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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Ulster University creates 800 new student places at Derry’s Magee Campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University will create 800 new student positions at its Magee Campus in Londonderry by re-locating the Health Sciences undergraduate programmes from Jordanstown in 2022 when this campus will close. These places will boost the number of students at Magee, which currently stands at approximately 4,300, but it will still fall short of the 10,000 student places promised in the New Decade, New Approach deal of 2020 …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 2 February]

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NI universities urged to follow GB and protect student grades

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two main universities have been urged to follow the lead of their counterparts in Great Britain and introduce a ‘no detriment’ policy to protect student grades against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he has written to both academic institutions, asking them to follow the policy …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 13 January]

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Queen’s and Ulster University can join new UK scheme and Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2020 by steve

“The two local universities are considering taking advantage of a new UK student foreign exchange programme while also being able to avail of the EU’s Erasmus scheme. The UK’s withdrawal from Erasmus has been described as a huge blow by the other devolved nations, which will no longer be able to participate …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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Ulster University campus one of 7 major projects soon to transform Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“Belfast is soon to be transformed further with a number of exciting multi-million pound developments. The coronavirus pandemic has put a hold on all aspects of life, and that includes construction work which has held up some of the plans for new buildings in the city centre …” (more)

[Orlaith Clinton, Belfast Live, 23 December]

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Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas. Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home. Rapid testing is being offered to students at Queen’s and Ulster Universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 December]

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Student nurses want placement payments reinstated

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“A group of student nurses at Queen’s University have challenged Health Minister Robin Swann after payments for placements in Covid-19 environments were not re-instated. During the first lockdown student nurses and midwives studying at Queen’s and Ulster universities were heavily relied upon to help alleviate pressure on qualified nurses, and their efforts were recognised by the Department of Health financially …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 4 December]

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Hundreds of students suspended and fined over Covid breaches

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

“Hundreds of Northern Irish students have been suspended and hit with fines totalling over €14,000 for breaking lockdown restrictions. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has imposed sanctions on 109 students for coronavirus-related offences, while Ulster University (UU) said it has dealt with 146 transgressions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Independent, 19 November]

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University Chief cites ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine Magee expansion in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University’s Vice Chancellor has insisted that an overspend of £125m at its new Belfast campus will not impact upon plans to expand Magee under questioning from MLAs. VC Professor Bartholomew would not be drawn on specific goals for the Derry campus but said there are a ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine the level of growth and it will be ‘demand-led’ …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 11 November]

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Irish government commits to ‘coordinated investment’ at Derry’s Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Speaking about a shared island today the Taoiseach Micheál Martin committed to ‘coordinated investment’ at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry. For around 60 years the people of Derry have campaigned for a full-sized university in the city …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 22 October]

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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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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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Ten Ulster University students suspended as police continue Belfast Holyland party patrols

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students from Ulster University have received a precautionary suspension for breaching coronavirus guidelines. A spokesperson for the university said ten students have received precautionary suspensions, with a further three cases pending since a new disciplinary policy was introduced on Monday …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 23 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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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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