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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Residents Allowed Refunds on Remaining License Fee for College Accommodation

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

Ireland“College will refund residents who want to move out of its accommodation at a pro-rata basis for the remainder of their license fee to January 23rd, minus four weeks for the notice period. Students will not have to find a replacement for their room and there is no deadline in place for when students have to leave by …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 23 October]

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Challenge allowed to planning permission for Trinity Hall expansion

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

Ireland“A complainant seeking to overturn planning permission for 358 student accommodation bed spaces and four staff apartments on a site alongside the Trinity Hall student accommodation complex in Dartry, Dublin. The action is by Patricia Kenny, from nearby Temple Road, Dartry, whose husband James was involved in a 20-year saga of litigation with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) concerning development of student accommodation at Trinity Hall …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 23 October]

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No fall in student rents amid ongoing shortage of supply

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

Ireland“In Dublin, the average cost of a room in a shared property is €680, up 0.3% on the same time last year, while in other parts of the country, room rents are €462, up 2.8% on average year-on-year. Nationally, rents for full properties rose by 1.2% in the year to July but were largely unchanged in Dublin city, rising by just 0.2% …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 22 October]

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Green light for large student accommodation development in Cork city

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

Ireland“Permission has been granted for a five storey student accommodation development on Orchard Road in Cork. An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the construction of the development which includes 20 student apartments in three blocks with a total of 216 bed spaces comprising one four-bed apartment, 10 six-bed apartments, and 19 eight-bed apartments …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 22 October]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanisms he has explored to ensure students in both on-campus and off-campus accommodation will receive full refunds for unused accommodation; the institutes of higher education and accommodation providers that have agreed to give refunds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more, and even more)

[Dáil debates, 20 October]

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Trinity College and DCU yet to outline student accommodation refund policy

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

Ireland“Five of the State’s seven universities have confirmed they will refund students who leave their third-level accommodation, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Third level students must not be overlooked during Level 5 restrictions – Holly Cairns TD

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

Ireland“Holly Cairns TD, Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called on the Government to immediately address the impact of Level 5 restrictions on third level students …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 21 October]

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Campus accommodation to remain open around country with some in-person teaching allowed to continue

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

Ireland“Students and staff living in on-campus accommodation around the country are to be permitted to remain in their current housing but with no visitors allowed under guidelines for higher education following the announcement of new Level 5 restrictions last night …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 20 October]

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College confirms that ‘not much will change’ for Trinity

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

Ireland“In an email to students this evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast explained that because of College’s previous preparations, not much will change in Trinity as College is operating at a ‘very high level of safety’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 20 October]

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If College Wants Strict Rules in Halls, It Must Work With Students – Not Against Them

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

Ireland“This week, eight students spoke with The University Times about a culture of intimidation and fear at Trinity Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. Students are facing evictions and threats of fines worth hundreds of euros if they break the complex’s strict rules, making residents feel afraid, unwelcome and as if they are in ‘prison’ …” (more)

[University Times, 18 October]

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UCC students who choose to return home to be issued with rent refund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) Students’ Union has confirmed that an agreement has been reached to issue students who wish to return home from their rented accommodation with a refund. Following a meeting with UCC Campus Accommodation, the union posted the update on social media …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 18 October]

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