Trinity students march on the Dáil in continued protests over reopening of the university

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students today marched on the Dáil to protest what they call major shortfalls in the student experience. Led by members of Students4Change and the Graduates Student Union (GSU), the students marched from the Front Square of the university to outside Leinster House at 4pm this afternoon …” (more)

[Ellen Gough, Hot Press, 16 October]

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Council chief Owen Keegan apologises for student accommodation remarks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has apologised for saying students should provide their own accommodation – but said he would not be resigning. Earlier, a protest was held outside the council’s Civic Offices following remarks by Mr Keegan about student accommodation …” (more)

[John Kilraine, RTÉ News, 13 October]

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Poor Planning by the management of the University of Limerick is responsible for the student rent crisis and commuter woes – This is the belief of the Residents living near UL

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“”Residents living near the University of Limerick read the recent RTE News Report of commuter woes for students and the reasons for this with disbelief. Residents’ believe it is the years’ of poor planning by University Management that has led to many issues …” (more)

[Aoife O’Reilly, Limerick Post, 4 October]

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At Online Learning Protest, the Aftershock of Take Back Trinity Lingers

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Few current students were in College for Take Back Trinity – the mass protest movement that broke out on campus in 2018, after College tried to introduce €450 supplemental exam fees. Prof Linda Doyle, and the rest of the Trinity administration, however, very much remember it …” (more)

[University Times, 26 September]

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College Needs to Do More For Isolated Students Who Feel Shortchanged

Posted in Teaching on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a bad week for Trinity’s public image: a student protest demanding more face-to-face teaching was picked up by several national media outlets, and Trinity students’ plight is, embarrassingly, becoming a mainstream news story …” (more)

[University Times, 26 September]

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Does the Government Even Want to Fix the Student Accommodation Crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The two main news stories at the forefront of student housing affairs this week appear side by side as a strange oxymoron. Firstly, the news that Dublin City Council granted permission for over 1,000 student beds to be offered as short-term lets this year. Accompanying this are grim accounts of a sleepout organised by the Union of Students Ireland (USI) outside the Dáil, protesting the crisis shortage of student accommodation …” (more)

[Caoimhe Weakliam, University Times, 25 September]

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Students on campus for handful of days ‘opting to commute’

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many students who are on campus for just three days a week are opting to commute long distances to college rather than pay for housing, according to an accommodations officer at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Students want accommodation shortages declared an ‘emergency’

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

Ireland“The Government must declare shortages of student housing and high rents an emergency as students consider deferring or dropping out of college, the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has said. Students held a demonstration outside the Dáil on Wednesday as part of an overnight sleep-out and campaign dubbed ‘No Keys, No Degrees’ to put pressure on the Government to take urgent action …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Students gather outside Dáil as Varadkar says govt ‘very much aware’ of accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the government is ‘very much aware’ of the crisis in student accommodation and that it is working to prevent purpose-built student apartments being used for tourists. A student protest using the slogan ‘No Keys, No Degrees’ is being held outside Leinster House this afternoon …” (more)

[Rónán Duffy,, 23 September]

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‘No keys, No degrees’ – Students say they are dropping out over accommodation shortages

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to demonstrate outside the Dáil and sleep out overnight to urge the Government to address shortages in student accommodation. It said students are being forced to defer or drop out of their third-level courses …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Messed Trinity

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

Ireland“This evening. Trinity College, Dublin. Members of Students 4 Change protest outside of Trinity College Dublin’s Dinning Hall in protest over the rona-related lack of in person classroom tuition …” (more)

[Broadsheet, 22 September]

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Students Spurn Online Lectures at Dining Hall Protest

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

Ireland“Students flooded Front Square this evening to protest the continuation of online teaching in College. Around 200 students gathered at the Dining Hall chanting ‘let us in’ and ‘face to face’ …” (more)

[Jody Druce and Emma Taggart, University Times, 22 September]

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USI to Stage Sleepout at Dáil Over Student Accommodation Crisis

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will stage a sleepout protest in front of the Dáil on Thursday, calling for government action on the student accommodation crisis. The union is calling for additional funding and planning for purpose-built student accommodation, no new course places to be given without living spaces provided, legislation to retain student accommodation beds and as the introduction of rent controls …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 21 September]

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Trinity students to protest over lack of face-to-face lectures

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin are planning to protest next week over the university’s lack of on-campus lectures and reliance on remote learning. The university has introduced a more cautious approach to reopening than many third level institutions but promised students that all courses would have an element of in-person teaching …” (more)

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

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Students Dropping Out Due to Lack of Accommodation, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the lack of accommodation for students returning to campuses, saying some are dropping out as they cannot find somewhere to live. The union said in a press statement today that one student union has reported receiving over 100 requests for help a day on its accommodation Facebook page …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 September]

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Petition Launched to Refund Students With No In-Person Lectures

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 350 students have signed an online petition calling for refunds for those who do not have in-person classes. The petition was created by the TCD Campaign for F2F Teaching and cites approaches from other universities, vaccination rates and the mental health of students and the student contribution charge as reasons for Trinity to provide more in-person teaching …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 13 September]

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English language schools: Teachers, students protest reopening of in-person classes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“English language school students and teachers have warned that resuming face-to-face classes from Monday, while cases of the Delta Covid-19 variant soar, is ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless’. A small group of protestors marched from the Spire on O’Connell Street to the Department of Education on Monday calling on the Government to keep language schools closed until most students are vaccinated …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak and Grace Donnellan, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Students call for end to highest fees in EU

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined students across the country in calling for an end to the extortionate €3,000 Student Contribution Fee. The fee means students in the Republic of Ireland pay the highest undergraduate fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 3 June]

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COVID Conspiracy Theorists Converge on Trinity’s Lloyd Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A group of coronavirus conspiracy theorists entered the east side of Trinity’s campus earlier today, carrying placards and chanting. The group appeared to be targeting Trinity’s Prof Luke O’Neill, who has led the charge over the past year in educating the public about the coronavirus and vaccines …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 June]

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USI held demonstration today outside Leinster House calling for the abolition of student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A restricted and socially distanced demonstration calling for the abolition of student fees was held by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) outside the Kildare Street gates of Leinster House today at 11am. Students were not asked to attend the demonstration in-person as a result of the current public health restrictions …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 31 May]

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