DCU students protest rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Students from Dublin City University (DCU) plan to stage an overnight ‘sleepout’ protest on Thursday night outside privately owned student accommodation beside the college, where operators plan to raise rents by almost 30% next year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Students stage ‘sleep-out’ at accommodation complex in protest over 27% rent hike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) are staging a ‘sleep-out’ outside student accommodation tonight to protest the 27% rise in accommodation fees for the next academic year. At 4pm today, the students will be marching from DCU to Shanowen Residence in protest of the increasing fees …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 5 April]

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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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‘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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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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‘Weak’ legislation criticised by students’ union as accommodation prices skyrocket

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

Ireland“The Government has been accused of having ‘weak’ legislation when it comes to student accommodation. It comes as a privately-owned complex in Dublin has raised its rent prices by up to 27% for the next academic year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 March]

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USI condemns drastic increases in student accommodation near DCU

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has condemned the decision of off-campus student accommodation providers near DCU to drastically increase to cost of accommodation for the upcoming academic year. USI stands in solidarity with Dublin City University Students’ Union, and agrees that the proposed price rises are disproportionate and exploitative of students as a captive audience …” (more)

[USI, 27 March]

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Student accommodation hikes unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised student accommodation providers in Dublin for proposing sharp rent increases for student accommodation. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The latest rent increases by private student accommodation providers will see privately-owned DCU student accommodation fees rise to over €10,000 for nine months …'” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 March]

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DCU set to become world’s first ‘autism friendly’ university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Patrick Brophy is part of the first generation of college students with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis who have entered third-level education for the first time. While his diagnosis of Asperger’s’s syndrome has held him back in some ways, Brophy says greater understanding on the part of fellow students and staff at Dublin City University helped him flourish …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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364 student bed spaces near DCU guiding at €46m

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

Ireland“Agent CBRE is guiding a price of €46m for the student accommodation element of a significant mixed-use scheme which German supermarket giant, Lidl, is set to develop at Ballymun in north Dublin. Prospective buyers are being invited to forward-purchase the two blocks of student housing at the scheme, known as North Quarter Student Accommodation …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 22 March]

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Goodbye to take-away coffee cups and drinking straws – DCU aims to become a ‘plastic-free’ campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Take-away coffee cups and drinking straws will soon be a thing of the past in DCU as the Dublin university bids to become ‘plastic-free’ by 2020. Dublin City University announced the first phase of a new sustainability drive which will see their campus be ‘plastic-free’ in two years’ time …” (more)

[Independent, 20 March]

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Dublin City University to implement range of autism-friendly measures

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is to implement a range of measures to make life at the college more comfortable for students with autism. The decision follows a study carried out at the university, which identified issues that caused difficulty or discomfort for those with the condition …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 March]

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DCU beats London site in battle for top digital partnership

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

Ireland“Europe’s largest co-working and digital innovation network – Talent Garden – has selected DCU ahead of London for its new campus. Talent Garden (Tag) Dublin will provide capacity for 350 work spaces, the Talent Garden Innovation School, multiple corporate innovation labs, a large event space, and an Italian-themed café/restaurant …” (more)

[Jane Last, Independent, 7 March]


DCU rules out men in adverts for three academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has said it will consider only women candidates for three academic posts it has advertised in Saudi Arabia. The university plans to hire a lecturer in data analytics, an adjunct lecturer in advanced practice nursing, and an assistant professor in marketing. All will teach at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, or PNU, the world’s largest women-only college, in Riyadh …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

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

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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What marking exams tells us

Posted in Teaching on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This is exam marking time in DCU and I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve had with frustrated and slightly depressed colleagues who are walking around campus, slightly dazed, and saying things like ‘my students learned nothing from me!’ Of course, there are still lots of fantastic students in our universities; students who are hard-working, motivated and focused. But …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 24 January]

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DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university is targeting the global diaspora and new immigrants with its first online-only course which focuses on learning the Irish language. The ‘Irish 101’ course, developed by DCU, will teach students greetings, blessings and curses in Irish, along with the meaning of Irish names, mythology and other topics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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‘Sanctuary’ UCC to give refugees full scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from next September. Places of Sanctuary Ireland, a network of groups across the country that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and aid refugees’ integration into Irish society by way of cultural engagement, has awarded UCC with the ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, along with Dublin City University and the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Public funding of autonomous universities: living with the complexities

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

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was still President of Dublin City University, I attended a meeting between Irish government officials and university heads to discuss national higher education strategy. At one point the conversation focused on university autonomy. Everyone agree that such autonomy is vital for an internationally successful higher education system; but what exactly did ‘autonomy’ mean? It quickly became clear that each of the the two groups had a very different understanding of the term …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Anne Scott is Shepherding NUI Galway Towards Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Anne Scott has listened to the critics and, as NUIG’s gender equality vice-president, is promising big changes. It was walking down a street in Kenya, surrounded by people with a different skin tone to her own, that Prof Anne Scott was struck by what it meant to be treated differently …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 3 January]

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