Students March to Break the Barriers to Higher Education on October 3rd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 3rd October the Union of Students in Ireland are hosting the National Demonstration to Break the Barriers to higher education. Currently, some of the barriers to education include: Ireland has the second-highest fees in the EU [will be the highest after Brexit]; …” (more)

[USI, 30 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Teachers ‘deeply concerned’ about abolition of Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“The president of Ireland’s main second level teachers’ union says she is ‘deeply concerned’ about the decision by the Minister for Education to abolish the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 September]

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The dole queue or the departure lounge? This is the choice Ireland’s youth is facing

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2013 by steve

“Last week’s CSO figures confirmed what anyone working with Irish students and graduates already knows – the recent fall in the Live Register owes more to the emigration of 35,000 of our best and brightest than it does to new job creation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 September]

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Education minister welcomes students’ report on Junior Cert reform

Posted in Teaching on December 29th, 2011 by steve

“Students have given their input on the new reformed Junior Cycle, and their thoughts have been welcomed by Ruairi Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 December]
[The new report is here]

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Third-level bosses seek to reform the system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2011 by steve

“Shorter Leaving Certificate courses and more continuous assessment may be one suggestion from third-level bosses as a way to reduce the pressures of one-off exams facing Leaving Certificate students scrambling to score top points for college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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ISSU questions the suitability of the Leaving Certificate Examination structure and the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those examination candidates upon receiving their Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results today. However, the ISSU questions the suitability of the Leaving Certificate Examination structure and the points system …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 17 August]

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Student union welcomes Coughlan proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2010 by steve

“The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has welcomed reforms proposed by Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan at the teachers’ conferences this week. In a statement, the union – which is the national umbrella body for school student councils – congratulated the Minister on her speech at the TUI conference and called on her to keep her promises …” (more)

[Michele Martinelli, Irish Times, 8 April]

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