Queen’s University ‘disappointed’ at lecturers’ decision to strike

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

“Queen’s University has expressed its opposition to planned industrial action by lecturers over pension reform. In its statement, Queen’s University said it is ‘disappointed’ at the decision to take industrial action …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pension rows

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

“University lecturers in Northern Ireland are about to begin a four week period of industrial action over pensions. Queen’s and UU staff are among workers from 61 UK universities taking part in the action. Due to begin on Thursday, the strike will continue with a five-day walkout either side of the weekends …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Queen’s University Belfast lecturers join strike action

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

“Queen’s University Belfast is facing 13 days of strike action from many lecturers, staring on 22 February. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Ulster University had already decided to strike …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 8 February]

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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“An ‘escalating’ wave of stoppages over a four-week period will begin with the two-day walkout by members of the University and College Union (UCU). The protest surrounds changes to pensions. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 February]

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NI university lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“Ulster University (UU) faces 14 days of strike action from many lecturers, starting on 22 February. It is also expected that Queen’s University Belfast will be affected in a similar way. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is being taken due to a dispute over planned changes to staff pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 February]

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Belfast councillor criticised for Holylands flats plan

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

“Belfast City Council has been criticised for granting a councillor planning permission for new flats in the Holylands despite efforts to reduce the area’s high concentration of students …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 2 February]

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Queen’s University appoints Ian Greer as vice-chancellor

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

“Queen’s University has appointed Ian Greer as its new president and vice-chancellor. Professor Greer, born and educated in Scotland, is currently vice president of the University of Manchester. He replaces Professor Patrick Johnson who passed away suddenly at the age of 58 in June last year while on holiday in Donegal …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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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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