Even More Delays For UCD’s New Student Accommodation Are Possible

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Despite pressure on students to find accommodation in the Dublin housing market, it is possible that the new student accommodation that has been under construction for the last three years will not open in September. UCD have acknowledged the issues faced by students, with the UCD Bursar David Kelly stating, ‘We are acutely aware of the pressure on our students in finding accommodation’ …” (more)

[Emer Nolan, College Tribune, 31 March]

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An Bord Pleanala makes decision on Limerick student halls project

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to a multi-storey student complex in the shadow of Thomond Park. The national appeals body rejected the recommendation of its own inspector in order to approve the multi-million euro project, which will see the former Hassett’s Bar – closed for a decade – demolished …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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Ministers lodge objections to 698-bed student accommodation in Goatstown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two Government Ministers are supporting locals’ objections to plans for a 698-bed student accommodation development across eight blocks in Goatstown in south Dublin. Minister for Tourism and Culture Catherine Martin and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan have each made submissions to An Bord Pleanála concerning the plan where the blocks range in height from three to seven storeys …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 29 March]

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924 new beds for UCD – if building sites can reopen

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced it will build more than 900 new rooms for students before next September – but the plans are subject to the reopening of construction sites in the coming weeks. Phase One of the 3,000-bed development – that includes a village centre for the students – was due for completion last year but was delayed due to the closing of the construction sector …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 28 March]

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Harris asks officials for plans to build more college-owned accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris plans on ‘overhauling’ the CAO, looking at alternatives to the Leaving Cert in future years and wants to build more ‘college-owned’ student accommodation. This morning, the Minister for Further and Higher Education appeared on youth radio station SPIN1038, speaking about his plans for the future of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 20 March]

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Students are not the problem – fix the rental issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I refer to article of March 3 last by your correspondent Eoin English Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties which outlined the stark reality of life for the residents of Magazine Road and the surrounding areas adjacent to UCC. Both UCC and MTU (formerly CIT) expanded significantly over the years, but little or no provision was made for the additional accommodation requirements of students …” (more)

[Tony Long, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Holyland residents’ outrage after council blocked from tightening restrictions by Stormont

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holyland area have voiced their anger after it emerged that the city council requested powers from Stormont to deal with issues in the area six months ago – but was blocked …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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Student Rent Market Sees Few Boosts from Pandemic

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Rent rose in the fourth quarter of 2020 in all counties, bar Dublin – which saw a 3% decline. One may speculate as to why – loss of students, people moving to countryside home offices or a plethora of other reasons. But what happens when these factors kickback? How, most importantly for readers, will student rents be affected? …” (more)

[Conor Bergin, College Tribune, 13 March]

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Permission granted for almost 20,000 student beds in 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Apartments, powered by student accommodation demand, overtook houses when it came to planning permission being granted for new builds last year, while the green light for new homes overall grew by 13.5%. Central Statistics Office (CSO) data shows planning permissions were granted for more than 26,000 apartments in 2020, compared with about 19,500 in 2019, an increase of just under 34% …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

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Students ‘do not need’ to be living near University of Limerick says garda chief

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Limerick garda division has questioned the need for so many students to be living near the University of Limerick during the pandemic. Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche says a number of students have moved from elsewhere in the city into off-campus accommodation in Castletroy …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 8 March]

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Three Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Trinity Hall

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Trinity Hall in the past week, while a number of other students are awaiting results for coronavirus tests, College announced on Thursday. In an email to Halls residents, Dr Roja Fazaeli, Warden of Trinity Hall said: ‘I am asking everyone to redouble their efforts at handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 6 March]

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Universities have little power to tackle off-campus Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There has been plenty of tough talking from third-level colleges when it comes to taking a zero tolerance approach to Covid-19 breaches by students. Much of it is just that. The reality is that the most egregious breaches captured on shaky mobile phone footage have been taking place outside college campuses in the private rented sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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New Student Accommodation Plans Face Opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have applied for fast-tracked permission to build a new student accommodation facility near UCD. If approved, the facility would consist of eight 7 storey apartment blocks, with space for nearly 700 beds. The proposed onsite facilities for Colbeam residences would include communal kitchens, living and dining rooms along with a gym, library, yoga studio, a film room, study space, common room, and prayer room. A final decision on the application is expected by early June …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 26 February]

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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USI calls on Oireachtas to pass student accommodation Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Planning permission withdrawn for Trinity’s 358 new beds

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

Ireland“Yesterday, An Bord Pleanála consented to the overturning of planning permission previously given to College for the expansion of Trinity Hall (Halls). The accommodation complex had received the green light by An Bord Pleanála in August for the addition of 358 student beds into the complex, which has been overturned following an appeals case …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 23 February]

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UL at ‘critical point in battle against Covid-19’ as clusters emerge in off-campus housing

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Public Health Mid-West has identified a number of positive Covid-19 tests following last weekends testing at the University of Limerick, and now fears have arisen surrounding clusters in shared off-campus housing …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 19 February]

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‘Multiple factors’ contributing to Galway Covid case increase

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A surge in Covid-19 cases among the student body in NUI Galway has caused concern among the University community and the wider locality. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed on Monday that an outbreak of the virus has resulted in 135 positive cases. The number is expected to rise, with a further thirty symptomatic cases awaiting test results …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the most recent data his Department has on the breakdown between purpose-built student accommodation in the private market and on campus are from 2014; his plans to update this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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