Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast nightclub’s 60p drinks offer for students condemned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“A Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the ‘666’ promotion last night – a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Queen’s University Belfast receives £500k to improve gender equality within STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has received over £500,000 funding for research that aims to improve gender equality within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Despite numerous gender equality initiatives, fewer than 10% of the UK’s engineers are women – the lowest percentage in Europe – and the proportion of women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012 …” (more)

[QUB, 22 August]

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Queen’s University plans £600k PR drive in America

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University is set to spend £600,000 to raise its profile in the United States. The Belfast seat of learning is seeking to engage a US-based public relations agency ‘with a track record of working with universities’ as it bids to gain a foothold across the Atlantic. The university said it hoped the move will enhance the range of research and collaborations for both students and staff …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 22 August]

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Queen’s university chancellor Tom Moran dies aged 65

Posted in Life on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish-American businessman, and chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, Tom Moran has died after a short illness. He was aged 65. Mr Moran’s funeral Mass will be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, on Friday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Queen’s University chief ‘happy’ to disclose salary … but won’t be drawn on student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University’s new vice chancellor has revealed he receives a salary of £300,000. Professor Ian Greer said he was ‘happy’ to disclose his pay, however, he would not be drawn on if students should pay more for third level education in Northern Ireland. It was also reported he is paid £35,000 more than his predecessor, a figure the university did not dispute …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 August]

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Belfast Holyland residents’ angry at rowdy street parties

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Holyland residents have expressed outrage after being forced to endure a ‘weekend from hell’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood …” (more)

[Brett Campbell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 July]

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Queen’s University of Belfast reviewing links to Presbyterian college as professor suspended

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University has said it is reviewing ‘the nature of its relationship’ with the Presbyterian-run Union Theological College, which teaches its degree courses in theology. The Belfast Telegraph understands that a factor in the decision is the suspension of Professor of Church History Laurence Kirkpatrick. He is believed to have been suspended from his college role due to comments he made in the media …” (more)

[Victoria Leonard, Belfast Telegraph, 27 June]

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Should Queen’s University break its link with The Presbyterian Union Theological College?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

“There has been a public backlash against the perceived anti-LGBTQ policies of the Presbyterian Church. Many people have left the church over it, and many more are considering their position …” (more)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 12 June]

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QUBSU Reaches ‘Milestone’ Agreement Over Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) has made significant progress in its bid to become an autonomous students’ union, securing a promise from the university to fund a project exploring how the union could become independent …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 June]

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Academics sign letter expressing concern over Robinson’s honorary professorship

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“Dozens of Queen’s University academics have signed a letter expressing concern that Peter Robinson has been appointed as an honorary professor. Almost 40 academics said they wanted to state ‘deep concern and profound regret’ at the move …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 June]

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Report must prove Londonderry needs medical school over Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2018 by steve

“A report required by the Department of Health is holding up progress on the proposed medical school for the Magee Campus in Derry. The report is part of a business plan required by the department to demonstrate there is a clear need for a new medical school in the city, rather than allocating new resources to the existing school at Queen’s in Belfast …” (more)

[Peter Hutcheon, Belfast Telegraph, 6 June]

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Queen’s University has ‘toxic management culture’, survey claims

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“A ‘toxic management culture’ at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has led to many academic staff leaving, a survey has claimed. The BBC has reported on an exit survey carried out by the University and College Union (UCU) last year which involved staff who left the university between 2015 and 2017. The university has responded to the survey, saying it is committed to promoting and providing a positive work environment for its staff …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Queen’s University has ‘toxic’ management culture, survey suggests

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“A ‘toxic management culture’ at Queen’s University, Belfast, has been responsible for many academic staff leaving, a survey has suggested. The exit survey of almost 100 former staff was carried out by the University and College Union (UCU) in 2017….” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 28 March]

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Queen’s University apologise after Irish language sign criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2018 by steve

“The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University has apologised following a row over Irish language signs being placed around the university campus. In a statement, Professor James C McElnay said he ‘would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 14 March]

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Queen’s University students won’t be compensated over strike

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 10th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast will not compensate students whose courses have been disrupted by strike action. That is according to an email from the acting vice-chancellor to all students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 10 March]

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Universities must reject any attempt to gag academics – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said academics cannot be gagged in the pursuit of institutional neutrality. Speaking on the response by Queen’s University …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 March]

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Fury at Ulster University chief’s £264k salary – increase of £14k as staff battle for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“University staff striking over their pension arrangements hit out in fury yesterday when it emerged that Ulster University chief Paddy Nixon is taking home a salary of £264,000 – an increase of £14,000 on his last reported salary of £250,000. It was also revealed that the UU vice-chancellor’s complete package, including pension and benefits, is £311,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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University strikes: Nearly 100,000 students sign petitions demanding compensation for classes lost due to absent lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Nearly 100,000 students have signed petitions demanding compensation from universities for classes lost due to striking lecturers. Tens of thousands of university workers are expected to take part in a wave of walkouts in an ongoing dispute over pensions. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 64 UK institutions are staging the first in a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action …” (more)

[Samuel Osborne, Independent, 22 February]

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Northern Ireland students urged to complain and seek refunds over university strike

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland students should complain to their universities and look for refunds for their tuition fees if their courses are affected by industrial action. Queen’s University Student Union President Stephen McCrystall said they fully supported staff in their dispute saying it was important students were not adversely impacted …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 22 February]

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