The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We are living in a world with a growing housing crisis around the student population; something that is troubling to young people, parents, and guardians as a problem once someone reaches third-level education …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and others, College Tribune, 23 November]

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Numbers in Queen’s University accommodation ‘falls marginally during pandemic’

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

“The number of students living at Queen’s University in Belfast has fallen ‘marginally’ amid the pandemic. A reduction in the number of twin rooms and international students arriving on campus later were partly responsible, the institution said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Covid-19 delays hit UCC’s studentbeds plans at Crow’s Nest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans by University College Cork (UCC) to substantially boost its student accommodation offering in time for the 2021/2022 academic year have been derailed by Covid-19 restrictions. The delay means the university has missed the target date originally set to complete the 255-bed-space accommodation units at the site of the former Crow’s Nest public house and restaurant in Victoria Cross …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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Printing House Square expected to be completed by spring 2021

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

Ireland“The construction of Printing House Square is expected to be completed for spring 2021, after facing several delays over the last few years. The accommodation complex was expected to be completed this summer; however, construction on the site had to halt due to the lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Harris says Student Accommodation Policy ‘Not Working’

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

Ireland“Minister for Further Education Simon Harris said the state’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’ when speaking to the Oireachtas Education Committee to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 17 November]

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TCDSU Communications Officer Philly Holmes said the tone of the email was ‘wholeheartedly inappropriate’

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Communications Officer Philly Holmes has slammed an email sent from College’s Accommodation Office to residents of Halls, which told them to turn off their lights and close their blinds, after alleged complaints from neighbouring residents …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 November]

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Printing House Square Projected to Open in Spring 2021

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

Ireland“Printing House Square, Trinity’s new accommodation complex, is projected to open in spring 2021, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and contracting issues – after a slew of setbacks spanning more than a year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 November]

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Student accommodation policy ‘not working’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The State’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’, according to the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Simon Harris was speaking to the Oireachtas education committee with Minister of State Niall Collins to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 12 November]

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Student accommodation to be used as short term stay for tourists and other renters

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 1,600 student accommodation in Dublin City Centre will be used by tourists and other renters for short-stay rental after a deal was struck with Dublin City Council. The five accommodation facilities, operating under the Uninest brand, has had a low demand for student accommodation as predicted for the coming academic year due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, The College View, 11 November]

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Concerns about holiday travel, accommodation brought to light in international students’ survey

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns about exams, accommodation and travel during the Christmas period have been highlighted by the first responses recorded in a survey of international students on challenges posed by Covid-19 regulations. Last week, international students were alerted to the release of a virtual, anonymous student survey in order to determine the status and response of international students amidst Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 8 November]

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Student Accommodation – Tax Rebates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJennifer Murnane O’Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding engagement with student unions regarding refunds or potential tax rebates for private and or on-campus who have been unable to avail of student accommodation in the context of the pandemic; his position regarding providing tax credits for proven unnecessary college accommodation expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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Student Accommodation

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

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 November]

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Mixed views expressed as development on North Main Street gets the green light

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

Ireland“The news that a mixed-use development on North Main Street has been given the green light has been met with some ambivalence. The street is set for an influx of students in the coming years as a large mixed-use development, which includes student apartments, has been given the green-light …” (more)

[Amy Nolan and Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 4 November]

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Life at Trinity Halls: What happens to a social hotspot when socializing is restricted

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tucked away into a corner of Rathmines, Trinity Hall is, for many, a sentimental milestone from first year, often associated with the rows of dimly-lit kitchens late at night, cold walks back along Dartry road, and the famously vibrant social scene …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 3 November]

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Planning granted for 49 student apartments on Cork’s North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Permission has been granted for a major student development in the heart of Cork city. BMOR Developments Limited has been given approval to build accommodation to house nearly 280 students on North Main Street …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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Students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for Accommodation they are prevented from using

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has today published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin, 29 October]

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We are ‘cash cows’ for Irish universities, say international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students attending college in Ireland have told the Irish Examiner they feel like they were lured here by universities to generate profit, with many of them now stuck in Ireland unable to return home, and without the campus experience they came here for …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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Tourists and renters to be permitted in student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Permission has been granted to convert up to 1,600 student accommodation beds across Dublin city into tourist or short-term worker apartments for the current academic year. The decision by Dublin City Council to allow five purpose-built student facilities to be used for holiday or general rental was described by Labour Senator Maire Sherlock as setting a ‘dangerous precedent for co-living by the back door …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 27 October]

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College Encouraged Students to Move into Rooms. Refunds Are an Olive Branch

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country braced itself for a nationwide lockdown this week, an air of disquiet permeated all aspects of the higher education sector: would college libraries close? Would students – who only moved into their accommodation a few weeks ago – be forced to move out? …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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