1,500 items of alcohol recovered by police in Holyland area

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“More than 1,500 items of alcohol were seized by police in the Holyland area in south Belfast during a night of unrest. Officers contending with large crowds of young people made five arrests for a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary, issued 10 community resolution notices, a penalty notice for disorderly behaviour and reported three people to the Public Prosecution Service …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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Some colleges have not engaged adequately with staff over safe return to campus, union claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A lecturers’ union claims some third-level colleges have not engaged adequately with staff around plans for a safe return to campus. Colleges of higher education are in the process of re-opening fully for the first time in 18 months. But the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said there are inconsistencies in the approaches being taken by college authorities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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Foreign student claims there is a ‘shocking state of homelessness’ among Limerick student community as lack of housing fueling accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of students in Limerick have been forced to hold up in hotels because of a lack of student accommodation in the city and its suburbs. Students, including some who have travelled from abroad to study in the Treaty City, say the government and universities need to step up to solve the housing crisis and meet demand for affordable and suitable housing …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Limerick Post, 14 September]

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College has a duty to engage in ethical investment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As government and student funded institutions, it is imperative that universities strive to uphold an ethical approach to investment, something which Trinity is crucially failing to do. Ethical investment is a strategy whereby investors, in this case College, choose to allocate capital towards companies whose practices and values align with their own social or moral values …” (more)

[Ella Sloane, Trinity News, 14 September]

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Ulster University plans to help run new Coleraine secondary school

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is set to help run a new integrated post-primary school for about 1,200 pupils in Coleraine, County Londonderry. If the plan is approved the new school would be sited on the university’s Coleraine campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 14 September]

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Trinity students say university ‘broke promises’ about in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College students have expressed discontent with the university’s approach to on-campus learning so far this year. The university confirmed that all lectures with over 150 students will be online until at least November 1 …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, DublinLive.ie, 14 September]

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College students in Limerick staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Limerick are staying in hotels because they cannot find suitable accommodation in the city. In a sign that the student accommodation crisis has spread this year beyond the larger university cities such as Dublin or Cork, students studying in Limerick are paying up to €390 weekly for five nights in a hotel as part of a deal struck between Mary Immaculate College and three city hotels to accommodate students …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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Teaching Staff Re-using Lecture Recordings From Last Year

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers from at least five schools are reusing lecture videos recorded last year for classes this term. Screenshots of lecture recordings for various modules in English, chemical sciences, engineering, European studies and biological sciences, seen by The University Times, indicate that the videos were recorded in 2020 …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 13 September]

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