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]


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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How far should universities rank in Government’s pecking order?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“The new Stormont Executive is being urged to splash the cash on our universities. The head of Queen’s University has warned of a brain drain in Northern Ireland unless there is more investment in higher education …” (more, audio)

[The Nolan Show, BBC NI, 31 May]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

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

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“A dozen senior managers appointed as part of a major restructuring by Queen’s University stand to take home more money a year than the First Minister. As academics at Queen’s prepare to take part in a UK-wide strike over pay, it has emerged that the university is spending millions on new top staff …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 21 May]


University lecturers to strike on May 25 and 26 over pay

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

UK“Lecturers at the north’s universities are to go on strike for two days next week as part of a pay dispute. Lecturers at Queen’s University, Stranmillis and St Mary’s university colleges, the Open University and Ulster University will take part in the industrial action …” (more)

[Claire Simpson, Irish News, 19 May]

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Queen’s Students Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Size and Shape Review’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“As reported by The Last Round, Queen’s University Belfast have massive plans in place to cut back on courses, jobs and student places in the coming years. Bradley Allsop reports on the fightback that has been spearheaded by students and staff, who are opposed to these changes …” (more)

[The Last Round, 14 May]

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Senior Management is Waging War on QUB Students – Now We’re Fighting Back

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2016 by steve

UK“Refusing to divest from fossil fuels, thereby aiding the degradation of the planet. Cutting counselling services so that student waiting times have gone from 3 days to 6 weeks. Interfering in the democracy of the Students’ Union. Scrapping sociology and anthropology undergraduate courses …” (more)

[The Gown, 13 May]

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Belfast: Students and staff hold sit-in at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“Around 100 students and university staff are holding a sit-in protest at Queen’s University. The sit-in is taking place in the main entrance hall of the Lanyon building on the campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 May]

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Stop the closure of BA Sociology and Anthropology at Queen’s University – Save Our Schools!

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB. Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education …” (more)

[, 28 April]

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The Neo-Liberal Axe Falls Heavy at QUB

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

UK“Senior management at Queen’s University Belfast have taken the unprecedented decision to close their BA Sociology, and BA Anthropology degree pathways. The final intake of students will arrive in September 2017, and remaining registered students will be ‘taught out’ by the current group of staff …” (more)

[Sam Price, The Last Round, 29 April]

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Belfast’s biggest student housing scheme gets planning approval

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

UK“Belfast City Council has approved planning permission for the city’s single biggest student housing scheme. The 740-bed development on College Avenue will be developed by McAleer and Rushe on behalf of Queens University, Belfast … ” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 19 April]

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Obituary: Professor Keith Jeffery

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2016 by steve

UK“Professor Keith Jeffery, who has died of cancer aged 64, was a historian of Ireland and the British Empire and was chosen in 2004 to write the first official history of the British secret intelligence service, MI6 …” (more)

[Independent, 3 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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