Queen’s University Belfast to Join Controversial Teaching Framework

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is set to join the UK’s controversial teaching excellence framework, despite strong concerns from staff and students. Queen’s Senate – the university’s governing body – voted to join the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, after a meeting yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 December]

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New £10m cancer research centre to open in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

“A new £10 million centre specialising in precision medicine, which could prove instrumental in developing ground-breaking treatments for cancer patients, is to be launched by Queen’s University in Belfast. The centre, which will receive financial support totalling £5.8 million from Invest NI, is expected to create 17 new jobs …” (more)

[Francess McDonnell, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Students’ Union Autonomy is Too Important Not to Fight For

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) is one of the only students’ union in the UK and Ireland that isn’t autonomous or independent from its institution …” (more)

[Stephen McCrystall, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Queen’s defends £300k on new brand identity as watchdog says spend ‘excessive’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University is under fire after spending almost £300,000 on a rebranding exercise. A new ‘brand identity’ was introduced in October to ‘better reflect’ the university and its place in the international marketplace …” (more)

[Cate McCurry and Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 25 November]

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QUBSU to Lobby for Independence from University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) will lobby to become autonomous and independent, after a vote at its student council last night. Speaking to The University Times, the President of QUBSU …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 November]

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Adult advisory explicit content: Queen’s University warns students courses may offend

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is giving students ‘trigger warnings’ that material on some courses may offend or cause distress. History and politics undergraduates at the university have been told they may be upset by modules on the far right movement in Europe and North America …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 24 October]

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NI universities respond to Tory MP’s Brexit inquiry

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) and Queen’s University (QUB) have both confirmed they are responding to a letter from a Conservative MP regarding staff who teach Brexit courses. Chris Heaton-Harris wrote to UK universities asking for names of professors who taught courses on Brexit …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 October]

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Belfast uni considers cross-border professorships to keep EU cash

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A top UK university is considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the Irish Republic to ensure it still benefits from post-Brexit European research funding. Queen’s in Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-driven universities, is exploring the potential of establishing shared professorships with colleges in Dublin and elsewhere south of the Irish border …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Belfast council spends £9,000 tackling Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council spent almost £9,000 tackling disorder in the mainly student Holylands area over the St Patrick’s holiday period earlier this year. The cost emerges as thousands of students return to the south Belfast neighbourhood for Freshers’ events next week ahead of the new university term …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 14 September]

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Queen’s places in world’s top 250, UU in top 150 young universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen’s University in the world’s top 250. The rankings are considered the authoritative breakdown of where universities place internationally …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 5 September]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Nearly 50% of Sexual Assault Victims Told No-One About their Experience, Queen’s University Belfast Study Finds

Posted in Life on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“A landmark study on non-consensual sexual experiences in Queen’s University Belfast – the first of its kind in Northern Irish higher education – has revealed that nearly 50% of students surveyed stayed quiet about their experience of sexual assault …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 15 August]

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Gender pay gap at Queen’s University to be narrowed but will remain

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“The pay gap between male and female professors at Queen’s University Belfast, which has drawn fierce criticism, is to remain for at least another seven years. The university came under fire from staff after a study found it had the widest gender pay gap among senior academics of 24 leading institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 4 August]

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I Get the Message, Varadkar Tells Students Over Concerns About Summer Abortion Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has promised to take into consideration student concerns about a referendum on the eighth amendment being held in the summer, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told students at a talk in Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 4 August]

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Ulster University: Fees discount for GB students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to offer discounts on tuition fees to students from England, Scotland and Wales. Students beginning in 2017/18 will be offered a £2,000 discount on fees or a £1,000 discount plus money towards travel and accommodation costs …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 August]

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Following Trinity’s Example, Queen’s University Belfast to Launch Consent Classes in October

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast’s consent classes will be based on the successful Trinity model when they run for the first time in October. The pilot programme, which will run in Queen’s residential accommodation, could see nearly 1,500 first-year students take part …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 31 July]

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