Coronavirus: Queen’s University student is one of two new cases confirmed in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“A Queen’s University student is one of two new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Northern Ireland. Both patients are adults and the two cases are not connected. One individual recently travelled from northern Italy. The other had recent contact with a person elsewhere in the UK who has subsequently tested positive for the virus …” (more)

[Gareth Cross and Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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Students must be protected against Brexit – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald, has called for the rights of students and young people to be protected in the aftermath of Brexit. The party’s Economy spokesperson said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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UCD Students in Standoff With Security, As Rent Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) students today attempted to storm the college’s Club Restaurant in protest at campus rent increases, with a tense standoff between students and security marking the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 March]

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American university cancels study trip to Ireland due to virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“A group of American students on their way to Ireland to partake in a study-abroad programme have had their plans cancelled mid-journey due to the coronavirus epidemic. The party of 15 history students and three tutors from Mercyhurst University in Eerie, Pennsylvania was heading to Dungarva, Co Waterford, to spend their spring semester in the region …” (more)

[Christy Parker, Irish Examiner, 4 March]

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Thousands of QUB students apply for hardship funds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“Thousands of Queen’s University students have applied to for a hardship support fund in recent years, new figures show. Figures released to the student newspaper The Scoop show that more than 12,360 applied to the Student Hardship and Student Support funds, which typically award up to £700 in the form of a non-repayable loan for those in financial difficulty …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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On-campus accommodation almost doubled since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The price of on-campus accommodation in DCU has nearly doubled since 2014 according to Cut the Rent. Back in 2014, Hampstead apartments cost €4,284 while College Park apartments were €4,824. They have since increased to €6,327 and €7,001 respectively …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 4 March]

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TCDSU President Beston Blasts Provost Over Campus Rent Comments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has slammed ‘preposterous’ and ‘hurtful’ comments made about student accommodation by Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Fiachra Gallagher, University Times, 4 March]

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Are universities still male dominated? What can be done?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In Irish universities 74% of senior academic positions are held by men (HEA, 2019a). This gives an implicit message to women students and early career women that they have no future in these organisations. It also has the immediate practical implication that there are few women in key decision-making fora in universities …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, PublicPolicy.ie, 4 March]

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Fury as University implements 4% hike on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost of on-campus accommodation in NUI Galway is set to increase by around 4%, ahead of the next academic year. The hikes will see the cost of a single bedroom in the recently opened Goldcrest Village rise to €6760 for the academic year, while in neighbouring Corrib Village, the price of a similar room will be set at €5950 …” (more)

[SIN, 4 March]

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Tents remain in UCC protest as Union enters talks with management

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 30 tents will remain on campus as students protesting a proposed price hike in campus accommodation enter mediation talks with the university. After eight days of occupation, University College Cork confirmed that the Students’s Union will enter independently-mediated talks with management of Campus Accommodation UCC – the UCC-owned company responsible for campus accommodation …” (more)

[Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner, 3 March]

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University of Limerick wins Best Student Campus award for second year in a row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has won the award for Best Student Campus in Ireland for the second year in a row. The University took home the prize for the second consecutive year at the 2020 Irish Education Awards, which took place recently in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin …” (more)

[Meghann Scully, Limerick Post, 3 March]

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Magee a ‘test of commitment to Derry’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“SDLP Councillor Rory Farrell has said that Magee expansion is an opportunity for the ‘Belfast, Dublin and London governments to demonstrate their commitment to Derry’. The Ballyarnett representative gained unanimous support at Thursday’s Council meeting for a motion calling on the Executive to work with Ulster University and the Irish and UK Governments to finally deliver university expansion …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 3 March]

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DIT Aungier Street campus hits the market at €110m

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The opportunity to deliver a brand new urban quarter at the heart of the most sought-after area in Dublin city centre is expected to see significant interest from an array of developers and investors in the sale of DIT’s Aungier Street campus. The property is being brought to the market today by agent CBRE on behalf of the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – at a guide price of €110 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 4 March]

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On Rent Hikes, the Provost is Cold, Disingenuous – and Wholly Illogical

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The op-ed written by Provost Patrick Prendergast in today’s Irish Times was an outrageous – if transpicuous – sign of a College administration that’s admitting students are not among its prime concerns …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 3 March]

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TCD and student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read with interest the provost of Trinity College defending the cost of on-campus accommodation (‘Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?’, Education, March 3rd). Patrick Prendergast states that, ‘on-campus accommodation has to pay for itself’ …” (more)

[Pat Kennedy, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Medical students in Cork say racism is damaging their career prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Group of medical students in Cork have claimed that systematic racism is damaging their career prospects in the Irish health service. The Medical Research and Tech Society at University College Cork (UCC) will host an event this month aimed at discussing and tackling the issue of racism in the Irish health system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 4 March]

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Seanad elections – time for reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Once again I may vote twice in elections to Seanad Éireann. Once again, on principle, I shall not do so even once. Graduates of the National University of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin can vote in the election of six senators ‘representing’ those bodies …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 4 March]

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