‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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Student accommodation rent caps are too little, too late

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of ludicrously high rent prices and rising homelessness on the streets of Dublin, conjoined with exponential population growth in the city centre, the cries for solutions to the housing crisis in Dublin have reached a fever pitch. For students and citizens alike, the cost of living in Dublin has become untenable and pressure has been placed on the government to react as soon as possible …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 16 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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‘That’s me sorted for the Listowel Races!’ wrote student showing charity cheque

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“St Vincent de Paul cancels cheque it gave student to secure college place after message posted on Instagram. An ‘act of bravado’ by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young man had told a specially convened conference of a St Vincent de Paul education committee in Kerry that he would lose his place in college if he did not get emergency funding …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Students ‘will be forced to drop out’ as rocketing rents make college unaffordable

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Maynooth University are coming under pressure to drop out of college or face lengthy daily commutes as rents continue to rocket in the college town. Maynooth University is the smallest university in Ireland and has been known for a community atmosphere by its 12,000 students. However, as the housing crisis takes hold of the college town attitudes have been changing among students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, Independent, 21 August]

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The Irish Times view on the accommodation crisis: students deserve better than this

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

Ireland“If students and their parents anticipated that stress levels would fall once CAO points for third-level courses were distributed this week, they may have miscalculated. Many young people are now facing the challenge of finding an affordable place to live during the academic year and, with an anticipated shortfall of 25,000 bed spaces, competition will be intense …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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No Budget helping hand for students despite rent crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to the third-level grant received by students in the Budget despite spiralling rents, the Irish Independent understands. Increasing the Susi grant has not featured in any of the budgetary discussions that have taken place up to now …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 21 August]

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Students’ union slates ‘exorbitant’ rents in affluent Dublin areas

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

Ireland“Students’ unions are refusing to advertise some student digs on the basis that that homeowners are charging ‘exorbitant’ rents. UCD students’ union said it has to refuse offers of rooms for rents from householders in some of the most affluent areas of Dublin’s southside …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Family spending cut in bid to meet education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents are set to cut spending on family clothing and other goods to cope with the massive expense of getting their children through college. A third of families will also slash what they spend on food and groceries. A majority of families expect to get into debt to cover the cost of third-level education …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 20 August]

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Sharp rise in students living at home due to accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of third-level students living at home as a result of a spike in rental costs, according to a new survey. In addition, a third of all students say they are missing lectures because they need to earn money …” (more)

[Conor Pope and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Students expected to pay over €1,000 a month as rents surge

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

Ireland“Students are now being expected to fork out up to €1,107 per month for a single-bed house near their college as rents continue to surge. A breakdown of figures released by Daft.ie shows the huge prices in private rentals facing many third-level students throughout the country …” (more)

[Ian Begley and Paul Melia, Independent, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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How to manage €13,000 bill for child’s first year in university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents of the 120,000 students who get their Leaving Cert results this Wednesday are facing a bill of as much as €12,800 to put their child through their first year in college. It currently costs €12,828 a year to put a child through college – if he or she is living away from home and renting in Dublin for nine months, according to the latest cost of student living survey by the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Louise McBride, Independent, 12 August]

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Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Education is becoming an ‘elitist and unaffordable luxury’ warns Limerick councillor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the cost of a second-level education here now estimated at almost €14,000, the education system is ‘at risk of becoming an elitist and unaffordable luxury’, according to a Limerick City East councillor. The Zurich Life Assurance ‘Cost of Education 2018’ revealed that putting just one child through school can easily run into tens of thousands of euro, with the cost of completing secondary school estimated at €13,858 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 July]


NI student loan debt hits almost £3.3bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s outstanding student debt stands at almost £3.3bn. The total tuition fee and maintenance loan debt has risen 10% since last year when it stood at just under £3bn. Only about one in six people in Northern Ireland have fully repaid their student loans …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 June]

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Student loan debt harms mental health, careers and home ownership for many years, study says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Having large student loan debts leads to lower job satisfaction, harms people’s physical and mental health and affects their lifelong finances, a study has found. Such debts are more likely to make people delay buying a home and to mean that when they do take out a mortgage, they buy lower-value properties, the researchers say …” (more)

[Jane Dalton, Independent, 11 June]

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Irish university sector

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“A chara, – Maynooth University has recently announced teaching PhD studentships with waived fees and a stipend of €9,000 per annum. In return, the recipients may be requested to teach up to 455 hours per annum …” (more)

[Eoin Ó Colgáin, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Poorer students twice as likely to drop out of college in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged schools are almost twice as likely to fail to make it past their first year in college than those from fee-paying schools, a new study finds. In all, some 5,800 students – or 14% of all new entrants to third level – did not move on to their second year of their course …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Cork student digs costing €225 per week

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

“UCC Students’ Union is taking a stand against the increasing cost of student accommodation in the city, saying ‘enough is enough’. Student apartments are already coming on stream for next term at prices greater than €900 a month for one-bed units, which are more expensive than mortgage repayments on many family homes. The Students’ Union has refused to endorse a new student accommodation complex on the Western Road, saying the prices are ‘far too high’ to promote to students …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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