Free speech row as QUB academics accuse unionists of bid to gag them

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

“A row has broken out following complaints by unionist politicians about views expressed by lecturers at Queen’s University. The University College Union (UCU) at Queen’s has hit out at what it termed ‘wholly unfair and worryingly authoritarian attacks’ on local academics’ right to voice opinions … ” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 18 May]

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Unionists ‘attacking Queen’s University academics’ free speech’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

“The union that represents the majority of lecturers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has accused some unionist parties and politicians of attacks on academic freedom. The University and College Union (UCU) said they were aimed at gagging academics, especially over Brexit …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 May]

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Jonathan Bell And The Confucius Institute: The Unregistered Interest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“Much has been made of Jonathan Bell’s trip to China, it emerged that his trip was not paid for out of public money nor from the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster – the Irish News reporting that a university spokeswoman said ‘no’ to the question of if the institute had paid for the trip …” (more)

[Kris Nixon, Slugger O’Toole, 16 October]

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DUP Pledge to Oppose Tuition Fee Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2011 by steve

“At the launch of the DUP manifesto, First Minister, Peter Robinson has openly stated that they will oppose an increase of student fees …” (more)

[Emma Gallen, The Gown, 20 April]

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DUP opposes student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 18th, 2011 by steve

“DUP leader Peter Robinson launched his party’s manifesto in Belfast today ahead of the Assembly elections on May 5. The party is ruling out student fee hikes of several thousand pounds. Mr Robinson said he would only consider cost annual increases in line with inflation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 April]

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Protestants and universities: the students hit back

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2009 by steve

UK“Student leaders have slammed claims that Northern Ireland’s two main universities are putting off Protestants. Speaking as the Assembly prepares to debate the migration of school-leavers today, student representatives have rejected DUP suggestions that a religious imbalance in Northern Ireland’s academic institutions is because Protestants do not feel welcome. Gareth McGreevy, student campaigns officer at QUB, said: ‘To suggest that Queen’s is a house for republicanism is an unfounded suggestion …’” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 October]

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