Students at Queen’s University divided on Irish unity vote

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“… Students’ Union members at the university will be asked on Monday in a referendum: ‘Should Ireland be a united and independent country?’ But a counter-referendum by a group called ‘Keep QUB Neutral’ says: ‘This Students’ Union is a shared space that is inclusive for all students …'” (more)

[Nevin Farrell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 October]

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NI universities facing 15% cut in government funding

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

UK“Both of Northern Ireland’s universities have been told to plan for a cut of up to 15% in the money they get from the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 October]

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Universities’ cuts unfair compared to protection schools have

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

UK“Public funding is in sharp focus with the spotlight on universities but the manner in which cuts have been forced upon the universities seems manifestly unfair when schools enjoy the benefit of budget protection …” (more)

[John Gowland, Belfast Telegraph, 21 October]

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Academic blasts Sinn Fein over Queen’s Irish unity referendum

Posted in Life on October 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“A Queen’s University academic has blasted Sinn Fein for organising a referendum on Irish unity without allowing enough time for a ‘mature debate’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 21 October]

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University of Ulster may cut intake by 3,000: Stormont funding crisis could see campus slash student numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

UK“The University of Ulster is considering plans to cut its student intake by 3,000 places, it can be revealed. The planned slashing of numbers comes as the university’s funding from Stormont is cut due to the financial crisis caused, in part, by the refusal to implement welfare reforms at Stormont …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 20 October]

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Queen’s University Belfast slips nine places in table

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has fallen nine places in a national newspaper’s guide for students. Last year Queen’s was ranked at 29, entering the top 30 of the Sunday Times university guide for the first time in a decade, but this year its position has slumped to 38 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Freshers Scrambling for Places in Elms

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“Many first-year Queen’s University students from Northern Ireland are to be left with no university owned accommodation for the start of the 2014/15 academic year. The end of the summer has proven to be an anxious time for many home students bound for Queen’s …” (more)

[Liam Cassidy, The Gown, 20 September]

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Queen’s University Belfast increases its climb in world rankings

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

“Queen’s University has further increased its climb in the world university rankings – albeit by just two spots. It was placed 170th among institutions across the globe for 2014 …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Security alert at Queen’s University Belfast ‘nothing untoward’

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

“A security alert as Queen’s University Belfast has ended after a suitcase discovered on campus was found to contain nothing untoward …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]


Indian giant Tata Group to sell Irish degrees worldwide

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2014 by steve

“Tata, the Indian conglomerate owned by Ireland’s richest man, is working on a deal to sell Irish university degrees online around the world. Tata is part-owned by Pallonji Mistry, the richest Irish citizen alive …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 31 August]

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UCC and TCD placed on international list of ‘must-see’ universities

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“University College Cork has been named as one of three Irish universities worth visiting by international travel site FlipKey. The site, which is part of global travel review site TripAdvisor, listed UCC alongside Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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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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