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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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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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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Letter to Mr Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Social Protection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dear Minister, We write with reference to the now well-publicised decision of your department to refuse the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) to Erica Fleming, an unemployed, homeless single parent who is currently raising her daughter in a hotel …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 9 August]

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Government ‘Student Housing Officer’ Not Responsible for UCD Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The government’s new Student Housing Officer will not be responsible for UCD students, Annie Hoey President of the Union of Students in Ireland  has confirmed. Last week the government announced that as part of their overall housing strategy they would provide the USI with €49,000 to hire a Student Housing Officer. The housing officer’s role would be to assist students who are having difficulty finding accommodation …” (more)

[College Tribune, 5 August]

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Publicly funded education is the best option to keep social mobility on a level playing field

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

Ireland“The Cassells report proposed three different options to the higher education funding issues. The option given the most attention, both in the media and in the report itself, is the proposed loan scheme …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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USI opposes student loan scheme option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has stated its opposition to the introduction of a student loan scheme outlined in the expert group report on the future of third-level funding. The long-awaited Cassells report, published this morning by Minister for Education Richard Bruton, says the existing system needs urgent reform and outlines three primary options for the funding of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Student loan scheme ‘a mortgage on young people for their education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students’ representatives have warned the Government a loan scheme for university and college courses would lumber young people with another mortgage. A report for the Department of Education set out three options for third level funding – ‘free fees’, keeping the €3,000 registration fee or borrowings for a study now and pay later system …” (more)

[Independent, 11 July]

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New USI president outlines priorities for term

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The new head of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is planning to focus on issues including the repeal of the 8th Amendment, reducing the registration fee and fighting the introduction of income-contingent loan schemes during her term as president …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 July]

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Union of Students in Ireland welcomes its second female president in two years

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed its second elected female president in two years. Annie Hoey (27) from Drogheda will succeed Kevin Donoghue and takes on the role two years after Laura Harmon held the position …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 6 July]

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