Una Russell – An Appreciation

Posted in Life on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With the death on May 9th of Una Russell, Ireland has lost one of its finest organists and teachers of the instrument. Born, reared and educated to secondary school level in Dundalk, where her father was a well-known solicitor …” (more)

[Gerard Gillen, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Ulster University to cut student numbers by 1,200

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

UK“Ulster University (UU) is to cut student numbers by 1,200 and staff by 210 as the Stormont funding crisis bites in higher education. Announcing the consequences of its ‘dire’ financial position, the university accused the Stormont Executive of ‘robbing’ young people of opportunities to enter third-level studies …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 June]

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University to slash student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“A Northern Ireland university is to cut student numbers by 1,200 and staff by 210 due to a funding crisis it has blamed squarely on the region’s political leaders. Announcing the consequences of the ‘dire’ financial position Ulster University (UU) finds itself in …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 June]

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QUB Muslim students ‘praying in corridors’ call for dedicated room

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“Muslims at Queen’s University have said they have to pray in corridors and other public areas because it will not provide multi-faith prayer rooms …” (more)

[Kevin Magee, BBC News, 12 June]

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Judicial review and the exclusive jurisdiction of University Visitors

Posted in Legal issues on June 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Institutions such as cathedrals and colleges are often overseen by Visitors. The recent decision of Horner J in In re CS [2015] NIQB 36 (30 April 2015) has reaffirmed many basic principles relating to the jurisdiction of University Visitors …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 9 June]

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Can universities contribute to economic development?

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

UK“Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas asks whether Northern Ireland needs universities? If it does, then should public money be used to support them? If public money is invested in our Universities, then what role should they play in society and the economy? …” (more)

[QPOL, 6 May]

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QUB Charlie Hebdo event will go ahead, after all

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast has posted the following update on its Facebook page: ‘Following the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment, undertaken in line with approved protocols, the University is pleased to confirm that the Charlie Hebdo Research Symposium …'” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 May]

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Leaving Certificate old fashioned, claims report

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Targeted reforms could reduce risk of overreliance on rote learning among students. Greater emphasis should be given in the Leaving Cert to assessing ‘higher order thinking skills’, an independent report has recommended …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Charlie Hebdo conference given green light after all

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“A conference at Queen’s University Belfast on the legacy of the Charlie Hebdo murders will go ahead, the institution has announced, following the completion of a new risk assessment. The event, titled Understanding Charlie: New perspectives on contemporary citizenship and scheduled for next month, had been called off last week …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 1 May]

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University Hebdo event to go ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“A Northern Ireland university criticised for cancelling a conference on the Charlie Hebdo murders has announced that the event will now go ahead. Queen’s University in Belfast will host a symposium in June on the fallout from the massacre at the satirical magazine in Paris and its implications for free speech …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 1 May]

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Student suspended from Queen’s University Belfast over child porn convictions loses High Court challenge to sanction

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“A student suspended from Queen’s University in Belfast over child porn convictions has lost his High Court challenge to the sanction. A judge ruled today that the 21-year-old engineering undergraduate must first take his case before an independent Board of Visitors …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 30 April]

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Leaving Cert exam papers ‘not very predictable’, says Minister

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Concerns that the content of Leaving Cert exams can easily be predicted by students and teachers are ‘not sustained’ by the findings of independent research. A study into the predictability of the annual exams, which had been commissioned by the State Examinations Commission, said there was a false impression …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Queen’s maintains lead over Ulster University, but gap is narrowing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast has maintained its lead over Ulster University in UK league tables – but the gap between the two is narrowing. QUB has fallen five places in the national rankings, from 31st last year to 36th place, according to the Complete University Guide …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 April]

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Charlie Hebdo: Craven Queen University’s needs a lesson in free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“We are exceptional, says the embarrassingly boastful Queen’s University Belfast slogan. After the decision to cancel a conference about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, Queen’s had better get on the phone to the PR men who come up with this guff for them, no doubt at great expense …” (more)

[Fionola Meredith, Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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From Galileo and Milton to Charlie Hebdo – More on the cancelled QUB conference

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an earlier post – Queen’s University Belfast n’est pas Charlie Hebdo; instead, it says nothing – I criticised Queen’s for cancelling a symposium planned by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities on ‘new perspectives on contemporary citizenship after Charlie Hebdo’ …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 24 April]

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£8m funding cut could ‘destroy’ Northern Ireland’s institutions

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

UK“Queen’s v-c speaks out amid plans to axe 236 staff and reduce student numbers by more than 1,000. The performance and reputation of Northern Ireland’s higher education system are at risk of being ‘destroyed’ by public funding cuts, university leaders have warned …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 23 April]

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Risk factor behind cancellation of Queen’s event on Charlie Hebdo

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

UK“A conference about the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo that was set to take place at Queen’s University Belfast was cancelled because a risk assessment for the event was not carried out, the university has said …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 April]

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‘… there is no debate because there can be no debate’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“This from Belfast emigre Robert McLiam Wilson, via Henry McDonald: ‘I am feeling a touch of shame today. Cancelling such an event in the face of putative menace in a city that endured a 30-year torture of self-immolation seems worse than pusillanimous. Belfast? Seriously? …'” (more)

[Mick Fealty, Slugger O’Toole, 22 April]

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Queen’s criticised over Hebdo conference decision

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University has faced criticism for cancelling a planned conference on the Charlie Hebdo killings. The university had been due to host a symposium in June on the fallout from the January attack on the satirical magazine in Paris and its implications for free speech …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 April]

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QUB in censorship row after cancelling summit on Charlie Hebdo attack

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“A university that hosted conferences throughout the Troubles has been accused of censorship after it cancelled a conference to discuss the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre …” (more)

[Sara Neill, Belfast Telegraph, 22 April]

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