Author: Daniel Waugh

Modern Advances in Farming credited with the Growing Number of Students Applying for Agricultural Courses

Recent agricultural development has enhanced the appeal of farming to young people across Ireland, leading to rising CAO Applications in Agriculture and Horticulture courses. “There are 56 agricultural classes and courses in Ireland, offering a plethora of cutting-edge contemporary technology and approaches to modern farming in Ireland.” Union of Students in Ireland president Kevin Donoghue said, “Ireland’s agri-food sector is an economically thriving area which continues to grow, thanks to scientific developments which have hugely increased the appeal of farming as a profession and academic area.” In 2003, 1821 students applied for agriculture/horticulture courses. In 2004, 1632 applied, and in 2005, 1772 applied for the same courses. Ten years later, in 2013 2,690 students applied, in 2014 2,858 applied and in 2015 2,651 applied for agriculture/horticulture courses according to the CAO office. The agri-food sector in Ireland contributes a value of €24 billion to the national economy, generates 6.3% of gross value added, amounts to almost 10% of Ireland’s exports and provides 7.7% of national employment, according to Teagasc. “Modern advances have changed the mechanics of farming,” USI president Kevin Donoghue said “Such as new technologies to enhance data precision for and automation of grazing management, controlled timing of parturition in beef cattle, evaluating by-products for inclusion in ruminant and monogastric diets; and an advancement in fertiliser technologies for improved efficiency and reduced gaseous emissions. Irish farming is at...

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73% of Students say the cost of college causes them Anxiety or Stress

Before World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, the Union of Students in Ireland have released new survey results which show that 73.1% of students said the high cost of college causes them anxiety or stress. 95.3% of students think the cost of college is too high at €11,000 per year, and 72% of students are struggling financially to stay in college. “73% is an alarming percentage of students who are experiencing depression and anxiety because of the high cost of college.” USI president, Kevin Donoghue, said, “€ 11,000 a year for a college course or €33,000 –...

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USI Pre-budget briefing to focus on most vulnerable students

The Union of Students in Ireland will launch its pre-budget submission later today in Buswells Hotel,Dublin. The focus of the submission will be on the most vulnerable in third students level education. Speaking in advance of the launch, USI President Kevin Donoghue said: “Successive austerity budgets have had a severe impact on students and their families. This submission calls on the Government to reverse some of the more brutal cuts it has introduced in recent years” The submission calls for the Government to address a number of changes made to support systems including the re-introduction of post-graduate grants and an increase in the...

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USI’s Eat Well, Live Well Campaign Launch!

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) officially launched their healthy living campaign ‘Eat Well, Live Well’ in conjunction with SpunOut.ie on IT Sligo campus today to support students in their transition to college for the academic year. “When students arrive into college, they are faced with a tight budget as a result of a cut in the grant and an increase in transport, accommodation and education overall. We aim to support students through the Eat Well, Live Well campaign by highlighting that they can cook healthy meals and a small budget and with the utensils typically found in...

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