PSNI arrests 11 in Belfast’s Holyland on St Patrick’s Day

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Police Service of Northern Ireland made at least 11 arrests on St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland area of south Belfast, a district densely populated by students. On Friday there was a heavy police presence in the district which is full of multiple-occupancy houses, pubs and restaurants …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Police urge revellers avoid Holyland area of Belfast amid ‘low-level disorder’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2017 by steve

“Police are dealing with low-level disorder in Belfast’s Holyland. The area is busy with St Patrick’s Day revellers. Officers have a mobile cell van in case of trouble …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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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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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, warns over Brexit ‘risks’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast, has warned Brexit poses ‘challenges and risks’ to its ability to attract international staff, students and EU research funds. The concerns are expressed in a paper analysing the possible implications of Brexit, specifically for Queen’s. It shows EU undergraduate applications to QUB dropped by over 6% this year …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 13 January]

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QUB Professor Phil Scraton refuses OBE

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2016 by steve

“Hillsborough campaigner and Queen’s University academic Prof Phil Scraton has turned down an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. The author led the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team. He said he could not receive an honour in protest ‘at those who remained unresponsive’ to help families and survivors affected by the disaster …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 December]

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Don’t dress like Kim Kardashian: Queen’s University lecturer slams dress code guide for graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2016 by steve

“A Queen’s lecturer has branded the university’s warning to students to ‘cover their cleavage’ during their graduation ceremony as ‘sexist nonsense’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 10 December]

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Don’t Tell Women How to Dress

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

“You may have seen the news today, but you may have missed it amidst all the graduation festivities this week. For those that are just catching up, you can read here. To quickly summarize, the above image was posted on the information page for the students that were graduating this week …” (more)

[Lawrence Dushenski, The Gown, 9 December]

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‘Don’t dress like Kim Kardashian’ – Belfast university bans cleavage and short skirts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

“Students at Queen’s have hit out after the university issued a graduation ceremony style guide banning short skirts and cleavage – telling women not to dress like Kim Kardashian …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 9 December]

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Irish university students offer sex to fund studies, claims report

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“Female students at an Irish university are turning to sex work to help fund their studies, a report has claimed. The university and College Union and the Students’ Union claimed some PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast are being paid below the minimum wage …” (more)

[Kylie Noble, Independent, 27 October]

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Undervalued, Overworked, Taken for Granted: PhD Students Issue Damning Report on ‘Exploitative’ Working Conditions at Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Tuesday evening saw the launch of a highly critical report issued jointly between the University and College Union and the Students’ Union of Queen’s University. Entitled ‘Undervalued, Overworked, Taken for Granted: A Report on PhD Working Conditions’, the publication urges a reform of ‘exploitative conditions’ placed upon academic staff amidst a backdrop of university marketisation …” (more)

[Niall Coleman, The Gown, 26 October]

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Queen’s University: Some PhD students ‘earn less than minimum wage’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some PhD students at Queen’s University are being paid below the minimum wage, claims a report from the University and College Union (UCU) and Queen’s Students’ Union. The report is based on data on work and wages …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 October]

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Survey suggests lack of leadership at Queen’s University

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

UK“Fewer than a third of staff at Queen’s University believe it is being led effectively. That is one of the main findings of a major survey conducted by the university itself, details of which have been obtained by the BBC. Almost 70% – 2,479 – of the university’s 3,600 staff took part in the survey earlier this year …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 October]


Sinn Féin protests at British army recruitment at university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin staged a protest against a British army recruitment event at Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday. Tam Donlon, of the party’s Northern executive, said that universities ‘should not be used to recruit young people for imperialist conflicts’ …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious.

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

UK“September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 October]

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Queens University spin-off secures £500,000 investment

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“A Belfast diagnostics company has secured a £500,000 investment from Kernel Capital. Causeway Sensors has developed nano-sized sensing chips that can be used to detect early-stage cancer and other diseases due to its ability to sense the presence of very low levels of proteins and fluctuations in their behaviour …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 13 October]


Victory Declared As QUB Course Cuts Reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Unlike previous years, 2016 has been a tough one for Queen’s University Belfast, as plans to cut course programmes in Sociology and Anthropology have been resisted by an alliance of staff and students. Undeterred by the decision to close the BA Sociology programme last month, the ‘Take Back Queen’s’ campaign held rallies and garnered opposition to the plans …” (more)

[The Last Round, 5 October]

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Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

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

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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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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