DCU to offer rent refunds to students leaving campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Rent refunds will be made available to DCU students who leave their on campus accommodation due to the university’s closure. These refunds are scheduled to come into effect on Monday, March 30th, with students asked to contact Campus Residences to confirm they have left their rooms. All students will have until April 3rd to confirm the end of their tenancy …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 24 March]

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Residents in DCU on-campus accommodation will not be asked to vacate their apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Residents in accommodation across DCU’s three campuses will not be asked to vacate their apartments. Student’s living on campus were contacted by the campus residences team on Tuesday, March 17 and told that some DCU accommodation may need to be made available to the HSE at short notice in order to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aoife O’Brien, The College View, 20 March]

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Second and first year grade contribution for final degree of Humanities and Social Sciences students suspended

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“This year’s second year and first year grade contribution on the final degree awarded to Humanities and Social Sciences students was suspended, the executive dean of the faculty, professor John Doyle, said in an email addressed to the faculty …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 20 March]

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DCU will not reopen for the rest of the semester

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

Ireland“DCU’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) has confirmed that DCU will not reopen and all teaching will continue to be done online. In a statement, COO Declan Raftery said: ‘Following the statement by An Taoiseach on St Patrick’s night, it is clear that we will not be in a position to resume “normal” on-campus activities this semester’ …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 18 March]

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DCU to allow students stay in their accommodation during Covid-19 outbreak

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

“Students at DCU accommodation blocks will not be asked to leave during the coronavirus outbreak. They are distributing a questionnaire to everyone staying there for health and safety reasons …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

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New sabbatical officers condemn DCU’s rent increases

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

“The DCUSU elect have strongly criticised the recent decision taken by the DCU management to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation calling the decision disgraceful and unfair for the students they will represent. DCU aim to increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 4% next year, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Conor Breslin, The College View, 18 March]

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DCU campus accommodation may be made available to HSE if COVID-19 pandemic worsens

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

“DCU campus accommodation may be made available to the HSE on an emergency basis if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. Residents living across the three DCU campuses received an email this evening informing them that emergency response procedures have been put in place that may include making some accommodation blocks available to the HSE at short notice …” (more)

[Áine O’Boyle, The College View, 17 March]

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DCU car park could be used as location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A Dublin university could be one of the locations used in the capital for drive thru COVID-19 testing. If the plans go ahead, the Dublin City University campus in Glasnevin will be establishing the coronavirus swabbing centre in one of its car parks …” (more)

[Laura Lyne, Dublin Live, 16 March]

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DCU cancels exams due to concerns over spread of coronavirus

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

“All arranged examinations for non-final year students in DCU have been cancelled for this semester, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. August resits have also been cancelled, with alternative assessments being put in place …” (more)

[Sally Madden, The College View, 12 March]

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DCU to Replace First, Second and Third Year Exams With Alternatives

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First, second and third year exams in Dublin City University (DCU) are to be replaced by alternative assessments in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Undergraduate exams planned for May, with the exception of final-year students, are to be replaced with alternatives …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 12 March]

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TCD and DCU make changes due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“Two third-level institutions in Dublin have decided to make changes to their schedules in reaction to the coronavirus. Dublin City University has postponed indefinitely Spring graduation ceremonies that were due to take place later this month …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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RCSI to bring forward exams amid concern over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The RCSI is to bring forward final examinations for medical students amid concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. The examinations which were to be held towards the end of April will take place this weekend. The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland said on Thursday that it had taken the move to avoid any delays in the graduation of the final year class this year as a result of any restrictions that could be put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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On-campus accommodation almost doubled since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The price of on-campus accommodation in DCU has nearly doubled since 2014 according to Cut the Rent. Back in 2014, Hampstead apartments cost €4,284 while College Park apartments were €4,824. They have since increased to €6,327 and €7,001 respectively …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 4 March]

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DCU Denies Coronavirus Case on Campus, Amid Social Media Rumours

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has denied any cases of coronavirus on its campus after rumours circulated on social media that a student had contracted the disease. The rumours started after an image of an ambulance, which appeared to be on DCU’s campus, was posted on Instagram and then shared on Twitter …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 March]

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Protests spread as students in Galway begin sleep-out over rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at another university in Ireland have joined the protests demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation. NUI Galway saw students begin their sleep-out on its campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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DCU Students’ Union hold protest against on-campus rent increase

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ‘strike the rent hike’ protest was held outside the U building on DCU’s Glasnevin campus. The students’ union (SU) placed tents around the campus in protest against the on-campus accommodation rent increase. DCU campus accommodation is set to increase by 4% for the academic year 2020/2021 …” (more)

[Shauna Burdis, The College View, 25 February]

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‘This is just the tipping point’: The cost of being a student in Ireland has skyrocketed in the past decade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost for students to rent on campus in Irish universities has almost doubled over the past decade, with protests held earlier this week at UCD against further planned increases. The university plans to increase rents by the maximum amount allowed, 4%, in each of the next three years …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 23 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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Prankster who filmed DCU video posts public apology and explanation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the youths involved in the DCU ‘consent’ vandalism has posted a public apology and some context behind the video. The video shows the guys hitting balloons and tearing down clothes hung up in Dublin City University …” (more)

[Leigh McGowran, Dublin Live, 20 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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