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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USI President: Ministers’ Comments About Students on PUP Are ‘Offensive’

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

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick today described comments made by government ministers in the Irish Daily Mail about students receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) as ‘offensive and misinformed’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 May]

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The USI’s Residential Tenancies Bill – What’s Next?

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

Ireland“On Wednesday April 28th, Dail Eireann was presented with The USI’s Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Act 2021 by Sinn Fein and signed by 56 opposition TDS. In a statement from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), they outlined the changes that would take place under the proposed Bill …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 28 April]

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Government urged to support USI student accommodation bill in Dáil debate

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

Ireland“Government TDs are being urged to support the student accommodation bill which will be debated in Dáil Eireann on Wednesday (April 28), by the Union of Students in Ireland and Students’ Unions all over Ireland. The USI’s Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Act 2021 was tabled in late February by Sinn Fein and signed by 56 opposition TDS …” (more)

[USI, 27 April]

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Deputy Function Calls For All TDs To Support Student Accommodation Bill

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Carlow Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion has urged cross-party support for the USI calls to provide greater protections for student renters, particularly those attending IT Carlow. The motion will be heard in the Dáil on Wednesday …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 26 April]

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Calls for reform of ‘not fit for purpose’ SUSI scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Society of St Vincent de Paul have joined calls by the Union of Students in Ireland to reform the SUSI grant scheme ahead of a full return to college. The funding model has been described as ‘not fit for purpose’ and no longer in line with the cost of living …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 23 April]

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Third-level staff, students to be surveyed on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All staff and students in higher education are to be surveyed on their experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment during the coming weeks as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. In addition, all colleges are being required to record and report cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students on an annual basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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NUI Galway graduate named new president of Union of Students in Ireland

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

Ireland“Former president of the NUI Galway students’ union and chemistry graduate Clare Austick has been elected president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Ms Austick, who previously held the USI position of vice-president for welfare, acknowledged that there was a lot of work to be done in the coming months to ensure students could return to campus ‘in a safe manner’ in autumn 2021 while dealing with the impact of the pandemic on students nationwide …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Government votes down PBP proposal to scrap third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tonight, the government voted against the People Before Profit (PBP) Young People and Access to Further and Higher Education motion in the Dáil. All opposition TDs bar 8 members of the Regional Group of independents voted in favour of the bill …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 25 March]

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Majority of third-level students support Irish remaining a compulsory subject

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

Ireland“Over two thirds of third-level students feel Irish should be a compulsory school subject according to a survey conducted by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The USI Report on the Teaching of Irish 2021 found that 67% said the language should be fully compulsory, however only 5% of students said there was an emphasis placed on teaching Irish as a language to be spoken beyond the classroom …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 March]

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USI condemns the passing over of 39 Trinity medical students for the Covid-19 vaccine at Coome hospital

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the passing over of 39 Trinity medical students for the Covid-19 vaccine on the night it was given to 16 relatives of staff at Coome hospital. In a statement to Trinity News, the USI said it was ‘very disappointed and concerned to see the story break’ …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 9 March]

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Union of Students in Ireland statement

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland joins with the vast majority of students in Ireland, including most in Limerick, in expressing distress at the scenes posted on social media last night. USI has heard from many students today who are disappointed and upset by the incidents that took place in Limerick yesterday evening …” (more)

[USI, 3 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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