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# Students

Last week
17th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Students urged to seek €500 fee subsidy, as only one in four have applied
Those whose household income is between €62,000 and €100,000 can apply.
Last month
August 2023
UCC introduces therapy dog programme to combat stress for students
The programme, the first of its kind at an Irish university, will see trained service dogs support student wellbeing on campus.
Students canvass Dubliners to join the rent-a-room scheme in an attempt to increase bed supply
The scheme was criticised by the Union Of Students in Ireland as a “band-aid” to the accommodation shortage.
Landlord letting room by college campus asks students for 20 hours' childminding in lieu of rent
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris described the arrangement as ‘very unorthodox’.
ASTI head: 'Quite frankly, they're putting people in classrooms who aren't teachers'
As of 15 August, there were 484 unfilled vacancies for post-primary schools on educationposts.ie.
University of Galway Students' Union to propose reduction of exam repeat fees
Students at the University of Galway currently have to pay €295 to re-sit their exams.
This year
2023
Irish government to fund Erasmus places for students in Northern Ireland
As a result of Brexit, UK students lost access to the EU’s Erasmus+ programme from 2021.
Student accommodation to house thousands of refugees for second summer
Up to 5,000 empty student beds will be used to accommodate refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
Gardaí warn students not to become 'money mules': 'No bank account, no visa and you'll go to jail'
Gardaí said they have arrested around 100 money mules in the last year.
Plans for LC students to sit Paper 1 at end of fifth year to be deferred
The interim measure led to controversy with teachers’ unions and students.
Last year
2022
Government to part-fund 700 student beds to be let at reduced rates under new plans
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is proposing partially funding the construction of student accommodation for three colleges.
Black night for Harps but UCD's bid for survival goes on
Finn Harps lost 3-1 to UCD this evening.
Over €12 million was illegally transferred by 'money mules' in the first half of 2022
A money mule is a person who allows their bank account to be used for the transfer of another person’s stolen or illegal money.
FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?
Figures cited online range can vary by hundreds of thousands
Thousands of students stage walk-out from lectures in cost of living protest
The protest aims “to remind college authorities and politicians that students aren’t an endless money pit”.
French Embassy warns new arrivals of 'severe housing crisis' and 'sharp rent increases'
It’s warned of ‘sharp increase in rents, which are currently much more expensive than in Paris’.
Students that use private bus companies to have fares cut by 50%
The Young Adult Card and Student Leap Card fare initiative is being extended to the commercial bus sector.
'Significant intervention is needed': Coalition leaders to meet to discuss rising energy costs
Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan will bring a memo to Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting setting out a series of options.
Students warned about rental scams as accommodation crunch hits for new academic year
Over €290,000 has been stolen this year, gardaí said.
3,000 Ukrainians will have to leave student accommodation by the end of the month
Student beds are being provided by a number of universities as well as private providers.
College lecturers facing admin 'Groundhog Day' due to late release of Leaving Cert results
First year students in most colleges will be starting term several weeks late due to the late release of CAO offers.
Parents' group accuse Foley of 'kicking the ball down the road' on 2023 Leaving Cert
The CSSPA, which represents parents from over 340 schools, says students will be ‘hugely disadvantaged and unfairly treated’.
Nearly 80 students allege they were conned out of cash by international travel agency
Gardaí in Dublin are investigating.
Students blast travel company USIT over lengthy delays to J1 applications
Many of the company’s customers are still waiting for their visas, with their flight dates just weeks away.
Many students going on a J1 with travel company USIT are still waiting to receive their visa, with their flight dates just weeks away, reports Emer Moreau
They're unsure when they'll be able to travel to the US, and therefore can't secure accommodation or tell their employers when they can start working
Students pay USIT up to €1,100 to organise their trip, including setting up mandatory interviews at the US Embassy in Dublin and liaising with US-based companies who sponsor those on the J1 scheme
No date yet for promised cut to student contribution fee, Harris says
The Higher Education Minister said the Government is firmly against “unfair” student loans.
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
Students who get Blind Pension to be included in law amending means-testing for PhD scholarships
The law, first brought in last year, aims to remove a barrier for PhD students who are disabled.
Over 20% increase in applications for courses related to the environment, new CAO figures show
There was a significant drop in the number of people seeking to study midwifery in 2022.
Half of third-level students intervened in an incident of sexual violence or harassment - survey
Three in ten students said they did not feel well informed about intervening as a bystander.
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
Two teachers unions – the ASTI and the TUI – said speculation that State exams would not be held as usual was “unhelpful”.
All time
Ireland U21 striker Whelan named November's Player of the Month after netting 25 goals in 2021
The Kilkenny native helped the Students win promotion back to the top flight.
Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises
The CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network said there have been “high levels of compliance” among children wearing masks.
UCD survive scare to see off Treaty comeback and seal promotion play-off spot
The Students now face Bray Wanderers at a neutral venue in two weeks’ time.
Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister
Minister Simon Harris says there have been a number of cases in the UK that are concerning.
There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.
Taoiseach says Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan should withdraw comments on student housing
“I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was facile. I just didn’t understand the point he was making.”
Colleges around the country say that some students are having to rely on food banks to get by
“These students are doing their best, but they’re just not able to make ends meet.”
UCC Students' Union food bank ran out of food in 50 minutes on Wednesday.
Volunteers say demand has spiked in the face of rent hikes and other living costs.
Students' representatives say it's a result of third level education being underfunded by the Government, writes Céimin Burke.
Councils told that student beds must be for students unless there's a 'compelling' reason
There have been concerns about purpose-built student accommodation being used for other purposes.
Pop-up vaccination centres to open on college campuses
Paul Reid said that hospital numbers beginning to fall but intensive care numbers are rising.
Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.