Top 10 Student News

Posted by Michael Rainsford

Welcome once again to the weekly round-up of all that is student news. Our short end-of-week round-up provides a concise overview of the important student and accommodation stories from around the world this week. As always, we hope you enjoy and feel free to read the full articles by clicking on the titles.

1. Student Loans Company found using guerrilla debt collection tactics

In the aftermath of the recent Wonga scandal, in which the payday loan company was found to be using fictitious law firms as a mechanism for chasing up loan repayments, it has emerged that similar tactics have been in place at the Student Loans Company (SLC)

2. Baby boomers continue to mortgage their children

A Freedom of Information Act data request has revealed that more than 5,000 students over the age of 50 have taken advantage of the student loan scheme backed by the government, in which many could end up walking away with a free education

3. Student Loans Company chairman has resignation offer rejected

A ministerial statement has revealed the chairman of the Student Loans Company (SLC), Christian Brodie, has had his resignation offer rejected in a meeting with business secretary, Vince Cable

4. Unite Group extends its student halls network via 2,900 units acquisition

Unite Group, the UK's largest student accommodation provider, has announced its £137m acquisition of Cordea Savills' 2,900-unit student accommodation portfolio

5. Emerging science talent to get £52 million boost in new scheme

"The science-based industries are critical to our future prosperity", voiced David Willetts this week as he announced a £52 million investment in new and emerging science talent that has been formed through a partnership between government and industry

6. University applications in the UK up by 4%

Applications for university places are up by 4% on last year, with 659,030 submitted by the end of June, according to the admissions service UCAS

7. UPP reaches $240m dorm deal with London university

UPP Group Holdings Ltd., the U.K.'s second-largest provider of student housing, and the University of London announced a 140.7 million-pound ($240 million) project to build 1,200 rooms that will be designed and operated by UPP

8. University rooms: the best budget accommodation in summer

How to book budget stays in Britain's university halls of residence this summer, from London squares and Oxford quads to accommodation in the shadow of Durham Cathedral

9. Manchester-based student accommodation fund acquires French properties

The Victus European Student Accommodation IC Limited Fund has made its first move into France with the strategic acquisition of two buildings in Chambery

10. Lack of student accommodation in Dublin at 'absolute crisis' levels

A massive development of student apartments has been proposed for Dublin's city centre, but this will only be 'the tip of the iceberg' in meeting demand, the Union of Students in Ireland has warned