How much is the cost of living for first-year students?

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Every year, The Irish Times asks third-level institutions to provide us with a cost-of-living guide for incoming first-year students. Because of the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit – and the fallout that is yet to fully settle – these figures will have changed by September 2021 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 January]

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Queen’s refunds £1.8m for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has given more than 1,200 rent holidays to students moving out of its accommodation for 13 weeks over the second Covid-19 wave – however, there are now calls for the contract suspension to continue …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 25 December]

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Huge Cork city student development reaches final stages of construction

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

Ireland“University College Cork’s 255 bedroom Crow’s Nest student accommodation is nearing the final stages of construction. The last roof slab on UCC’s Crow’s Nest student accommodation has been completed as the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony was carried out this week …” (more)

[EchoLive, 19 December]

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Cork City student accommodation plan faces court challenge

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A challenge has been mounted against a decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a 216-bed student accommodation development in Cork City. The action has been brought by an association that represents local residents, who are opposed to the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of the student housing development consisting of 30 apartments located at Orchard Road in Cork City …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 17 December]

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Student Accommodation

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all public institutes of higher education have now agreed to provide refunds for unused accommodation; the actions his Department has taken to help students again battling with private accommodation providers for refunds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Covid-19: DCU warns students over parties in campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has issued a warning to students living in on-campus accommodation, following a party in ‘serious breach’ of the college’s Covid-19 rules. The warning came following a party in a student apartment on November 11th in the College Park Residences. One source confirmed the gathering was hosted by a short-stay renter on the north Dublin campus and that people from outside of the college were also in attendance …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Students are having to choose between physical and mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

“Guess what? Traditional halls of residence involving ‘households’ of up to 30 people do not appear to be suitable in a pandemic situation. And so next term we should reduce the density of students living in halls of residence …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 11 December]

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Students and overcrowded living spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was dismaying but not surprising to see the RTÉ investigative report last Thursday (December 3rd) on overcrowded living spaces. For international students, this is a familiar reality of living in Ireland …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Students express frustration at accommodation situation

Posted in Life on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University students across Ireland have expressed frustration in relation to student accommodations and the circumstances surrounding Covid-19. Vice-President for Welfare of the Union of Students Ireland Clare Austick said there has been an increase in number of student seeking help regarding accommodation …” (more)

[Gracius Ehienomen Godwin, Limerick Voice, 3 December]

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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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