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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C


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# out the gap
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”.
# Leaving Cert
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.
All time
# spiked
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.
# food banks
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.
# Covid-19
Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign
The USI aims to make sure students stay up to date with public health guidelines.
# student housing
DCU accommodation plans postponed indefinitely due to financial strain caused by Covid-19
The accommodation blocks were scheduled to begin construction in August.
# Education
Third-level students are suffering from extreme anxiety and depression, study shows
Those without stable student accommodation were likely to suffer from anxiety (50.0%) and depression (77.8%).
# Student Accommodation
Students should be 'vigilant' in the search for accommodation, student unions warn
Thousands of students are now on the hunt for accommodation.
# Eighth Amendment
Tens of thousands of young people could miss deadline to register to vote
Some 27,000 students have registered in recent months.
# videodoc
374,000 students get access to free online GP consultations
The USI has said the move will help students who are struggling financially.
# Education
Poll: Do you agree with a loan system for students to pay fees?
Students are worried that a new loan system would be unsustainable and lead to higher fees.
# Housing Crisis
Proposal for floating student accommodation met with cautious optimism by USI
Two barges could house up to 400 students in Galway.
# drop outs
'It's not just getting your foot in the door': Over 6,000 third-level students don't make it to 2nd year
While the majority make it to their second year, a sizeable portion of students do not.
A St Pat's lecturer brought her students to Tesco today to teach them about the strike
Workers at Tesco Drumcondra have been striking since Friday.
# send silence packing
On a busy campus, an empty bag for every young life lost by suicide
A new campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of suicide.
# Protest
"We cannot take this anymore" - Thousands of students take to the streets of Dublin
Students are objecting to any consideration of the introduction of a student loan scheme in Ireland.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Do Irish students really pay some of the highest fees in the world?
As tens of thousands await CAO offers, FactCheck examines how the financial burden awaiting them compares with students in other countries.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be happy for a student to rent your spare room?
Given the scale of the rental crisis being seen in Ireland, USI is requesting that people make their homes available to students.
# august rush
People asked to rent spare rooms to students as accommodation crisis continues
Tens of thousands of students are looking for accommodation, with the new academic year just around the corner.
# Red C
Some landlords are demanding tenancy deposits of three months up front
A survey has also shown that 60% of people have had problems getting their deposit returned.
# For Rent
It's a nightmare to find students digs, so the government is hiring someone to help
An allocation of €49,000 has been given for a new student accommodation officer.
# Repeat of history
Students will face accommodation nightmare again this September
Student unions across the country are wondering how they will house students when the new term begins.
# Place your bets
College students tell stories of gambling their rent money and losing at Cheltenham
Student Unions are warning about an increase in problem gambling.
# it's on
Garda stations were jammed with students registering to vote yesterday
Eligible voters have less than a week left to sign up.
# say something
One in 12 female students are victims of rape or attempted rape
The USI is launching an awareness campaign after a survey documented the unwanted sexual experiences of college students in Ireland.
# Money Money Money
20,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed
…but most of them haven’t submitted all the necessary documentation.
# ask consent
"You asked her if she wanted to have sex, right?": A stark message for students
This comes as part of a joint initiative launched by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
We're facing the prospect of students turning down college places because they can't afford to survive
The student accommodation crisis is a barrier to education, and it needs action now, says USI president Kevin Donoghue.
# Watch this space
Could these be our future politicians? Meet the fresh young faces of Irish student politics
These are the most powerful students in the country right now.
# the summer search
'A frenzy of panic': Advice for students looking for accommodation
The USI has called on people to take in lodgers as a lack of suitable housing remains an issue.
# university challenges
'No ifs, no buts, no education cuts' - thousands of students march on Leinster House
Student leaders will meet the Education Minister tomorrow…after they’ve dried off.
# making amends
USI calls on students who destroyed San Francisco apartment to pay up
Irish students trashed the property – breaking walls, doors and light fixtures.
# scammers
Scammers target Irish students desperate for somewhere to live
Deposits are being paid to fraudsters for non-existent properties.
Sadness at death of student travel pioneer
Ever go on a J1? You have Gordon Colleary, co-founder of Magill magazine, to thank for that.
# Social Issues
Union of Students want to talk to politicians today
USI are hosting a social lobby of the Oireachtas.
# Money Money Money
USI says 'internship culture' to blame for low graduate wages
Union president Joe O’Connor said that schemes such as JobBridge had led to “a very, very employer friendly market”.
# dangerous mix
Gardaí seize 'Captain America' LSD after students warned of drug cocktail
The drugs are in paper-based form and were found in a house in Blackrock in Dublin
Body of student Steven Kavanagh recovered from Shannon
The LIT Students’ Union Vice-President had been missing since 6 March.
# Prime Numbers
Villagers, Mein Kampf, and swine flu: The week in numbers
Plus: How much did Irish politicians disclose in donations for last year?
One student's vote decided if this Dublin college would rejoin USI
Dublin City University’s third referendum in four years on membership of the Union of Students in Ireland was passed.