Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds consultation to address student substance abuse

Increasing rate of student substance usage prompts call for action

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, held a consultation to address the issue of substance abuse in higher education. Representatives of colleges, leaders from students’ unions, Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, and individuals working on …

President Higgins calls for higher education to equip students to deal with “crisis” of climate change

President’s speech focuses on environmentalism at USI’s 60th anniversary celebrations

President Michael D Higgins has called for students to be “equipped for the crisis we are in” during the “struggle to mitigate climate change” in a speech addressed to student organisations.

The President made the statement at a garden party …

Trinity increases Halls and campus rent by up to 6%

These increases come despite legislation signed into law in May that caps rent increases at 4%

Trinity Hall and on-campus accommodation costs have increased for the coming academic year, with rent increases of up to 6% for some rooms.

Rooms in Front Square, New Square and Botany Bay are due to see a 5.6% increase, to …

Applications open for women-only academic positions

Government seeks to address gender imbalance at the top of third level education

Applications were opened this morning by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for several women-only professorial and senior lecturer positions within higher education institutions.

These positions are part of the government’s Senior Academic Leadership Initiative, which is targeted at addressing the …

Students protest direct provision and deportations on World Refugee Day

Around 100 people gathered outside Leinster House

In observance of World Refugee Day, Students Against Direct Provision (SADP) organised a protest against direct provision and deportations, which took place outside Leinster House.

Around 100 people gathered outside government buildings for the protest. Organisers said they were campaigning

USI reiterates demands for increased higher education funding in pre-Budget submission

The recommendations cover the major subcategories of higher education funding, such as grants, fees and housing

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have released their pre-Budget 2020 submission, outlining their demands for increased higher education funding.

The costed recommendations cover the major subcategories of higher education funding, such as grants, fees and housing. The general …

Number of students seeking counselling doubles

Figures also show a rise in students reporting self-harm

The number of students who receive counselling for mental health problems has risen to almost twice the number of those seeking help in 2010.

Data gathered by the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) shows that almost 12,000 students …