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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Students to protest for publicly-funded third level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 19th 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 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Like Marriage Equality and Repeal the Eighth, Students Need to Make Higher Education Demonstration Society-Wide

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

Ireland“Hundreds of students and young people attended the March for Choice yesterday, with many facilitated and encouraged by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and various students’ unions around the country. The march, a success by anyone’s standards, illustrated once again the cross-generational, cross-societal support for a repeal of the eighth amendment …” (more)

[University Times, 25 September]

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UCC Student Accommodation System in Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCC students continue to struggle to find suitable accommodation as the number of available rental properties continues to shrink, which follows a broader trend across the country. Commenting on the situation USI President Annie Hoey said …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 23 September]

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Irish Universities Falling in World Rankings Due to Budget Cuts, say Union of Students in Ireland

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is alone in climbing the QS World University Rankings while other Irish Universities take substantial falls. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is pointing towards budget cuts, increasing numbers of students and high ratios of students to teachers …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 20 September]

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USI Launches Pre-Budget Submission, proposing a minimum €500 reduction in fees, a €140m investment in higher education and a €5m investment in third level mental health counselling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland launched its Pre-Budget Submission outside Leinster House at 8:30am on Tuesday the 6th September. The proposals in the submission include a €500 minimum reduction in fees; a €140 million investment in higher education; reinstating postgraduate grants; and a €5 million investment in third-level mental health counselling …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 6 September]

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Universities ‘cracking at edges’, say students as rankings mark down all but one Irish university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The education sector is starting to crack at the edges according to the Union of Students in Ireland. USI President Annie Hoey was speaking as new ranks showed all but one of our universities slipping down international rankings …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 September]

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USI demanding €500 reduction in annual student fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders have called for a minimum €500 cut in the annual third-level contribution of €3,000. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says the upcoming Budget must include an investment of €140m for higher education, but that students should pay less …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 September]

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CAO offers to spark a worsening house crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students and their parents are being hit by an enormous accommodation shortage as rental prices continue to rise. The housing crisis is due to get even worse this week as college offers are released tomorrow by the Central Applications Office (CAO), pushing thousands of new first-year students into an already flooded rental market …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher and Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 21 August]

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Ireland’s student accommodation crisis could get a lot worse and students need to get real

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

Ireland“August 22nd is a date that has long been circled on the calendars of school-leavers and anxious parents. This year’s CAO offers have an added dread in the shape of the almighty scramble for a room that’s facing our best and brightest …” (more)

[Richard Chambers, Newstalk, 19 August]

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Students’ union tells government to heed advice on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should take the advice of experts who have recommended increases in the amounts paid in college grants, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said. USI president Annie Hoey was responding to the figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions which suggest 60% of parents are getting into debt to fund their children’s third-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

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As Decisions on Funding Loom, USI to Revive National Demonstration Day

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is to return to holding its annual national demonstration this October for its national day of action, after last year replacing the march with a national voter registration day …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 18 August]

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60% of Parents Get into Debt Funding Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish League of Credit Unions has launched the results of the 2016 Cost of Third Level Education Study which surveyed 1,000 Irish adults over the age of 18 with Marketing Research Company iReach …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 18 August]

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New Student Accommodation For Cork Confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… UK development firm Ziggurat, which plans to create an additional 1,000 student beds in the city over the next four years is behind the project which will create an extra 205 student beds …” (more)

[Cork’s RedFM, 15 August]

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USI calls for reform of back to education grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has urged the Department of Social Protection to revise its policy for back to education grants so more lone parents can go to college …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 10 August]

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