and the Government should share that extra cost evenly, through the introduction of the proposed income-contingent loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 December]

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USI: Student loans place unfair burden on students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student loans for university fees are not the best way to fund higher education. The representatives of over half a million students will address the Oireachtas committee on Education and Skills today, on the need for government investment in the sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 December]

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94% of DCU students vote to remain in USI

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) has voted to remain part of the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) by a margin of 94%. The result was announced this evening at the end of two days of voting. A total of 2,304 votes were cast, with 2,176 voting ‘Yes’ to staying in USI …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 2 December]

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10,000 students protest at loan scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 10,000 students marched through Dublin to urge the Government not to impose a student loans scheme. More than twice as many students than expected took part in a huge demonstration in the capital yesterday …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 20 October]

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Thousands rally in Dublin protest against student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students from across Ireland attended a protest in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon and heard calls from student leaders on the Government to increase investment in publically funded education …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 10 October]

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IFUT rejects student loans and supports USI demand for adequate education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said that IFUT fully backs the USI demonstration today (Oct 19th) against underfunding of third-level education and proposals to introduce student loans …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 October]

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In Support of Public Funding, Between 8,000 and 10,000 Take to the Streets

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Between 8,000 and 10,000 students, trade union representatives and interest group members gathered today at the Garden of Remembrance as part of the annual March for Education in protest against the continued undercutting of funds to higher education and to urge the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee to consider a public funding model …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 19 October]

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Highlighting College’s Desire for a New Funding Model, Vice-Provost Reminds Students They’re Marching for ‘Future Generations’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a move that highlights Trinity’s support for finding a solution to the ongoing higher education funding crisis, the Vice-Provost, Prof Chris Morash, addressed the Trinity delegation for today’s March for Education in Front Square, stating that students today are ‘marching for tomorrow and for future generations’ …” (more)

[Chris McMahon and Róisín Power, University Times, 19 October]

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USI to hold protests over student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) will hold a national day of protest today to put pressure on the Government to find a long-term, publicly financed solution to third-level education funding …” (more)

[Dylan O’ Connell, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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The Lowdown on Student Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday the 19th October some 5000 students are expected to descend upon the streets of Dublin. No, they’re not there for a Coldplay concert, they’re there to protest the Government’s desire to introduce a student loan scheme following the publication of the Cassells Report, a report on the future of third level education. Here’s what you need to know …” (more)

[Mary Collins, UCC Express, 17 October]

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USI praise Irish universities for continuation of consent education

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) last week praised third level institutes across Ireland for introducing consent classes for students, with which the main aim is to normalise speech around consent and encourage people to know their rights around bodily autonomy …” (more)

[SIN, 13 October]

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UCDSU supports upcoming USI march

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have announced their plans for a large scale demonstration on Wednesday October 19th that they expect will attract in the region of 5,000 students. Despite remaining unaffiliated with the USI, UCD Students’ Union gave their support for the march …” (more)

[Ian Moore, University Observer, 13 October]

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USI welcomes €36.5m in third level education but emphasised that it is insufficient by €100m

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the allocation of €36.5 million to the third level sector in the Budget but has emphasised that the funding is insufficient by over €100 million. The union recommended spending of €140 million in their pre-budget submission …” (more)

[USI, 12 October]

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Years of cuts come to end for third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are getting their first increase in State funding in almost a decade. After years of cuts that saw spending on higher education reduced by 33%, an additional €36.5m is being made available …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Students Against Fees holds its first public meeting of the academic year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students Against Fees (SAF), a group founded to oppose student loans and fee increases, held its first public meeting of the academic year last night. Members discussed issues such as mobilising the student body and preparing for the planned march by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on October 19 …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 7 October]

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Third Level Funding – Cost to Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if, in view of the Union of Students in Ireland survey (details supplied) showing 87% of students feared leaving third level education due to the cost of education, he will implement policies to reduce the cost of education for students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 October]

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Staff at third level colleges back students in opposition of student loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Staff unions at third-level colleges are backing the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in their opposition to a student loan system that would see graduates paying back much higher fees than currently charged. The ‘study now, pay later’ model is one of three options put forward in the report published in July by the expert group chaired by Peter Cassells …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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USI to hold a national demonstration to call on government to increase third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Student in Ireland (USI) has announced they intend to hold a national demonstration on Wednesday, October 19th. The demonstration will call on the government to invest in publicly-funded third level education. The USI expects 5,000 students from across Ireland to attend …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 28 September]

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College to Facilitate Students Attending USI National Demonstration in October

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students will be able to miss lectures and classes to attend the national demonstration organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), after the College Board agreed to facilitate students who wish to attend the march …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 September]

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