Students face paying thousands more to secure accommodation at our universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Accommodation costs at universities have surged by thousands of euro in the space of just five years. College students are paying almost 50% extra for the upcoming academic year than their counterparts did when looking for housing in 2014 …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 9 August]

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‘Incompetent’ Murphy let colleges duck rent pressure zone rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The country’s universities were able to engage in widespread rent hikes because new caps introduced by the Housing Minister don’t take effect until next week. Eoghan Murphy is being accused of ‘incompetence’ after colleges pre-empted his clampdown, rendering it useless for the coming academic term. The Irish Independent revealed yesterday that students are facing rent increases of up to 11.5% year on year for university-owned and on-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Cormac McQuinn and Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 8 August]

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Top of the range: €11,591 cost of staying in priciest student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland goes to UCD’s Roebuck Castle. Priced at a cool €11,591 for the 2019-2020 academic year, it is by far the costliest college accommodation provided by an Irish university …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 8 August]

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Housing Hikes Make Universities Complicit in Closing off Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today’s reports of student accommodation price hikes reflect a worrying pattern in the Irish housing market. In Trinity, the cost of a room in Goldsmith Hall – hardly a building in mint condition – has risen by €389 since last year, with similar increases across all of Ireland’s cash-starved colleges. This trend, of course, will come as no surprise to any student in the market for a place to live … (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 7 August]

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Barbara Scully: ‘We are the lucky ones – but equality of access to third-level education is a myth’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last May, as my youngest was attending her final classes before the Leaving Cert, I wrote a piece for this paper in jubilant celebration at the end of the school run. College, I figured, would be her own business and something she could manage herself. Just like an exasperated, exhausted dragon, I was out …” (more)

[Barbara Scully, Independent, 8 August]

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For LGBT Students, Rainbow Housing Offers a Place They Can Call Home

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, the University of Limerick announced a rainbow housing scheme as an option for queer students. This programme has come under scrutiny by many, who have called the project a means of ‘segregation’ and a step back in the march towards equality. I would argue that this is untrue …” (more)

[Nathan O’Regan, University Times, 6 August]

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‘Huge increases’ to students accommodation costs ahead of rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Owners of purpose-built student accommodation have been accused of hiking prices ahead of new caps on rent increases coming into force next week. Until now, purpose-built student accommodation has been exempt from legislation capping increases in designated pressure zones. This is due to change on Thursday, when it formally comes under new legislation that will limit price increases to 4% per annum …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 August]

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USI deputy accuses colleges of introducing ‘hefty rent increases before they are capped’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students say they are facing a growing accommodation crisis, with every college in the country increasing the cost of their on-campus living for the new academic term. Rents at university-owned accommodation are rising, just as new rules come into effect next week which cap increases at 4% …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 7 August]

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On-campus accommodation costs rise across country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says third-level institutions are taking advantage of the housing crisis …” (audio)

[RTÉ – News at One, 7 August]

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Student accommodation on campus rent hikes ‘unacceptable and illegal’ – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised reports of rent increases of up to 11.5% year on year on university-owned on-campus accommodation. These rent hikes are ‘unacceptable and potentially illegal’ the Dublin Mid-West TD has said and the students affected should take cases to the Residential Tenancies Board …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 August]

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Every college hikes rent as students face housing costs crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are facing an accommodation crisis as each of the country’s universities hikes rents for the upcoming academic year. An Irish Independent survey has revealed rent increases of up to 11.5% year on year for university-owned and on-campus accommodation …” (more)

See also: ‘I might have to live in a caravan so that I can go to college’; Priced out: ‘I’m €3,000 in debt just to pay rent’

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 7 August]

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Twitter Debaters: It’s Too Soon to Condemn, or Canonise, Rainbow Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick found itself at the coalface of social debate this week, with its new ‘rainbow housing’ project sparking online divisions. Responses to the project – which seeks to provide a living space for members of the LGBT community and their allies – have, perhaps predictably, been mixed …” (more)

[University Times, 4 August]

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Developers Given Permission to build 3,094 Student Beds Since January

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developers have been given the go-ahead to build 3,094 student beds since January – more than any other type of housing – under a fast-track system that can allow accommodation providers to bypass their local authority in the search for planning permission …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 August]

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In University of Limerick, Students Divided on LGBT Housing Scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and politicians are divided on the recent move by the University of Limerick (UL) to launch a student accommodation scheme aimed at members of the LGBT community, with the Clare mayor labelling ‘retrograde’ an initiative that has been defended by UL’s student leaders …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 4 August]

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More student beds than apartments given go ahead under fast-track system

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More student accommodation spaces have been granted permission this year than any other type of housing under the ‘fast track’ planning system, according to a new report from An Bord Pleanála. Under the Strategic Housing Development system applications for schemes of more than 100 homes, or blocks of 200 student or co-living spaces, are made directly to the board, bypassing the local authority decision phase …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Mayor describes ‘rainbow housing’ at university as ‘a bit daft’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A mayor has criticised so-called ‘rainbow housing’ at a leading university as an ‘over-the-top retrograde step’. Earlier this month, the University of Limerick (UL) unveiled plans to provide on-campus accommodation exclusively for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex (LGBTQ) …” (more)

[Independent, 2 August]

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Cost of on-campus accommodation surpasses private rentals

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of on-campus accommodation has risen above the cost of private rental accommodation for the first time, according to a survey of 600 parents of college students in Ireland, while the price of accommodation rental has remained the largest cost associated with third-level education …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 1 August]

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Chips are down over Punches Cross student apartments plan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“No off licence or fast food outlets will be tolerated at a proposed student accommodation development at Punches Cross. That was the strong message from Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin at a special meeting in City Hall about the 100-apartment development this Monday …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 1 August]

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Trinity launches investigation into claims of underpaid construction workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College has launched an investigation into claims that workers on the Printing House Square site have received hourly rates €2 to €3 lower than legal requirements. Plumbers and apprentices on the site complained about their wages in February to Rob Kelly, a regional organiser for trade union Unite, while he was visiting the site, Kelly told the Dublin Inquirer …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 31 July]

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Union Says Workers on Trinity College Construction Site Aren’t Being Paid Legal Rates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Since March, Rob Kelly has been trying to get somebody to care about plumbers and apprentices on a student-accommodation building site being – he says – underpaid. Once finished, Printing House Square should offer 250 beds for students, plans show. The project, which is being overseen by Bennett Construction Limited, is being built on the former site of Oisín House on Pearse Street, for Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Aura McMenamin, Dublin Inquirer, 31 July]

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