Archive for 2 November 2010

Inability to pay must never be barrier to third level education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“As a teacher and now principal in Sherriff St School for the past ten years – a school in an inner city disadvantaged area – I can attest at first hand to the positive influence that the abolition of fees for third level education …” (more)

[Aodhán O’Riordáin, Labour Party Blog, 2 November]

Poll shows majority in support of free third-level education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“A majority of Irish people think third-level education should remain free, according to a new poll. Some 77% of those questioned in a new Red C Poll believe the State should continue to provide free tuition to third-level students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 November]

Local Students Travel to Dublin for USI Protest March

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“30 buses will bring 1,500 angry and concerned Maynooth students to Dublin for a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) protest march against a possible doubling of the Registration Fee in the upcoming Budget. Buses will depart from the Students’ Union to carry NUI Maynooth and St Patrick’s College students to the capital city for the event …” (more)

[Maynooth Town, 2 November]

I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore …

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“… In the next budget, The Irish government is alleged to be planning cuts in education. Big ones. Specifically, doubling college registration fees (to 3000E) and further cuts to student grants. This comes in nearly the fourth year of the greatest financial crisis our state has ever experienced. In my three-year tenure in third level education, we have ALREADY experienced a cut in grants, and a doubling of registration fees. In this humble author’s opinion, this is a cut too far …” (more)

[The Student Observer, 2 November]

Students face €1,000 hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Tens of thousands of college students were today facing a €1,000 hike in college fees. A Cabinet meeting today was expected to agree a 66% increase on present college registration fees …” (more)

[Michael Lavery, Herald, 2 November]

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“… Under the proposed measures public school students who are already hugely overrepresented in universities will take over. University places will not be filled by the brightest and the best but by those that can afford to pay for an educational advantage. In my mind this constitutes a blatant act of social engineering aimed at benefiting the few and to thus maintain Britain’s social rigidity which is unparalleled in Europe …” (more)

[Dimitvios Asvestas, The Gown, 2 November]

Ireland should spend more on medical research

Posted in research with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Ireland is not spending enough on medical research and lags behind other OECD countries in terms of investment in the area, the Government has been told. Studies have shown that investment in medical research has a key role in delivering a better healthcare system and contributes to wider economic gain …” (more)

[Aoife Connors, Irish Medical Times, 2 November]

Protesting Times?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“With the upcoming student march on November 3rd, Sean Finnan questions the efficiency of mass protests and asks why there are rarely seen in Ireland …” (more)

[University Observer, 2 November]

UCC academics petition for restoration of George Boole home

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“A group of UCC academics have signed an online petition calling for the urgent repair/restoration of George Boole’s house at 5, Grenville Place …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 November]

Make or break time for students on fees issue

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Tomorrow’s USI-run National Student March could hardly have come at a better time for the student unions. A Cabinet meeting(s) today will likely give the Cabinet’s seal of approval to an increase in registration fees …” (more)

[Lucy Field, Cork Student News, 2 November]

Students left waiting more than 14 weeks for grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Students are being left waiting for prolonged periods of time to receive decisions on grant applications, The University Observer has learned …” (more)

[Amy Bracken, University Observer, 2 November]

UCD 47-24 Belfast Harlequins: UCD Rugby Secure Fourth Consecutive Win

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“UCD made it four straight wins from four in the All-Ireland League last Saturday with an excellent bonus point victory over the Belfast Harlequins. This victory encompassed six tries past the visitors, including a wonderful hat-trick for hooker David Doyle …” (more)

[Gordon O’Callaghan, University Observer, 2 November]

Students Travel From Across the Country for USI Protest March

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Crowds of angry and concerned students are to travel from across the country for a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) protest against a possible doubling of the Registration Fee in the upcoming Budget …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 November]

Cabinet expected to agree registration fee hike today

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“The Cabinet is expected to agree a hike in the registration fee at a meeting later this afternoon …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 November]

USI Warns Increase in Registration Fee Makes No Economic Sense

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned that Ireland’s economy will face devastating consequences if the Student Registration Fee is doubled in December’s Budget. Huge increases in the Registration Fee will force thousands of students to drop out of college and prevent thousands of potential students from entering college in the future …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 November]

One Year On

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“… A year ago I felt, like many, that some kind of revolution in tertiary education was just around the corner. Now I know it isn’t, at least not exactly. In truth, Higher education is about halfway through a century long revolution …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 2 November]

Course charges criticised

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Socialist Party councillor Mick Barry this morning hit out at reports that the Cabinet are considering imposing a €500 charge for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 2 November]

Worst of all worlds

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Flat increase of costs to students without loans or added support for access, no added income or independence for us. Worst of all worlds.” (tweet)

[Conor Houghton, Twitter, 2 November]

Greens to draw Reg Fee lines at €2,500

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“The Green Party are to agree to raising the third-level registration fee to a maximum of €2,500, forcing a compromise from Fianna Fáil, it is reported this morning …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 November]

Angry students take protest on tuition fees hike to Stormont

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“Around 100 university students have staged a protest on the steps of Stormont to oppose controversial plans to increase tuition fees …” (more)

[Lesley-Anne Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 2 November]