Graduate entry medicine students to receive union support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has voted in favour of a campaign to lobby the government to increase financial support for Graduate Entry Medicine students. Delegates from TCDSU who attend the Union of Students In Ireland (USI) National Council and USI Congress are to put forward motions at meetings of those bodies to establish a nationwide USI campaign to lower GEM tuition fees …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 24 November]

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College in a time of Covid: Are third-level students being short-changed?

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While student leaders say large gatherings and house parties should not have happened, they point out that the vast majority of students are quietly giving up at least a chunk of their student years to support the battle against coronavirus – and getting little credit for it …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Students and Contract Cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Maguire, Director of Quality Assurance at Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Kevin McStravock, Deputy President and VP for Academic Affairs for the Union of Students in Ireland, discuss e-learning and contract cheating …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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International students face ‘extravagant’ fees despite online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities risk reputational damage due to ‘extravagant’ fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by the Irish Council for International Students has heard. While domestic undergraduate students pay fees of up to €3,000 a year, the cost can rise to €25,000 for international students or €55,000 for medical students from abroad …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Harris says Student Accommodation Policy ‘Not Working’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further Education Simon Harris said the state’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’ when speaking to the Oireachtas Education Committee to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 17 November]

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TCDSU Votes to Lobby for Reduced International Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion mandating the union’s President Eoin Hand and International Officer Patrick O’Mahony to lobby against annual three to five per cent fee increases for international students. The motion was proposed by a group of 10 students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 October]

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Students put at a ‘major disadvantage’ in SUSI grant applications this year, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Spokesperson on Higher Education Senator Annie Hoey has said that students who were in receipt of the PUP this year were put at a disadvantage in their SUSI applications, as the grant application process did not account for government support payment …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 25 October]

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Trinity, UCD and RCSI have fewest students receiving SUSI grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students from Trinity are among the least likely to receive a Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant in a comparison of students around the country. According to a recent report by the Department of Public Expenditure, students from Trinity, University College Dublin (UCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) are the least likely to receive grant-aid, with only 5-25% being entitled to receive Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grants …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 October]

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Third level students must not be overlooked during Level 5 restrictions – Holly Cairns TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Holly Cairns TD, Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called on the Government to immediately address the impact of Level 5 restrictions on third level students …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 21 October]

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Cut the Rent TCD not planning a rent strike for 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A spokesperson for Cut the Rent TCD, speaking to Trinity News, has confirmed that the activist group will ‘not be able to’ organize a rent strike for the upcoming year. The campaign group was set up last September with an aim to fight the rising costs of student accommodation in Dublin …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 18 October]

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Third-Level Stakeholders Express Disappointment Over Budget 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level stakeholders have expressed disappointment over Budget 2021, which was announced earlier today. Some €3.3 billion was allocated to the Department of Further and Higher Education under Budget 2021 – up from €2.8 billion last year – which includes a €50 million fund to assist third-level students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 13 October]

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USI says Government has ‘ignored’ barriers faced by students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that the government has ‘ignored the systemic barriers preventing students from accessing higher education’. In a statement published in reaction to the announcement of the government budget for 2021, USI said that these barriers can ‘only be addressed through continuous financial support and not through one-off funding packages’ …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 13 October]

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Trinity ‘reviewing’ possibility of offering refunds for unused accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity have said that they are reviewing the possibility of offering refunds to students who have paid for college owned accommodation but are not now using that accommodation due to classes being moved online. Speaking to Trinity News, a College spokesperson said: ‘Trinity is currently reviewing its policies in relation to such refunds and more information will be available shortly’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 October]

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The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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What is a college campus without its students?

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What does a university campus sound like without its 17,000 students? Well, apart from a student rolling the odd suitcase through otherwise deserted courtyards on their way to the bus stop, it’s pretty silent. I headed out to the University of Limerick (UL), my own alma mater, to see what a college campus looks like under the current Covid restrictions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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USI publishes views on higher education delivery for rest of semester one

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Extensive and essential student supports must be put in place by Government and institutions and a focus put on online teaching and learning in order to provide clarity for the rest of this semester, according to the Union of Students in Ireland …” (more)

[USI, 7 October]

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Students encouraged to keep their social life ‘safe, small and distant’ in new campaign

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Acting Chief chief medical officer has encouraged students to form social bubbles, as he lends his support to a new campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 in third level environments …” (more)

[Nicky Ryan, The Journal.ie, 28 September]

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Third level students urged to consider if they need rented accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As many third level students start their new academic year today they are being asked to consider whether they need to travel to rented accommodation in light of new restrictions which will limit on-campus activity. In addition, several colleges have warned students that any breaches of Covid-19 regulations – including guidelines on the numbers who can attend house parties and other social gatherings – could result in expulsion …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Minister Harris to meet university leaders as classes move online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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NUIG Students’ Union calls on local TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the Education for All campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organisation that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris asking him to take action on a number of key areas …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 21 September]

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