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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USI to Stage Sleepout at Dáil Over Student Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will stage a sleepout protest in front of the Dáil on Thursday, calling for government action on the student accommodation crisis. The union is calling for additional funding and planning for purpose-built student accommodation, no new course places to be given without living spaces provided, legislation to retain student accommodation beds and as the introduction of rent controls …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 21 September]

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Students Dropping Out Due to Lack of Accommodation, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the lack of accommodation for students returning to campuses, saying some are dropping out as they cannot find somewhere to live. The union said in a press statement today that one student union has reported receiving over 100 requests for help a day on its accommodation Facebook page …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 September]

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‘Extortionate’ student rents must be addressed, says student leader

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government must provide funding to aid third-level institutions in delivering purpose-built student accommodation, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). As students return to campus for the autumn semester over the coming weeks, the shortage of accommodation is once again proving to be a major issue in parts of the country …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 7 September]

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USI Criticises Late Date of First SUSI Payment

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that SUSI recipients will struggle financially at the start of term due to the late date of the first payment of the grant. Recipients will not receive the first instalment of the maintenance grant until October 8th – several weeks after college begins for most …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 24 August]

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USI Calls on Colleges to Host In-Person Graduations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has written an open letter to higher-education institutions asking for the return of in-person graduation ceremonies. The ‘Give Us Our Grad’ campaign will see students’ unions across Ireland write to the heads of their institutions to allow graduands to mark the milestone on campus …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 19 August]

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Should vaccination be mandatory for third level students?

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

Ireland“Frank Jones, General Secretary of IFUT; Dr Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology; and Claire Austick, President USI, debate whether vaccinations should be mandatory for returning third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 August]

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Colleges Offer High Prices for their Flats, So Will They Fix Accommodation Woes?

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

Ireland“Many stakeholders in higher education seem to think that college-owned accommodation is synonymous with low-cost accommodation. In an interview last week, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Clare Austick argued that ‘if colleges have their [own] accommodation there will be a reduced cost’ – but is this really accurate? …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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USI Calls for College-Owned Student Accommodation Plan in Budget 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the government to include provisions for colleges to provide their own student accommodation instead of relying on private, college-affiliated accommodation. Speaking on Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live yesterday, USI President Clare Austick said: ‘We want to see a clear commitment and urgent action from the government to commit to a plan on accommodation to ensure that people all across the country have access to accommodation’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 July]

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Student houses cold and mouldy, researchers find

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many student houses are cold and half of them have a daily problem with mould, according to new research. The study, entitled Temperature profiles of private rental housing occupied by third-level students in Ireland and carried out by researchers at NUI Galway, found many occupants were living in properties where the temperature was below recommended levels …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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Unfair student accommodation costs continuing despite Residential Tenancies Act – Pa Daly TD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Law Reform, Pa Daly TD, has called for strict enforcement of the Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Act 2021 which came into operation on 9th July 2021, following a USI bill brought forward by Sinn Féin and 56 other opposition TDs. Teachta Daly said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 July]

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USI urges Minister for Health to back international students health insurance bill

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

IrelandRe: Urgent need to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021. Dear Minister Donnelly, On behalf of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and our members this is an urgent appeal to you to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021 …” (more)

[USI, 28 June]

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USI welcomes plan for holistic re-opening of third-level campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland welcomes the plan published today, which aims to re-open campuses and have most third-level activity back on site from the start of the new academic year. Along with getting students back into lectures and classrooms, that the plan also allows for the reopening of libraries, cafes, canteens and bars, as well as the restarting of club, society and sporting activity is particularly welcome …” (more)

[USI, 15 June]

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USI held demonstration today outside Leinster House calling for the abolition of student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A restricted and socially distanced demonstration calling for the abolition of student fees was held by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) outside the Kildare Street gates of Leinster House today at 11am. Students were not asked to attend the demonstration in-person as a result of the current public health restrictions …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 31 May]

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