IT Tralee staff holding protest in Cork over Munster university merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee and their counterparts at Cork Institute of Technology are holding a protest in Cork this morning. Their protest coincides with the arrival of an international panel which will assess a proposed merger of the two third-level institutes. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is organising the picket …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 22 May]

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Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Student apartments near the Lough ‘sanctioned by people who are unaffected by it’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The approval of a major student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the area. An Bord Pleanála has approved the construction of 57 apartments in four and five storey buildings on a site overlooking the Lough. The development, located on Bandon Road, will have space for 419 students …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 May]

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University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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USI’s Protest Needed to Capture Significant Public Attention. But It Didn’t

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, this Editorial Board wrote that it was incumbent on the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to prove the worth of its new ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, after a year in which higher education funding has often seemed far removed from the union’s list of priorities …” (more)

[University Times, 24 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Fund the Future Rally Draws 200 for Higher Education Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered this afternoon in Front Square calling on the government to invest more money in higher education, with walkouts taking place on campuses all over the country as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Fund the Future campaign …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Trinity students join 10,000 protesters at Schools Strike for Climate Change

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are among an estimated 10,000 people to march to Dáil Éireann to strike for climate action this afternoon. The students joined a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – led student bloc under the Schools Strike for Climate Change …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 15 March]

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The Gentle Revolution: 50 years on from UCD’s radical protests

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘I was very much a middle class boy from Stillorgan’, Basil Miller tells me, his voice crackling down the phone. ‘I went to UCD to study economics and politics, and that is what I was doing, in 1969, when all this stuff started to kick off.’ 27th February 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the student-led occupation of the administration offices at UCD Earlsfort Terrace …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 11 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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UCC Students Launch Petition to Rename Watson Building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have launched a petition calling for a change to the name of the Watson Building, following racist comments made by the Nobel Prize winner …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 7 February]

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NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns extortionate rent increase in Menlo student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, the Menlo Park Apartment complex have announced a rent increase of an extortionate 20%. These privately-owned apartments are located on the Headford Road and accommodate roughly 140 NUI Galway students each year. Rent prices have been steadily increasing year after year, but this year’s increase has seen the price of a single en-suite room rise by €1,390, in comparison to last year’s prices …” (more)

[Sarah Gill, SIN, 5 February]

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SUs at odds with USI and activists over direct provision movement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Relations between students’ unions around the country and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are fraught over developments in campaigning against direct provision. The tensions follow a meeting of students’ union leaders in recent weeks to discuss a national, union-led campaign against direct provision …” (more)

[Peter Kelly and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Pharmacy Regulator Declines to Support Paid Placements, As Students Blast Working Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fate of unpaid pharmacy placements remains unclear, after the Pharmacy Society of Ireland (PSI) declined to offer support for paid placements in spite of a march by hundreds of students from all over the country from the Dáil to the offices of the PSI this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 January]

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Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Pharmacy Students to Rally Against Unpaid Placement and Fee Hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pharmacy students from all over the country, backed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), will rally at the Dáil next week in protest at fee increases and unpaid work placement. The protest, which takes place on January 24th, is being organised by USI in conjunction with the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 18 January]

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New doctrine threatens freedom of speech in universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A principal function of the university is to conduct rational enquiry in order to discover/create new knowledge. Rational enquiry is dependent on academic freedom, ie freedom of speech that allows full and free contest of ideas. Freedom of speech is so fundamental to rational argument that, if it is denied in a university, we no longer have a university …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 3 January]

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