NUI Galway students express outrage over lack of social distancing in exam centres

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has been heavily criticised by students following the lack of health precautions implemented at the return of in-person exams which began today, December 6 …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 6 December]

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NUIG students criticise university for holding mass in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have strongly criticised the university for its decision to continue mass in-person exams for students this year despite growing concerns about rising Covid-19 cases. Photos and videos of NUIG’s exam hall layout have spread around social media with many students complaining that desks were not set up in a socially distanced manner …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Student Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandIvana Bacik (Dublin Bay South, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the student protests which took place on 23 November 2021 led by a union (details supplied): the way he plans to reduce the cost of the student contribution and student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Covid-19 Ireland: Trinity students call for cancellation of in-person exams across the country

Posted in Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will be heading to the Dáil today to delivery an open letter to Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. The students will call on Government to cancel in-person exams across the country this year as Covid-19 cases continue to rise …” (more)

[Roisin Cullen, DublinLive, 1 December]

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Students say ‘F*ck the Fees’ in new Cost of College Campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The third of three regional student protests campaigning against the cost of higher education took place last Wednesday in Galway. The Cost of College campaign, directed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), aims to lobby the government for change in the cost of college fees for students in Ireland …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh, SIN, 30 November]

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The Tone of USI’s Protest Won’t Help Govt Take Student Demands Seriously

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This is a time for students protests, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the leading student representative group, attaching itself to an expletive-ridden campaign titled ‘Fuck the Fees’ just gives the government another excuse to dismiss the serious needs of students …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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Students turn out in force at DCU Black Lives Matter Protest following lecturer’s comments

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

Ireland“A large protest took place at DCU today after a lecturer at the college was criticised by a number of students for political statements on his personal blog. DCU Students, staff – including other lecturers at the college – and members of other universities turned out on a chilly November afternoon to endorse the Black Lives Matter protest …” (more)

[Peter O’Neill, Hot Press, 26 November]

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Anti-racism rally to be held in DCU after complaints over lecturer’s comments

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) are organising a Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally at the university tomorrow (November 26), after public complaints made about statements made by a member of staff. The statements included criticism of the BLM movement …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 25 November]

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‘High fees coupled with cost of rent means students are being priced out of education’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students protested outside Leinster House on Tuesday afternoon as part of three protests across the country calling for the cost of third-level education to be decreased …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Students protest in Cork over cost of third-level education

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

Ireland“Students held the first of three protests across the country in Cork on Monday, to call for increased State funding of third-level education. Clare Austick, president of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), said Irish students faced ‘increasing’ costs of living, alongside the highest college fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Students to stage three-day protest in fight against fees

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

Ireland“Students are gearing up to take their frustration with college fees, the housing crisis, and the cost of higher education to the streets. Today marks the start of three days of regional student protests organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and to take place in Cork, Galway, and Dublin …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Student Nurses protest poor conditions and pay in INMO protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 200 people have attended a protest outside Leinster House to protest poor placement conditions and pay for Student Nurses. Student nurses and midwives have called for payment and better working conditions for quite some time …” (more)

[Michael Bolton, SIN, 16 November]

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USI plans three protests under the ‘Cost of College Campaign’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Earlier today, the Union of Students Ireland (USI) issued a press release outlining the plans for three protests to take place on November 22, 23, and 24 in Dublin, Cork and Galway. These USI organised protests, called the ‘the Cost of College campaign’ will be held in opposition to the growing cost of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 8 November]

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MTU say they are fully committed to engaging with TUI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Munster Technological University say they are fully committed to engaging with the Teachers Union of Ireland through normal industrial relations channels. It’s after some employees attached to the TUI staged a silent protest this morning at a flag raising ceremony …” (more)

[RedFM, 8 November]

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University College Cork students call on bars and clubs to take action over spiking fears

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

Ireland“UCC Student’s Union has written an open letter to bars and clubs in Cork in response to the recent increase in reported drug spiking cases – involving drinks or needles – across Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Daire Fitton, CorkBeo, 3 November]

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Student nurses protest poor pay and placement conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses were being left ‘sleep deprived’ from having to work part-time jobs alongside their placements in hospitals, in order to afford accommodation and the cost of college …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Student Nurses, Midwives Protest at Dáil Over Unpaid Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Around 100 people assembled at the Dáil this afternoon to protest the decision to scrap the pandemic placement grant for student nurses and midwives. Attendees held signs saying ‘why are nurses priceless but penniless?’ and ‘education not exploitation’…” more)

[Mairead Maguire and Emer Moreau, University Times, 2 November]

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Hypocritical post from the University of Limerick draws criticism

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has come under criticism from the student body in relation to their stance on rent prices. The University posted a graphic yesterday afternoon highlighting their recommended rent prices for first-time renters …” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Voice, 19 October]

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UCDSU take on DCC CEO in Student Housing Row

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU have called on Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan to resign, following ‘sarcastic’ remarks in relation to the conversion of student accommodation into tourist accommodation, as well as what UCDSU President Ruairí Power describes as an ‘underlying attitude that he’s not concerned with the level of interference from the private market and artificially inflating rents in the city’ …” (more)

[Simon Dobey and Nathan Young, University Observer, 19 October]

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Student Housing Problems – NI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit Alliance): Shortly, representatives from the National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) will gather outside this Building to express their concern about how students have been once again sidelined and left behind during the pandemic. I salute them on their No Keys, No Degrees campaign and will briefly mention some of the issues they are highlighting …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 18 October]

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