Students march in protest at on-campus rent rises

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have held a rally at University College Dublin (UCD) to protest against its decision to increase on-campus accommodation rates by 12% over the next three years. The demonstration follows a proposal by the college to impose a rent increase of the maximum 4% for each of the next three years after the cap was applied to student apartments last August to ensure rent predictability, in the same way as it does in Rent Pressure Zones …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 19 February]

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UCD students protest over accommodation price hike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University City Dublin (UCD) students are protesting at the Belfield campus on Tuesday morning over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. The UCD students’ union said they are ‘outraged’ by the decision and is currently holding a rally in the student centre …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Students Protest Rent Increase and Interrupt University Management Meeting

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

Ireland“Various student groups have protested the recently announced rent hikes on campus. On Tuesday, February 18th, over one hundred students marched to UCD’s Tierney’s building. The protest coincided with a meeting of the University Management Team (UMT), who made the decision to increase the on-campus accommodation by 4% year on year for the next three years …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 February]

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UCD students protest planned rent hikes at ‘most expensive on-campus accommodation’ in Ireland

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

Ireland“Up to 100 students at UCD have held a protest over prospective rent hikes on the college campus. They are set to go up 12% over the next three years …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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UCD students to protest against campus rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Dublin (UCD) are to demonstrate over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. The UCD students’ union is to hold a rally on the south Dublin campus at 9:15am on Tuesday morning in the student centre over the rent increase …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Eoin Ó Broin seeks meeting with Universities on rising student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has written to the Presidents of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork requesting a meeting to discuss plans to increase on-campus student accommodation charges by up to 4% per year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 February]

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University Accommodation Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Joanna Siewierska, President of UCD Students Union, talks to Mary about the rise in the cost of student accommodation …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 February]

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NUIG Students’ Union hits out at the university over rent cost

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

Ireland“The NUI Galway students Union has hit out at the university over its decision to increase rent for on campus student accommodation. NUIG, DCU and UCD are all increasing the cost of their on campus accommodation by 4% – the maximum allowed by law …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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NUIG Hikes Rents by 4%, Following Lead of UCD and DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has become the latest university to announce plans to increase on-campus rent prices by 4% for the next academic year, bringing the monthly cost of a single room to €750 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 February]

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Students ‘outraged’ as universities blame rent increases on refurbishment and upgrades

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities that are raising rents for on-campus accommodation have said the rises are due to the refurbishment and upgrade of their student residencies. In a statement, DCU said it has an ‘ongoing refurbishment investment programme’ in its student residences …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 February]

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Higher Education is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education (HE) is at the core of Irish economy and an excellent promoter of growth, but the reduction of state funding and the increased reliance on non-Exchequer funds is deeply undermining the sector. Over the past years, HE has encountered extreme budgetary pressures due to the financial crisis of 2008 and has yet to recover from it, although UCD is doing financially well …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 12 February]

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University Club Runs €1.3M Under Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University Club has run €1.3 million under budget. UCD’s University Club, the construction of which was marred by vocal staff and student opposition, was originally budgeted at €13.7m. The College Tribune can now confirm that the total cost landed at just under €12.4m …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Campus Rents Rocket: UCD to Increase Cost of On-Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 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 …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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UCD Splashes €5.5m on Residential Properties in South Dublin

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent over €5 million in the last three years purchasing residential properties in south Dublin, as part of an unofficial plan to expand its boundaries. The Irish Times today reported that UCD spent €5.5 million between January 2017 and September 2019 on houses on the Clonskeagh Rd …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 10 February]

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UCD spending millions buying premium south Dublin homes

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent several million euro buying premium south Dublin houses neighbouring its Belfield campus in recent years, as part of a long-term plan to expand the university’s boundaries. The university spent €5.5 million buying five properties between January 2017 and last September, according to figures released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 February]

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UCD to increase campus rent by 12% over three years

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 12 per cent over the next three years, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws. The increase would see the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rise to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Coronavirus scare: UCD student who recently returned from China given all clear

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

Ireland“A UCD student who recently returned from China has been given the all clear following a coronavirus scare. The woman, who lives in the UCD Residences, returned from the Asian country where the original outbreak of the virus begun within the past 14 days …” (more)

[Mark O’Brien, DublinLive, 31 January]

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An Ghaeilge le feiceáil i UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá stádas oifigiúil ag an nGaeilge san Aontas Eorpach agus is í céad teanga oifigiúil na hÉireann. Tá sé riachtanach ó thaobh an dlí de go mbíonn comharthaí as Gaeilge nó dátheangach (le Gaeilge agus Béarla) ann ar bhóithre na hÉireann agus leagadh amach na riachtanais maidir leis an nGaeilge a bheith feiceálach sa tsochaí ag Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Left Wing Alliance Issue Demands to UCD to ‘Fix Our Education’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An alliance of political groups based in UCD have begun a poster campaign which is calling upon the college’s management to address issues such as disability services, affordable accommodation and improved mental health services. The group, which calls itself ‘Fix our Education UCD’, is a collaboration of UCD’s Labour, Social Democrat, Óige Ghlas and Socialist Worker Student Societies …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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