Browne-d off by university chiefs’ pursuit of profit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“If big money attracted the best there would never have been a banking collapse. The bosses of the finance houses whose reckless lending and pursuit of profit came close to pulling down the global economy were on salaries which the vast majority of us don’t dare dream about …” (more)

[Eamonn McCann, Belfast Telegraph, 20 January]

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Queen’s University and Ulster University chiefs say a £100m higher education funding gap in Northern Ireland needs plugged

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellors of the Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University say that serious decisions need to be taken over the future funding of higher education in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 17 January]

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises Queen’s for Reaching Fossil Free Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“Students who have been occupying part of Queen’s University Belfast’s administration building, calling for the university to sell shares it holds in fossil fuel firms, have agreed to end their sit-in after they reached an agreement with the university …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 December]

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QUB to Merge Seven Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast has discussed plans to merge schools within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, the Gown has learned from a University source …” (more)

[Niamh McGovern, The Gown, 16 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast students continuing sit-in protest

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Eleven Students are occupying a room in the Queens University Belfast (QUB) Administration building. The Group called ‘Fossil Free QUB’ has been there 3 days in protest of QUB’s failure to divest themselves of fossil fuels …” (more, video)

[Ben Tucker, Independent, 14 December]

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QUB should divest from fossil fuel companies – Hazzard

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on Queens University Belfast (QUB) to divest from fossil fuel companies. Speaking in support of the student occupation of the QUB administration block Mr Hazzard stated …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 December]

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Queen’s University’s Fossil Free campaign group stage occupation of college building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Twelve students from Queen’s University Belfast’s (QUB) Fossil Free campaign group are three days into their occupation of the college’s administration building. The sit-in, led by QUB’s Students’ Union (QUBSU) Campaigns and Communications Officer …” (more)

[Niamh Moriarty, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast students stage fossil fuels sit-in

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“About 15 students are occupying part of a Queen’s University Belfast building in protest at its failure to commit to divestment from fossil fuels. They have occupied a floor of the university’s administration building …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 December]

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Fee loans to Northern Ireland students rise to £173m in 2014/15

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“The amount loaned to Northern Irish students to pay university tuition fees rose to £173m in 2014/15. That is an increase from £154m in 2013/14 and £130m in 2012/13 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 December]

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Third of Invest NI’s money goes to three recipients, survey finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the UK government body responsible for boosting the film industry …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Irish Times, 2 December]

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QUB Staff, UCU and Fossil Free Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“Today, 50+ staff members, along with members of UCU (University & College Union), protested outside the Lanyon Building, at 10am, as Queen’s Senate meeting took place. Meanwhile, Fossil Free QUB had occupied the Canada Room, where the meeting was due to take place …” (more)

[The Gown, 24 November]

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Revealed: 150 university staff on salary packages of more than £100,000 in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“More than 150 staff at Northern Ireland universities are on six-figure financial packages, it has been revealed. One received in excess of £300,000 in a year when pension contributions were factored in …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 13 November]

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Northern Ireland academics to boycott Israeli universities in Palestine protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“A number of leading Northern Ireland academics have signed up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli universities over Israel’s ‘illegal occupation’ of Palestinian law …” (more)

[Lesley Houston, Belfast Telegraph, 28 October]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, to treble intake of international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“The number of international students at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) is set to almost treble, according to an internal presentation seen by the BBC. QUB wants to increase the number of students from just over 1,500 to about 4,200 across its faculties by 2020 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 13 October]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, rises to 200th place in THE world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University has risen to 200th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings in 2015/16. Last year it was ranked between 251-275 place. Ulster University is in the top 500, with a ranking between 401-500th place …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 October]

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Queen’s University Belfast documentary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A film crew was at Queen’s University Belfast over the course of academic year 2015/16. The first episode of the resulting three-part documentary was broadcast last night …” (more)

[Critical Education, 29 September]

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Videoing lectures ‘has no impact’ on attendance, says study

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics’ fears that making video recordings of lectures available will reduce student attendance are misplaced, a study suggests. Computer scientists at Queen’s University Belfast who monitored the introduction of lecture capture on their courses concluded that it had not had a negative impact on attendance, and that students had instead used the footage to reinforce traditional learning …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 24 September]

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Queen’s University: Compulsory redundancies possible in bid to save money

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University in Belfast has warned staff it may have to make compulsory redundancies in an effort to save money, the BBC has learned. The university announced in April it was cutting 236 posts in 2015/16 through a voluntary redundancy scheme …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 September]

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Stephen Farry says NI’s university funding model is ‘unsustainable’ as he launches consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“The way that higher education is funded in Northern Ireland is ‘no longer sustainable’, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has said.He has launched a consultation to try to find agreement on how universities should be paid for …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 September]

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Belfast City Council proposes new guidelines for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“Belfast City Council is proposing to develop new planning guidelines for student accommodation. There are currently more than a dozen applications in the system representing more than 6,000 student beds …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 August]

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