Queen’s University vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston: Can we put my history blunder in the past?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast has apologised to his own school of history after claiming ‘society does not need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’. The comment by Patrick Johnston sparked fury online, with many members of Mr Johnston’s own history department contacting the Belfast Telegraph …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 1 July]

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How far should universities rank in Government’s pecking order?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“The new Stormont Executive is being urged to splash the cash on our universities. The head of Queen’s University has warned of a brain drain in Northern Ireland unless there is more investment in higher education …” (more, audio)

[The Nolan Show, BBC NI, 31 May]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“A dozen senior managers appointed as part of a major restructuring by Queen’s University stand to take home more money a year than the First Minister. As academics at Queen’s prepare to take part in a UK-wide strike over pay, it has emerged that the university is spending millions on new top staff …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 21 May]

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University lecturers to strike on May 25 and 26 over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Lecturers at the north’s universities are to go on strike for two days next week as part of a pay dispute. Lecturers at Queen’s University, Stranmillis and St Mary’s university colleges, the Open University and Ulster University will take part in the industrial action …” (more)

[Claire Simpson, Irish News, 19 May]

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Queen’s Students Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Size and Shape Review’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“As reported by The Last Round, Queen’s University Belfast have massive plans in place to cut back on courses, jobs and student places in the coming years. Bradley Allsop reports on the fightback that has been spearheaded by students and staff, who are opposed to these changes …” (more)

[The Last Round, 14 May]

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Senior Management is Waging War on QUB Students – Now We’re Fighting Back

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2016 by steve

UK“Refusing to divest from fossil fuels, thereby aiding the degradation of the planet. Cutting counselling services so that student waiting times have gone from 3 days to 6 weeks. Interfering in the democracy of the Students’ Union. Scrapping sociology and anthropology undergraduate courses …” (more)

[The Gown, 13 May]

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Belfast: Students and staff hold sit-in at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“Around 100 students and university staff are holding a sit-in protest at Queen’s University. The sit-in is taking place in the main entrance hall of the Lanyon building on the campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 May]

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Stop the closure of BA Sociology and Anthropology at Queen’s University – Save Our Schools!

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB. Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education …” (more)

[Change.org, 28 April]

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The Neo-Liberal Axe Falls Heavy at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“Senior management at Queen’s University Belfast have taken the unprecedented decision to close their BA Sociology, and BA Anthropology degree pathways. The final intake of students will arrive in September 2017, and remaining registered students will be ‘taught out’ by the current group of staff …” (more)

[Sam Price, The Last Round, 29 April]

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Belfast’s biggest student housing scheme gets planning approval

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Belfast City Council has approved planning permission for the city’s single biggest student housing scheme. The 740-bed development on College Avenue will be developed by McAleer and Rushe on behalf of Queens University, Belfast … ” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 19 April]

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Obituary: Professor Keith Jeffery

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2016 by steve

UK“Professor Keith Jeffery, who has died of cancer aged 64, was a historian of Ireland and the British Empire and was chosen in 2004 to write the first official history of the British secret intelligence service, MI6 …” (more)

[Independent, 3 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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University chiefs condemn St Patrick’s Day attacks on police

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2016 by steve

UK“Three men have been charged after being arrested in relation to disorder in the early hours of St Patrick’s Day in Belfast. A 21-year-old man was charged with disorderly behaviour, a 19-year-old with riotous behaviour and a 20-year-old was also charged with disorderly behaviour, obstructing police, resisting police and two counts of assault of police. They were released on bail … ” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 March]

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Short-termism is putting Northern Irish universities at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

UK“In Northern Ireland, public funding cuts to the higher education sector are jeopardising the economic future of a region that has been blighted by relatively high levels of unemployment and deprivation coupled with low levels of productivity and economic activity …” (more)

[Deirdre Heenan, Wonkhe, 29 February]

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Third-level rows bringing GAA into disrepute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Another third-level season, another row over player eligibility. Queen’s University is at the centre of the latest controversy, having had three players suspended on the basis that they weren’t eligible to play in the independent.ie Sigerson Cup …” (more)

[Independent, 10 February]

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University awards contract for student homes in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“Developer McAleer & Rushe plans to build two student accommodation blocks in a deal worth €90 million. The Co Tyrone- and London-based builder said yesterday that it has won a contract from Queen’s University Belfast to build more than 1,200 student bedrooms at two city centre sites …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 February]

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Queen’s University signs student accommodation deal for 1,200 places

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University has signed an agreement with a property firm to develop 1,200 student accommodation places. Under the deal, the developer McAleer and Rushe will build flats for Queen’s students on two Belfast city centre sites …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 8 February]

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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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