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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‘Don’t be a d*ck’ – Flyer encouraging University of Limerick students to stay safe during Freshers’ Week goes viral

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leaflet encouraging students at University of Limerick (UL) to stay safe has gone viral on Twitter for its humorous slang. Students are warned to avoid ‘throwing shapes in public’ and to make sure they ‘obey the shades’ (Gardai) on a night where they may be drinking …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 11 September]

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Freshers’ Week is Wasted on Freshers

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For many students hoping to progress to third-level education, freshers’ week is a beacon of hope amid the stress and panic of the leaving certificate. In a year characterised by many hours of study, declining social invitations and inevitable breakdowns, the promise of starting university is what makes all the pain worthwhile …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 4 September]


Is freshers’ week a waste of time and money?

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Is freshers’ week going stale? According to the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, cash-strapped prospective students want to get on with squeezing out value for money from their expensive university courses, not waste time partying or picking up flyers for societies and clubs …” (more)

[Homa Khaleeli, Guardian, 4 October]


Surveillance system to give gardaí an eye on UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“A CCTV project costing in excess of €100,000 is expected to be operational at key junctions around University College Cork by the start of the infamous Freshers’ Week in September. A minimum of three cameras will be new ‘eyes in the sky’ for the area around the university …” (more)

[Cork News, 5 July]

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Queen’s should tackle alcohol abuse by students

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Amendments to the licensing laws to help curb drink promotions and serious anti-social behaviour are to be welcomed. Belfast City Council’s proposal to have an alcohol-free St Patrick’s Day festival (News, November 27) is also to be commended …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 12 December]

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How on earth do students survive Freshers’ Week?

Posted in Life on October 13th, 2009 by steve

UK“Do you remember Freshers’ Week? The tuna fish, the angst, the smell of horror film? My Freshers’ Week was prom night in Carrie. I arrived on Halloween, said ‘Hi!’ to The Exorcist and woke up on Friday 13th. This month, 475,914 students have been accepted into British universities. How are they doing? These ones look ill. I am on the University of Sussex campus. Fifteen hundred of them went on a pub crawl in Brighton last night …” (more)

[Tanya Gold, Guardian, 13 October]

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Advice to Freshers: Don’t Panic

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“As our new first year students arrive this week, there is a strong orientation programme for them, to ease them into Trinity life. Trinity News, one of the student newspapers, writes in praise of Trinity’s old-fashioned freshers’ week; another college’s publication last week looked at Freshers’ First Steps; and GoToCollege has some useful tips for those Starting College …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 21 September]

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iPhone app for fresher students

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2009 by steve

UK“A university is offering a free iPhone application it has developed to help students starting their first term. The University of Central Lancashire in Preston says the mobile phone service will provide maps and details of entertainment and local transport …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 18 September]

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Freshers’ week is an education in commercialism

Posted in Life on September 18th, 2009 by steve

UK“How will you survive your first week at university? ‘Grab Mum or Dad’s credit card and BUY YOUR TICKETS!!!’ That’s the advice from Southampton University student union. At Nottingham, get set for the ‘largest fresher week in the country’ with its own website, sponsored by a nightclub, Ocean. Maybe you’ll fancy its ‘Cock-Soc’ night promising ‘ridiculously cheap and extremely potent cocktails … by the PINT!!!’. Parents with fading memories of a freshers’ ball headlined by the likes of The Damned or The Men They Couldn’t Hang in a cheaply decked-out college dining hall are in for a surprise …” (more)

[Patrick Collinson, Guardian, 18 September]

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