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Analysis: Second consecutive impeachment calls into question how the SU cares for student parents and their officers

The SU has essentially been operating without a Student Parents’ Officer for the past year

The impeachment of the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Student Parents’ Officer last week has raised a number of questions about how the union takes care of the needs of student parents. This is not the first year that

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Analysis: TCDSU deficit marks a return to financial uncertainty

The optimism that followed last year’s surplus has been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent College closure

Yesterday’s report that Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has recorded a deficit of almost €50,000 has not come as a surprise. With most students off campus for the final months of the 2019/20 year, income streams such as the

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Analysis: DUFC positive Covid-19 cases calls the safety of close-contact sports training into question

Eight players and one coach of the Men’s 1st Rugby team tested positive for the virus last week

Last week, nine members of Trinity Rugby, Dublin University Football Club (DUFC) tested positive for Covid-19 – eight Division 1 players and one coaching figure. 

All sports training and events except for professional teams and inter-county GAA are currently suspended

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Analysis: Demand for counselling services emphasises the importance of funding

The effects of the pandemic on people’s wellbeing has been widely covered, and it is no surprise that Trinity’s health service has seen a rise in mental health enquiries

Mental health has been the great secondary talking point of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have used the effect of government restrictions on people’s wellbeing as an argument against lockdowns, most of the discussion has revolved around adapting the country’s

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Analysis: Budget criticism characteristic of recent years

Previous budgets have been criticised for failing to address the crisis in funding at third level, and this year was no exception

The announcement of Budget 2021 yesterday elicited a mixed response from groups representing students and workers at third level. Described by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as “an unprecedented budget”, Covid-19 was the primary focus of the government’s spending plans,

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Analysis: Higher education not prioritised under new Covid-19 restrictions

The increased restrictions placed on universities at the start of term are likely to disproportionately affect Freshers

On September 18, Dublin was raised to Level 3 restrictions in response to rising Covid-19 cases in the capital. The levelled guidance system was published by the government only three days previously. 

Despite the guidelines indicating universities would remain open

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Analysis: International students returning to Irish universities during Covid-19 face high costs

Some Trinity students could pay as much as €950 for two weeks bed and board on campus

International students from countries that are not on the green list are required to restrict their movements for 14 days after their arrival. International students in this situation are likely to be dependent on their universities to support them during

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Analysis: Decision to provide additional places raises a number of questions

It is clear that more needs to be done if the government’s plans are to be successful

Last Friday, it was revealed that the Department of Higher Education plans to increase the number of places in high demand courses such as medicine, nursing, and engineering by 5%. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed on