USI welcome free antigen tests for third level students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Plans to provide funds for free antigen tests for third level students across Ireland has been welcomed by the national students union. In December, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced a €9 million fund for further and higher education institutions to provide free antigen tests to students across Ireland …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Irish Examiner, 16 January]

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Third-level €3k fee to be cut and student loans ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students will be spared tens of thousands of euro in student loans and are likely to see the €3,000 registration fee reduced under plans being developed by the Government. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has won Cabinet approval to rule out a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 22 December]

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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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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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‘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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Students demand online exams amid surge in Covid-19 cases

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are demanding more online exams amid concerns over the safety of reopening exam halls due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Most universities are planning a combination of in-person exams for the first time in two years as well as online assessments next month …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 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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Harris and USI to create spiking awareness campaign

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

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said he has agreed to put together, with the Union of Students in Ireland, an awareness campaign warning about the possible spiking of women and others with drugs in bars and nightclubs here …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 5 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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Budget 2022 fails to address cost of higher level education

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

Ireland“On 12 October, the announcement of Budget 2022 evoked mixed reactions from third-level stakeholders. It was announced that €3.7bn would be allocated to students, universities and young people in next year’s Budget …” (more)

[Bonnie Gill, Trinity News, 20 October]

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USI, IUA Express Disappointment With Budget 2022

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) have expressed disappointment Budget 2022, arguing that more needs to be done for the third-level sector …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 12 October]

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Student grants to increase for the first time in more than a decade

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

Ireland“The first increase in student grants in more than a decade will be announced in tomorrow’s Budget. Agreement has been reached on raising grant levels as well as changing the eligibility criteria to allow more students to fall within qualifying income thresholds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 October]

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USI Calls for €1,000 Fee Reduction in Budget 2022

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is to call for the student contribution charge to be reduced by €1,000 in its submission to the government ahead of Budget 2022 …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 October]

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Does the Government Even Want to Fix the Student Accommodation Crisis?

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

Ireland“The two main news stories at the forefront of student housing affairs this week appear side by side as a strange oxymoron. Firstly, the news that Dublin City Council granted permission for over 1,000 student beds to be offered as short-term lets this year. Accompanying this are grim accounts of a sleepout organised by the Union of Students Ireland (USI) outside the Dáil, protesting the crisis shortage of student accommodation …” (more)

[Caoimhe Weakliam, University Times, 25 September]

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Meeting planned to discuss student accommodation issues

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

Ireland“The Department of Further and Higher Education has said it will host a meeting of college presidents next week to discuss the student accommodation issue. The department said it has been engaging with the Department of Housing on a number of issues, including the use of privately-owned student accommodation being used for other purposes …” (more)

[Samantha Libreri, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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Students want accommodation shortages declared an ‘emergency’

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

Ireland“The Government must declare shortages of student housing and high rents an emergency as students consider deferring or dropping out of college, the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has said. Students held a demonstration outside the Dáil on Wednesday as part of an overnight sleep-out and campaign dubbed ‘No Keys, No Degrees’ to put pressure on the Government to take urgent action …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 23 September]

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‘No keys, No degrees’ – Students say they are dropping out over accommodation shortages

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to demonstrate outside the Dáil and sleep out overnight to urge the Government to address shortages in student accommodation. It said students are being forced to defer or drop out of their third-level courses …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 September]

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