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Ex dental prof Philip Lamey challenges Queen’s University

Posted in Legal issues on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“A former professor of dentistry is accusing Queen’s University of unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Prof Philip Lamey, a specialist in oral medicine, was employed by both the Belfast Health Trust and the city’s university …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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Go-ahead for new £20m building at Queen’s University Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2014 by steve

“Planning permission for a new School of Law and student cafe at Queen’s University Belfast has been granted by the Environment Minister …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 July]


Democratic Innovation and the University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“Northern Ireland today, says Stephen Farry, is a case study of ‘peace as pursuit of war by other means’. Farry, who is Minister for Employment and Learning in the Northern Ireland Executive, sees a central role for universities in moving beyond a society divided by religious sectarianism and to a new form of responsible politics …” (more)

[Vice-Chancellor’s blog University of Salford, 7 July]

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Queen’s academic Tony Gallagher unaware of ‘phantom book’

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“A senior academic at Queen’s University, Belfast, says he is unaware of references to a non-existent book that he is said to have jointly edited. Professor Tony Gallagher is a pro vice-chancellor at Queen’s …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 30 June]


Queen’s University Belfast: Students propose ban on poppy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2014 by steve

“A motion proposing a ban on the sale of poppies within the Students’ Union at Queen’s University will come before the university’s student council later …” (more)

[BBC News, 7 May]


Council in Solidarity with Marking Boycott

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Queen’s University’s Student Council has voted to uphold a motion of solidarity with staff members affiliated with the University and College Union (UCU), in the eventuality of a marking boycott this summer …” (more)

[Tara McEvoy, The Gown, 15 April]

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Time to break ‘stranglehold’ University of Ulster has on Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“… In terms of Irish cities or towns, which have third-level institutions, Derry has the lowest percentage of third-level students by far – indeed, we have less than half the provision of the next ‘worst’ town on the list. In percentage terms, we currently have an eighth of Galway’s third-level student places, a seventh of Limerick’s, and a quarter of Cork’s …” (more)

[Conal McFeely, Derry Journal, 8 April]

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New Queen’s University Belfast chief says university life is tougher than ever

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“University has never been tougher – but Queen’s new president and vice-chancellor is hoping to tackle some of the big issues facing students during his six-year tenure …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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I’ll make Queen’s University Belfast a powerhouse, vows new chief Professor Patrick Johnston

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

“One of the world’s most respected cancer specialists has said he wants to make Queen’s University ‘an international powerhouse in higher education’ as he takes over at the helm of the institution today …” (more)

[Joanne Fleming, Belfast Telegraph, 3 March]

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Cancer specialist takes over at Queen’s

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

“Prof Patrick Johnston takes over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, today. Prof Johnston, formerly dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s is one of the world’s top cancer research specialists …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Queen’s University vice-chancellor to get paid £250,000 a year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The new head of Queen’s University will be paid a salary of almost £250,000, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. Professor Patrick Johnston takes up the post of vice-chancellor next month – but has caused controversy even before he begins work because of his massive pay packet …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Residents protest against Queens University accommodation plans

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“More than 30 local residents have held a demonstration against plans by Queens University to build new student accommodation blocks in south Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 15 February]

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14,000 animals killed for university research at Queen’s and University of Ulster

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2014 by steve

“Almost 14,000 animals died in experiments carried out in the laboratories of our two main universities in one year …” (more)

[Liam Clarke, Belfast Telegraph, 10 February]

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Queen’s University sorry after glitch incorrectly fails medical students

Posted in Teaching on February 5th, 2014 by steve

“Queen’s University has been forced to apologise for wrongly failing final-year medical students because of a computer glitch over exam results …” (more)

[Claire Graham, Belfast Telegraph, 5 February]

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University Challenge: It’s a non-starter for 10 as QUB quizzers have ‘one of those off days’

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2014 by steve

“It was a battle of minds, but sadly four of the brightest brains from Queen’s University Belfast were no match for their opponents in the quarter-finals of University Challenge last night …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Northern Ireland researchers to participate directly in Science Foundation Ireland-supported projects

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Northern Ireland researchers will now be able to participate directly in projects supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The ‘Investigators Programme’ has been opened up in a collaboration agreement signed between research ministers from both jurisdictions …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Stranmillis/QUB: Proposed Merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2014 by steve

Jimmy Spratt (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to update the House on the widely talked about proposed merger of Stranmillis University College and Queen’s University …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 20 January]

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UCC climbs to second place in global green university rankings

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

“University College Cork (UCC) has climbed from third to second place in the Universitas Indonesia (UI) Greenmetric World University Rankings, thanks to its green credentials …” (more)

[More on this ranking here]
[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 17 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast joins global university race

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2014 by steve

“Almost 6,000 people from across the world have signed up for the first Moocs – free massive online courses – at Queen’s University, Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 9 January]

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Belfast papers reveal fears over exodus of Protestant students in 1982

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2013 by steve

“British fears of a Protestant ‘brain drain’ from Northern Ireland in the early 1980s were discussed at a meeting between a Northern Ireland Office official and the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Sir Peter Froggat, in 1982, according to papers released in Belfast …” (more)

[Eamon Phoenix, Irish Times, 27 December]

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