UCD students ‘outraged’ at reports college made €11m extra in fees this year

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

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin say they are ‘outraged’ to hear the college is making €11 million more in student fees this year. Responding to the recent reports, UCD Students Union (SU) has called on management to explain where the money is going …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Ireland’s youth are let down by barriers to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has been engulfed with crises for over a decade now. Students are up against countless challenges to get into and stay in college and the situation is constantly deteriorating further. Students and their struggles are not highlighted enough in the media. It is barbaric that the fourth wealthiest country in the EU somehow can’t scrounge enough money together to pay student contribution fees …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, The College View, 25 November]

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College in a time of Covid: Are third-level students being short-changed?

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While student leaders say large gatherings and house parties should not have happened, they point out that the vast majority of students are quietly giving up at least a chunk of their student years to support the battle against coronavirus – and getting little credit for it …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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International students face ‘extravagant’ fees despite online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities risk reputational damage due to ‘extravagant’ fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by the Irish Council for International Students has heard. While domestic undergraduate students pay fees of up to €3,000 a year, the cost can rise to €25,000 for international students or €55,000 for medical students from abroad …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Smurfit students demand fee reduction

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the morning of November 12th, 492 students of the Smurfit Business school penned a letter to the Dean of Business, Professor Anthony Brabazon, and Director of the Smurfit Business School, Professor Gerardine Doyle, demanding a reduction of fees for the current academic year …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 13 November]

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Brexit Issues – NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the arrangements that have been made to ensure that students from Northern Ireland will continue to be treated as previously in Irish universities post Brexit as far as fees and so on are concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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UCD Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the interaction he has had with UCD over the 2% to 4% increase in fees for EU and non-EU students studying graduate entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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COVID-19 bears down on the weight already shouldered by international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the university campus and accommodations emptied on March 12th upon the announcement of a global pandemic and college closure, the international student population had more decisions to make than the average student – how to get home, and how to return to UCC when or if the need arose. Students from overseas make up 15.6% of the overall UCC student population …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 10 November]

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SU President Anderson: ‘At Least 3 Other Schools’ Planning Fee Non-Payment Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conor Anderson, president of UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU), spoke to The College Tribune this week about the fee protests, UCD’s handling of the COVID crisis, and the difficulty of carrying on the union’s work through lockdown …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 10 November]

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UCD medical students withhold fees in protest at fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students in University College, Dublin are withholding fees in protest over further fee increases and disruptions to learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fees have increased year-on-year since 2017 for such students and now stand at €16,290 for Irish students and €55,140 for non-EU students, representing an increase of €1,000 and €3,000 respectively since 2017 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 31 October]

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International Student Fees: An Ongoing Rise That is Set to Stop?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s move to online learning, unhappiness with communication in releasing timetables and lack of in-person teaching has led to student unrest bubbling away in the background since summertime. At council, this dissatisfaction came to the fore with a motion passing that mandated Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) to lobby against the annual increase in fees for international students …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 28 October]

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TCDSU Votes to Lobby for Reduced International Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion mandating the union’s President Eoin Hand and International Officer Patrick O’Mahony to lobby against annual three to five per cent fee increases for international students. The motion was proposed by a group of 10 students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 October]

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Graduate Entry Medicine Students Vote to Withhold Tuition Fees in Protest of Further Fee-Increases

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

Ireland“Graduate Entry Medicine students have called on UCD to reduce tuition fees and are demanding a freeze on future increases. A majority of the current GEM class have elected to withhold fees in protest of these increases. The tuition fees currently stand at €16,290 for Irish students, and €55,140 for non-EU students …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 27 October]

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We are ‘cash cows’ for Irish universities, say international students

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

Ireland“International students attending college in Ireland have told the Irish Examiner they feel like they were lured here by universities to generate profit, with many of them now stuck in Ireland unable to return home, and without the campus experience they came here for …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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Harris to Announce Funding for 14,000 College Places With Reduced Fees

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

Ireland“Some 14,000 higher-education places without fees or with reduced fees will be made available to help support workers affected by coronavirus restrictions, RTÉ News has reported. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is due to announce €30 million in funding to support part-time or postgraduate college places …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 October]

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Third level students must not be overlooked during Level 5 restrictions – Holly Cairns TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Holly Cairns TD, Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called on the Government to immediately address the impact of Level 5 restrictions on third level students …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 21 October]

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Have your say: should college students get refunds this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Who’d be a college student in 2020? This time last year, thousands of giddy students were getting their first taste of college life; this year, most are experiencing third level through a laptop screen …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 October]

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports – Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if additional supports will be made available to college students who have paid full college fees but are advised to remain home under Covid-19 guidelines; if supports will be made available for students who have paid accommodation fees up front; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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Is Ireland’s International Student Bubble About to Burst?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The interruption of lectures twinned with a sharp decline in international students has precipitated a cash flow problem for the majority of Irish universities, Trinity not least among them. With Queen’s College Belfast chartering literal planes to fly in foreign students and societies seeing corporate sponsorship dry up, the business model by which Irish universities have coasted on appears to be hitting a fork in the road …” (more)

[Ciaran Brennan, The Burkean, 18 October]

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Third Level Fees – Refunds

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

IrelandPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details on the process a person (details supplied) could follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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