“Justice for Hamza”: Intervention for UCC Student

by Samantha Calthrop   On Tuesday 14th January, UCC staff and students gathered at the quad in solidarity with UCC student Hamza Khan— who, along with his parents, three brothers and sister, was issued a deportation order after having spent three years in Ireland’s Direct Provision system. The Khans’ deportation order was revoked through intervention…

General election called for February 8th

by Samantha Calthrop   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that a general election will be held on Saturday February 8th. It takes place four years after the 2016 General Election, which elected the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil alliance that currently heads the Dáil.   This is the first election since 1918 to be held on a…

BT Scholarship Extended

Writes Samantha Calthrop   Just before the 56th BT Young Scientists Exhibition, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) announced two additional scholarships to be available to winners. Since 2015, entrance scholarships to seven NUI universities have been awarded to winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, with over 40 students having received the awards…

RIC Farce and Stormont Success Highlight Contemporary Divisions

Writes Ciaran Dineen It took just 10 days into 2020 for two incredibly significant moments to occur on the green fields of this Island, reminding us all that we are far from ‘united’. Plans for a controversial commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were deferred by the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, following a…

USI Launch Mental Health Helpline

Writes Samantha Calthrop Mental health in students is an increasing problem, with growing pressure on counselling services at universities. That is according to the USI National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education, which surveyed over 3000 students, found that 33% of participants had been diagnosed with a mental health problem, 70% of…

UCCSU Claim Huge Victory As Capitation Increase Reversed

UCC’s Students’ Union (UCCSU) have successfully reversed a €200 increase in the student capitation fee, reducing the cost to €170 for all incoming students. The increase was announced in June 2019, inciting protest from the Students’ Union, who staged a sit-in protest in the following days; following the increase being implemented, the UCCSU began negotiations…