Mc Guiness at reception to honour umbrella body for student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2012 by steve

“The Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guiness has spoken at a reception to celebrate the history of NUS-USI NI, the umbrella body for student unions in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Ciaran Hanna, Studenty_Belfast, 31 May]

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USI renews free fees policy as HEA chief says Exchequer can’t support future of third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland will continue to campaign for free third level education after a majority of delegates at USI Special Congress voted for one hundred percent exchequer funded in a fees preferendum. Out of a total valid poll of 180 delegates, one hundred percent exchequer funded received 95 votes …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 23 May]

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Dispute erupts over USI’s student fees poll

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Members of the Union of Students of Ireland have voted by a slim majority to maintain the union’s policy of seeking free fees for third-level students …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 May]

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USI preferendum will continue after first day hitch, confirms Deputy President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) national ‘preferendum’ ran into a major technical hitch on its first day of operation after it emerged that former students had been able to vote on the poll, designed to assess current college students’ feeling towards how best to fund third level …” (more)

[StudentNews.ie, 16 May]

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USI Initiate Full Audit after Flaws in Online Voting System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI)’s online ‘Funding Vote’ has been called into question after it emerged that database errors allowed former and part-time students to vote and some students who had been registered for courses in more than one college to vote more than once …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, Trinity News, 15 May]

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Student voters urged to register

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today urged those not registered to vote in the upcoming referendum to do so by this Monday, May 14th. Students living away from home who are already registered to vote also have until the 14th to complete a change of address form …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 May]

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Protesting students entitled to take on fat-cat academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“One would usually associate them with supporting any trade union action and opposing any cuts, but this week the national students’ body, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), did us all a service by calling for the restrictive Croke Park deal, which protects the public sector, to be renegotiated …” (more)

[Eamon Delaney, Independent, 8 April]

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Higher starting salary for British university lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2012 by steve

“At the USI conference, outgoing president Garry Redmond claimed that ‘a lecturer starting in Ireland would earn many multiples of what a lecturer starting in the UK would’ …” (more)

[Michelle Norris, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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USI president: Irish lecturers earning ‘many multiples’ of UK counterparts

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“Outgoing President of the Union of Students in Ireland Gary Redmond is today calling on the Education Minister to force high-earning academic staff to take a pay cut …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 April]

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‘Disgraceful’: Students slate senior academics’ refusal to take pay cut

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“The refusal by a number of high-paid academics to take a voluntary salary cut has been called ‘disgraceful’ by the Union of Students in Ireland …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 April]

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Students call for Croke Park deal to be renegotiated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Delegates at the Union of Students in Ireland national congress have called for the renegotiation of the Croke Park agreement. ‘The agreement has insulated the public service’, union president Gary Redmond …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Galway student takes court action over grant cuts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 23rd, 2012 by steve

“A Co Galway woman is one of three students who have today taken a legal case to the High Court, calling for a reversal of cuts to their third-level maintenance grants …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 23 February]

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The USI Debate and Why I Oppose Disaffiliation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“On Wednesday TCD Students’ Union (SU) and the Philosophical Society combined to host a debate on TCD’s proposed disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The motion, ‘that this House would disaffiliate from the USI’, was proposed by Phil speaker David Byrne and opposed by USI President Gary Redmond …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, University Times, 14 February]

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Quinn accused of reneging on fees promises

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2012 by steve

“Ruairi Quinn, the education minister, has been accused again of betraying promises to keep down student fees after confirming a likely rise to €3,000 a year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 February]

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Taoiseach hints at increase in student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2012 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed comments made by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn that third-level fees need to increase. Student fees, which currently stand at €2,000, are set to rise to around €3,000 …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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USI urges Quinn to ‘come clean’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has a duty to ‘come clean with students and families and tell them what they can expect in new charges’ over the next four years, a student leader said today …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Student registration fee to rise again by €250

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2011 by steve

“A €250 increase in the annual college registration fee will have a serious impact on families across the country, a students’ union has warned …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 December]

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‘We got our message across’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2011 by steve

MY EDUCATION WEEK: Gary Redmond President, USI. THURSDAY Met Ruairí Quinn in Marlborough Street today. Actually, less of a meeting and more of a briefing …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 November]

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Students to protest over fee proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 16th, 2011 by steve

“Up to 20,000 third level students are expected to take to the streets of Dublin today to protest against any attempt by the Government to increase student fees or to cut maintenance grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 15th, 2011 by steve

“Over 25,000 students are expected to attend tomorrow’s Stop Fees protest in Dublin as the pressure on Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn continues to build on the issue. Gary Redmond, the savvy head of the Union of Students in Ireland has already sent newsdesks multiple copies of those embarrassing images …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 November]

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