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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Una Russell – An Appreciation

Posted in Life on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With the death on May 9th of Una Russell, Ireland has lost one of its finest organists and teachers of the instrument. Born, reared and educated to secondary school level in Dundalk, where her father was a well-known solicitor …” (more)

[Gerard Gillen, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Ulster University to cut student numbers by 1,200

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University (UU) is to cut student numbers by 1,200 and staff by 210 as the Stormont funding crisis bites in higher education. Announcing the consequences of its ‘dire’ financial position, the university accused the Stormont Executive of ‘robbing’ young people of opportunities to enter third-level studies …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 June]

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University to slash student numbers

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

UK“A Northern Ireland university is to cut student numbers by 1,200 and staff by 210 due to a funding crisis it has blamed squarely on the region’s political leaders. Announcing the consequences of the ‘dire’ financial position Ulster University (UU) finds itself in …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 June]

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QUB Muslim students ‘praying in corridors’ call for dedicated room

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“Muslims at Queen’s University have said they have to pray in corridors and other public areas because it will not provide multi-faith prayer rooms …” (more)

[Kevin Magee, BBC News, 12 June]

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Judicial review and the exclusive jurisdiction of University Visitors

Posted in Legal issues on June 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Institutions such as cathedrals and colleges are often overseen by Visitors. The recent decision of Horner J in In re CS [2015] NIQB 36 (30 April 2015) has reaffirmed many basic principles relating to the jurisdiction of University Visitors …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 9 June]

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Can universities contribute to economic development?

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

UK“Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas asks whether Northern Ireland needs universities? If it does, then should public money be used to support them? If public money is invested in our Universities, then what role should they play in society and the economy? …” (more)

[QPOL, 6 May]

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QUB Charlie Hebdo event will go ahead, after all

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

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast has posted the following update on its Facebook page: ‘Following the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment, undertaken in line with approved protocols, the University is pleased to confirm that the Charlie Hebdo Research Symposium …'” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 May]

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Leaving Certificate old fashioned, claims report

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Targeted reforms could reduce risk of overreliance on rote learning among students. Greater emphasis should be given in the Leaving Cert to assessing ‘higher order thinking skills’, an independent report has recommended …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Charlie Hebdo conference given green light after all

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

UK“A conference at Queen’s University Belfast on the legacy of the Charlie Hebdo murders will go ahead, the institution has announced, following the completion of a new risk assessment. The event, titled Understanding Charlie: New perspectives on contemporary citizenship and scheduled for next month, had been called off last week …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 1 May]

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University Hebdo event to go ahead

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

UK“A Northern Ireland university criticised for cancelling a conference on the Charlie Hebdo murders has announced that the event will now go ahead. Queen’s University in Belfast will host a symposium in June on the fallout from the massacre at the satirical magazine in Paris and its implications for free speech …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 1 May]

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Student suspended from Queen’s University Belfast over child porn convictions loses High Court challenge to sanction

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“A student suspended from Queen’s University in Belfast over child porn convictions has lost his High Court challenge to the sanction. A judge ruled today that the 21-year-old engineering undergraduate must first take his case before an independent Board of Visitors …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 30 April]

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Leaving Cert exam papers ‘not very predictable’, says Minister

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Concerns that the content of Leaving Cert exams can easily be predicted by students and teachers are ‘not sustained’ by the findings of independent research. A study into the predictability of the annual exams, which had been commissioned by the State Examinations Commission, said there was a false impression …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 April]

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