“An effectively militant student movement will approach the struggle against fees in the broader context of discrimination against young people”
“Education is not a private commodity but a social good”
Since the introduction of the student contribution charge in 2009, annual student fees have increased by 333% to €3,000. This pales in comparison to the meteoric increase witnessed since 2001, …
Institutes of Technology said the scheme may be suitable for honours degree courses
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 …
Stacey Wrenn discusses the revival of student activism following the proposal of income-contingent student loans
On the 3 November 2010, almost 40,000 students marched from Parnell Square to the Government Buildings on Merrion Street in what The Irish Times described as “the largest student protest for a generation”. It was organised by the Union of …
10,000 have signed an online petition but USI and TCDSU Presidents want more to attend Wednesday’s march
This week Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other Irish university groups are marching for increased higher education funding and student rights.
Several events are being held in the lead up to …
Future Finance enters market as report proposed student loans to cover college fees
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 …
While parties such as the Social Democrats are relying on Ireland’s young demographic to challenge government powers, Fine Gael was the most popular party among Trinity students, according to a recent poll.
Social Democrats candidates have warned traditional parties to “beware the young vote” at yesterday’s launch of their youth manifesto.
Rises to the student contribution charge, despite the Labour party’s 2011 manifesto commitment to keeping it at the original rate of …
“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.”
A meeting was held yesterday evening regarding the issue of incoming student loans and fee increases, which was attended by members of the Students Against Fees group, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), as well as students from …
The newly installed minister for education, Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan, today ducked the chance to lay out a vision for the future funding of third-level education in Ireland.
In a speech this afternoon at an Irish Universities Association (IUA) symposium, the …
Trinity’s Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, has recommended that last week’s approved increases in student charges and levies be postponed until consultation with student representatives next September. The Provost also stated that he regrets not having consulted students on the original …