QUB cuts jobs and student intake after DEL funding loss

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

UK“Queen’s University Belfast is cutting 236 jobs and 290 student places due to a funding reduction. The move is in response to an £8m cut in the subsidy received from the Department of Employment and Learning …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 April]

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Universities: Globally Competitive

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

UKEdwin Poots asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the options he is considering to ensure that local universities can continue to be competitive globally …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 13 April]

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NI universities ‘in perilous state’

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

UK“Universities in Northern Ireland are in a perilous position, the Employment and Learning Minister has warned. Stephen Farry told the Assembly he was ‘deeply worried’ about the detrimental impact budget cuts and the cap on tuition fees could have on Queen’s and Ulster universities …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 April]

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Northern Ireland students set to benefit from revised CAO points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ireland to gain entry. Under the plan, which will apply to college applicants from September 2016, the Central Applications Office (CAO) points awarded for an A* grade in the A-Level exams will rise from 150 to 180 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Boozing student hordes need to learn lessons in decent behaviour

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“… How dare these kids come here and feel entitled to trash the place? And where the heck are the PSNI and Queen’s and the University of Ulster when all this is happening? …” (more)

[Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph, 23 March]

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Queen’s University stops Belfast Festival funding

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

UK“Queen’s University has decided not to continue with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. In a statement on Thursday, the university said its decision was taken because of financial challenges …” (more)

[BBC News, 19 March]

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‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life … Rethinking the Public University (Prof John Brewer) #ImagineBelfast15

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

UK“‘The public university is dead … a slow and lingering death, … and its corpse lies lifeless in every senior managers’ meeting, in every classroom and every tutorial venue … in every boarded up common room and every closed bookshop …'” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 March]

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Stranmillis University College: Financial Viability

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

UKJimmy Spratt asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to explain the future financial viability of Stranmillis University College, now that the Executive have reinstated its premia payment, and taking into account the 2013 Grant Thornton report …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 3 March]

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Universities ‘contribute £1.5bn’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“Cuts to higher education in Northern Ireland threaten universities’ £1.5bn contribution to the economy, campaigners have claimed. Some 17,000 education and training places could go as a result of cutbacks, the Department for Employment and Learning has revealed …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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Rethinking the Public University: John Brewer: QUB, 13 March

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“The public university has almost disappeared under neo-liberal marketisation, with a loss of public finance and public function. The once revered ancient institution of the public university has changed beyond recognition. Rather than lament, we need to turn it into an opportunity …” (more, tickets)

[QUB, February]

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Sugar daddy website insists Queen’s University Belfast students are not at risk

Posted in Life on February 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“The world’s biggest ‘sugar daddy’ website has defended its claims that 200 female Queen’s students are on its books. And despite a series of suggestive video and online adverts, the Seeking Arrangements site insists they are not a glorified escort agency …” (more)

[Kirsten Elder, Belfast Telegraph, 16 February]

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Hundreds of broke Irish students searching for sugar daddies to ease their financial woes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“Hundreds of skint Irish students are ditching their part-time jobs and searching for a sugar daddy to help ease their financial woes. Over 200 female students at Queen’s University in Belfast have signed up to the Seeking Arrangement website where rich men pay cash-strapped young women, known as sugar babies, on average €6,600 (£5,000) for their company, or more often, for sex …” (more)

[Independent, 4 February]

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Ulster University’s new £250k leader becomes Northern Ireland’s highest paid official

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University has appointed a new vice-chancellor who will become the highest paid public figure in Northern Ireland. Liverpool-born Professor Paddy Nixon (47) will be paid £250,000 plus benefits when he succeeds Professor Sir Richard Barnett following his retirement in March …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph, 9 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast among the UK top 20 for crucial research

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

UK“Queen’s University in Belfast has been declared one of the top UK higher education institutions for research. A nationwide assessment has placed Queen’s in the top 20 for research quality and impact …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 18 December]

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Irish rugby star receives honorary degree from Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s greatest ever rugby players has received an honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast. Former Ireland, and British and Irish Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll was given an honorary doctorate for services to sport …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 December]

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Colleges set to slash 17,000 new places for students in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“More than 17,000 education and training places may be axed next year under proposals to meet some of the toughest cuts Stormont has ever seen. It emerged last month that the Queen’s University and Ulster University were considering cutting 1,100 places to cope with a 10% reduction in funding from Stormont …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 December]

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QUB Students Rally Against Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2014 by steve

UK“Today students and staff of Queen’s University Belfast gathered outside the Student’s Union to voice their opposition to proposed cuts to the Department of Employment and Learning’s (DEL) budget as outlined in the draft budget …” (more)

[Paul Wyatt, Queen’s Radio, 2 December]

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Northern Ireland students urged to fight cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

UK“Students in Northern Ireland have been urged to fight proposed cuts in spending by the Department of Employment and Learning. Queens University student president Ciarán Gallagher made the call at a rally of students and academic staff …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 2 December]

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Call to ring-fence Magee students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 1st, 2014 by steve

UK“Derry and Strabane Council have passed a motion calling on the University of Ulster and the government to ring-fence student numbers at Magee in the face of massive cuts …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 30 November]

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QUB students urged to make themselves heard at ‘Stop Del Cuts’ campaign rally

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2014 by steve

UK“Following the recent revelation that prospective students may face stiffer competition for places at Northern Ireland’s two universities next year, the Students Union at Queen’s are this week stepping up their ‘Stop Del Cuts’ campaign to reverse the proposal …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Queen’s Radio, 29 November]

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