Lets Talk about Fees PGs - Round 1
Trinity's Graduate Students' Union called a Town Hall meeting in November to discuss the decision of the College Finance Committee to increase fees by 5% for all Postgraduate students next year, including both new and continuing students.
A number of pertinent individuals and organisations were invited to this Town Hall in which a number of matters were discussed, including:
1. The impact of increasing fees on individuals who wish to pursue higher degrees which can have a long-term impact on diversity in HEIs;
2. The impact of a 5% increase on TCD PG students curently enrolled on programmes, including PhD students and the impact such a measure might have on internal and national objectives;
3. The current situation facing Universities in that for funded students, the contribution towards fees does not meet the total cost associated with higher degree programmes;
4. Ways to ensure that income from fees benefits the students paying these fees more directly here in TCD and in HEIs in general;
5. The disproportionate impact of increasing fees for students pursuing a PhD in AHSS fields where there is significantly less funding available in the context of graduate education being constantly shifted to direct monetary gain.
The event received a significant amount of media attention, including pieces by the College Media outlets and the Irish Times.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) also spoke out against the fee increases - See Release Here:
Let's Talk About Fees PGs - Round 2
On Tuesday 23rd January, the GSU will be hosting the second Town Hall regarding the PG fees increase.
At the last Town Hall meeting, there was a call for more transparency, questions over other revenue generating policies and the significant impact on multi-year students.
Senior College Officers will be present to answer queries from students and staff alike regarding the Finance Committee decision to increase fees by 5% this coming year.
Join us in the MacNeill Theatre, Hamilton Building where the College's Chief Financial Officer, TCD's Chief Operating Officer and the Dean of Graduate Studies will speak to this matter and take questions from those in attendance.
This event is open for anyone to attend. In order to gage numbers, please complete the eventbrite link here!