UCC students prepared to strike if rent hike goes ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) are prepared to take strike action unless rents are frozen in college-owned accommodation for the next three years. UCC Students’ Union made the warning following the news that UCC is increasing campus accommodation rents by 3% for the 2020/21 academic year. The decision came this week amid announcements of similar hikes at other universities across the country …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 February]

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Proposed pay cuts for teaching assistants in Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Casual Teaching Staff in Trinity College Dublin are raising questions about the legality of their employment as talks to possible pay cuts are underway. Several Teaching Assistants, who are employed by Colleges to give seminars, lab demonstrations and the occasional lecture have expressed how they feel ‘exploited’ and undervalued’ in how they are treated by the college …” (more)

[Anja Zauers, The College View, 19 February]

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Students march in protest at on-campus rent rises

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have held a rally at University College Dublin (UCD) to protest against its decision to increase on-campus accommodation rates by 12% over the next three years. The demonstration follows a proposal by the college to impose a rent increase of the maximum 4% for each of the next three years after the cap was applied to student apartments last August to ensure rent predictability, in the same way as it does in Rent Pressure Zones …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 19 February]

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Seanad electorate and reform

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In reply to John Hughes’s letter on the subject of reforming the Seanad university panel elections (February 18th), the Government was, in December 2018, handed a report from the all-party Seanad Reform Implementation Group which I chaired, complete with draft legislation prepared by a professional parliamentary draftsman to give effect to the 1979 referendum …” (more)

[Michael McDowell, Irish Times, 19 February]

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NUIG gets approval to use student accommodation for tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been granted approval to use some of its new student accommodation for tourists during the holiday season. The university applied to amend a condition of planning permission for the 429 bed Goldcrest Village in Dangan to allow tourists to stay there during the summer …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 18 February]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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UCD students protest over accommodation price hike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University City Dublin (UCD) students are protesting at the Belfield campus on Tuesday morning over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. The UCD students’ union said they are ‘outraged’ by the decision and is currently holding a rally in the student centre …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 18 February]

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NUI Galway Students’ Union launches petition against 4% rent hike in on-campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Students Union has set up an online petition calling on the university to revoke a 4% rent increase in on-campus accommodation. The group argues that by applying the maximum 4% increase in a rent pressure zone, the University is exploiting 19,000 students and their families who already cannot afford the rents they are forced to pay …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 February]

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UCC confirms 3% rent hike on campus accomodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is the latest third level institution to confirm it is increasing rents in campus accommodation. Students living in UCC-run accommodation will see their rents increase by 3% for the 2020/21 academic year …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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