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  • FOI Reveals IUA called HEA Bill 2022 “unworkable”, multiple universities dissent at “command and control” structure
    In response to an FOI request submitted by Students4Change alongside the Trinity Graduate Students’ Union 23 documents were provided. These are engagements of University Leaders, USI, IUA and others in relation to the HEA Bill 2022. Virtually the whole sector is discontent with this bill.
  • Powers of the Minister HEA Bill 2022 – Diagram
    Diagram showing that within universities, the HEA Bill 2022 is a power grab by bureaucracy over students and staff. Within the national scene, the HEA Bill 2022 is a power grab by the HEA over universities. We must oppose it.
  • Powers of the Minister HEA Bill 2022
    Within universities, the HEA Bill 2022 is a power grab by bureaucracy over students and staff. Within the national scene, the HEA Bill 2022 is a power grab by the HEA over universities. We must oppose it.
  • Statement on Minister Harris agreeing to increase student representation to 3 in the HEA Bill 2022
    This morning, Minister Harris confirmed that in the HEA Bill 2022, student representation will be increased from 2 to 3. while not the 2-4 that was ideally proposed, the student voice on governing bodies will be stronger than initially proposed. This is a win.
  • Myth vs Truth HEA Bill 2022
    In this post, we will debunk claims by the proponents of the HEA Bill 2022.
  • Students’ Union Autonomy and the HEA Bill 2022
    There is an email circulating with regards to Minister Harris’ reply to an amendment about student union autonomy to the HEA Bill 2022, which was rejected. It was sent to the Union of Students Ireland (USI) and this is an explainer post as to why his reply is not enough to protect student unions.
  • A Year of Student Activism – 2021-2022
    Together with Trinity GSU, TCDSU and others, we fought for the rights of student and staff. We managed to, for example, secure a better re-opening while advocating for hybrid learning, reveal investments in the war-industry, stop the structure on College Park and significantly reduce the amount of in-person exams.
  • Trinity College Dublin must immediately apologize over homophobia and racism
    Trinity College Dublin must immediately apologize over homophobia and racism, says our community.
  • Students and staff are under attack, and we must resist!
    Here is what it is like being a student or staff in an Irish university.
  • QS Rankings are Bullshit
    People go crazy over QS rankings. But they shouldn’t. Here is why.
  • Pints with S4C Part 1 – HEA Bill 2022
    We were in Doyle’s talking about HEA Bill 2022.
  • New Posters re. HEA Bill 2022
    We put these up in Trinity College Dubilin.
  • Who is against student representation? (HEA Bill 2022)
    At a meeting of the Joint Committee on Further Education, student unions through the USI proposed to amend the HEA Bill 2022 to allow 2 to 3 student representatives instead of 2 on governing bodies. It was voted down by government TDs. Which ones?
  • S4C Statement on 2.3% Fee Increase – Boycott the Student Partnership Agreement now!
    This is our “student partnership”. After the recent defeat of the same proposal through the work of TCDSU, GSU and S4C, they kept re-running the vote at Board until they knew opposition would die, or those who dissent would be absent, and their agenda would be pushed through. Disgraceful.
  • FOI Database
    Students4Change has obtained a variety of FOIs. We believe that open access to information leads to transparency, which means accountability, and accountability means a better-run University.
  • Raise Your Voice: Transform Higher Education In Ireland (HEA Bill 2022)
    The plan of the government for third-level education is abysmal. Firstly, there is no commitment to reducing the student fees. Secondly, the funding is less than half of what our universities need. Thirdly, the plan comes with strings attached through the HEA Bill 2022, which is essentially a government takeover to control academia.
  • Science Gallery – A Victim of Capitalism
  • Students Win Against 10% Fee Increase
    Fee increases will hurt the most vulnerable and presents a further barrier to accessing education.
  • Sign petition For Increased Mental Health Supports
    No student or staff should have to wait months to get help.
  • Students4Change Welcomes TCDSU’s Decision To Remove Apoliticism from the Constitution Following Lobbying
    We are very pleased to announce that the Union Forum of TCDSU has accepted a proposal written by our Chairperson László Molnárfi and LGBTQ+ Rights Officer of the union Jenny Maguire to modify the apolitical clause in the upcoming constitutional referendum. Clause 1.4. in the TCDSU’s Constitution is a bureaucratic barrier to represent students, especially […]
  • Statement to University of Sanctuary – Trinity’s 2.6 million euro investment into the arms-industry – 15th March 2022
    Trinity’s 2.6 million euro investments stand opposed to its values not just as a university, but also opposed to its status as a ‘University of Sanctuary’.
