Black Studies module to be offered by Trinity as early as next year

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An elective module in Black Studies may be available to students at Trinity from Hilary term of 2021, according to a post from a campaign group advocating for the module. The authors of a petition, which now has over 2,800 signatures and urges for the introduction of the module in Trinity, issued a statement on social media that they have met with Provost Patrick Prendergast and have his support …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 18 June]

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University of Limerick students launch online petition to save graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over 2,500 people have signed an online petition calling on the University of Limerick to defer the Autumn 2020 graduation ceremonies until a safer date, rather than digitize the event. UL have cancelled the conferring ceremonies due to take place between Monday 24th of August and Friday 28th of August 2020 …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 18 June]

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More than 1,500 scientists issue funding warning and call for department for higher education and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If Ireland’s higher education and research sector is left to face its current financial challenge on its own, ‘with the State ignoring it the way it has over the last decade, then it will buckle’ – more than 1,500 leading Irish scientists have predicted …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 May]

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UCD rules out fees refund sought by students due to Covid-19 ‘disruption’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has ruled out part refunds on fees following a campaign by students who believe the impact of Covid-19 on their third level experience warrants some redress. Over 1,100 students have signed a petition regarding the ‘disruption’ and are seeking a rebate in the order of 30% …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 25 May]

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International students at UCD seeking compensation over fees paid

Posted in Legal issues on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student from India has begun a petition calling on the college to compensate international students who paid substantial fees to study at UCD only for their year of study to be disrupted by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 May]

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Top Academics Call for Establishment of Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over 800 academics and researchers – including College’s Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell and Luke O’Neill, the Trinity professor well known for his work on the coronavirus – are calling for the establishment of a Department of Higher Education and Research …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 25 May]


Recent petitions on

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve is emerging as a significant forum of protest for those dissatisfied with the state of Irish higher education. Here are petitions for the last month:

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Technological University Dublin (31 March)

“No detriment” Policy for UCD (31 March)

“No Detriment” policy for the Waterford Institute of Technology (31 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Trinity College Dublin (31 March)

Show Compassion: Refund UL Students no longer using on-campus accommodation 2019/20 Sem. 2 (30 March)

Protect Academic Freedom at University College Dublin! (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Cork Institute of Technology (30 March)

“No Detriment” policy for Maynooth University (30 March)

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Dublin City University (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for University College Cork (30 March)

Establish a “No Detriment” policy in UL (30 March)

Ulster University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (27 March)

Queen’s University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (26 March)

To ensure students are given Rent relief given the Covid-19 situation! (25 March)

Queen’s University: Give Students the Option to Keep Current Grade as Final Mark (25 March)

10% added to Degree Classification for Final Year Students in COVID-19 Pandemic (24 March)

Urging Ulster University to reconsider the tuition fees for the year of 2019/2020 (23 March)

Maynooth University Student Accommodation Refund (23 March)

No online exams for QUB Students (19 March)

Suspend Student Accommodation rent for those who have had to return home due to COVID-19 (19 March)

Extend the History Dissertation Deadline at QUB (16 March)

Airlift Indian Students from Ireland (16 March)

Kylemore Reinstate Staff during Coronavirus #BoycottKylemore #BoycottKSG (13 March)

Queens University Belfast- Shut Down Lectures (12 March)

Close NUIG, Keep Sult Open (9 March)

Petition for Online Teaching in QUB under COVID-19 Threat (7 March)

Stop Unionists interference in QUB students voice. Support Grian Ni Dhaimhin as President (3 March)

Stop the 12% rent increase in UCD (2 March)

End the Sectarianism towards Protestants and Unionist Students at QUB! (1 March)

DCU Students’ Union urge the University to reverse its decision to increase rents by 4% (1 March)

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Petition: UCC: Revise decision to name building after Dr James Watson

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandTo: Dr Michael B Murphy, President of University College Cork and Governing Body. Following the decision to name a new building after the controversial scientist, Dr James Watson, we want University College Cork to revise and change the name of the building …” (more)

[UCC Feminist Society, Uplift, 16 June]

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Stop the closure of BA Sociology and Anthropology at Queen’s University – Save Our Schools!

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB. Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education …” (more)

[, 28 April]

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Petition · Minister for Education and Skills Ireland: I value publicly funded, quality and resourced higher education in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sign the I Value Higher Education petition and get involved! Support free access to public higher education. Halt the erosion of the Irish publicly funded higher education system and safeguard higher education for the next generation …” (more)


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UCD Students, Staff, and Stakeholders Say Gender Equality NOW

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On the 22nd of May 2015 the Irish people voted for the most progressive change in equality of law in Irish history, the ‪#‎MarRef. Although 3rd level education is legitimately presented as a public good and the Irish state’s efforts since the 1990s to make 3rd level education affordable has contributed to this progressiveness in Irish society, there has not been significant and sustainable progress in the promotion of equality at institutional level within and supported by our universities themselves …” (more)

[, June]

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Online Petition: Micheline’s Three Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, a botanist for 34 years at NUI Galway, last month won a case against the University who were found to have discriminated against her because of her gender when they failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer. However, five other eligible women lecturers at NUI Galway were also denied promotion …” (more)

[, 8 December]

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Over 170 academics pledge to boycott Israel

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2014 by steve

“The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel is gathering momentum after a petition started by a pro-Palestinian group, Academics for Palestine, garnered over 170 signatures from teaching staff at third level institutions both north and south of the border on Friday …” (more)

[James Wilson, Trinity News, 11 August]

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Saving the Irish University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2014 by steve

“Does the Irish University need saving? A new campaign, called Defend the University, seems to think so. This campaign was launched in late November 2013 by two unions, SIPTU and the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Amy Walsh, College Tribune, 28 January]

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Defend the University, Defend Science

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2013 by steve

“Right now, Irish excellence in scientific research and education is diminishing. The current government seems intent on dismantling the university system – where the vast majority of the scientific research and higher education is conducted …” (more)

[Paul A Higgins, Love Irish Science, 27 November]

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Formal launch of Defend the University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“The joint SIPTU and IFUT charter for action against the corporatization of Irish universities was formally launched yesterday (November 25th) …” (more)

[DCU union, 26 November]

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Universities becoming ‘profit-making institutions’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“Irish universities are turning into profit-making institutions rather than serving their proper purpose as a public good. The change could destroy the higher education sector, university staff have warned …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Support staff and the Defend the University campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“The recently launched Defend the University campaign is not just about academics. DCU SIPTU Chair Ciarán McKenna outlines, in an article for the campaign website, how professional administrators, technical officers, librarians and others face new pressures and threats of outsourcing in the name of efficiency …” (more)

[DCU union, 19 November]

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Video: First Defend the University forum at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2013 by steve

“Staff from DCU, Trinity College and UCD, along with students, were among a strong attendance at the first Defend the University event on October 23rd …” (more, video)

[DCU union, 1 November]

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DCU group calls for university reform

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“A group of academics in Dublin City University (DCU) have initiated a campaign, Defence of Irish Universities (DIU), which endeavours to combat what it perceives as massive under-funding combined with commercialisation and managerialism within third-level education …” (more)

[Lucy Ryan, University Observer, 29 October]

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