UCD and rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was disappointed to read that the president of UCD said the students had reacted ’emotionally’ to large rent increases for UCD student accommodation (News, February 21st). An emotional response does not take from the validity of the students’ claim that the rent increases are unreasonable, and it appears that the students have good reason to be emotional …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 February]

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DCU students launch Cut the Rent campaign following 4% rent increase announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) launched a Cut the Rent campaign yesterday, following the announcement of a 4% rent increase for on-campus accommodation. This hike in accommodation price follows similar rises in University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick (UL), and NUI Galway, which garnered outrage from students already struggling with high accommodation prices and the highest university fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 21 February]

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Trinity to advocate for UK to remain in Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has announced a commitment to advocating for the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the Erasmus+ programme. In a email sent to all staff and students, Julia Carmichael, Trinity’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO) wrote that ‘we at Trinity will be at pains to show over the coming months that it is in the interests of the UK to continue the academic relationship it has with EU countries, particularly Ireland’ …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 21 February]

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‘We’ll do whatever we have to do’ – students’ unions promise to protest until accommodation hikes are reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions promised to protest until student accommodation hikes are reversed by universities. The National Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has confirmed to Independent.ie that campus protests will continue until next week. Students have taken to the streets in response to their respective universities raising campus accommodation rents for the coming academic year, 2020/2021 …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 21 February]

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Plans To Increase Cost Of UCC Accommodation Will Lead To Intense Financial Pressure For Some Students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“That’s the view of UCC Students’ Union who say they’re prepared to strike if a 3% rent increase impacting almost 1,300 students is not rolled back. The University confirmed this week that it plans to raise rents at its accommodation centres for the next academic year due to what it says is an increase in the cost of security, maintenance and refurbishment …” (more)

[Red FM, 21 February]

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