I’m concerned about university cuts, but money won’t drop from the sky, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton warns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

UK“The Finance Minister has admitted he has concerns about the major budget cuts facing universities and colleges. Simon Hamilton told the Assembly he intends to meet Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry along with representatives from Queen’s and Ulster Universities and further education colleges in the near future …” (more)

[Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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Universities revolt: Academic chiefs team up to blast Stormont over ‘madness’ that will mean 1,100 fewer student places

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“The heads of Northern Ireland’s two universities have come together to warn that Stormont cuts will force some of our brightest young people to leave the country …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 November]

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Northern Ireland economy to suffer as a result of higher education cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“One of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural resources is our skilled, talented people. People who are the lifeblood of local and international businesses, the research base and ultimately, our economy. Higher education contributes £1.5 billion annually to the local economy, and is a key economic driver providing 8,000 high-quality graduates each year …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 5 November]

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QUB and UU warn of plans to cut 1,100 student places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“Northern Ireland’s universities have warned that they will have to cut 1,100 student places. From next September, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster said the places they offer would fall …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 November]

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Northern Irish universities warned over major cuts

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

UK“Universities in Northern Ireland have been warned that funding from the Stormont executive could be cut by up to 15% next year – triggering suggestions that thousands of student places may have to be axed. Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster have already been forced to make multi-million pound savings during this financial year …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 23 October]

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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]