Numbers in Queen’s University accommodation ‘falls marginally during pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The number of students living at Queen’s University in Belfast has fallen ‘marginally’ amid the pandemic. A reduction in the number of twin rooms and international students arriving on campus later were partly responsible, the institution said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Hundreds of students suspended and fined over Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of Northern Irish students have been suspended and hit with fines totalling over €14,000 for breaking lockdown restrictions. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has imposed sanctions on 109 students for coronavirus-related offences, while Ulster University (UU) said it has dealt with 146 transgressions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Independent, 19 November]

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Does Queen’s need an academic specialist in unionism?

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

“Speaking in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (9 November 2020), the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mr Stephen Aiken, encouraged Queen’s University to establish a new academic post ‘to study unionism and its contribution to Northern Ireland’, in the context of the approaching centenary of partition and the creation of Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Marie Coleman, Slugger O’Toole, 12 November]

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QUB paying 10 members of staff more than £150k

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

“Ten staff members at Queen’s University Belfast earn more than £150,000 annually, a new report has revealed. The TaxPayers’ Alliance today published its 2020 University Rich List. It ranks Queen’s 96th in the UK top 100 …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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Covid and Queen’s: ‘A very different year’ at the Belfast university

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

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, scientists sudden dominated the airwaves. ‘I never knew Northern Ireland had so many virologists’, was a common observation. Many of those experts – not least the North’s chief scientific adviser, Prof Ian Young – were from Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Queen’s University ‘closely monitoring’ situation as coronavirus cases increase

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

“The Queen’s University Belfast is ‘closely monitoring’ an increase in coronavirus cases and has not ruled out introducing further measures to stem the spread. It has been reported that 166 students and staff at the south Belfast university have tested positive for Covid-19 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 6 October]

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Queen’s Investigates ‘Reckless’ Students Who Danced to ‘Rock the Boat’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has launched an investigation into a video that appears to show around 20 of its students dancing to ‘Rock the Boat’ in one of its accommodation buildings last week. The video, which was obtained by The University Times, shows the students – none of whom are wearing masks or practicing social distancing – dancing in two rows to the popular 1973 song …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 October]

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Queen’s University charters flights to bring Chinese students to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast for the second time in two weeks has chartered a Qatar Airways plane to bring hundreds of Chinese students to Belfast. On Saturday about 400 new and returning Queen’s University students were flown into Northern Ireland from Beijing by Boeing 777 to begin the college term. Two weeks previously the university chartered a flight to bring in about 370 Chinese students …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Executive to meet universities as Queen’s students self-isolating after positive Covid cases

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“The Executive Office will meet representatives of Northern Ireland’s universities on Tuesday to discuss their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It comes after a number of students in Queen’s University halls of residence in Belfast have been told to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 28 September]

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Queen’s students isolating after positive Covid-19 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Some students at Queen’s University’s Halls of Residence in Belfast have been told to self-isolate after a small number of them tested positive for Covid-19. It is understood that the buildings involved are in the Malone Road area, close to the university in the south of the city …” (more)

[Tommie Gorman, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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‘Remain calm’ plea after coronavirus outbreak at Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Students living in Queen’s University Belfast accommodation have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed. It is understood some of the affected students are living in Holly Grove in the Elms Village, although the university did not confirm the specific location …” (more)

[The Irish News, 28 September]

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Holyland: How do you solve Belfast’s perennial problem area?

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2020 by steve

“When Brid Ruddy first moved to the Holyland area of Belfast in the mid-1970s, it was to escape the sectarian confines around the Oldpark Road in the north of the city …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, BBC News, 27 September]

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Students could be prevented from returning home at weekends, Foster warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Students may be prevented from returning home at the weekends if coronavirus continues to spread in Belfast and other university towns, Arlene Foster has warned. Mrs Foster’s comments come amid concerns about the potential for students residing together in large numbers during the week bringing Covid-19 back to their local areas …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Holyland: Students suspended as almost 200 Covid notices issued

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students have been suspended from Queen’s University following disorder in the Holyland area of south Belfast in recent days. It’s after the university received notifications of coronavirus regulation breaches from the PSNI, which led to the suspension of the students for two weeks …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Queen’s University chartered £616 a ticket flight from China for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast has brought hundreds of students to Northern Ireland direct from China on a chartered jumbo jet. The Boeing 777 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways and carrying the 369 new and returning students, landed at Belfast International Airport from Beijing on Saturday …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Police issue 55 Covid notices in Belfast Holyland as Justice Minister Long calls landlords to check behaviour of disruptive tenants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices, including 31 at one house alone, and eight prohibition notices after another night of disruption in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Two arrests were made for drug possession and assault, while a passing police patrol gave first aid to a 20-year-old man who was drunk and unconscious …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Police issue 47 Covid-19 notices in student area of Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 47 Covid-19 notices and nine prohibition notices over the last two nights in the Holyland area of Belfast. A 16-year-old male was also arrested for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply during the same period …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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New Student Accommodation Secures Green Light

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Proposals to construct almost 100 new student accommodation rooms as part of an extension to an existing development in Belfast have secured the green light. Cathedral Living applied for full planning permission from Belfast City Council for the development of a 12-storey building to provide an extension to the 407-bed student building at 123 York Street. The site will round off the existing 12-storey purpose-built facility, which has been in operation since 2019 …” (more)

[Adam Beech, Insider Media Limited, 17 September]

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Asylum seeker with top grades denied Queen’s university place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“An asylum seeker who received top grades in his A-levels has said he cannot take up his place at Queen’s University because he is not eligible for a student loan or grant …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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