‘Step up to the plate and do the right thing’: Bill on student nurses’ pay due before Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A bill which would see student nurses and midwives paid the same rate as health care assistants is due to be debated in the Seanad this afternoon. However, Cabinet decided during the week that it’s not going to oppose the opposition bill in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

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Government accused of ‘playing games’ over plan to send bill on student nurse pay ‘into the ether’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Annie Hoey has accused the government of ‘playing games in order to avoid bad headlines’ after Cabinet decided yesterday that it’s not going to oppose the latest bill on student nurses’ pay in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’. Hoey‘s Student Nurses (Pay) Bill 2020, due before the Seanad this Friday, would ensure student nurses and midwives are paid at a minimum at the same rate as healthcare assistants when working in the health service as part of their training …” (more)

[Adam Daly, TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Fees – withdrawal from courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAnnie Hoey (Labour): I am raising the need to address the issue around higher education funding being potentially lost to students who withdraw from their courses and the knock-on consequences that this will have not only for free fees – a term I use lightly – but also for their access to Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, grants …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 15 December]

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Senator Hoey: Student Nurses ‘Can’t Live on Applause and Platitudes’

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been renewed calls for Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE to end the practice of unpaid work by student nurses in hospitals across Ireland. The Labour Party’s spokeswoman for higher education, Senator Annie Hoey, called on the Government to act, reiterating that student nurses on the frontline ‘can’t live on applause and platitudes’ …” (more)

[Jack O’Gorman, College Tribune, 21 November]

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The Government Must Ensure Students Coming From Rural Areas Aren’t Left Behind

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Coronavirus has caused an immense amount of disruption across all sectors of society and the third-level sector was no different. Within a matter of days, our campuses went from bustling hives of activity to students being instructed to stay at home and to adapt as best as possible to an attempt at moving all learning online …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, University Times, 3 November]

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Students put at a ‘major disadvantage’ in SUSI grant applications this year, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Spokesperson on Higher Education Senator Annie Hoey has said that students who were in receipt of the PUP this year were put at a disadvantage in their SUSI applications, as the grant application process did not account for government support payment …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 25 October]

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Students Dismay at SUSI Grant Delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of university students have received notice that their SUSI payments will be delayed to October 9th as opposed to the usual September start date. This two week delay has left many financially stranded as they are still expected to pay accommodation deposits or a full months’ rent before SUSI issues its first instalments …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 26 August]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Former USI President appointed Labour higher education spokesperson

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon, Annie Hoey, who is a former Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) President, has been announced as the Labour Party spokesperson on Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Hoey is a Labour Party politician who has been a Senator for the Agricultural Panel since April 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 7 July]

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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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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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Why Students’ Unions and Universities are on the Same Page Over Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Power and autonomy are big words. They’re terms that have come to frame the debate over abortion and the repeal of the eighth amendment. Now, the student movement has found a new use for them …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 April]

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LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

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

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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91% in DIT Vote to Remain in USI

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with 91% of students who voted choosing to stay affiliated with the union …” (more)

[University Times, 16 March]

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This is how much Trinity College made in student fines since 2011

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

Ireland“Trinity College in Dublin has racked up over €900,000 in student fines since 2011. UCD and UCC took in almost €400,000 in the same period, while DCU collected almost 300,000 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 January]

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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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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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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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