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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House party of 30 in Holyland broken up

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

“Thirty people from across Northern Ireland attended a house party in Belfast’s Holyland area, police said. Three people attempted to hide by locking themselves in a bathroom for more than 10 minutes as officers dealt with other people …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Police frustration as 55 Belfast Holyland Covid notices issued after house party visits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices and three prohibition notices after calling to seven house parties in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Officers discovered more than 30 people attending one party in an apartment, where three people tried to hide from police by locking themselves in a bathroom for over 10 minutes …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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University Statement: Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Dear Student, I hope you are looking forward to the academic year ahead. The University has been working hard to ensure that we can provide you with an authentic campus experience, whilst keeping you safe. I recognise that the vast majority of students appreciate that they, as with all members of society, have a personal responsibility to act in accordance with COVID 19 guidelines …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast, 17 September]

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Belfast Holyland: Covid and prohibition notices issued after another night of unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued a series of sanctions after a another night of partying in the Belfast Holyland area. In one case a 20-year-old man who had been arrested in the area late on Tuesday evening, was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail last night and was charged to appear in court …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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‘Deplorable’ Belfast Holyland parties won’t be tolerated, says Swann

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister has said that recent scenes of house parties in Belfast’s Holyland district must not be tolerated. Speaking at a Stormont Covid briefing, Robin Swann said footage of young people drinking in student housing near Queen’s University was unacceptable …” (more)

[Gareth Cross and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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‘Dangerous’ house parties will not be tolerated, warns health minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 16th, 2020 by steve

“Dangerous and anti-social house parties in Belfast’s Holyland student district will not be tolerated, the health minister has said. Footage showing groups of young people congregating and drinking in the area of terraced housing near Queen’s University was ‘deplorable’, Robin Swann said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh and David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Almost £4m for extra university places in NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

“Almost £4 million is being provided to create extra university places following the cancellation of A-levels in Northern Ireland. This includes medical, nursing and midwifery courses, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 11 September]

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Graham completes Belfast student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

“Co Down based Graham has completed the ambitious Little Patrick Street accommodation in Belfast City centre ahead of the new academic year …” (more)

[Claire Cartmill, NewsLetter, 9 September]

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