  • Statement – Lack of Supports for Students with Covid-19 (February 10th 2022)
    There is a lack of hybrid learning and supports for students with Covid-19 at Trinity.
  • Protest March 3rd 2022 for Proper Mental Health and Welfare Supports in Trinity
    Waiting lists average 40+ days for the Counselling and Health services in Trinity.
  • Subject Access Request Template for Students and Student Activists
    Is your University spying on you and your campaigning activities? Find out with a Subject Access Request (SAR) under Article 15 of GDPR.
  • TCDSU, GSU, USI and S4C Protests Closure of the Science Gallery
    TCDSU, GSU, USI and S4C protested the closure of the Science Gallery.
  • Trinity Breaks Promise of Hybrid Learning
    The fact that a working group comprised of all stakeholders approved a certain set of of guidelines which then seem to have been removed by the Provosts’ Office by a snap of a finger indicates deep-seated issues with governance. It is absolutely undemocratic and inconsequential to act in such a way. There was also no proper communication around the issue.
  • GSU-S4C Call To Action: Oppose the HEA Bill 2022
    The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has published a new bill detailing amendments to the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971 in January 2021[1]. The GSU and Students4Change are extremely concerned with the contents of this bill and what it entails for the future of third-level education in Ireland. The HEA Bill 2022 aims to alter the relationship between the state and third-level educational institutions. It amounts essentially to a government takeover of academia, and will result in a loss of student representation during a time when the country is in a difficult financial situation and in the midst of a mental health crisis.
  • FOI Reveals Minister Harris Discredited Student Voices during Exams
    An FOI request put forward by László Molnárfi, Chairperson of Students4Change and Gisèle Scanlon, President of the Graduate Students’ Union, on behalf of the #NoInPersonExams national campaign to Minister Harris’ Office has now been granted. The reason for the FOI request was to ascertain a timeline in which Minister Harris engaged with the 5,000 student […]
  • #NoInPersonExams Survey Results
    We are publishing the worrying results of our #NoInPersonExams survey, in which students from across the country participated. 86% said they felt pressured into not deferring. 57% said that they were financially affected, and 65% had to travel with public transport for their exams. 75% lived with someone at-risk, and 85%/98% said that there was no adequate social distancing in the exam hall / in the outside line. 71% of students have heard of others going into the exam hall despite being positive, and 57% of students have heard of others becoming positive following an exam. Find the general and per-University results in full at this link, including comments from students.
  • How to make an FOI request and expose the secrets of your Institution
    At Students4Change we aim to empower you with the tools to make change and effective activism. An FOI request allows you to request any data from any public body, even data considered confidential.
  • GSU-S4C Joint Statement on Schols
    It has come to our attention that the Schols Examinations will proceed on Monday January 10th, 2022 with no formal communication issued to students this week in relation to these exams. This lack of communication and engagement with the Schols secretary, Schols applicants and indeed student representatives raises deep concerns.
  • Schols Survey Results Favours Postponement or Postponement until Hybrid Exam
    When surveyed, candidate Scholars did not agree on an exclusively-online or exclusively in-person system as of 06/01/2022 17:17. From a sample of 53, no majority is for either online or in-person. 18.9% are for in-person and 28.3% are for online, the rest 52.8% for postponement. However, many students, upon seeing that there was no hybrid option in the form, have indicated to Students4Change that they are in favour of a hybrid system, as that is the most fair, and stressed the importance of mechanisms which ensure academic integrity.
  • Appointment of Trinity East Independent Monitor
    In response to queries about a possible conflict of interest, Aarecent FOI and research by Students4Change has revealed that that Mr. Andrew Grainger, independent monitor of Trinity East, spent up to 6 years as an external member of the Estates Policy Committee. A tender was put out, and a recruitement company called Adaptive HMV got […]
  • Old Library Redevelopment Steering Committee Not Consulted on Interim Exhibtion
    The OLRP Steering Committee was not consulted on the change of the location of the Interim Exhibition to College Park, a new FOI by Students4Change has found.
