Undervalued, Overworked, Taken for Granted: PhD Students Issue Damning Report on ‘Exploitative’ Working Conditions at Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Tuesday evening saw the launch of a highly critical report issued jointly between the University and College Union and the Students’ Union of Queen’s University. Entitled ‘Undervalued, Overworked, Taken for Granted: A Report on PhD Working Conditions’, the publication urges a reform of ‘exploitative conditions’ placed upon academic staff amidst a backdrop of university marketisation …” (more)

[Niall Coleman, The Gown, 26 October]

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Queen’s University: Some PhD students ‘earn less than minimum wage’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some PhD students at Queen’s University are being paid below the minimum wage, claims a report from the University and College Union (UCU) and Queen’s Students’ Union. The report is based on data on work and wages …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 October]

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Survey suggests lack of leadership at Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Fewer than a third of staff at Queen’s University believe it is being led effectively. That is one of the main findings of a major survey conducted by the university itself, details of which have been obtained by the BBC. Almost 70% – 2,479 – of the university’s 3,600 staff took part in the survey earlier this year …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 October]

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Sinn Féin protests at British army recruitment at university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin staged a protest against a British army recruitment event at Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday. Tam Donlon, of the party’s Northern executive, said that universities ‘should not be used to recruit young people for imperialist conflicts’ …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious.

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 October]

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Queens University spin-off secures £500,000 investment

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“A Belfast diagnostics company has secured a £500,000 investment from Kernel Capital. Causeway Sensors has developed nano-sized sensing chips that can be used to detect early-stage cancer and other diseases due to its ability to sense the presence of very low levels of proteins and fluctuations in their behaviour …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Victory Declared As QUB Course Cuts Reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Unlike previous years, 2016 has been a tough one for Queen’s University Belfast, as plans to cut course programmes in Sociology and Anthropology have been resisted by an alliance of staff and students. Undeterred by the decision to close the BA Sociology programme last month, the ‘Take Back Queen’s’ campaign held rallies and garnered opposition to the plans …” (more)

[The Last Round, 5 October]

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Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Drunken students ‘risking future careers’, says university

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Students involved in anti-social behaviour in Belfast’s Holyland area are putting their education and careers at risk, says Queen’s University. More than 150 complaints about the behaviour of students from various institutions have been lodged with Belfast City Council since Monday …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Familiar Struggles Greet The New Academic Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“As many students adorn campuses across the North for the very first time, it was revealed last week that despite protests from staff and students, Queen’s was going to go ahead with the recommendations set out in its ‘Shape and Size’ review, and cut the BA Sociology programme at the university …” (more)

[The Last Round, 21 September]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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‘Sad tale of bigotry’: Employment at Queen’s University scrutinised

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“No sooner had the new 1989 Fair Employment Act, compelling employers in Northern Ireland to ensure equal opportunity for all, been passed into law than the British government was faced with a damning report on employment practices at Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Éamon Phoenix, Irish Times, 25 August]

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After Years of Cuts, Debate on Higher Education Funding Begins in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Northern Irish higher education has had a lot to celebrate in the last decade. The two main universities in the country are moving consistently up world rankings. Queen’s University Belfast, since 2006, has been a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and the two institutions are quickly developing a reputation for world-class research …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 August]

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Student fees could rocket to over £6,000 in Northern Ireland if government funding not provided, warns Queen’s

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student fees in Northern Ireland could rocket past the £6,000 a year mark if the government fails to stump up the cash needed, it has been reported …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 July]

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Student fees: Universities could charge £6,300 a year, Queen’s says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student tuition fees in Northern Ireland could rise to £6,300 a year, Queen’s University in Belfast has said. It said students should pay between £5,200 and £6,300 depending on the level of government funding available. Students currently pay £3,925 to study at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 July]

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Queen’s University graduates reveal why they snubbed vice chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students have spoken of the moment they publicly snubbed the head of Queen’s University Belfast during their graduation ceremony. Several history and anthropology graduates refused to shake Patrick Johnston’s hand and others gave him a campaign flyer …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 7 July]

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History students snub Queen’s University vice chancellor Patrick Johnston at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“History students used their graduation ceremony to snub the head of Queen’s University after his controversial claim that ‘society doesn’t need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’ …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 6 July]

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QUB science building damaged in fire

Posted in Life on June 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“One of the main science buildings on the Queen’s University campus in Belfast has been damaged in an overnight fire. The blaze broke out on the second floor of the David Keir building on Stranmillis Road, home of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 June]

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In an Underfunded Sector, We Cannot Let Financial Interests Dictate Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Comments made by the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Patrick Johnston, earlier this week sparked passionate backlash from academics and those interested in the preservation of a university’s mission of academia …” (more)

[University Times, 5 June]

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Queen’s University vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston: Can we put my history blunder in the past?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast has apologised to his own school of history after claiming ‘society does not need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’. The comment by Patrick Johnston sparked fury online, with many members of Mr Johnston’s own history department contacting the Belfast Telegraph …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 1 July]

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