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UCD votes to disaffiliate from USI while NUIM remains

March 6, 2013

University College Dublin students have decided to split from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) with a 63% majority from 2700 votes. The university now has one year to notify USI of its intentions

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Ballyfermot students petition for grants

March 6, 2013

Almost 1,000  people have signed a petition aimed at getting level 8 degree courses in Ballyfermot College recognized by the Irish grant system. Ballyfermot’s BA in Media Production Management is awarded through DCU and so

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Over 3,000 students await grant decision

March 6, 2013

More than 3,000 students are still waiting for their grant application to be processed by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). With less than three months left before the end of the academic year, the centralised

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Chicago J1 on the verge of failing

March 6, 2013

Irish students are being warned to act more responsibly on J1 working summer holidays after a well-known advocate of the programme raised concerns about its future following several instances of anti-social behaviour among students in

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Farmers may be means tested for student grant

February 20, 2013

Farm and business assets may be included in means testing for the student grant. Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has put forward proposals that would change the way students from farming backgrounds or those with

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UCD egg throwers avoid expulsion

February 20, 2013

Three students who attempted to egg Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his visit to UCD have avoided expulsion from the college. Suzanne Lee (23), from Belfast, Ben McCormack (24), from Chichester, England and Aidan Rowe (22), from

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UL to offer over €80k in annual scholarships

February 20, 2013

University of Limerick has announced that it will offer another €88,000 worth of scholarships to high performing students who will begin their studies in the 2013/14 academic year. The scheme will award scholarships of €2,000

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Trinity’s University Times apologises to Iona Institute

February 20, 2013

The University Times has apologised to the founder of the Iona Institute, David Quinn in relation to defamatory remarks printed in articles in the paper last month. The Trinity student newspaper had been threatened with legal

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New EU university ranking system launched by Ireland

February 6, 2013

Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn has launched a new EU university ranking system as part of Ireland’s presidency of the EU. U-Multirank will judge approximately 500 universities around the EU with the first results expected

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USI launch Don’t be that Guy campaign

February 6, 2013

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have launched the “Don’t be that Guy” campaign, a sexual assault awareness campaign targeting potential offenders. The campaign uses strong images with the taglines “It’s not sex when

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USI and Drinkaware launch toolkit for RAG weeks

February 6, 2013

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and Drinkaware.ie have launched an Alcohol Awareness Toolkit for Students’ Union officers as RAG Week approaches for many colleges around the country. The guide offers advice and resources for communicating

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Trinity College to offer alternative to points race

February 6, 2013

Trinity College Dublin is launching a new admissions policy, with less reliance on CAO points for students who wish to apply. Under the new scheme, which will be brought in in September 2014, students will

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Quinn increases Student Assistant Fund by €3 million

February 6, 2013

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn recently announced the allocation of an extra €3 million to the Student Assistant Fund, which is available to students suffering from financial difficulty. The injection will bring the

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UCC pays $1 million for Great Book of Ireland

February 6, 2013

University College Cork has paid $1 million (€752,000) to acquire the Great Book of Ireland. The book was scripted in Dublin between 1989 and 1991. It contains the handwritten work of nine composers, 121 artists

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New enterprise course aims to tackle youth unemployment

February 6, 2013

A new Dublin-based programme aims to help young people beat unemployment and start their own enterprises. Occupation Transformation, an 18-week, FETAC-accredited course, is being run in conjunction with non-profit organisation PARTAS. Chief Executive of PARTAS,

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UCD to abolish passing by compensation

February 6, 2013

University College Dublin plans to end the practice of students passing modules by compensation from September 2013. At present, UCD students who fail a module with an E grade but have achieved an overall grade

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NUI Maynooth involved in Cancer research breakthrough

December 12, 2012

Researchers in NUI Maynooth’s biology department have joined forces with the University of Chicago in producing breakthrough research in the search for a cancer cure. Dr Gary Jones and Dr Naushaba Hasin of NUIM’s Yeast

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Experts claim Ireland can only have one leading university

November 28, 2012

A report published by a leading group of international experts claims Ireland is not capable of withstanding more than one leading university. The ranking of Irish Universities has continued to decline over the last number

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SUSI grant system a “complete shambles”

November 28, 2012

Over 45,000 students are still waiting for their grants to be processed by the new centralised student grant authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Ten weeks into the college term, only 16% of students who

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Minister Burton addresses grant delay problems

November 28, 2012

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton told DCU students the grant application system should be open earlier to avoid delays in grant payments to students. The Minister addressed a branch meeting of Labour DCU last