College Considering ‘No Detriment’ Policy, Says TCDSU President

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“College is considering adopting a ‘no detriment’ policy in this year’s summer assessments, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Laura Beston has said. Beston met with Prendergast today to discuss a proposal that could mean students who get over 40 will not have their overall mark for the year brought down by summer assessments …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 1 April]

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Thousands of students petition UCC to adopt ‘fair’ approach to exams during pandemic

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Students of University College Cork (UCC) are calling for a fair approach to upcoming final examinations which are due to be sat online. UCC students are continuing to study from home as measures taken by the Government led to the further closure of universities across the country …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 1 April]

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Recent petitions on change.org

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

Change.org is emerging as a significant forum of protest for those dissatisfied with the state of Irish higher education. Here are petitions for the last month:

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Technological University Dublin (31 March)

“No detriment” Policy for UCD (31 March)

“No Detriment” policy for the Waterford Institute of Technology (31 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Trinity College Dublin (31 March)

Show Compassion: Refund UL Students no longer using on-campus accommodation 2019/20 Sem. 2 (30 March)

Protect Academic Freedom at University College Dublin! (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Cork Institute of Technology (30 March)

“No Detriment” policy for Maynooth University (30 March)

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Dublin City University (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for University College Cork (30 March)

Establish a “No Detriment” policy in UL (30 March)

Ulster University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (27 March)

Queen’s University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (26 March)

To ensure students are given Rent relief given the Covid-19 situation! (25 March)

Queen’s University: Give Students the Option to Keep Current Grade as Final Mark (25 March)

10% added to Degree Classification for Final Year Students in COVID-19 Pandemic (24 March)

Urging Ulster University to reconsider the tuition fees for the year of 2019/2020 (23 March)

Maynooth University Student Accommodation Refund (23 March)

No online exams for QUB Students (19 March)

Suspend Student Accommodation rent for those who have had to return home due to COVID-19 (19 March)

Extend the History Dissertation Deadline at QUB (16 March)

Airlift Indian Students from Ireland (16 March)

Kylemore Reinstate Staff during Coronavirus #BoycottKylemore #BoycottKSG (13 March)

Queens University Belfast- Shut Down Lectures (12 March)

Close NUIG, Keep Sult Open (9 March)

Petition for Online Teaching in QUB under COVID-19 Threat (7 March)

Stop Unionists interference in QUB students voice. Support Grian Ni Dhaimhin as President (3 March)

Stop the 12% rent increase in UCD (2 March)

End the Sectarianism towards Protestants and Unionist Students at QUB! (1 March)

DCU Students’ Union urge the University to reverse its decision to increase rents by 4% (1 March)

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Rent prices are locking students out of education – and we won’t stand for it!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“As Students’ Unions around Ireland are stepping-up protests at universities and colleges demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation, a West Cork student shares his own three-month struggle to find affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Philip Brennan, Southern Star, 19 March]

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New sabbatical officers condemn DCU’s rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“The DCUSU elect have strongly criticised the recent decision taken by the DCU management to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation calling the decision disgraceful and unfair for the students they will represent. DCU aim to increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 4% next year, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Conor Breslin, The College View, 18 March]

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UCC students being used as ‘cash cows’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Councillors have accused UCC of using students as ‘cash cows’ and described plans to seek rent hikes in five of their campus-owned student accommodation block as ‘disgraceful and appalling.’ North Cork-based Cllr William O’Leary (FF), who raised a motion at a meeting of the local authority this week, called on the governing body of UCC to implement a fixed term rent freeze on the campus owned student accommodation …” (more)

[Kieran O’Mahony, The Southern Star, 17 March]

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At the Frontlines of the On-Campus Rent Wars

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“At the beginning of the year, when the results of the general election began filtering in, the nation was in a state of shock. Back before we realised that the coronavirus was about to change the way we live our lives, at least for a period of time, many thought the event that would rock Irish society could be the formation of a left-wing government …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 14 March]

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Cork City Council voice opposition to UCC rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting of Cork City Council last night, two motions were passed expressing the council’s opposition to rent hikes in student accommodation operated by University College Cork (UCC). The first motion stated that Cork City Council would ‘write to the governing body of UCC to register our disagreement with the proposed rent increases in student accommodation …'” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 10 March]

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UCD Rent Protests 101: The Full Story

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s on-campus accommodation will increase by 4% year on year for the next three years. A premium of €1,000 on average will also be charged to the 1,000 newly built student bedrooms. This news was announced on February 5th by UCD Students’ Union. In the weeks to follow, Belfield would see several acts of protest from various student groups on-campus, with unending calls to reverse the increase …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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NUIG seeks five-star hotels as students face rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is set to splash €180,000 on hotel accommodation, including five-star hotels. That’s quite a lot of public money for any institution to spend on hotels. But the timing of this invitation to tender for hotel accommodation is, well, unfortunate – in the midst of a rent-rise controversy on campus …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 6 March]

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Hundreds attend student protest over rent hikes at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of students attended a protest at NUI Galway today to highlight a 4% rent increase in on campus accommodation. The gathering was organised by the NUIG Students Union and a coalition of student groups and activists …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 March]

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UCD Students in Standoff With Security, As Rent Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) students today attempted to storm the college’s Club Restaurant in protest at campus rent increases, with a tense standoff between students and security marking the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 March]

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On-campus accommodation almost doubled since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The price of on-campus accommodation in DCU has nearly doubled since 2014 according to Cut the Rent. Back in 2014, Hampstead apartments cost €4,284 while College Park apartments were €4,824. They have since increased to €6,327 and €7,001 respectively …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 4 March]

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TCDSU President Beston Blasts Provost Over Campus Rent Comments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has slammed ‘preposterous’ and ‘hurtful’ comments made about student accommodation by Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Fiachra Gallagher, University Times, 4 March]

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Fury as University implements 4% hike on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost of on-campus accommodation in NUI Galway is set to increase by around 4%, ahead of the next academic year. The hikes will see the cost of a single bedroom in the recently opened Goldcrest Village rise to €6760 for the academic year, while in neighbouring Corrib Village, the price of a similar room will be set at €5950 …” (more)

[SIN, 4 March]

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Tents remain in UCC protest as Union enters talks with management

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 30 tents will remain on campus as students protesting a proposed price hike in campus accommodation enter mediation talks with the university. After eight days of occupation, University College Cork confirmed that the Students’s Union will enter independently-mediated talks with management of Campus Accommodation UCC – the UCC-owned company responsible for campus accommodation …” (more)

[Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner, 3 March]

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Students’ Union and UCC to enter mediation talks on rent issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has confirmed that UCC Students’ Union executive have accepted the offer of mediated talks on the student rent issue. They are set enter into independently mediated talks with the board of Campus Accommodation UCC. A protest has been taking place at the UCC quad since last week, with students camping out in protest at rising rents in the college …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 3 March]

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UCC rent row: Small acts of kindness keep protesting Cork students going

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the UCC students who are occupying the Quad move into their second week camping in poor weather conditions, their spirit of determination and of hope has not abated. What began as a relatively humble gathering has now swelled significantly and students are continuing to join the protest as the days go on …” (more)

[Amy Nolan, EchoLive, 2 March]

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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 1 March]

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UCC president’s blaming of Government for student rent crisis ‘a cop out’ says students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s president has been accused of blaming the Government so he can ‘cop out’ of his responsibility to students on his own campus. Pádraig Ó Sé urged his 3,458 Twitter followers to ‘call for Government action now’ on the current crisis in student accommodation …” (more)

[Neil Michael, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

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