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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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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After Protest Outside Hamilton Building, Mary Lou McDonald Cancels Visit to Trinity

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her visit to Trinity this evening. A group, in support of abuse victim Mairia Cahill, had gathered outside the Hamilton Building to protest her visit …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Protest Against Mary Lou McDonald’s Trinity Visit Begins on College Green

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A group has gathered on College Green to protest the visit of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, to Trinity. The protest follows a similar protest in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) last week …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Student thrown out of QUB over criminal conviction wins High Court permission to challenge decision

Posted in Legal issues on November 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“A student thrown out of Queen’s University in Belfast over a criminal conviction has won High Court permission to challenge the sanction. His lawyers were granted leave to seek a judicial review of the decision to exclude him for a set period of time …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 19 November]

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I’m concerned about university cuts, but money won’t drop from the sky, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton warns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

UK“The Finance Minister has admitted he has concerns about the major budget cuts facing universities and colleges. Simon Hamilton told the Assembly he intends to meet Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry along with representatives from Queen’s and Ulster Universities and further education colleges in the near future …” (more)

[Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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Universities revolt: Academic chiefs team up to blast Stormont over ‘madness’ that will mean 1,100 fewer student places

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

UK“The heads of Northern Ireland’s two universities have come together to warn that Stormont cuts will force some of our brightest young people to leave the country …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 November]

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Northern Ireland economy to suffer as a result of higher education cuts

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

UK“One of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural resources is our skilled, talented people. People who are the lifeblood of local and international businesses, the research base and ultimately, our economy. Higher education contributes £1.5 billion annually to the local economy, and is a key economic driver providing 8,000 high-quality graduates each year …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 5 November]

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