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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

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Analysis: The financial fallout of Covid-19

The recession that follows the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the current crisis in third level funding

The Covid-19 crisis has already begun to take effect on the Irish economy. Retail and hospitality sectors have seen closures and layoffs since the beginning of the pandemic, and families have struggled, with over 1.26 million people having to rely

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Analysis: Online voting for GSU sabbats offers a new way of thinking about union elections

The introduction of online voting was inevitable this year, but it could serve as an experiment for the future of student voting

The Covid-19 crisis has forced nearly every college body to adapt their traditional methods of operation. Online exams and lectures have been the focal point of discussion and criticism, but non-academic areas of College have been equally challenged. With voting

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Analysis: Government’s back and forth on Leaving Certificate left colleges in uncertain positions

Calculated grades have eased the burden on students, but have left colleges uncertain on starting dates for first years

After a long period of uncertainty, Leaving Certificate students have finally been given clarity on exams. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on May 8 that examinations would be cancelled and replaced with calculated grades in a U-turn from the