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Bristol Student Accommodation Plans Upheld by Planning Inspector at Appeal

On Tuesday 2 November 2021 Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter for BristolLive filed a report that 50 students are scheduled to move into the re-developed ground floor of a residential apartment building at Cheswick Village after a planning inspector over-ruled the local council's decision to refuse planning permission for the project. Residents of the five-storey building had expected a GP surgery, gym and shops to fill the space as part of planning permission given in 2012 for a large new housing estate in Filton.

Queen's University Belfast Offers Students Money Not to Take Up University Accommodation

On Friday 10 September 2021, Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI Education Correspondent, reported that a 12% increase in the number of first-year applications to Queen's University Belfast has resulted in an 'unprecedented' demand for accommodation and over-subscription for rooms in its halls of residence. As a result, the university is offering some students money and other incentives to find alternative accommodation.

Application for Controversial Manchester Student Accommodation Block Refused

On Thursday 2 September 2021, Neil Hodgson, writing in The reported that a scheme to build 425-bed, 13 storey student accommodation development in the Fallowfield area of Manchester has been refused planning permission following 250 objections from local civic societies, residents' groups and local councillors.

Students To Get Academic & "Socialisation' Catch-Up Support

Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, writing on Tuesday 24 August 2021, reported that students going to universities this autumn will get support to fill gaps in learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic and also support to help them 'get to grips with the freedom of university life' following 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions.

Government Urged to Ensure Full Vaccination of Students Before September Return to Universities

Writing on Friday 23 July 2021, Sally Weale, Guardian Education Correspondent reported that the University and College Union has warned Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, that unless students are double vaccinated before the start of the new academic year and additional protective measures are also implemented, the problems seen in universities last year will be repeated. Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, also writing on Friday 23 July 2021, reported that unless students are fully vaccinated ministers have been warned that university 'chaos' could return in September.