Author: Daniel Waugh

New Loans Scheme Proposals Will Disproportionately Affect Those from Rural and Agricultural Backgrounds

The new proposed loan scheme will disproportionately affect those from rural and agricultural backgrounds, according to the Union of Students in Ireland and the Irish Farmers Association, who met last Friday. Kevin Donoghue, USI President Commenting on the proposals Kevin Donoghue, USI president said, “Any implementation of the new proposed loan scheme for students would disproportionately affect those from rural and agricultural backgrounds, deter them from applying to college, and widen the gap between urban and rural opportunities. People from rural backgrounds are more likely to be on 3rd level grants and so are more likely to be affected...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises Queen’s for Reaching Fossil Free Agreement

The Union of Students in Ireland praised Fossil Free QUB for reaching an agreement with Queens University and securing a review of policy changes. Students who have been occupying part of Queen’s University Belfast’s administration building, calling for the university to sell shares it holds in fossil fuel firms, have agreed to end their sit-in after they reached an agreement with the university. A joint statement by the university and Queen’s Students’ Union said ‘Fossil Free QUB’ had agreed to the move after a “constructive meeting” with senior management when Queen’s University said they would undertake a comprehensive review...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises QUBSU’s Fossil Free Protest and Urges other Colleges to Do the Same

Students Protesting outside the Queens University Belfast The Union of Students in Ireland praised Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) and said they stand in solidarity with their Fossil Free campaign, which calls on the University to divest from fossil fuels. Students went into occupation phase with a sit-in protest for the past 5 days in the Finance Office of the administration building in Queen’s. Queen’s University have at least £5.5 million invested in the fossil fuel industry. “What QUBSU are doing with their Fossil Free campaign is admirable.” Union of Students in Ireland President, Kevin Donoghue, said “They’re...

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Union of Students in Ireland Criticises New Draft Report of Student Loan System

The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the new proposed loan scheme for students. It said it is unreasonable and will deter students from applying to college. Irish college fees are already the second highest in Europe. College graduates could face loan repayments in the region of €25 a week over a 15-year period under major reforms to third-level funding proposed in a Government-commissioned report.                  Kevin Donoghue,  USI president A draft report recommends the introduction of a new income-contingent loan system for graduates, increased maintenance grants for students from low income families and a greater contribution from both the State and employers. The findings are contained in a confidential 70-page draft report entitled Funding Irish Higher Education: A Virtuous Circle of Investment, Quality and Verification. USI said that an already broken loan system will only further fracture the structure of the Irish education system. “This would represent a real increase of €7,500 in fees for third level. It is unreasonable to think an increase in the current fee levels should be part of addressing third level funding. We need to look at the stakeholders who aren’t making the contribution they should be.” Kevin Donoghue, Union of Students in Ireland President, said, “Irish college fees are already the second highest in Europe. In supposed times of recovery, 30,000 people have already emigrated from Ireland this year alone. The...

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USI Stands in Solidarity with Ibrahim Halawa

Today is Human Rights Day. USI is fully supporting Amnesty International and standing in solidarity with Ibrahim Halawa. Please join us today and assemble outside the Amnesty International offices on Fleet Street in Temple Bar at 5:30pm and add your voice to the call for Ibrahim’s immediate and unconditional release. Tomorrow, on the 11th December, two days before Ibrahim’s 20th birthday (he was 17 when he was first imprisoned), USI will be running a ‪#‎FreeIbrahim‬ campaign in campuses across Ireland. Please take a picture of yourself with a ‘Happy Birthday Ibrahim’ postcard, share it on social media, sign it,...

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