British universities face long shutdown of Chinese campuses as virus spreads

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2020 by steve

“British universities are braced for a long shutdown of their Chinese campuses after Beijing said it would extend the closure of China’s higher education sector into March to combat the spread of coronavirus. Nottingham, Birmingham City and Leeds universities were among the many UK higher education providers told they must delay the return of academics and students until 2 March …” (more)

[Phillip Inman, Guardian, 9 February]

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Accommodation, University funding, healthcare and climate the key issues for the student voter ahead of GE 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unprecedented first Saturday election since 1918 raised some eyebrows when the starting gun was pulled on General Election 2020, with Leo Varadkar claiming that the public going to the polls later in the week makes it easier for parents, commuters and students to cast their vote …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 6 February]

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Queen’s University bans travel to China over Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) has banned students and staff from travelling to China due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. The BBC has reported that the Belfast university has frozen travel to China for business or study while they monitor the situation …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 1 February]

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Coronavirus scare: UCD student who recently returned from China given all clear

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student who recently returned from China has been given the all clear following a coronavirus scare. The woman, who lives in the UCD Residences, returned from the Asian country where the original outbreak of the virus begun within the past 14 days …” (more)

[Mark O’Brien, DublinLive, 31 January]

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Trinity coronavirus working group recommends students return from China

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College’s working group charged with monitoring the coronavirus has advised that students and staff in China return to Trinity in light of the ongoing spread of the virus. In an email to staff and students on Thursday afternoon, College advised …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 January]

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UCC warns against travel to China as coronavirus death toll rises

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has emailed staff and students to request they refrain from travelling to China, as the World Health Organisation (Who) says the ‘whole world needs to be on alert’ over the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 29 January]

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Universities issue advice for students on coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are advising students to take a number of precautions to help limit the potential spread of the new strain of coronavirus until more is known about the infection. Amidst an outbreak of a new strain of the virus that has so far been linked to 132 deaths, students who have come to Ireland from Wuhan, China in the last 14 days, should notify the Department of Public Health …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 January]

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University of Limerick suspends travel to and from China amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has suspended all ‘university-related’ travel by all staff and students to and from China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Any student that has travelled from China to UL in the last 14 days is being asked by the University to notify the Student Medical Centre …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 29 January]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer,, 29 January]

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Coronavirus: UK universities issue quarantine warning to Chinese students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2020 by steve

“British universities have warned students considering travelling home to China to celebrate Chinese new year that they risk being quarantined on their return. The University of Chester said it had warned its Chinese students in the UK that if they returned to their homeland they may not be readmitted without a suitable quarantine period …” (more)

[Nazia Parveen and Libby Brooks, Guardian, 24 January]

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Warning for students after rise in cases of Mumps in UCC over last two weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being warned about an outbreak of the Mumps in UCC in the last two weeks. UCC Student Health Services have alerted those attending the University that there has been a spike in both the Mumps and flu in recent weeks …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, CorkBeo, 20 November]

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Trinity warns of spike in number of mumps cases in College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Health Service has warned that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Mumps in Trinity. In an email sent to all staff and students, the health service director, Dr David McGrath said that there has been a ‘spike in cases’ across the college and advised that students take the necessary preventative measures. The College Health Service also expects to see more cases over the next few weeks due to the long incubation period of the virus …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[, 25 October]

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UL Student Health Centre issues advice to take against mumps and flu risks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Due to increased mumps activity on University of Limerick campus, the Student Health Centre has issued advice on Wednesday afternoon for students. In an email sent campus-wide, Clinical Nurse Manager Claire Kearns said that there has been a number of mumps cases on college campuses in Ireland and this is due to a possibility of a low uptake of the relevant vaccine in the 1990s …” (more)

[Kathleen O’Sullivan, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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UL warns students of high number of mumps cases on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is warning its students after a number of people have been diagnosed with mumps on campus. Mumps is a viral infection which in general terms presents with a swelling of one of the salivary glands or more in the neck …” (more)

[Niamh Delmer, Limerick Voice, 30 September]

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an increasing number of calls are for mental health incidents …” (more)

[Samira Shackle, Guardian, 27 September]

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In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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UL president calls for calls for vaping ban on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university president says vaping should be banned on all college campuses. Dr Des Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick, wants the government to implement a ban due to newly discovered health risks associated with vaping. UL is the only college in Ireland that has already stopped the use of e-cigarettes …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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University and Happiness: A look at student mental health during the transition and experience of third-level education

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Upon beginning in UCD as a freshman, what will be surprising to many is the degree of loneliness that can be felt on campus. Compared to a school environment, it’s suddenly a lot harder to catch up with friends. As well as the largeness of campus, clashing timetables can quickly become a hindrance to staying in touch with pals as much as we’d like to. It happens …” (more)

[Eva Earner, College Tribune, 21 September]

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