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Food and Housing Insecurity in University Students.

Quality Education; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Reducing Inequality; Good Health and Well-being
Open for application


Post-COVID and recent geo-political factors, including a rise in cost of living, gentrification and associated rent costs, time to travel to university; and more recent examples of health/climate/cyber disaster-mitigation, now means that universities have become centres of excellence leading out research, policy and practice in supporting resilient communities. Notwithstanding this positive trend, there is a concerning rise in both food, fuel (heat) and housing insecurity in our Irish university students, also reflected more globally. The rise in food banks, sofa-surfing, commuting and missing meals are behavioural markers of more acute and chronic ‘presses’ that deplete student resiliency.

The Challenge

How do food and housing insecurity impact student resilience? How can we boost resilience in the student community? What does this look like for diverse student groups? What role can a university play in supporting resilience within its own community? This challenge seeks to come up with student-based solutions to these types of essential questions.

Target Groups

It is expected that engaging in this challenge will enhance students' well-being and learning experience.

Duration (start/end date)

February/March 2023 (dates TBC)

This challenge will run on a hybrid basis over four weeks. Students will form teams and participate in synchronous sessions (dates to be confirmed early September). Additionally, students will work remotely in their teams.

Regarding mobility options, please consult your home university. You can find more information on the Practical information website or contact us via or

Application Deadline

6th February 2023