  • Students4Change Releases Big SUrvey results
    GDPR-sanitized, previously unseen results of the TCDSU’s Big SUrvey.
  • In Solidarity with the JCR
    All JCR events have been banned by College until further notice due to an event going awry out of no fault of the JCR.  Trinity Halls residents will be left without support during the holidays. 
  • From a University To A Business – The Exploitation of International Students
    While issues such as the housing crisis, sky-high tudent fees and underfunded College services affect all students, international students are especially hard-hit.
  • Students4Change Releases TCD Tenders
    A collection of tenders from Etender (Irish Government website) for the consideration of newspapers.
  • From a University To A Business – A History of Fees in Ireland
    Students4Change supports USI’s F*ck the Fees Protest.
  • Students4Change and GSU Launches Campaign for Open-Book Exams
    Here are the templates to email the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to ask them to reconsider in-person exams for Semester 1 and to instead opt for open-book, flexible time constraint and keyboard-mediate exams. Students, professors, everyone is encouraged to join!
  • Press Release 17/11/2021 Sent to Heads of Schools, Directors of Learning (TCD)
    We sent our press release to Trinity’s Heads of Schools and Directors of Learning.
  • Students4Change and GSU Joint Press Release to Protect Students During Exams
    As we approach exams, Students4Change (S4C) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) would like to share their utmost concern relating to the sudden return to in-person exams in the RDS for some students, and the overall plan for assessment in Semester 1. 
  • Results of Inclusivity Survey
    Results of our inclusivity research reveals that College has a long way to go in making our institution an accessible and inclusive place
  • Education Tips and Tricks
    As assesments intensify, we’ve compiled some wisdom for students to use to make College life and learning easier. This includes info on how to access paywalled newspapers and academic articles, get your course books for free, easy citations, ease eye strains, submit formal complaints, speed up BlackBoard and other platform videos amd more.
  • College Knew For Months, But Did not Consult Sports Clubs for Interim Exhibiton
    According to documents from College Board’s meeting on the 19th of May 2021, two possible locations to temporarily house the Book of Kells interim exhibition were approved Library Square and New Square. However, between June and August of 2021, the Bursar, Chief Operating Officer of the Corporate Service Division and Estates & Facilities of Trinity College Dublin engaged with Dublin City Council (DCC), who allegedly deemed these two locations unsuitable, and proposed the location of College Park instead. To date, no paperwork or correspondence surrounding this decision has been made available for scrutiny.
  • Lobbying Does Not Work Without Collective Action
    Lobbying needs collective action.
  • Sign Exhibition Pavillion and Science Gallery Petition
    Save College Park and the Science Gallery.
  • Statement on 8.9 of Conditions of Occupancy College Residences 2021 – 2022 (Update: Email to SU and Animal Welfare)
    . . . We believe that College should amend its policy on animals in Trinity-owned accommodation to be more accessible and inclusive to students with psychological disabilities requiring emotional support animals as companions to support their mental health. . College policy currently states that no animal or pet may be housed in residences without permission […]
  • Info on McGrath Group / Randalswood Construction
    These two groups were involved in the violent eviction attempt on the 27th of October against Sunnyvale residents.
  • Why does College send out so many surveys, but nothing ever changes?
    Learn more about the corporatization of Colleges.
  • Oppose Sports, Protect Exhibition Pavilion
    Proposed location of Exhibition Pavilion will see on-campus sports, mental health and wellbeing severely impacted.
  • Press Release GSU and S4C – Protest 16th October
    As we approach reading week, Trinity College Dublin’s constant disregard for our needs continues to decimate our community. Our mental health and the impact of an uncertain and compromised educational experience again this year sees many of our community struggle. The time has come for action, the time has come for us to demand a partial refund.  
  • Protest Called for 16th of October
    Due to Trinity College Dublin’s continued disregard for our mental health and the educational experience that we paid for, Students 4 Change (S4C) alongside the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) are organizing a joint Undergraduate-Postgraduate protest on the 16th of October.
  • Trinity’s Reckless Spending
    Is it a lack of money, or a lack of political will and institutional limitations? We need to agitate, engage in direct action and force their hands!
  • Mission Statement and Guiding Principles
    Students 4 Change, is an independent, open-forum, democratic alliance of students from Ireland. We are Marxists and Anarchists, but we operate on the principles of the United Front, which means that a wide variety of left-leaning students and organizations take part in our actions.
