Fresh delay to new Ulster University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“A proposed move of staff and students to a new multi million pound campus of Ulster University in Belfast city centre has been further delayed. Courses were due to start at the £363.9m campus in January next year, but supply issues in the building trade have forced a further delay to the project, which is already years behind schedule …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 October]

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Drink spiking: UU students in Londonderry say drinks were spiked

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) says it has received three reports from students who believe they have had their drinks spiked in Londonderry. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in the past week, UU said …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 October]

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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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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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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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Ulster University plans to help run new Coleraine secondary school

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is set to help run a new integrated post-primary school for about 1,200 pupils in Coleraine, County Londonderry. If the plan is approved the new school would be sited on the university’s Coleraine campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 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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Ulster University Derry medical school: First ministers hail ‘momentous’ day as new Magee facility opens

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University’s new School of Medicine opened in Derry with the first ministers hailing it a ‘momentous day’. The new facility opened on Monday at the Magee campus in Londonderry. The school has been beset with delays, funding issues and hampered by the collapse of Stormont after it was first proposed in the mid-2000s …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Time to demand more for Derry?

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

“Chris Donnelly was writing in Monday’s Irish News about the need to address the economic situation in the city of Derry. He outlined the major issues. ‘Derry needs an injection not just of cash but of people. It should be the Galway of the north, itself a city in which 1 in 5 residents are students. Derry has the lowest Higher Education provision of the fifteen largest towns and cities with degree-granting institutions across the island …'” (more)

[David McCann, Slugger O’Toole, 20 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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Northern Ireland’s colleges join vaccination call as Ulster University quizzes students and staff

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

“Northern Ireland’s six regional further education colleges have joined the call urging students to use Big Jab Weekend to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of the new term. The colleges said they want to provide all learners with the best opportunities in the new academic year and ‘return to college in the safest manner possible’ …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Covid-19: Ulster University asks students about vaccine status

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

“Ulster University (UU) is asking all of its students and staff whether or not they have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The university is also asking them if they have not been vaccinated to outline the reasons why …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 19 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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Council writes to Ulster University on location of Derry’s new Medical School complex

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

“Derry and Strabane Council is awaiting a response from Ulster University so discussions can begin on constructing a riverfront Medical School. It is expected the new Ulster University Medical School will be located on the banks of the River Foyle as previously proposed …” (more)

[Gillian Anderson, Derry Journal, 3 August]

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Ulster University leaps to second place in postgrad research survey

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has risen to second place in the UK rankings for researcher satisfaction in the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The PhD benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities about their experiences, with UU leaping from eighth in the table in 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 30 July]

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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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Future location of Magee Medical School unclear

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

“The location of Ulster University’s Medical School at Magee has not been finalised despite the belief that it would be located on land next to Derry council headquarters for years. It has been widely reported that the long-awaited School of Medicine would be situated on the Strand Road adjacent to the council building …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 12 July]

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UU students will move to new campus in September

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has said post-graduates will be arriving at its new campus in Belfast city centre from September, with undergrads to follow in January. It gave more detail today on the timing of the move into the campus at York Street, which cost nearly £400m and is one of the biggest university capital investments across the UK and Europe …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 6 July]

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Cross border John Hume University should be located in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Derry is the fifth largest city on the island of Ireland, closely matching Limerick in population size. Of the six largest cities on the Island, Derry is the only one without a university. The decision in 1965 to establish Northern Ireland’s second university, now Ulster University, in Coleraine and not in Derry was strongly influenced by political and sectarian considerations …” (more)

[Colm Burke TD, Irish News, 28 June]

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