UCD Students’ Union are calling for students to protest cuts to third level education and join the USI organized demo for more third level funding on Wednesday October 19th.
The national demonstration for increased third level funding is on Wednesday 19th October will start at the Garden of Remembrance at 1pm.
We will be updating this page with info on buses to take from campus and where to get placards and Tshirts for the demo.
So far nationwide cutbacks have seen a loss of 2000 staffing positions in universities and colleges across Ireland. Over the last 8 years, there has been a 38% fall in state grants for third level education and in UCD this shortfall in Exchequer resources has meant a number of difficult budget decisions.
The UCD Library Service, as pointed out by the College Tribune, has seen staff numbers drop by 36% in the 8 year period 2007 - 2015.
Reductions in state funding have also resulted in deteriorating student:staff ratios, reduction in smaller tutorial groups, less one-on-one contact, project work, feedback and less time to accommodate diverse learning styles. Problems are equally stark on the student services side with cuts to central support services such as guidance and counselling despite an increase in demand of 300% for those services over the same time period.
Citing the Students’ Union pre-budget submission (attached) , UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi issued the following statement:
“Recent data published by the Higher Education Authority paints a picture of falling staff numbers, rising student numbers and significant shortfalls in exchequer funding. This has direct effects in UCD on student services like the Library, the Access Centre and the Student Counselling Service. We need to reverse the trend and the only way that can happen is if we call for more money from Government.”.