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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University Retains No Information on non-students: Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast responded to The Gown that they did have Information Sharing Agreements with public agencies such as the Police and Belfast City Council, following concerns raised by students connected with the Student’s Union. Some representatives said that there were dangers for public trust if Queen’s University held any information on non-student members of the public who had breached Coronavirus laws …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 25 March]

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Young people being made ‘scapegoats’ for pandemic problems, claims students’ union president

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

“Young people have been made scapegoats for the pandemic, a students’ union has said. Ulster University Students’ Union president Collette Cassidy made the claim after St Patrick’s Day passed off without major incident …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 18 March]

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Heavy PSNI presence in Belfast’s Holyland following Botanic Gardens closure

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

“There was a heavy police presence on Wednesday evening in Belfast’s Holyland, following the closure of Botanic Gardens after large crowds had gathered in the park during the afternoon. A visible PSNI operation around the area has seen the Holyland experience a quiet end to St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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Holyland residents’ outrage after council blocked from tightening restrictions by Stormont

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

“Residents in Belfast’s Holyland area have voiced their anger after it emerged that the city council requested powers from Stormont to deal with issues in the area six months ago – but was blocked …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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‘Respect Belfast Holyland residents’, says PSNI chief Byrne warning St Patrick’s Day Covid breaches will be dealt with

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

“The PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has warned anyone planning to travel to the Holyland area of Belfast for St Patrick’s Day that police will deal robustly with Covid-19 breaches and anti-social behaviour. Mr Byrne is also backing a call by the area’s MP for a task force to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Holylands task force needed to tackle the Belfast area’s systemic problems, says MP Claire Hanna

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

“A task force is needed to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round, the area’s MP has said. The Holylands area has become synonymous with anti-social behaviour on March 17, with large crowds, including those from outside the area, gathering to party …” (more)

[Mairead Holland, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Over 200 Queen’s students suspended for Covid breaches

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

“More than 200 students have been suspended from Queen’s University, Belfast in just seven months for breaching coronavirus regulations, it can be revealed. In total, 252 students have been reported to the university by police, while 229 were suspended for a fortnight after flouting the health and safety rules …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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Executive has abandoned us, say furious Holyland residents

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

“Residents of the Holyland have rounded on the First and deputy First Ministers for their ‘wholly inadequate’ response to concerns about house parties in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day. The south Belfast student area is notorious for revelry at this time of the year …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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University Statement: St Patrick’s Day

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

“The University continues to be proud of the exemplary way in which the vast majority of our students have responded to the challenges that the pandemic has posed. Although this has not been the academic year that we hoped for, we continue to be impressed by the commitment, dedication and adaptability that our students have shown to their studies …” (more)

[QUB, 8 March]

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Queen’s working to restore systems week after attempted cyber-attack

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University says it is still working to resolve the after effects of an attempted cyber attack on its computer systems. The university has suspended access to a number of its systems as a precaution following the incident and an investigation has begun …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 5 March]

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Queen’s University takes ‘precautions’ after cyber-attack attempt

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University in Belfast (QUB) has had to suspend access to ‘a number of university systems’ as a precaution following an attempted cyber-attack. The university said, though, there was ‘currently no evidence’ that any data had been stolen …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith and Eve Rosato, BBC News, 5 March]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

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

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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Holyland St Patrick’s Day fears after ‘terrible’ night of parties

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

“Fears are growing that St Patrick’s Day celebrations will rage through Belfast’s student area after ‘alarming’ reports of multiple house parties on Monday night. Residents in the Holyland area said young people have been gathering ‘from far and wide’ for drunken festivities, and blatantly disregarding current lockdown restrictions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Queen’s spends over £50,000 on upkeep of vice-chancellor’s home

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University spent over £50,000 maintaining their vice-chancellor’s residence last year, it has been revealed. The vice-chancellor’s lodge, currently occupied by Professor Ian Greer, is a luxurious three-storey property set in its own landscaped gardens at Lennoxvale, off the Malone Road in south Belfast …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 February]

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