Student Accommodation

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the issue of student poverty and, in particular, the chronic shortage of affordable student specific accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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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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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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‘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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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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No end to student accommodation loophole – Eoin Ó Broin TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that is it disappointing that Minister for Housing appears not to have addressed the student accommodation loophole in his upcoming Residential Tenancies Bill …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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Student rent costs are often ‘at least double the cost of the education’

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

Ireland“The irony was not lost as Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien spoke about affordable rents for students yesterday while just metres away from student accommodation that costs up to €1,300 per month …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 5 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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NUI Galway tackles food poverty head on with food bank

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

Ireland“An increasing demand for food and hygiene products for students has come to the fore at NUI Galway following national attention gathered from a food bank set up by University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Caoimhe Killeen, SIN, 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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Trinity students march on the Dáil in continued protests over reopening of the university

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students today marched on the Dáil to protest what they call major shortfalls in the student experience. Led by members of Students4Change and the Graduates Student Union (GSU), the students marched from the Front Square of the university to outside Leinster House at 4pm this afternoon …” (more)

[Ellen Gough, Hot Press, 16 October]

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Concerns that SUSI grants system is failing students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At lunchtime today, the main quad at TU Dublin’s new Grangegorman campus was buzzing with students. A welcome sight given the devastation of campus life last year. However, a lecturer who works at the college told me that the college is concerned that not all students are throwing themselves back into college life as they once would have …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 14 October]

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Fall in number of third level students eligible for SUSI grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of third level students being deemed eligible to receive State SUSI grants continues to fall, while numbers attending college continue to rise, data received by RTÉ News shows …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 14 October]

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Access to Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 15th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure continued access to third level for all students seeking to avail of third-level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 October]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address student poverty particularly poverty arising from extortionate costs of accommodation and the burden of fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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Student grants will rise by flat rate €200 from next September

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

Ireland“Student grants will rise by a flat rate €200 from next September. The ‘across the board’ increase will benefit about 62,000 students who receive maintenance support to help with cost-of-living increases …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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New fund of more than €17m for struggling third-level students

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

Ireland“More than €17 million is being provided to help third-level students in financial difficulty, in recognition of the ‘incredibly difficult’ year and a half many have endured, and continue to face with spiralling accommodation and utility costs …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Sinn Féin budget will take the pressure off students – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has brought forward proposals in her party’s alternative budget that include reducing fees for all and extending SUSI support to 15,000 additional students while also tackling the issue of core funding. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 October]

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‘Students who are coming to us are very hungry,’ says Cork Penny Dinners coordinator as cost of living soars

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The coordinator of a charity which provides cheap dinners in Cork City has said ‘students who are coming to us are very hungry’. Penny Dinners Trustees volunteer coordinator Caitríona Twomey said the high cost of rent and utilities means some students in Cork have ‘nothing left over for food’ …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 8 October]

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Demand for UCC food bank highlights ‘reality of student poverty’

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the hardship faced by college students in the wake of a UCC food bank running out of supplies in less than 50 minutes …” (more)

[Ellen O’Regan, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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