Holylands Strategic Partnership Group

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Deirdre Hargey (Sinn Féin): The strategic partnership group for the lower Ormeau and wider university area has met twice, on 26 July and 6 September, and agreed its terms of reference. The group is considering an intervention proposal that was tabled by Belfast City Council …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 19 October]

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Queen’s University students get fines of more than £50,000 for breaking Covid rules

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University fined students more than £50,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules off-campus during the last year. Following media reports of widespread Covid breaches in the Holylands area in September 2020 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Hillary Clinton will be installed as the 11th Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will officially install former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as its first female Chancellor at a special ceremony tomorrow morning. Ms Clinton is the University’s 11th Chancellor and was appointed to the position in January 2020 on a five-year term …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 23 September]

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Holyland: 12 arrests after crowds gather in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2021 by steve

“The number of arrests made after several nights of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast has now risen to 12, police have confirmed. Large groups of young people have been gathering and drinking on the streets on a nightly basis ahead of the start of the new university term …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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Queen’s University ‘unlikely’ to offer room to any student living less than 40 miles away

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has told students to make ‘alternative travel and accommodation arrangements’ as it is ‘unlikely’ to offer a room to any student living less than 40 miles from the university. Students living 40 miles away, however, have been told that it is not certain that they will have a room to stay in come mid-October …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Holyland: Police condemn crowds disrupting residents’ lives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

“Five people have been arrested and more than 2,500 bottles and cans of alcohol have been seized over two nights in Belfast’s Holyland. Police said large crowds of mainly young people gathered on the streets on Monday. Five arrests were made for offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 September]

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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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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Queen’s University: Anger over withdrawal of halls offer

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2021 by steve

“Two students say they have been left without accommodation after Queen’s University withdrew an offer of halls …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 September]

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Queen’s offers students £1,500 not to take up university accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2021 by steve

“Students at Queen’s University (QUB) are being offered a £1,500 deal not to take up rooms in university accommodation. The university said due to ‘unprecedented’ demand accommodation in its halls was oversubscribed …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 September]

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Queen’s University planning to charter two flights for Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University is planning to charter two flights from China to bring students to Belfast ahead of the new academic year. The university will be one of several flying in students to the UK this month …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 1 September]

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Restoration projects at Queen’s and Carrickfergus Castle clinch awards

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

“The projects to enhance the potential of Carrickfergus Castle and to ensure continued use of Queen’s University’s Lanyon Building have been awarded Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) Design Awards for 2021 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Belfast’s Holyland area ‘has become a lawless slum, a living hell’ … residents compile horror stories of daily life ahead of potential legal action against police, council and universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Infuriated Holyland residents have shared horrifying stories of anti-social behaviour in the area ahead of proposed legal action against the PSNI, Belfast City Council and Ulster and Queen’s Universities …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 21 August]

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NI universities urge students to get vaccinated before return to campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 18th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Ulster University and the National Union of Students have all stepped up to encourage students to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a full return to studies in September …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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NI universities defend efforts to address student mental health and wellbeing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s universities have hit back at claims they are not doing enough to provide students with the mental health and wellbeing care they need. Queen’s University and Ulster University responded to calls from SDLP MLA Sinead McLaughlin to step up student care services ahead of the new term, saying they are fully committed to providing the best services for students who may be experiencing difficulties as a result of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 26 July]

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Queen’s University and Ulster University spent over £500k on luxurious properties for their vice-chancellors to live in

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University together spent over £500,000 on expenses for their respective vice-chancellors’ residences in the last five years. Both university chiefs lived in the luxurious properties rent-free despite their reported salaries of around £300,000 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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Ulster University ranked in top 50 UK universities for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has been ranked inside the top 50 UK universities for the first time in the annual Complete University Guide – just 10 places behind Queen’s University, Belfast. After a third successive rise in the rankings, Ulster University has jumped 16 places from 60th to 44th out of 130 UK universities, its highest position in the league table’s 15-year history. Queen’s had dropped seven places though, falling from 27th to 34th overall …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 8 June]

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£50 fee for processing £500 student Covid grants defended

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2021 by steve

“The Department for the Economy has defended a £50 administration cost which will be paid to universities for processing Covid disruption payments to students. It said it had allocated £9.56m to Ulster University and £9.8m to Queen’s University, including administration costs, out of the £22m fund pledged for student disruption grants …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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Queen’s University investigating if historical benefactors had links to slavery

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

“An investigation is underway at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to ‘examine the background’ of the institution’s historical benefactors, to establish whether they had any links to slavery. The UK abolished slavery in 1833 and QUB said, as it was founded in 1845, ‘the university does not believe that there is any substantial legacy of links’ between it and the global slave trade …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 8 April]

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Term’s over, but the parties go on in Belfast’s troubled Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

“Hundreds of young people are making up for the disappointment of a quieter St Patrick’s Day by partying harder than ever in the Holyland, residents said. It follows reports of ‘busloads being shipped in to view properties in the area’ – even though term has finished and there is no need for students to be there …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 30 March]

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