NUIG Students’ Union hits out at the university over rent cost

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

Ireland“The NUI Galway students Union has hit out at the university over its decision to increase rent for on campus student accommodation. NUIG, DCU and UCD are all increasing the cost of their on campus accommodation by 4% – the maximum allowed by law …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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NUIG Hikes Rents by 4%, Following Lead of UCD and DCU

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has become the latest university to announce plans to increase on-campus rent prices by 4% for the next academic year, bringing the monthly cost of a single room to €750 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 February]

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Students ‘outraged’ as universities blame rent increases on refurbishment and upgrades

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

Ireland“Universities that are raising rents for on-campus accommodation have said the rises are due to the refurbishment and upgrade of their student residencies. In a statement, DCU said it has an ‘ongoing refurbishment investment programme’ in its student residences …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 February]

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TCDSU plan direct action to oppose rent increases

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have tonight established working groups to work towards opposing proposed rent increase of 4% to all College operated accommodation, due to be considered by Trinity’s finance committee …” (more)

[Finn Purdy and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 12 February]

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DCU campus accommodation rent set to increase next year

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

Ireland“DCU campus accommodation is set to increase the cost of rent by 4% for the academic year 2020/2021. According to DCU Chief Operations Officer, Declan Raferty: ‘The pricing structure for DCU’s students residences is reviewed annually and for the next academic year… the prices will be increased by 4% …'” (more)

[Áine O’Boyle and Róisín Phelan, The College View, 12 February]

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Facing a Complacent College, Students Must Fight Rent Hikes Tooth and Nail

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

Ireland“If it’s probably fair to say that Trinity’s top officials haven’t exactly placed students front and centre over the years, then there is an extent to which College has recognised the power of students in recent times, and dialled back – slightly – its antagonism …” (more)

[University Times, 10 February]

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Campus Accommodation Prices Could Increase by 4%

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

Ireland“Rent prices for on-campus accommodation in Trinity could be increased by 4%, The University Times has learned. A document from the agenda of Trinity’s Finance Committee, obtained by The University Times, shows that a paper will go to the committee’s next meeting in February ‘seeking a 4% increase in all staff and student rates’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 February]

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UCD to increase campus rent by 12% over three years

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 12 per cent over the next three years, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws. The increase would see the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rise to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Universities, fees and greed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a working parent, I have come to the conclusion that you have to be very rich or very poor to qualify for grants or scholarships. Those of us in the middle-income class who do not meet the threshold of being under a certain reckonable income do not qualify and must pay the full amount of fees and accommodation if our children wish to progress in these third-level institutions …” (more)

[Christy Galligan, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Rents and rise in costs driving students to seek counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A painful rental market and increasing costs being loaded onto third level students are all contributing to increasing demand on student counselling services, according to Galway’s student leader …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 15 November]

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Student poverty ‘a massively underestimated issue’ as 20 avail of UCC food bank

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students every week are availing of a Food Bank that’s been set up at University College Cork. The parcels are a direct response to those experiencing poverty but who the student union couldn’t immediately offer financial help to …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Cork students availing of food bank on weekly basis

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students at University College Cork are availing of a food bank service on a weekly basis. The UCC Students’ Union founded the food bank in response to the financial hardships expressed by students due to rising rents and static levels of student grant aid …” (more)

[Marian O’Flaherty, RTÉ News, 11 November]

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UCC Food Banks Are A Symbol Of The Increasing Hardships Students Face

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, University College Cork (UCC) became the first Irish university in modern times to open a food bank for struggling students. The organiser, University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU), follows in the footsteps of several smaller institutes, which have recently reported on the success of food bank initiatives in their colleges. That such measures are needed, however, no doubt sounded alarm bells for many …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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UCCSU Launches Food Bank for Struggling Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a food bank as part of its student hardship fund to help students in financial difficulty. UCCSU is seeking to address the issue of student poverty in a ‘tangible manner’, in the wake of reports showing an estimated 36% of students in Ireland are currently experiencing ‘severe financial problems’ …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 October]

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Wealthy students and high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – That students from affluent backgrounds are more likely to study ‘high points’ courses should come as little surprise to anybody (News, October 21st). However, the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) report make clear the need for significant additional, targeted investment across all levels of education to afford students an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential, irrespective of their postal address …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Lack of state funding for higher education a major impediment to student access, says IFUT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The consistent failure of the government to restore funding levels to higher education is a major impediment to access by students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Responding to new data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which found that only 10% of the national student population is from a disadvantaged background …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 October]

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IUA Welcomes HEA’s new report on the Spatial and Socio-Economic Profile of HEIs in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes HEA’s new report on the Spatial and Socio-Economic Profile of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. The IUA has been using the same type of geocoded data as an indicator of socioeconomic background for the HEAR scheme for 10 years and has been advocating for others to use it for similar purposes. This report helps universities to ensure that they can identify and address the needs of the most underrepresented groups in Higher Education …” (more)

[IUA, 21 October]

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Colleges grapple with tackling student inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There’s no doubt that the data the HEA has complied is extremely valuable. It’s also fascinating. It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know however, it just confirms it. The link between socio-economic status, academic attainment, and future earning levels is deep and enduring …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 October]

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Higher Education Spatial and Socio-Economic Profile, 2017/18 Enrolments published

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Those from Better Off Financial Backgrounds Still More Likely to Go to College. Progress has been made in delivering on the national priority of increasing access to higher education. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Monday 21st, publishes a detailed picture of the geographical and socio-economic make-up of Ireland’s higher education institutions and courses. All publicly funded institutions except Trinity College Dublin are included in the study. Among the key findings are …” (more, download)

[David Sheils, HEA, 21 October]

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Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses – report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Affluent students are far more likely to study high-points courses in university and earn more within months of graduating than those from less well-off backgrounds, a new study finds. Medicine, dentistry, finance and engineering courses attract the highest proportions of well-off students from the wealthiest parts of the country, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) research …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 October]

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