The Young Fine Gael Branch in University College Cork, who organised a major on campus campaign against the controversial UCC Conferring Fee has today welcomed the decision by UCC management to abolish the charge for this year.The campaign which involved the collection of over 3,000 signatures on campus, a march to the President’s office and a significant political lobbying drive by the society, aided students to voice their anger at the proposed levy.
UCC Young Fine Gael Chairperson Robert O’Sullivan stated” The way the college went about this fee was a disgrace; they have partially redeemed themselves by this announcement. This fee has been widely acknowledged as both unfair and unnessceary.
We welcome the college’s honesty in accepting that an error was made and acting upon it. We now hope the college will work with the various stakeholders involved with the conferring ceremonies in an attempt to reduce the cost involved this year and in future years and integrate these within existing registration and capitation fees charged by the college. The college is right to leave students graduating this year, exempt from any additional charge and we call for this to be the case in future years also”
The college has for once not taken the easy option and has listened to the reasoned voice of students and others who actively campaigned for this decision to be made. The students of UCC should be proud that they stood up and made their voice heard.
We would like to thank Senator Jerry Buttimer for his constant help and support in our campaign. As well as Deputy Brian Hayes, Deputy Simon Coveney, Deputy Deirde Clune and the various Fine Gael members of the governing body who helped to make this decision possible. We would especially like to thank the thousands of students who supported our campaign in so many different ways to make sure that UCC made the right decision for the future of the college and its students.