  • Students 4 Change Releases Plan to Make Trinity Divest from the War-Industry and Cut Ties with Declan Ganley
    We propose, if our College does not take further steps by the end of Semester 1 towards ethical investment and ethically-sourced research, that we at Students 4 Change formally challenge our institution’s status as a ‘University of Sanctuary’.
  • Trinity Accommodation Rent Hike of 2.3%
    The news is shocking, that after 1.5 years of online, stuck-at-home education and the financial, mental-health difficulties associated with it, College still treats students like cash cows.
  • Trinity’s Links with Declan Ganley and the Far-Right are Morally Reprehensible
    If Trinity wants to adhere to its mission statement to promote a campus culture of ‘dedication to societal reform’, it should be more careful of where it gets its funding.
  • Responsibility of the Provost’s Office in Re-Timetabling (TCD)
    Trinity’s Provost’s Office holds a big responsabiltiy for re-timetabling. We must not let them shirk their role and hide behind the Heads of Schools in the mess that was TCD’s re-opening plan.
  • Recording – Town Hall 1st October 2021
    Take a look at the recording of our Town Hall here.
  • RDS Exams in Semester 1
    Open letter to Provost Linda Doyle about Semester 1 exams.
  • Agenda – Launch and Town Hall on 1st of October 2021
    Click here for the agenda.
  • Launch and Town Hall on 1st October 2021
    We are launching our organization officially and calling a Town Hall to discuss the next steps forward for our movement and to share our systemic analysis of College.
  • Corporatization is a Capitalist Assault on Universities
    The corporatization of universities is inextricably linked with neoliberalism. László Molnárfi discusses.
  • List of Demands – Protest 22nd of September 2021
    This list of demands was written collectively by Students 4 Change, TCDRU, TCD F2F and the feedback of students. It also incorporates the demands of TCDSU as listed in their press release on the 14th of September and that of the postgraduate demands as outlined in the GSU press release on the 19th of September. 
  • Statement on Recent Events and the Way Forward for 2021-2022
    The way forward is to force the hands of institutions and of the ruling classes – after having exhausted all other means – through direct action (e.g. sit-ins, strikes, occupations, etc.). We need to make some noise and organize, and all organizations need to take part in this united front.
  • In-Person Lectures or Refunds!
    The new government policy for the re-opening of third-level education is disappointing. It is about time that we demand either a proper University experience or refunds like students in the U.K did (see e.g. UCL, UoM rent strikes, occupations and other direct action in addition to legal action).
  • TCD’s Investments in the Arms Industry Amounts to 2,6 Million Euros
    Trinity College Dublin has 2,6+ million euros invested in the arms industry. For example, it has 721,473 € invested in LockHeed Martin, a company whose handheld weapons and fighter jets have been used by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians. Through the ceaseless self-expansion of capital, capitalism has made us complicit in conflict over resources, imperialist wars and colonial oppression.
  • Example of applying dialectical materialism on a local level, to the TCDSU
    The philosophical aspects of Marxism are often overshadowed by its social, political and economic aspects. However, I’ve recently discovered the joys of dialectical reasoning and I would like to share an example of how we can use it in everyday politics, such as in deciding student union policy.
  • Why is your student accommodation so f*cking expensive?
    This investigation blows the lid on the unfair, corrupt and evil practices of giant multinational corporations and rich real estate investors. Revelations vis-à-vis student accommodation developers and managers include […]
  • Town Hall: USI and TCDSU Joint Student Accommodation Bill
    Recently, the USI held a Town Hall event with students and representatives of Sinn Fein, People Before Profit, Labour and Fianna Fail. The Greens and Fianna Gail did not show. The #EducationForAll campaign demands an end to tuition fees, publicly-funded student accommodation coupled with a tenant’s bill of rights and better working conditions for academic staff.
  • TCDSU Discussion Item on the Disqualification of Dr. Sarah Alyn-Stacey from the Provost Elections
    Following news of the disqualification of renowned academic Dr. Sarah Alyn-Stacey from the Provost elections and its aftermath involving a plethora of reactions critical thereof from students and academics alike (see. Open letter of postgraduates, pro-chancellor Sean Barrett, the recent change.org survey and IFUT), this discussion item is submitted in order to discuss the possibility […]