University Challenge to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to encourage more female contestants

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

“The producers of University Challenge are looking to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to the series. Executive producer Peter Gwyn has said that the questions told on the British quiz show – which has previously come under fire for featuring questions that reflect the achievements of men more than women – will strive for gender balance …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 28 August]

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How far should universities rank in Government’s pecking order?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“The new Stormont Executive is being urged to splash the cash on our universities. The head of Queen’s University has warned of a brain drain in Northern Ireland unless there is more investment in higher education …” (more, audio)

[The Nolan Show, BBC NI, 31 May]

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Queen’s University Belfast documentary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A film crew was at Queen’s University Belfast over the course of academic year 2015/16. The first episode of the resulting three-part documentary was broadcast last night …” (more)

[Critical Education, 29 September]

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Kirstie Allsopp tells young women: ditch university and have a baby by 27

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Self-avowed ‘passionate feminist’ Kirstie Allsopp has urged young women to get a flat, a boyfriend, and have babies before embarking on a career …” (more)

[Mark Tran, Guardian, 2 June]

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University Challenge: It’s a non-starter for 10 as QUB quizzers have ‘one of those off days’

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2014 by steve

“It was a battle of minds, but sadly four of the brightest brains from Queen’s University Belfast were no match for their opponents in the quarter-finals of University Challenge last night …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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BBC drama follows six freshers starting university in Belfast

Posted in Life on February 25th, 2012 by steve

“For many young people, starting university can be a daunting experience. Not only have they determined future job possibilities with their course choice, but it is often the first time they have lived away from home and been left to fend for themselves.  A new BBC Northern Ireland drama follows six students as they embark on this transitional period in their lives …” (more)

[Laura Bleakley, BBC News, 24 February]

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Are you sure you’re a real professor?

Posted in Life on March 15th, 2010 by steve

“The presenter of this Wonders of the Solar System is a professor. I refuse to believe this as he looks & acts like an excited 10 yr old boy” (tweet)

[Ruaidhrí, Twitter, 14 March]