‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stock

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter University you Limerick campus aerialPhoto: True MediaUNIVERSITY of Limerick has announced a major plan to expand its student on-campus student accommodation to more than 3,400 beds to meet growing demand.A spokesperson said the extra 630 beds would “provide a more affordable option for students”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The University will introduce a new shared accommodation option, in time for the new academic year this coming September.UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “With the growth in student numbers and following a detailed review of different options and a survey of student requirements, we are planning to develop shared accommodation for students.”He said the existing campus accommodation would be “retrofit as twin rooms rather than single rooms with the upgrade to be completed for next September.“There are six student accommodation villages on the UL campus, and this will add another 630 beds to the 2,850 already available in our on-campus residences,” added Dr Fitzgerald.A UL spokesman said the university has experienced phenomenal growth in the past 12 years, with an almost 50 per cent increase in student numbers from 11,500 to 16,300 in 2019.Michael Foley, Chief Operations Officer at Campus Life Services, which manages UL’s accommodation, said they  encountered significant demand for on campus accommodation last August, which made it particularly challenging for students and parents in the search for accommodation at the beginning of term”.He said the additional beds “will help to address the challenge on supply of accommodation in the short term, but also provides a more affordable cost option for parents with twin room costs ranging from under €3,000 to €4,250 per person which includes utilities and UL Sport membership”.UL’s student residences are let on a commercial basis in the summer months.“We continue to promote to local house owners the tax free option of renting a room to students. This rent a room option can provide up to €14,000 a year to the householder and is becoming popular for households and students. This rent a room sector now provides five per cent of the university’s accommodation requirements and has expanded since it was initially promoted in 2017,” added Mr Foley.Last year UL’s Campus Accommodation was ranked number one in Ireland for both accommodation quality and cost in the ‘I-Graduate’ international student barometer survey. The university also recently completed a €20 million four-year refurbishment programme to raise its on-campus accommodation standards.Rental fees for UL on-campus accommodation include full utility costs (electricity, heating, cable TV and licence, refuse and Wi-Fi) as well as membership of the UL Sports Arena gym and access to free campus residence events as part of the Campus Life programme. LimerickNews‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stockBy Editor – January 18, 2020 739 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostULUniversity of Limerick center_img Previous articleCalls to upgrade Clarina walkwayNext articleWATCH: Billy Holland on that missing link, Munster support and the Ospreys Editor WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Printlast_img read more

General Motors Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Northeast Indiana

first_imgIndianapolis – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced plans today to invest more than $90 million to expand its operations in Grant County, Indiana.“Here in Indiana, we continue to be a global leader in the manufacturing industry and Hoosier made products can be found throughout the world,” said Governor Mike Pence. “General Motors’ multi-million dollar investment in Indiana reaffirms that our pro-growth business environment, low-taxes, limited regulations and skilled workforce continue to be a winning formula for companies. We have more Hoosiers working now than ever before, and we will continue to adopt practices that allow job creators to thrive in a state that works.”GM will invest more than $90 million to update equipment at the Marion Metal Center plant’s existing 2.7 million-square-foot campus at 2400 W. Second St. With the expansion expected to begin this year, the company will add new cutting-edge equipment to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility, requiring new dies, die alterations and cranes that move dies throughout the facility. The new installations are projected to be complete by 2017.“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, manager of GM North America Manufacturing. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”Established in 1956, Marion Metal Center provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for cars, vans, trucks and SUVs to GM assembly plants throughout North America and employs more than 1,400 associates at the Marion Metal Center. GM, which produces vehicles under leading brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC, operates in 31 countries.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered General Motors LLC up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s economic development plans. Grant County has approved additional incentives at the request of Grant County Economic Growth Council.“We are excited to have General Motors demonstrate their confidence in our community’s bright future,” said Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh. “We enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with General Motors, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Grant County Economic Growth Council in making this investment a reality.”Today, one in five Hoosiers work in the manufacturing industry. Home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation, companies like General Motors continue to find the workforce they need to expand in Indiana. The Hoosier state is home to the second largest automotive industry in the nation. Since 2010, Indiana’s automotive industry has produced more than 5.1 million cars and light trucks.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more