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1128 UCD STUDENTS CALL ON UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR FEES

Press Statement 


Monday, 25 May 2020


1128 UCD STUDENTS CALL ON UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR FEES


Over 1,100 UCD students have signed a petition, calling on the University to provide compensation for the hefty fees they have paid, due to the disruptions caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. 


82.5% of respondents are international / EU students, who have paid up to €37,000 for one year’s tuition. 


Over 150 students wrote directly to the university to request compensation and none has been granted. 


Conor Anderson, Graduate Officer, UCD Students’ Union said;


‘The University really needs to address the concerns these students are expressing. To pay upwards of €30,000 for an educational experience that includes library access, lab access, and practicals, only to be told that, actually, it's all going to be online learning for the rest of your degree, is a shock. Students understand that this is an unprecedented situation but no one in the world would pay that much for an online course, and no university would charge it. So we need to talk about compensation.’


Aaditya Shah, UCD International Student said;


‘As an international student, studying in UCD, my degree has been totally uprooted since UCD closed it’s campus and I returned to India. There is a major change in the teaching patterns since then, moving from in-class learning to distance learning. I am living in a different timezone and I have limited access to resources like high speed connectivity, access to hard copy of books from the library, meeting facilities to brainstorm on group tasks. 


I started the petition because the quality of the education student’s were receiving was not what we signed up for. Many of the international students have taken out loans to pay the hefty fees that UCD charges and are still paying rent in Dublin. Considering the lesser quality of education we are receiving, we are asking UCD to provide compensation for this.’ 


View and sign the petition here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTD6EY-niWWJHAcrE4Zr4JyOHkHQsOcHg2DsYfSTF8GvW2UQ/viewform



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