More than 90% of students ‘struggling with loneliness and stress in pandemic’

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 90% of students say they are struggling with loneliness, stress and feeling disconnected, a Sinn Fein survey has found. The Student Wellbeing Survey found that four out of five students say their college experience is negatively impacting their mental health in the pandemic …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 4 March]

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Mental health crisis looming among students – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has warned of a looming mental health crisis among students and urged the Government to act urgently. Teachta Conway-Walsh’s comments come as she publishes the results of her Student Wellbeing survey which reveals extremely concerning feelings of isolation, stress and poor mental health among students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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USI calls on Oireachtas to pass student accommodation Bill

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

Ireland“The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Delay in paying student nurses and midwives returning to work unacceptable – David Cullinane TD

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

IrelandWSinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane has reiterated his call for the Minister for Health to immediately pay student nurses and midwives. This follows a Sinn Féin motion which was passed by the Dáil a month ago on January 20th …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 February]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD comments on ASTI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has commented on the decision of the ASTI to vote against the public service pay agreement. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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In Wide-Ranging Interview, Conway-Walsh Lays Out Vision for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin’s Higher Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh today criticised the government’s decision to charge students full fees during the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 29 January]

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Flynn welcomes £2,000 payment for student nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has welcomed confirmation of a £2,000 payment for student nurses on clinical placement involved working on the frontline on the fight against COVID-19. Órlaithí Flynn said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 January]

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‘Minister for Higher Education needs to stand up for students – Senator Fintan Warfield’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield today called on the Government to directly intervene in cases where key components of university courses have not proceeded due to Covid-19, and to ask for reductions in fees for the next academic year. Speaking on the issue in the Seanad today, Senator Warfield said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 January]

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‘Economy Minister should use funding to support students’ – O’Dowd

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has called on the Economy Minister to use funding available to help support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. John O’Dowd said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 January]

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Student nurses and midwives deserve fair pay without delay – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called on the Minister for Health to stop delaying and to pay student nurses and midwives now. Sinn Féin will bring a motion to the Dáil on Wednesday to ensure student nurses and midwives receive fair pay. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 January]

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Student nurse and midwife pay must reflect Covid risk – David Cullinane TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called for student nurse and midwife pay to better reflect Covid-19 risk with high hospitalisations. The Waterford TD also called on the Minister to engage urgently with the health unions. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 January]

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Student nurses ‘exploited’ by Government – John Brady TD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD John Brady has criticised the Government’s refusal to pay student nurses a fair wage. Teachta Brady, who represents Wicklow, said: ‘My daughter is a student nurse and I saw first-hand how hard and diligently she has worked throughout the pandemic when on placement …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 December]

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Minister must step up and pay student nurses – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called on the Minister for Health to step up to the plate and pay student nurses. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 December]

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Sinn Féin says 35% of students expected their course to be entirely online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have expressed feelings of having been “misled into securing accommodation” despite the move of most learning online in a new report published by Sinn Fein. Sinn Féin Higher and Further Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh has published the results of the Sinn Féin Student Accommodation Survey 2020 …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 21 November]

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Students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for Accommodation they are prevented from using

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has today published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin, 29 October]

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‘”The voice of students must be heard” – O’Dowd’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has announced that the party will table an Assembly motion in support of students who facing challenges to learning as a result of Covid19. The party’s Further and Higher Education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 October]

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Leaving Cert students ‘kept in dark’ over grading errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet ministers and Leaving Certificate students were ‘kept in the dark’ over the calculated grades errors, it has been claimed. Sinn Fein’s Donnchadh O Laoghaire said there was a ‘striking’ lack of clarity over exactly who knew what and when about the errors in the system …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 1 October]

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Health Minister should bring forward guidance for students returning to university – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has urged the Health Minister and Public Health Agency to bring forward guidance for students returning to university and college. The party’s further and higher education person said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 September]

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Many students left behind by Government – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh TD has called on the government to take immediate action to support students to make it to third-level by cutting fees and increasing SUSI supports …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 September]

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