Author: Daniel Waugh

87% of students fear having to drop out of college because of cost of education

  87% of students fear having to drop out of college because of cost of education, according to new research released today by the Union of Students in Ireland who had more than 870 responses to a national survey of students. 74.3% of students have thought about dropping out because of the cost of education and 75.4% have worked leading up to and/ or during exams.   When asked ‘have you missed lectures because of work?’ 63% answered ‘yes’, while 67.3% said their work negatively affected their academic success. 61.6% said they had worked to the point of burnout to pay for college. USI said the registration fee of €3,000, which is already the second highest in Europe, should be reduced to make college affordable for every young person who wants to progress to third level education, and to make funding college less stressful.   “It’s extremely worrying that so many students are working to the point of burnout, during exams and missing lectures to pay for college.” Kevin Donoghue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, said. “The cost of education is pushing students to breaking point. It’s unaffordable and the compromises so many students have to make to stay in college, such as working to the point of burnout, ironically restrict their academic success.”   USI stressed that the dropout rate and the rate of students...

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NUS-USI and USI join forces to encourage students to vote #Bremain in Brexit referendum

  NUS-USI (the National Union of Students in Northern Ireland) and USI (the Union of Students in Ireland) have joined forces to back the #Bremain campaign, as the Brexit referendum approaches on the 23rd June, emphasising that a vote to leave Europe will have a negative effect on students, new graduates and young people. NUS-USI and USI said if Britain votes to leave the EU, it could take years to broker new trade agreements between the UK and the EU, and will cause years of uncertainty for British and Irish trade, which will have a knock-on effect for employment and enterprise prospects for young people. NUS-USI and USI said that new border controls between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland could potentially damage years of progress in peace, economic and social relations between Ireland and the UK. “The European Union has consistently helped to shape a more stable, cohesive and prosperous society in Northern Ireland.” Fergal McFerran, NUS-USI President, said. “When students and young people go to the polls on Thursday I urge them to do so reflecting on the vast array of opportunities that our membership of the EU secures – not just for our generation, but for generations to come too.” USI President, Kevin Donoghue, urged anyone with a vote in Britain to vote to stay in Europe. He said a vote to leave the UK...

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The Union of Students in Ireland said Brexit will negatively affect New Graduates

    The Union of Students in Ireland has said if Britain votes to leave the EU it will negatively affect new graduates and the Irish who recently emigrated to Britain. One in twelve Irish graduates emigrate to the UK for work and USI said while there will be pros and cons to Brexit for Ireland, there will be more negatives. Ibec, the lobby group for Irish businesses, said a Brexit vote will cause years of uncertainty between Irish and UK enterprise while a new deal between Britain and the EU is being brokered. In January, Taoiseach Enda Kenny...

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HIV diagnosis increased by 30% last year according to new figures released by HPSC

The Union of Students in Ireland are teaming up with Operation Zero tomorrow, the 15th June at 9am on Irish AIDS Days at HIV Ireland, 70 Eccles Street with the message ‘no shame, no judgment, just support!’ to encourage students to get tested, as new figures from Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a 30% increase in HIV in Ireland.   There were 491 new HIV diagnosis notified during 2015 – an increase of 30% compared to 2014. Among those 491, 49.7% were men who have had sex with men, 23.8% were heterosexual, 9.2% were people who inject drugs, and 0.8%...

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58% of Students Miss Meals to Stay in College!

  58.1% of students miss meals to stay in college, according to new research released today by the Union of Students in Ireland who had more than 870 responses to a national survey of students. More than a third (38.7%) of students said they go hungry to fund or stay in college while 34.2% said they go without heat. A further 25.4% said they go to their Students’ Union, Saint Vincent de Paul or a food bank for food.   The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised recent suggestions to increase the registration fee by more than...

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