University governing body commits to reassessing decision
Fine Gael Cork South Central Senator, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the decision by UCC to reassess the introduction of a 65 graduation fee for students and called on the University to make the right move and reverse the decision once and for all.
“The fact that the University’s governing body has committed to reassessing this decision is to be welcomed and is testament to the hard work of YFG and the students of UCC.”
“Students are finding it increasingly difficult to manage financially these days and the decision to reassess this move, which will see any student who does not pay the graduation fee having to graduate “in absentia”, is a welcome one.
The imposition of this additional fee would be grossly unfair and will put even more pressure on struggling students.”
“I am delighted that the University has committed to reassessing this decision. The role played by YFG in advancing this position, by holding protests, urging students to email the University President and to sign up to the online petition, has been extremely significant.”
“The issue of third level funding must be dealt with by the Government so that third level institutions are not forced into rash and reckless decisions such as this. Fine Gael has set out a strategy to do just that in our “Third Way” document. I suggest Fianna Fáil and the Greens take a long hard look at it and again, I commend all involved in this campaign for their hard work and dedication and implore the University to reverse the decision once and for all.”