Student accommodation must not be exempted from Rent Pressure Zone controls – McAuliffe

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe has called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to bring all student accommodation in under the Government’s Rent Pressure Zone regulations and for the Residential Tenancies Board to extend its protections to all student renters …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 31 March]

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Striking, social media, and building a better university

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“During the past term, I was on strike for fourteen days and I’m now on ‘action short of a strike’ and, like my colleagues up and down the UK, I’m waiting to vote in a consultative e-ballot next week that may determine whether we reach a settlement with the employers and go back to work. But this post isn’t about the rights and wrongs of the dispute, it is about what it has felt like to be on strike – the highs and the lows – and about how the shared desire for a better university that has emerged …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 31 March]

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Should We ‘Take Back’ UCD?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Recently there was a meeting in the Trinity Arts Block, held by activists involved in the Take Back Trinity movement. The discourse of the meeting followed the lines of how to move on from the dining hall occupation, and how to escalate from here. The capacity of these students to organise themselves, the sheer strength in numbers, and their genuine belief in the idea that they can win this battle against their administration is both heartening and aspirational …” (more)

[Benjamin Jordan, University Observer, 30 March]

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Students living in €249-a-week accommodation offered partial refunds due to months of construction work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Students living in €249-a-week student accommodation in Dublin’s inner city have complained about months of ongoing construction work which they say has upset their studies and is negatively affecting their day-to-day lives. A number of students staying at the New Mill student accommodation, on Mill Street in The Liberties, have come forward to complain about loud construction work ongoing since October …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 March]

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Institutes of technology could be hit by strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology could face disruption as lecturers are being balloted on industrial action up to strikes over delays to a review of their duties and workload. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) leadership is recommending that its 4,000 members at the 14 institutes of technology vote in favour of action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Magee medical school on track

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Plans for the first intake of trainee doctors to start their studies in Londonderry next year remain on track, Ulster University has said. About 60 doctors will start training at the university’s medical school at its Magee campus in Derry. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 March]

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Lecturers in Institutes of Technology ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Staff in Institutes of Technology across the country are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over working hours. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said on Friday that the workload of academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector had ‘long since exceeded reasonable levels and was now completely unsustainable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Students in institutes of technology may face cut in lecture hours over academics’ workload row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students in institutes of technology may be facing a cut in lecturing hours from September in a row over workload for academics. About 4,000 lecturers are currently being balloted on industrial action, and a ‘yes’ vote could result in disruption in the next academic year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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WITSU welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on student costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“The Taoiseach’s commitment to not introduce further costs for higher education are to be welcomed according to the president of Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union (WITSU), who says students are frightened of a potential income-contingent loan scheme. During Leo Varadkar’s visit to Waterford at the start of the month, WITSU President Michael Murphy sought a commitment from him …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 30 March]

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WIT open to ‘Glass’ Site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) would be interested in annexing the former Waterford Crystal site at Kilbarry if the appropriate finances were provided to take it on. Speaking to The Munster Express, Richard Hayes, WIT’s Vice-President for Strategy and Institutional Transformation, said the institute’s Cork Road campus is now ‘bursting at the seams’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 30 March]

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Union says workload in Institutes of Technology ‘unsustainable’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“The underfunding of third level education has led to an ‘unsustainable’ workload for academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned. The union says teachers’ workload ‘has long since exceeded reasonable levels’ and has led to ‘significant levels’ of work-related stress among academic staff resulting in the provision of an impaired service to students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 March]

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‘Students are being exploited’ – DCU President calls on Govt to act on rental costs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“The President of DCU has called on the Government to regulate private student accommodation. It comes after the Shanowen Square complex announced plans to increase their prices by 27% next year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 March]

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Technological Universities – Financial Supports

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

Pat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the financial supports available from his Department and or the Higher Education Authority to encourage the formation and development of technological university consortia; the measures by which such supports will be considered successful; the anticipated impacts of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 29 March]

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‘It’s a complete disgrace’ – DCU students protest 27% increase in accommodation fees

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2018 by steve

“DCU students gathered outside of Shanowen Square Student Residences to protest the 27% rise in accommodation fees for the 2018/2019 academic year. Rent for the upcoming academic year has increased by €1,850, bringing the total cost to €8695 for the eight-month period between September 10 and May 25 …” (more)

[Kyle Ewald, Independent, 29 March]

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French campuses on edge after Montpellier attack

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2018 by steve

“An attack by masked men – allegedly including academics – on protesting students has inflamed tensions on French campuses as the government tries to push through controversial reforms that would introduce elements of selection to higher education in the country …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 29 March]

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Language school in Limerick allegedly ‘sold for €100 to man on student visa’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An English language school in Limerick that shut suddenly this month after it lost its accreditation was allegedly sold last year for €100 to a man who spoke ‘little or no English’ while he was in Ireland on a student visa …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 29 March]

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Student teachers may drop out due to financial difficulties – poll

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trainee teachers who are required to carry out unpaid work in schools as part of their studies are suffering from severe financial difficulties, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 3,000 student teachers indicates that close to half – 42% – consider dropping out due to financial pressures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Supplemental Fees Brought Student Activism to Life. Don’t Let it Die

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning’s announcement that the College Board has agreed to scrap the supplemental exam fees is a truly historic moment in the history of student activism. In the face of sustained and vocal student anger, Trinity has agreed to halt, at least for now, the creeping introduction of stealth charges that have caused severe tension on campus in recent years …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 28 March]

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DCU announce plans for additional 850 beds on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University says it is in the early stages of planning for the construction of an extra 850 bedspaces on their Glasnevin and All Hallows campuses. The college has released a statement following revelations that privately-owned student accomodation complexes close to DCU were raising their rents …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 March]

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Construction work to begin on the new DIT Grangegorman campus this week

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“Major construction work starts this week on the new Grangegorman campus for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The building of its two main teaching blocks, under a public-private partnership (PPP), was delayed by a failed legal challenge from an under-bidder for the contract. The go-ahead for the development was announced today and it is expected to be ready for half of DIT students by September 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 March]

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