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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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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