No Sign of Rent Reduction For UCD’s HEAR Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No plans for rent reductions to HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) students or other low-income groups on the horizon – according to the UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre (ALL). Michell Tracey, ALL’s Student Support Officer, told The College Tribune …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 28 September]

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Queen’s students isolating after positive Covid-19 cases

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

“Some students at Queen’s University’s Halls of Residence in Belfast have been told to self-isolate after a small number of them tested positive for Covid-19. It is understood that the buildings involved are in the Malone Road area, close to the university in the south of the city …” (more)

[Tommie Gorman, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Third level students urged to consider if they need rented accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As many third level students start their new academic year today they are being asked to consider whether they need to travel to rented accommodation in light of new restrictions which will limit on-campus activity. In addition, several colleges have warned students that any breaches of Covid-19 regulations – including guidelines on the numbers who can attend house parties and other social gatherings – could result in expulsion …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 September]

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UCC students look for refunds for accommodation as classes go online for two weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork want their money back after paying up front for accommodation this semester. Earlier this week, the government’s ordered colleges to start the new semester with online classes only for the next two weeks …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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College accommodation amid a pandemic

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

Ireland“John Cooke reports from NUI Galway as he meets with students who are planning a very different college year with various different plans for what they will do in relation to accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 25 September]

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NUI Galway to refund students who don’t take up places in campus accommodation this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway who no longer wish to take up places in on-campus housing this year are set to be refunded by the company in charge of the accommodation. Students at the university were informed late in August that their time on campus may be limited during 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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Residents Living Near UCC Fear The New College Term Will Bring Another Spate Of Weekly House Parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s feared the current restrictions will drive students in doors to private house parties late into the night. Under the current restrictions socialising for college students will be limited with pubs closing at 11.30 and nightclubs remaining shut …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 September]

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Coronavirus Commuters: The Trinity Students Forgoing Accommodation

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

Ireland“Some Trinity students are forgoing Dublin accommodation this semester, opting instead for lengthy commutes to save money as Trinity shifts heavily online. In an email to the college community on September 18th, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that all teaching and learning not requiring an in-person presence will be moved online due to tightened coronavirus restrictions …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 21 September]

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Students across island of Ireland urge TDs to sign pledge and join USI’s new Education for All campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students across the island of Ireland have today kicked-off a series of actions aimed at urging their TDs to sign a pledge committing to six actions as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s new Education for All campaign. The USI, which represents 374,000 students in Ireland, has written to the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris calling on him to take action on the key issues that prevent many from accessing third level education …” (more)

[USI, 21 September]

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College Needs to Show Compassion for Residents Amid the Pandemic

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

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded among students earlier this week after this newspaper reported that Halls residents may be evicted if they have any visitors throughout their first term. Now, less than a week later – with Dublin elevated to level three of the government’s coronavirus roadmap and all possible teaching activity moved online – we have seen just how drastically situations can change in a short space of time …” (more)

[University Times, 20 September]

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New Student Accommodation Secures Green Light

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

“Proposals to construct almost 100 new student accommodation rooms as part of an extension to an existing development in Belfast have secured the green light. Cathedral Living applied for full planning permission from Belfast City Council for the development of a 12-storey building to provide an extension to the 407-bed student building at 123 York Street. The site will round off the existing 12-storey purpose-built facility, which has been in operation since 2019 …” (more)

[Adam Beech, Insider Media Limited, 17 September]

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Student rents just keep on rising in Waterford

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

Ireland“Hopes of a reduction in rent for students in Waterford have been dashed by a new survey. It shows that rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city has gone up by an average of 2% over the past year and by 4% in the county …” (more)

[Michael Wolsey, Waterford Now, 16 September]

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Landlords abandon college housing market

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

Ireland“Landlords have left the student accommodation market in recent months due to pandemic uncertainties, according to a property owners group. Students across the country will either be left in a last-minute scramble for accommodation when timetables are released by universities in the coming weeks, or find they don’t need to rent a room at all due to remote learning …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 17 September]

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Accommodation providers using vouchers and offers to attract students

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

Ireland“Luxury private student accommodation complexes across the country are offering special discounts, including €600 a month for a spot on a bunk bed and €750 Amazon vouchers, to attract students. Purpose-built luxury towers have not escaped the impact of the pandemic on the market and with students spending little time on campus this year, companies are using additional incentives to attract customers …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 17 September]

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Student Accommodation and Renters Further Troubled by Pandemic

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

Ireland“Decisions to be made around accommodation are compounding the stress and uncertainty of the upcoming term for students across the country. A blended learning model means that the number of times a student is on campus for lectures, as opposed to online, may only be a couple per month, decreasing the need to find housing close to college …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 16 September]

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Student Accommodation – Flexible Arrangements

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

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the discussions that have taken place with the private purpose-built student accommodation providers in relation to providing flexible arrangements for the 2020-2021 academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 September]

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Campus Resident Who Claims to Have Coronavirus Symptoms Told to Move Out

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A resident on campus who claims to be displaying coronavirus symptoms has been told to vacate their rooms to make way for a student moving onto campus today. Despite informing the Accommodation Office that they had been instructed to self-isolate by the College Health Service, the resident was told to make alternative living arrangements …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 September]

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Students rents still rising despite Covid-19 impact

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

Ireland“Students will pay on average €680 more to rent a room in Dublin for the forthcoming academic year and €462 more in other parts of the country than they did last year …” (more)

[Brian Finn, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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Most universities lower cost of campus accommodation for the first time in decades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have lowered the cost of campus accommodation for the first time in decades with students due to spend less time there, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 14 September]

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‘We did the maths … it’ll be cheaper to stay in hotels if we have lectures a day or two a week’

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are planning to stay in a hotel or in bed-and-breakfast accommodation several nights a week when they have on-campus lectures to save money on rent this academic year …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 14 September]

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