University tuition fees: Higher fees and cutting NI places considered to save money

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 13th, 2022 by steve

“The Department for the Economy (DfE) has modelled cutting university places and increasing tuition fees by almost 60% to save money. That is according to a presentation given to Stormont’s Economy Committee …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 13 January]

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Cut in €3,000 college student contribution charge under consideration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering a reduction in the €3,000 student contribution charge as part of a new funding package for the third level sector due to be published next month …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Third-level €3k fee to be cut and student loans ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students will be spared tens of thousands of euro in student loans and are likely to see the €3,000 registration fee reduced under plans being developed by the Government. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has won Cabinet approval to rule out a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 22 December]

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Third Level Fees – Debt Collection

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 142 of 1 December 2021, if he will consider introducing measures such as regulations or legislation that would prevent third-level institutions from passing on debts arising from unpaid fees to debt collectors; his views on the suggestion of a ban on preventing students graduating due to debts arising from fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Third Level Fees – Debt Collection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the practice of third-level institutions passing on student debt arising from unpaid fees to debt collectors; if he will introduce regulations to prevent the practice and to prevent the selling on of such debt to third-parties; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Student Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandIvana Bacik (Dublin Bay South, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the student protests which took place on 23 November 2021 led by a union (details supplied): the way he plans to reduce the cost of the student contribution and student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Students say ‘F*ck the Fees’ in new Cost of College Campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The third of three regional student protests campaigning against the cost of higher education took place last Wednesday in Galway. The Cost of College campaign, directed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), aims to lobby the government for change in the cost of college fees for students in Ireland …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh, SIN, 30 November]

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The Tone of USI’s Protest Won’t Help Govt Take Student Demands Seriously

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This is a time for students protests, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the leading student representative group, attaching itself to an expletive-ridden campaign titled ‘Fuck the Fees’ just gives the government another excuse to dismiss the serious needs of students …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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Students protest in Cork over cost of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students held the first of three protests across the country in Cork on Monday, to call for increased State funding of third-level education. Clare Austick, president of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), said Irish students faced ‘increasing’ costs of living, alongside the highest college fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Students to stage three-day protest in fight against fees

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are gearing up to take their frustration with college fees, the housing crisis, and the cost of higher education to the streets. Today marks the start of three days of regional student protests organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and to take place in Cork, Galway, and Dublin …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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‘Why is education so cheap?’: UCC president says honest conversation needed on third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Cork universities UCC and MTU have said third-level education has suffered from underinvestment in recent years and must be improved in order to generate significant returns for the Irish economy and wider society …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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Simon Harris rules out fees rise as part of third-level funding reform package

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has ruled out a rise in the €3,000 student charge as part of the upcoming third-level funding reform package. Mr Harris has already dismissed the idea of loans as a way of raising the charge by deferring the financial pain through a ‘study-now, pay later’ approach …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address student poverty particularly poverty arising from extortionate costs of accommodation and the burden of fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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USI Calls for €1,000 Fee Reduction in Budget 2022

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is to call for the student contribution charge to be reduced by €1,000 in its submission to the government ahead of Budget 2022 …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 October]

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TCDSU ‘Shocked’ at IUA’s Stance on Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has said that the government’s approach to college fees is not working, criticising the Irish University Association’s (IUA) opposition to fee abolition. In an interview with The University Times, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that ‘we have to recognise that there are individuals and families in the country who can afford to make the student contribution’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 10 September]

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Universities Unlikely to Lobby for Universal Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are unlikely to advocate for the abolition of the student contribution charge, after the head of the sector’s lobby group signalled his opposition to the principle of free third-level education …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 7 September]

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Third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A piece in the SBP at the weekend by John Walsh caught my eye. In it he demanded the reintroduction of fees. He suggests: ‘There is one policy area, however, that the government would be more than happy to keep in cold storage. Yet its implications are far reaching …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 September]

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€14k Per Year for College is Far Too Much to Ask of Students and Their Families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The breakdown of the cost of college will surprise few in third level. But at this time of year, when the cost of going back to school is all over the media, students deserve a look in, writes the Editorial Board. Going to college is now simply accepted as being expensive in Ireland. It shouldn’t be …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proactive steps his Department is taking to address university fees, which are the highest in the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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Third Level Fees – Scotland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Irish students are being charged additional fees for the Scottish graduate-entry medicine programme based in the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee which contradicts the memorandum of understanding on the common travel area; the steps he will take to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 June]

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