‘Extortionate’ student rents must be addressed, says student leader

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government must provide funding to aid third-level institutions in delivering purpose-built student accommodation, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). As students return to campus for the autumn semester over the coming weeks, the shortage of accommodation is once again proving to be a major issue in parts of the country …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 7 September]

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Grade inflation drives CAO points to record highs for many college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for entry into many college courses have jumped to a record high, with some students failing to get into courses despite securing more than 600 points. About 20 college courses across universities such as Trinity, UCD, DCU, NUI Galway, RCSI and UL broke the 600-point barrier this year. This is up from seven courses last year and just one the year before …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Trinity to to Implement Indoor Events ‘Bonus’ for Vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College is considering plans to admit fully inoculated students to indoor events ahead of their unvaccinated peers under a new ‘bonus’ system this year, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 7 September]

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Universities Unlikely to Lobby for Universal Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are unlikely to advocate for the abolition of the student contribution charge, after the head of the sector’s lobby group signalled his opposition to the principle of free third-level education …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 7 September]

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Third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A piece in the SBP at the weekend by John Walsh caught my eye. In it he demanded the reintroduction of fees. He suggests: ‘There is one policy area, however, that the government would be more than happy to keep in cold storage. Yet its implications are far reaching …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 September]

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Demand for student housing surges in Limerick – enquiries soar by over 30%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As the autumn semester for local third level colleges begins, demand for accommodation has skyrocketed, with many students still trying to secure a roof over their head. One city auctioneer has revealed a 30% increase in enquiries from students seeking a bedroom – but at the same time, the number of houses on offer is falling, as homeowners take advantage of a buoyant selling market …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 7 September]

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High-scoring Leaving Cert students may miss out on preferred CAO courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some students who received more than 600 points in their Leaving Cert may miss out on their first-choice course in the first round of CAO offers on Tuesday because of grade inflation. CAO points for university and college courses are set to increase when offers are made in the first round due to a record number of students securing the highest grades in this year’s Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 7 September]

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AIB loans Maynooth University stainless-steel sculpture representing ‘hope and freedom’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The stainless steel ‘Freedom’ sculpture by artist Polish-Irish sculptor Alexandra Wejchert has been installed on the North Campus of Maynooth University. ‘Freedom’ appearing on campus is the result of under a long-term loan agreement between AIB and the University …” (more)

[Ciarán Mather, Leinster Leader, 6 September]

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€38 million for higher education capital works and equipment announced by Minister Harris, as students return to campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today announced an additional €38 million for higher education institutions for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. The devolved capital grant allocation will facilitate higher institutions to address a number of key capital investment priorities …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 September]

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