PSNI denounce motion seeking to limit their presence on Queen’s University Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have responded to a motion that was tabled and then withdrawn from Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) Council, saying that they will continue to patrol the university campus. The motion, which was due to be debated at a meeting of the union’s council last Wednesday, was withdrawn hours before the meeting …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 26 March]

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Varadkar suggests it could ‘make sense’ to extend Metro to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested it could be ‘make sense’ to extend the MetroLink line to UCD and on to Sandyford in future years. His remarks came as he was challenged in the Dáil on the current plan for the Metro Line to stop at Charlemont in the south city and the abandonment of the proposal to continue it along the existing Luas Green Line to Sandyford …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 26 March]

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Yale Becomes First University to Rescind Admission for Student in College Fraud Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was accepted as part of the massive college cheating scandal revealed by the Department of Justice earlier in March. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people for participating in the scheme, which employed bribery, exam cheating and unearned athletic endorsements to help get applicants into prestigious colleges …” (more)

[Ciara Nugent, Time, 26 March]

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Vote ­­­­No campaign launched in UCD student centre levy referendum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Vote No campaign has been launched against an upcoming University College Dublin (UCD) referendum on the continuation of a student levy to cover the cost of an extension to the student centre. The referendum is expected to ask the question: ‘Are you in favour of the proposed extension of the Student Centre levy to fund the Student Centre Extension?’ …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 26 March]

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Liam Neeson ‘removed from Queen’s University Belfast prospectus’ following race row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Liam Neeson has reportedly been removed from the prospectus for Queen’s University Belfast. The move comes just over a month since the actor told The Independent he once roamed the streets with a cosh, looking for a ‘black bastard’ to kill after the rape of a close friend …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 26 March]

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UL warns over challenges despite €7m surplus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick warns that it is facing a challenge over the sustainability of its finances, despite recording a surplus of almost €7m in the year to the end of Sept 2017. New accounts filed by the college show it recorded a surplus of €6.89m in the 12-month period – an annual increase of 5.3%. In a financial report, UL’s chief operating officer and registrar Gerry O’Brien said …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Minister says application for University for the South East will be submitted soon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Minister of State John Halligan says the government has done all it can in the creation of a university for the South East. He said preparations for a technological university were at an advanced stage, and it was now up to Waterford and Carlow ITs to get it over the line …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 25 March]

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Trinity ‘bug’ row: law professors clash over university paper’s secret recording

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Law professors at Trinity College have clashed over whether a university newspaper was justified in secretly recording an alleged society initiation ceremony. An article about the alleged ‘hazing’ incident appeared in ‘The University Times’ on March 15, prompted two investigations by Trinity authorities …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 March]

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Students’ union calls for action over ‘twice as long’ mental health wait list

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have had to walk peers who express suicidal thoughts to a support centre because of a lack of mental health resourcing at third level, a union has claimed. An official at Cork Institute of Technology’s student union says the waiting list to see a counsellor is so lengthy, some students who experience mental health issues are putting off seeking an appointment in case they take a place from someone suffering greater difficulties …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Bid to defund Trinity student paper a ‘press freedom’ issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Times student newspaper office in Trinity College Dublin looks out across the cobblestone front square of the city-centre campus. The window of the cramped office, littered with stacks of old papers, faces the 166-year-old campanile bell tower …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 March]

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