Universities in N Ireland lowest for unconditional offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2019 by steve

“Northern Irish universities made only 10 unconditional offers to prospective undergraduates in 2018. That is far lower than most universities in England or Wales. An unconditional offer guarantees a pupil a university place regardless of their A-Level results …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast not seeking further work with Huawei

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has become the latest institution to distance itself from Huawei, following security fears about the Chinese tech company. The university has one existing research project which is endorsed by Huawei in wireless technologies. The project received £713,111 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK’s main agency for research grants in engineering and the physical sciences …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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QUB freeze on new theology students after review

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has said it won’t be accepting new students to the ‘highly problematic’ Presbyterian-run Union Theological College (UTC) in 2019. A review by a panel of senior academics at Queen’s University has raised concerns about the diversity of teaching available. The Belfast college admits around 150 theology students each year, with some training for ministry in the Presbyterian Church …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 December]

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QUB will not admit new students to Union Theological College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University will not admit any new undergraduate theology students to the Presbyterian-run Union Theological College (UTC) in 2019, BBC News NI has learned. The move was recommended in a university review that was critical of aspects of teaching and staffing at the college …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 December]

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Urgent review looms for Union Theological College following highly critical report

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

“A full review into Belfast’s prestigious Union Theological College (UTC) is being brought forward following a highly critical report, it can be revealed. The 165-year-old institution, which is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, was heavily criticised by an education watchdog as having ‘the potential to put academic standards at risk’ …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 6 December]

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Union Theological College standards at risk, watchdog warns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Academic standards at the Union Theological College (UTC) are potentially ‘at risk’ in a number of areas, a watchdog has warned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) monitors standards in higher education institutions across the UK. The college is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and teaches theology to Queen’s University students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Queen’s University students targeted in fake email scam

Posted in Life on November 17th, 2018 by steve

“A large number of Queen’s University Belfast students have been targeted in a tax refund scam. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said that students across the UK were being targeted by scammers with fake tax refunds in an attempt to steal money and person details. HMRC confirmed that a large number of scams had been reported involving students at Queen’s …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 November]

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‘Relationships with universities key to delivering economic potential’ – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said strong relationships between universities, local businesses and government is key to delivering on economic potential. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson was speaking after attending a meeting with Michelle O’Neill and the new Vice Chancellor of Queens University. Caoimhe Archibald said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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Pro-Palestine protesters confront UK’s Israeli ambassador in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

“There were angry scenes as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador at Queen’s University in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Mark Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 October]

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Queen’s Students Protest Against Israeli Ambassador

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

“Students at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are protesting against a visit to the university by Israeli ambassador Mark Regev. Students blocked the entrance to a room in the Law School where Regev was due to speak …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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QUB refuses to withdraw invite to Israeli Ambassador – saying invite also issued to Palestinian Ambassador

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University have rejected calls to withdraw an invitation to the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom to speak at an event on Tuesday. The Queen’s Student Union President Connor Veighey and People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll have both called for the invitation to Mark Regev to be rescinded …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 16 October]

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Hillary Clinton warns NI peace is ‘fragile’ as she accepts honorary doctorate in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s University Belfast for her exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 October]

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Protest at Queen’s University over degree honour for Hillary Clinton

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

“A protest is planned against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Belfast next week. The former US Secretary of State will be presented with an honorary degree from Queen’s University on Wednesday. She will be recognised for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation here …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 4 October]

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Hillary Clinton to get Honorary Degree from Queen’s

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

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to be awarded an Honorary Degree from Queen’s University of Belfast. She will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and for her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 September]

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Queen’s University retains world ranking

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

“Queen’s University in Belfast (QUB) has maintained its place in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for 2018/19. It stays in the 201-250 band of world universities, as in the past two years. Ulster University (UU) is in the 601-800 global ranking band, falling from the 501-600 band in 2017/18 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 27 September]

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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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