‘Let common sense prevail’: Annual St Patrick’s partying by students in Belfast raises Covid-19 concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The notorious St Patrick’s Day parties in Belfast’s ‘Holylands’ area – an annual source of concern for local residents – are causing particular anxiety this year as Northern Ireland grapples with the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 March]

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Shock at reports of students holding ‘virus parties’ as 39 new cases of coronavirus confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Leading medical figures have spoke of their shock at reports of students holding ‘virus parties’ in the wake of stricter controls announced on Thursday, March 12. The controls which included the closure of all schools, universities and creches, were introduced in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) …” (more)

[Leinster Express, 14 March]

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Professor slams ‘virus parties’ by students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A leading immunologist has slammed ‘virus parties’ as being irresponsible and selfish amid reports of thousands of students hosting impromptu house parties and large pub gatherings. Hours after the Government ordered all schools and colleges to close until further notice to combat Covid-19, hundreds of students in Cork were seen packing pubs around College Road and other student neighbourhoods …” (more)

[Allison Bray and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 14 March]

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Donegal Tuesday brings massive crowds to Eyre Street for day long drinking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Donegal Tuesday, the ‘highlight’ of the unofficial Rag Week for students in the city, is back again with big crowds at the Hole in the Wall. Students have turned out in massive numbers on Eyre Street today, as they do every year for Donegal Tuesday, filling the street with Donegal jerseys as they wait to get into the pub …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 11 February]

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Gardai issue RAG week warning to students with more patrols in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Community Engagement Gardai on duty for UCC RAG Week in the city have warned students that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, with residents in student areas concerned about student behaviour this week …” (more)

[Michael Hayes, CorkBeo, 11 February]

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Angry Holyland residents demand action after 3,600 complaints about students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2020 by steve

“Nearly 3,600 complaints about student behaviour were made to our two universities in a four-year period. People raised concerns over a range of off-campus incidents including antisocial behaviour, excessive noise and disorder – much of it fuelled by alcohol …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 11 February]

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RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

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Stopping RAG, The Ironic Contradiction

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week – sorry Eolann/Bea/The SU – Raise and Give week is upon us and every year, this year of course being no exception, there are calls for Raise and Give week to be cancelled, stopped, ended, etc. We know the drill at this stage. Every year the Students Union will highlight the fact the week is about raising money for charity and is not simply an excuse for students to go on a week of drinking …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 16 February]

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‘Alcohol consumption among university students in Ireland and the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2014: a systematic review’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandBackground: Alcohol is a leading cause of global suffering. Europe reports the uppermost volume of alcohol consumption in the world, with Ireland and the United Kingdom reporting the highest levels of binge drinking and drunkenness. Levels of consumption are elevated among university students. Thus, this literature review aims to summarise the current research on alcohol consumption among university students in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom …” (more)

Davoren, MP, Demant, J, Shiely, F and Perry, IJ (2016) ‘Alcohol consumption among university students in Ireland and the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2014: a systematic review’. BMC Public Health, 16:173 (13pp) doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2843-1.

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Drunken students ‘risking future careers’, says university

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Students involved in anti-social behaviour in Belfast’s Holyland area are putting their education and careers at risk, says Queen’s University. More than 150 complaints about the behaviour of students from various institutions have been lodged with Belfast City Council since Monday …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Poll: Should Irish colleges ban spirits at student parties?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Beer and wine are the only alcoholic drinks allowed at on-campus parties at California’s Stanford University after it prohibited high volume alcohol spirits. The ban applies to all students living in undergraduate housing and for all on-campus parties …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 24 August]

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UCC Students’ Union hits out at proposals to restrict opening hours of campus bars during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCC Students’ Union has hit out at proposals to restrict the opening hours of bars on campus during Freshers’ Week and RAG week in the college …” (more)

[Conor Heneghan, JOE.ie, 15 APril]

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UCC RAG Week pub hours are in the firing line from councillors

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Council is calling on college bars in University College Cork (UCC) to reduce their opening hours during Freshers Week and RAG Week … ” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 April]

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Call for restricted college bar hours in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is mounting on University College Cork authorities to restrict the opening hours of its bars during Rag and Freshers Week. Day-time drinking by students in residential areas of the city has led to calls for change. City councillors have backed calls from residents living around the university urging college bosses to limit the bars’ opening times during the events as part of wider efforts to curb anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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Tackle laddish conduct more vigorously, OIA head says

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

UK“Universities are not doing enough to tackle a widespread ‘lad culture’ of excessive drinking and lewd behaviour on campus, the sector’s ombudsman has warned …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 18 June]

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DCU academics attack Diageo’s €1m funding for drinking campaign

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

Ireland“Two of DCU’s leading academics have criticised the controversial Diageo-funded ‘Stop Out-of-Control Drinking’ campaign, despite the fact that it is being backed by the university …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 18 April]

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Boozing student hordes need to learn lessons in decent behaviour

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“… How dare these kids come here and feel entitled to trash the place? And where the heck are the PSNI and Queen’s and the University of Ulster when all this is happening? …” (more)

[Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph, 23 March]

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Durham Students To Be Breathalysed By Nightclubs Following River Deaths

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

UK“Durham University students will be breathalysed on nights out as part of a series of new safety measures being rolled out to tackle drinking related deaths. In a period of 14 months, Durham witnessed the deaths of three students who all drowned in the River Wear following nights out …” (more)

[Nick Winchester, Huffington Post, 12 February]

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A foreign student’s view on ‘WITmas’

Posted in Life on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Returning from a long day in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning, I disembarked at the Parnell Street bus stop at 2.30 am approximately. Not having any idea about the tradition of ‘Christmas Day’ as it has become known locally, I was at a loss to explain why there were so many young men on the streets of Waterford, virtually all of them apparently drunk …” (more)

[Giulia Francomacaro, Munster Express, 17 December]

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Student involved discusses ‘drunk girl’ experiment in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“One of the students involved in the UCC ‘drunk girl’ experiment, Katie Murphy, has spoken to the Irish Examiner about the experiment. The Drama and Theatre Studies class was inspired by Antonin Artaud, a French actor and theatre director …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 5 December]

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