What Irish unification means for students

  At first the debate over unification may seem too abstract to be of any real concern to students. This is far from the case. Irish unification relates to a number of student issues including fees, student debt and Erasmus. As a student from Northern Ireland I am only too aware of my stake in […]

Tackling the “insider culture” of the SU: Education candidate Alice MacPherson

Alice MacPherson is a Senior Sophister History and English student and is the candidate in the uncontested race for Education Officer of the SU.   In an interview with Trinity News, MacPherson expressed her surprise that four of six sabbatical positions including her own are to be uncontested. She said that “I think a massive part […]

€14m of education budget to tackle increasing numbers of third-level students

€14m of the government’s investment in third-level education announced in Budget 2017 will be allocated to dealing with the increasing numbers attending public-funded institutions. Minister for Education, Mr. Richard Bruton announced the breakdown of how the €36.5m allocated to third-level education will be invested yesterday.   Just €14m of the fund will be allocated to dealing with the […]

University heads support introduction of student loan scheme

Heads of Irish universities have expressed their support for the introduction of a student loan scheme to tackle the funding crisis in higher education at the Oireachtas Education Committee discussions yesterday,   However, representatives from Institutes of Technology (ITs) argued there should be no fees students in ordinary degree and higher certificate courses, known as […]

Budget: Government announces 36.5m increase in third level funding

The government has announced a €36.5 million increase for third level education funding. The increase was announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, during his budget speech earlier today. He called the increase the “first significant investment” in third-level education since the economic collapse. There was no indication of immediate plans to introduce a change in […]

Student loan firm enters Irish market following government report

A student loan firm, Future Finance, is set to enter the Irish market following the publication of a government report that proposes students secure loans to cover the cost of third level fees. The company hopes to have clearance by the Central Bank to begin offering the loans by 2017.   Future Finance CEO Brian […]

Students Against Fees Plans Expansion To Other Universities

“There was discussion over sending members of Students Against Fees to other universities to talk about how they had initially set up in Trinity to help those intending on setting up their own branch.”

Gilmore’s Book, Tim Cook, and student loans

Campus culture in Trinity has been captured by the corporate viewpoint

Students Against Fees group vote to bring motion to SU council opposing student loans and increased fees

It was agreed that the motion defeated at SU council two weeks ago was too narrow, in that it only pertained to student loans and didn’t address about fees

Issue of student loans to resurface after dissatisfaction over defeat of Ruane’s motion to oppose them at council

A second motion calling for the SU to oppose student loans is likely.

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