Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast nightclub’s 60p drinks offer for students condemned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“A Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the ‘666’ promotion last night – a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Majority of students ‘do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’

Posted in Life, Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of students do not think 28 standard drinks makes a person too drunk to give sexual consent, a study has found. As part of a number of investigations into sexual consent among third level students, researchers at NUI Galway carried out an online survey of 753 participants, who were shown two versions of a scenario in which two students go home together after a night out …” (more)

[Dean Ruxton, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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DIT brews up industry-backed beer and whiskey degree

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s future brewers and distillers may well arrive with academic qualifications following the launch of a new degree programme at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The BSc course at the college’s new Grangegorman campus is aimed at helping fulfil the drinks industry’s ambitions of making Ireland a global leader in research, development and innovation …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Holylands: Belfast student area’s rowdiest streets revealed

Posted in Legal issues on March 16th, 2017 by steve

“More than 30,000 alcohol units have been confiscated in south Belfast’s Holylands by council officials over the past three years. And complaints of anti-social behaviour in the mainly student area topped 1,800 over the same period …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 15 March]

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DCU’s ‘indifference’ to student addiction

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The university also has a dedicated student bar on its Glasnevin campus. While most dangerous substances are outright banned, alcohol is sold in copious amounts to students every day. NuBar is not owned by DCU, and it is not being alleged that the university is in any way profiting from the sale of alcohol to students. The existence of the student bar is merely indicative of the double standard towards dangerous substances that exists in this country …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, Irish Times, 13 December]

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University of Limerick SU president calls for restriction on glass bottle sales

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick’s Students’ Union, Colin Clarke has called on local off licences and alcohol vendors to refrain from selling glass bottles throughout Charity Week. Mr Clarke said the request was a response to local residents who have, in the past, complained about broken glass in housing estates, which he said has resulted in health and safety risks and damaged car tyres …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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Drugs ‘used by 82% of Irish college students’

Posted in Life on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Just 2% of Irish third-level students have never consumed alcohol. The revelation came in a hard-hitting new survey on the alcohol and drug use habits of Irish students …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 11 November]

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‘Students have a fairly healthy attitude to alcohol’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of TechnologyAnnie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Students demand Mayor’s apology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland has defended its members in Galway over comments made by the city’s mayor branding drunken students an ’embarrassment’. Mayor Frank Fahy – as reported in last week’s Galway City Tribune – said drunken students were an embarrassment and a disgrace …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 4 October]

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Mayor brands drunken students an ‘embarrassment’ to city

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The city’s mayor has launched a stinging attack on drunken third level students who are an ’embarrassment’ to Galway. Mayor of Galway, City Councillor Frank Fahy said intoxicated students were creating a negative image among visitors to the city …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 28 September]

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Half of students have used cannabis

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of third-level students have recently smoked cannabis and almost a third have recently taken ecstasy, research indicates. Almost all of the 2,700 students surveyed — across more than 30 institutions — drink alcohol and a third said they engaged in binge drinking every week …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

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Scrap drinks campaign, says students’ union

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has called for the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign to be wound up in the wake of the latest resignations from its board …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 26 March]

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Students’ union role in Galway rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This week like other similar weeks over the last few years, students in Galway are ‘celebrating’ an unofficial rag week. Unofficial, because the students’ unions in GMIT and NUIG have washed their hands of it since there were major drink-fuelled incidents connected with it a number of years ago …” (more)

[Tommy Roddy, Irish Times, 19 February]

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No ‘free pass’ for RAG revellers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have warned students that they do not have a ‘free pass’ to behave badly during RAG Week. The unofficial week-long event, which has been disowned by students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT, began in earnest yesterday, when hundreds of revellers queued from early morning for the annual ‘Donegal Tuesday’ event …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 18 February]

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Student bodies distance themselves from Galway rag week celebrations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in Galway have distanced themselves from this week’s unofficial rag week celebrations, which, they stress, are being organised independently of either NUIG or GMIT. ‘We have no involvement in this whatsoever. It’s not supported by us, it’s not endorsed by us’, said NUIG Students’ Union president Declan Higgins …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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New ‘Sneaky Naggin’ drinking fad pressures students to drink spirit bottle down in one

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new drinking craze among third-levels students requiring them to down a naggin of spirits has been condemned by the Union of Students in Ireland … ” (more)

[David Kearns, Independent, 12 February]

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President hits out at drinks firms ‘preying’ on Galway students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins – back in Galway to address a conference at his old NUIG alma mater – has lashed out at drinks companies for ‘preying’ on third level students …” (more)

[John Brennan, Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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