Three college students raped in Cork, say Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three teenage female college students have been raped in Cork since the start of the university term. Mary Crilly, the head of the city’s Sexual Violence Centre (SVC), revealed the shocking details of the assaults as she warned about ‘male predators’ who are targeting women as they leave pubs and nightclubs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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Students to protest over ‘breaking point’ rent levels

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will next week protest outside a new student accommodation building in Cork over the housing crisis and its impact on those pursuing third-level education. The joint demonstration by UCC and CIT students’ unions will follow a separate housing protest set to take place in Cork tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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New school of architecture to build on colleges’ success

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 170 architecture students will begin classes in a new state-of-the-art city centre building this month. The Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) is a joint venture from UCC and CIT, with undergraduate and postgraduate students set to move into a new purpose-designed school adjoining the Nano Nagle Place complex on Douglas Street …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Evening Echo, 8 September]

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Student apartments permitted near Cork’s Lough despite opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The construction of apartments for 320 students near University College Cork has been approved, despite local opposition. The plan was first submitted to Cork City Council in April of last year, with part of the site on a portion of the rear of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in The Lough …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 August]

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Lord Mayor hits out at decision to grant permission for student apartments at The Lough

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s Lord Mayor Mick Finn has hit out at a decision by An Bord Pleanála to give the go-ahead for a new student accommodation block at The Lough. Rejecting an appeal by residents and local politicians, the planning authority said the proposed student development would make a positive contribution to the landscape of the area and would not be damaging to residents or the biodiversity of The Lough ….” (more)

[Evening Echo, 23 August]

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South East’s ‘Missing Generation’

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

Ireland“An independent report examining the economic performance of the South-East claims there is a ‘missing generation’ from the region, with the recovery in its economy now ‘running out of steam’. The South East Economic Monitor, prepared by academics from Waterford Institute of Technology, makes the case that the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Carlow are all lagging behind their counterparts elsewhere …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 25 July]

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Demand for student housing ‘at critical point’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“Demand for student housing is at a critical point and is a concern for third level institutes in Cork, it has been claimed. It was revealed last week that 34-bed spaces for students were delivered in Cork since the start of 2016. A further 788 have been earmarked for completion by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 17 July]

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New technological university for greater Dublin area to be announced

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university is set to be announced later this week based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a number of Cabinet Ministers are due to make the announcement at an event at DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Only 34 new student bed spaces delivered since 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“Just 34 new bed spaces for students were delivered in Cork since the start of 2016, as part of the Government’s National Student Accommodation Strategy, it has been revealed. However, a further 788 have been earmarked for completion by the end of 2019, including more than 400 at the proposed Event Centre site on South Main Street …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 July]

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Cork colleges told they must help tackle housing challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2018 by steve

“UCC and CIT must step up to the plate and work with City Hall to address Cork’s student housing challenge. The call came from Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer after councillors voted to adopt a variation in the City Development Plan 2015-2021 which he described as the ‘first step in re-balancing the rights between developers and local communities’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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Student apartments extended at Beamish site but no Event Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“BAM has been granted planning permission for extra student apartments for the northern end of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site. Construction work is already well underway at the location where more than 400 student bedrooms are being built on the site referred to as Zone A …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 26 June]

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Technological Universities – Munster

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

Michael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position on the planned technological university for Munster; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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CIT step closer to new building

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

“A design team has been appointed to start the process of building a learning resource centre in CIT, it was confirmed this week. The Cork college is one of 11 institutes of technology across the country where design teams have been appointed for the construction of new higher education buildings …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 6 June]

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Financial Statements 2016: Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Seán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined today by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, and Mr Shane Carton, deputy director of audit. Apologies have been received from Deputies O’Connell and Catherine Murphy. We will deal with the business of the committee in the afternoon as we want to deal with the Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology this morning …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 May]

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CIT paid extra €300k to buy city property

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Competing bids by University College Cork was a factor in Cork Institute of Technology paying €300,000 over the asking price for a city centre property. It emerged at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that UCC was also interested in acquiring the 19th-century building on Cork’s Grand Parade, for which CIT paid €1.25m in 2015. It has paid around the same again to convert it from its most recent use as a bank and make it safe to hold classes for CIT’s Crawford College of Art and Design …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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Cork Institute of Technology in line of fire over party

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) may face financial penalties for spending €13,000 on a retirement function for its president which featured a dolphin-shaped ice sculpture. A report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has found that about half the money spent was outside official spending rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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Concern at unprecedented growth of student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The unprecedented growth of student accommodation in Cork City over the past two years has raised concerns. With demand for more of the several thousand students expected to enrol annually at Cork’s third-level colleges in the next decade to be accommodated in built-for-purpose housing, developers have responded with a raft of projects …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 May]

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New plan for student bed space schemes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2018 by steve

“Cork’s city planners will consider purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) projects on a case-by-case basis rather than blocking them in certain areas. They said ‘occupancy restrictions and controls’ can be used instead as conditions of planning to protect the residential amenity of established residential areas …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 April]

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City Hall plans for strict rules on student digs to go public

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2018 by steve

“City Hall last night moved forward with the development of specific regulations on the construction of student apartments in Cork. It comes ahead of an expected surge in the number of students attending third level colleges in Cork in the coming years …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Evening Echo, 24 April]

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