Late Payment of Registration Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the data provided on foot of a recent freedom of information request (details supplied); the analysis his Department has carried out across third-level institutions which fall under the responsibility of his Department into the fining of students for the late payment of registration fees; if this issue will be examined as part of the ongoing review of Higher Education Authority legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 1 April]

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Student Rent Market Sees Few Boosts from Pandemic

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Rent rose in the fourth quarter of 2020 in all counties, bar Dublin – which saw a 3% decline. One may speculate as to why – loss of students, people moving to countryside home offices or a plethora of other reasons. But what happens when these factors kickback? How, most importantly for readers, will student rents be affected? …” (more)

[Conor Bergin, College Tribune, 13 March]

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Minister Harris urges people to have their say on Review of the Student Grant Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris today welcomed the start of a public consultation on the review of the Student Grant Scheme. This Review was committed to under the current Programme for Government and announced as part of Budget 2021 …” (more)

[gov.ie, 12 March]

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Mayo PhD student won’t lose disability allowance over scholarship

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Social Protection has confirmed to RTÉ News that Mayo student Catherine Gallagher will not lose her disability allowance as a result of winning a PhD scholarship …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 9 March]

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

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

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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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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Students Must Find New Ways to Grab the Attention of Politicians

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

Ireland“‘This literally can’t go on. At some point we’re going to have to take to the streets, lockdown or no lockdown.’ If you’re as active on Irish Twitter as I am, you’ll have seen these tweets frequently over the past while. After the Mother and Baby Homes debacle, after the government tried to push CETA through while our backs were turned, after the relaxing of restrictions before Christmas led to a lockdown at Christmas and hundreds of deaths etc …” (more)

[Tara Nic Giolla Seanáin, University Times, 24 February]

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COVID-19 Aids Unlikely Without ‘Organisation of Students’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU President Conor Anderson and Welfare Officer Ruairí Power met with the Registrar and Deans on Wednesday to discuss new COVID-19 aids for students. The proposed accommodations include waiving resit fees, uncapped resit grades, and the automatic right to resit an assessment or exam in August. The College Tribune met with Ruairí Power to discuss how the meeting went, his rationale for pursuing these measures, and the likelihood of their passing …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 February]

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Standing up for student renters

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

Ireland“Launched in the opening days of the new year, the newly formed TCD Renter’s Union (TCDRU) has attracted hundreds of followers across their three social media platforms in the first few weeks of its existence. On these platforms, the TCDRU states its mission ‘to give a voice to all student renters’, and lists among its aims a 25% reduction in rent for this academic year as well as a permanent 10% reduction, as well as a commitment that students who terminate their accommodation during the pandemic will not incur financial penalty …” (more)

[David Wolfe, Trinity News, 19 February]

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Student Universal Support Ireland pandemic unemployment payments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if pandemic unemployment payments will be assessed as reckonable income for special rates of SUSI grants in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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SUSI rebate – Tax

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

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention had been drawn to the taxable nature of the €250 SUSI rebate given in November 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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NI student medics will not receive £2,000 Covid-19 recognition bonus being given to other health service trainees

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

“Student doctors who put their lives on the line during the Covid pandemic are not getting a £2,000 bonus being given to other health service trainees. Last week, Health Minister Robin Swann announced that nurses in Northern Ireland are to receive a £500 ‘special recognition’ payment for their work during the pandemic, while some student nurses will get £2,000 …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Unpaid Internships are an Insult to Students and Widen Socioeconomic Divides

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

Ireland“I spent my Christmas break like most students: eating, drinking and defending the likelihood that I get a job with an arts degree to my family. A mostly comfortable existence after the flurry of first semester. Skipping right over exams (because who needs reminding), I came to what I call ‘application season’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 2 February]

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At First Meeting, Renters’ Union Explores Lasting Action

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

Ireland“Holding landlords accountable and creating a lasting presence on campus were some of the key issues explored at the first meeting of Trinity College Dublin Renters’ Union this evening. The union also addressed the structure of the organisation, its aims and wider links to the Community Action Tenants’ Union (CATU) …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 28 January]

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Third Level Fees and Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandGino Kenny (Dublin Mid West, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on calls by students and student unions to reduce university fees by 30% given that students are under severe financial pressure with the current Covid-19 pandemic to afford their college course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 January]

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NUIG defends its repeat exam fee policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The university has released a statement following calls from Students’ Union leaders to remove such repeat fees and also to give students the option to repeat exams if they feel they could have achieved better grades in normal circumstances. In a statement released by the University, it says students who are in the most need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandFintan Warfield (Sinn Fein): It will come as no surprise to the Minister of State to hear me say that I believe in a publicly-funded model of third level education and moving towards the complete removal of fees. Universities and colleges have been underfunded for over a decade, forcing them to find money in the private sector or to charge international students huge fees …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 26 January]

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Students Can Lose 20% of €250 Fee Refund to Tax Clawback

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

Ireland“The €250 ‘once-off credit’ given to students before Christmas is subject to a €50 tax claw back for up to 33,200 students. A fee refund of €250 was given to students of third level institutions before Christmas to compensate for the lack of on-campus teaching after being announced in Budget 2021 …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 25 January]

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