New UCD Accommodation Costs Upwards of €14k a Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As a housing crisis grips Ireland’s capital, The new UCD accommodation in the newly-opened UCD Village can cost students upwards of €14,000 a school year, with renters in ‘Studio’, ‘Gold’, ‘Platinum’, and ‘Penthouse’ spaces paying the most. Students staying in Roebuck Castle take the top overall spot, dropping €1,323.97 a month for a room in Belfield’s only catered accommodation bloc …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 24 September]

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Meeting planned to discuss student accommodation issues

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Further and Higher Education has said it will host a meeting of college presidents next week to discuss the student accommodation issue. The department said it has been engaging with the Department of Housing on a number of issues, including the use of privately-owned student accommodation being used for other purposes …” (more)

[Samantha Libreri, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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College Moves Endowment Shares into ‘Climate Conscious’ Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has moved its investment portfolio to a new, ‘climate-conscious’ fund to ‘enhance the climate risk and sustainability profile of the Endowment Fund’. Earlier this year, The University Times reported that College still had shares worth at least €8 million in companies directly involved in fossil fuel activities, despite saying it would divest from such companies several years ago …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 24 September]

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Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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Hillary Clinton will be installed as the 11th Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will officially install former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as its first female Chancellor at a special ceremony tomorrow morning. Ms Clinton is the University’s 11th Chancellor and was appointed to the position in January 2020 on a five-year term …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 23 September]

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Using student accommodation for tourism is ‘contrary’ to Government policy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Turning student accommodation into rooms for tourists is ‘contrary’ to government policy at a time of an acute crisis, the Dáil has heard. Labour leader Alan Kelly told Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that, in Dublin, developers of luxury student apartments are now trying to change their planning permission so they can be used as hotels for tourists …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Students on campus for handful of days ‘opting to commute’

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many students who are on campus for just three days a week are opting to commute long distances to college rather than pay for housing, according to an accommodations officer at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 23 September]

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In-Person Lectures – Trinity College

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJim O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that in-person lectures at a university (details supplied) recommence in alignment with other third-level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Graduation Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body which determines whether graduation ceremonies will be held in person or online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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