UCD Students’ Union has announced that the fee for resitting modules in UCD will be reduced to €180. The current cost of resitting a module is €230.
No cap of resit or repeat fees has been announced.
No reduction has been made to the cost of repeating an exam, that fee will remain at the current €230.
The move follows months of work by the Resit and Repeat Fee Committee which was set up as a subgroup of the University Management Team to review the cost of resitting modules and repeating exams.
In a statement today, UCDSU said:
“On Tuesday 17th April, at a meeting of the University Management Team, Education Officer negotiated, that in line with the above proposal, a reduction be made to the cost of a re-sit fee to €180 from the current cost of €230. We can now confirm that UCD agreed and have stated that they will reduce the cost of the re-sit fee for this coming academic year. Despite proactive attempts at negotiations with the University to reduce this, no reduction had been made in the past 10 years.”
“While we are happy to share this news with you today, we do not see this as the end. We will continue to be your voice. We will continue to push for education to be publicly funded. We will continue to advocate for further reduction in fees. We have shown University Management that despite the fact that Sabbatical Officers may change and students may come and go, the issues will not go away until they are addressed.”
In previous conversation with the University Observer, Education Officer Robert Sweeney had spoken of his frustration with the responses he had received during negotiations with senior University staff, saying some staff members had asked: “why can’t students just stop failing?”
In recent weeks, a group called ‘UCD Fair and Free’ was set up in UCD. The group is demanding the abolition of resit fees, and repeat fees.
Although the reduction in resit fees may not be what some students were hoping for, the move to reduce the cost is a positive step for university management, and may be the first step towards further reductions in coming years.