Rose Conway-Walsh TD welcomes breakthrough on PUP exclusion from SUSI calculation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After months of fighting for the exclusion of PUP payments in assessment for SUSI, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has received assurance that no students will be denied or pushed out of SUSI for accepting the PUP. The Minister has confirmed on the floor of the Dáil that all students have the right to reapply based on the 2021 year and have PUP earned by a student excluded from the calculation. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 July]

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How Students Became the First Casualties of the PUP Withdrawal

Posted in Life on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The end to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) for students all started with an inflammatory article in the Irish Daily Mail almost a month ago. Government bigwigs – all speaking on the condition of anonymity – launched a scathing attack on college-goers that claimed the payment …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 June]

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The Anonymous Minister’s PUP Comment is Little More Than Pandemic Finger-Pointing

Posted in Life on May 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With both the academic year and the harshest level of government restrictions drawing to a close, the past year for many third-level students’ is morphing into a beautiful, sepia-toned montage of their time in higher education. From losing your perception of time as you stare blankly at a computer screen, meandering the journey from library-booked seat to library-booked seat, to the simple joy of sipping a flat pint in sub-zero temperatures, this academic year will be one us students may struggle to forget …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 6 May]

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Simon Harris condemns ‘downright stupid’ comments about student PUP payments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“He also said the Government will be outlining a roadmap to begin removing emergency payments at the end of the month. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has condemned comments made by an unnamed Minister last week regarding students in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) …” (more)

[Clara Kelly,, 6 May]

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USI President: Ministers’ Comments About Students on PUP Are ‘Offensive’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick today described comments made by government ministers in the Irish Daily Mail about students receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) as ‘offensive and misinformed’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 May]

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