Ulster University funds boost for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has announced 40 new Belfast Community Scholarships, removing the financial barriers that prevent many students from accessing higher education. Supported by Ulster Garden Villages Limited and Lead Corporate Partners SHS Group and Aflac Northern Ireland over the next five years, just over 100 students from Belfast will benefit from funding …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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New Ulster University campus will be ‘catalyst for growth’

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

“The arrival of thousands of students to live in Belfast city centre when the new Ulster University campus opens will provide a major catalyst for growth, a council boss has said. The Cathedral Quarter building is to open next year, four years behind schedule, with courses shifting from the Jordanstown campus …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 5 May]

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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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Anderson meets with University of Ulster on Magee Expansion

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

“Sinn Féin MLAs Martina Anderson and John O’Dowd today met with the Vice Chancellor of University of Ulster to press for the expansion of Magee University and the delivery on the New Decade New Approach commitments to grow the campus to 10,000 students. Martina Anderson MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Ulster University: Department for the Economy committed to Belfast complex schedule despite latest delays

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

“The Department for the Economy said it remains committed to overseeing the opening of a new multi million pound city centre complex for Ulster University on time despite reports of further delays to the build. The cost of the Cathedral Quarter build, which has been due to open for students in 2018 but has already been delayed until next year, has rocketed by 43% over the original plan, now said to be coming in at around £363.9m …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 16 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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Magee expansion must be supported by economy minister, insists McLaughlin

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

“SDLP university spokesperson Sinead McLaughlin has criticised economy minister Diane Dodds for failing to indicate support for the expansion of the Magee campus. Minister Dodds was responding to an Assembly question from McLaughlin, asking the minister to confirm her support for the commitment to Magee campus expanding to 10,000 students in the New Decade, New Approach agreement …” (more)

[Derry Now, 25 March]

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Ulster University Students’ Union says mental health ‘left in the shadows’

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

“All school pupils should be taught about how to protect their mental health, according to Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU). The union said a preventative approach would help pupils be more independent …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 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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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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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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NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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University Chief tells Derry councillors that 6,000 students at Magee is the upper limit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 4th, 2021 by steve

“The Vice Chancellor at Ulster University (UU) has told Derry councillors that under the current funding model it will not be possible to deliver the long-promised target of 10,000 students at the Magee campus. This week UU confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022 …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 February]

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Ulster University: Mayor ‘disappointed’ with Dodds comments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Mayor of Derry and Strabane has questioned whether NI’s Economy Minister is committed to the expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus. The university announced on Tuesday it was relocating undergraduate healthcare degrees to the campus in Londonderry …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 February]

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Derry breathes a sigh of relief as Ulster University plan to move 800 places to Magee …

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“It’s been a debate rumbling on since the 1960s and has been subject to many slugger posts over the years. Including the lack of strategic thinking over the long-term viability for our health service. The post graduate entry medical school at Magee is set to take students in September this year (according to UU’s website at time of posting) but it has been blighted by delays and began as a project in the early noughties …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 2 February]

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Ulster University confirms transfer of Health Science courses to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022. The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 2 February]

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