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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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Queen’s Students: Support Staff Strike Action

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Lecturers and support staff at Queen’s are on a one-day strike on the 3rd of December as part of industrial action across Higher Education in the UK …” (more)

[Tiarnán Ó Muilleoir, The Gown, 2 December]

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No blurred lines over free speech and Queen’s ban

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“Well, at last someone has seen fit to draw the line … It’s easy to dismiss the decision of Queen’s University students’ union to ‘ban’ Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines as trendy playground politics …” (more)

[Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph, 26 November]


Line drawn at Queen’s Belfast as Blurred Lines is banned

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… Blurred Lines, by Robin Thicke, will no longer be allowed to be played throughout the Students Union at Queens, including all bar/club venues, Queen’s Radio, cafés, Clubs and Societies events, external events and within commercial outlets …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 November]


Northern universities braced for disruption as lecturers strike over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2013 by steve

“Lecturers at the North’s two main universities have gone on strike in support of a pay claim. Further industrial action may follow if their call for better pay is not addressed, they have warned …” (more)

[Dan Keenan, Irish Times, 1 November]

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University staff stage strike over wages row

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2013 by steve

“Lectures, libraries and university services in Northern Ireland were cancelled or closed yesterday as staff staged a one-day national walkout in an ongoing row over pay …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 1 November]

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Northern Ireland universities’ staff strike over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2013 by steve

“Lecturers and support staff are on a one-day strike at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster in a dispute over pay and work loads …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 October]

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McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast wins award

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2013 by steve

“The McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast has won a UK-wide award for its architectural design and facilities …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 October]

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Queen’s University Belfast appoints new v-c

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2013 by steve

“Patrick Johnston is to replace Peter Gregson, the university’s former head, who stepped down at the end of July. Cancer expert Professor Johnston has led the development of Queen’s medical school and overseen the university’s Institute of Health Sciences …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 11 October]

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Booze-free rooms just the tonic for Queen’s students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2013 by steve

“… The shift of focus from booze to books is thought to be linked to a variety of factors, including increased diversity among the student population, the rising cost of living and the fact students are now spending up to £9,000 on fees each year …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson and Joanne Sweeney, Belfast Telegraph, 26 August]

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Demand for Northern Ireland university places far outstrips availability

Posted in Fees and access on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry says he will push for increased capacity at universities as hundreds of students scramble for places …” (more)

[Anna Maguire, Belfast Telegraph, 14 August]

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