Colleges defend asking job applicants their political persuasion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

“Further education colleges have defended asking job applicants which political party best represents their views on equality monitoring forms. The issue was first raised in December over the question being used for South Eastern Regional College (SERC) posts. And further concerns have been raised after it was noticed on monitoring forms for Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) applicants …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, The Irish News, 24 January]

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Belfast: College forced to close and roads shut

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“Major disruption was caused to Belfast city centre after a bomb scare in a college campus left hundreds of students and staff abandoning afternoon classes. Belfast Metropolitan College’s Millfield campus was closed yesterday as PSNI officers investigated the security alert, linked to PSNI recruitment …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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A college reaching out to most disadvantaged

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Head of Belfast’s Metropolitan College says North must fight cuts if it is to build on its progress. ‘This city has made massive leaps forward from the days when it was a solid white, two tribes community’, says Marie Therese McGivern …” (more)

[Susan McKay, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Belfast Met staff warned of job losses – Unite

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“The Unite union has said its members who work at Belfast Metropolitan College have been told to expect between 83 and 113 redundancies. Last October, staff were warned of a ‘significant impact’ of ‘severe budget cuts’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 March]

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Belfast ‘Old Tech’ building to be turned into student rooms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“A Welsh property firm that bought the former Belfast Metropolitan College building at College Square East is to build student rooms on the site. Watkin Jones & Sons said it plans to build 400 student rooms …” (more)

[Symon Ross, BBC News, 25 June]

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Belfast ‘Old Tech’ building sold

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2014 by steve

“The Edwardian ‘Old Tech’ building in Belfast has been sold for an undisclosed sum to private developers. The building, on College Square East, is owned by Belfast Metropolitan College …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 June]

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Concerns About College Relocation As Landmark Buildings Fail To Sell

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2014 by steve

“Failure to sell two landmark buildings has raised serious concerns about a further education college’s re-location to a new multi-million pound campus. Auditors questioned the value for money of Belfast Metropolitan College’s (BMC) move from the city centre to a £211 million home at Titanic Quarter …” (more)

[Irish News, 25 March]

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College’s ‘£17m losses’ revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2013 by steve

“Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) has made losses worth more than £17 million since it opened, it has been revealed …” (more)

[Independent, 30 January]

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Deal close on Belfast Metropolitan College buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Belfast Metropolitan College is understood to be close to agreeing the sale of two of its former city centre buildings, with one earmarked for hotel development …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 May]

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BMC lecturers put hold on strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2011 by steve

“A planned walkout by lecturers at Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) on Monday has been called off. Up to 500 staff, all members of the University and College Union (UCU), yesterday decided to ‘temporarily suspend’ the three-day strike …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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College defends bid to cut 213 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2011 by steve

“Officials who confirmed Belfast Metropolitan College is to lose 213 staff have defended their decision …” (more)

[Independent, 8 February]

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Anger as Belfast college job cuts are confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2011 by steve

“Students and teachers have hit out at news that more than 200 educational staff across Belfast will lose their jobs in a college restructuring plan …” (more)

[Sarah Rainey, Belfast Telegraph, 9 February]

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Hundreds in protest at Belfast Metropolitan College job cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2011 by steve

“Hundreds of protesters turned out in Belfast to demonstrate against job cuts at Northern Ireland’s biggest further education college …” (more)

[Sarah Rainey, Belfast Telegraph, 8 February]

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Unions slam Belfast Metropolitan College job loss count

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2010 by steve

“Trade unions representing staff at Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) have said they believe there are plans to make 200 staff redundant …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 October]

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Unions to meet over BMC job cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2010 by steve

“Unions are planning to hold an emergency meeting following the announcement that over 100 jobs are to go at the Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 October]

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West Belfast set for enterprise institute

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2010 by steve

“A new £15m (€18m) enterprise campus dedicated to promoting ’employability, entrepreneurship and enterprise’ across Northern Ireland is to be developed in west Belfast …” (more)

[Francess McDonnell, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Watchdog condemns college accounts

Posted in Legal issues on July 7th, 2010 by steve

“Belfast Metropolitan College’s handling of its multi-million-pound accounts was ‘unacceptable’, a watchdog has said. The college, one of the largest of its kind in the UK with an annual budget of £45 million, was rapped by the Northern Ireland Audit Office …” (more)

[Independent, 7 July]

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Poor bookkeeping responsible for £7m loss at college

Posted in Legal issues on January 6th, 2010 by steve

“Belfast Metropolitan College was left almost £7m (€7.78m) in the red after poor bookkeeping, it was revealed today. Serious shortcomings in financial management and controls were blamed in at times scathing report for the Department of Employment and Learning …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 January]

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