Irish students paying second-highest fees in Europe

  Irish students are paying the second-highest fees for third level education in Europe, according to report published by the European Commission.   The report, which compares the college fees in 42 European education systems, found that only the United Kingdom (UK) charges students more for third level education than Ireland, with fees reaching just […]

Students Against Fees decide to campaign against the housing crisis

Students Against Fees (SAF) decided to expand their campaign to include the housing crisis at a public meeting held in the Synge theatre in the Arts Building this evening.   Nearly 30 students discussed the recent developments in student housing at the meeting as well as making points on how to progress the campaign.   […]

Number of British students applying to Irish colleges drops by 10%

The number of British students applying to Irish universities has fallen by 10% in 2016, according to The Irish Times. The decrease is in response to a potential rise in fees following the Brexit vote, as British students may be charged international student rates.   Similarly, the number of Irish students applying to UK third […]

Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

A Trinity professor has expressed her “horror” that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern […]

TCDSU Council votes to lobby against increased fees and unpaid placement in Pharmacy course

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has voted in favour of a motion to lobby relevant bodies to reconsider fees of up to €8000 and unpaid placements for some present and future Trinity pharmacy students.   Changes introduced to the pharmacy course would see students partaking in a five year course awarding a Master’s degree, […]

Trinity in breach of advertising regulations

Trinity has breached advertising regulations when publicising a Masters programme on its website, according to the Irish Independent. A complaint was made with regards to the advertising of fees for a two-year Masters course in Cognitive Psychotherapy.   According to the Irish Independent, the course details outlines that “fees for the Masters course in Year […]

Irish universities owed millions in unpaid charges

Irish universities are owed millions by students in unpaid fines and charges. According to a recent report in The Irish Times, the seven universities and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) are owed a total of €1.3 million in unpaid student charges as well €560,000 in unpaid library fines.     Despite being one of the […]

Students Against Fees formalise structure & plan future actions

At a meeting this evening, Students Against Fees outlined their plans for the near future and moved to a more formal structure. The meeting, titled “How we can win in our fight for free education”, was attended by around 20 students. It comes after the USI’s “Education Is” march on October 19th, which saw an […]

HEAD TO HEAD: Student Loans

For Student Loans ~ Rory O’Sullivan   “It’s popular in certain circles to say otherwise, but free university fees in a country like Ireland would be a terrible idea, just as they have been in Scotland.” There is a hole in the budget of every Irish university, and it’s growing; and while quality of service is […]

Students Against Fees holds its first public meeting of the academic year

Students Against Fees (SAF), a group founded to oppose student loans and fee increases, held its first public meeting of the academic year last night. Members discussed issues such as mobilising the student body and preparing for the planned march by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on October 19. The meeting was opened […]

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