Student fees could rise to £9k to plug NI universities’ funding gap

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student fees in Northern Ireland could rise to £9,000 if a new funding option suggested by the employment and learning minister is adopted …” (more)

[BBC News, 9 March]

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Ulster University: Magee Courses

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

UKGary Middleton (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how his Department will assist the Ulster University Magee campus to ensure courses are protected …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 30 November]

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Ulster University: Redundancy Funding

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

UKJohn Dallat (Social Democratic and Labour Party) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the redundancy process at the Ulster University …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 30 November]

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Stephen Farry fears for the future of higher education in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Stormont must cough up £85m annually to fund higher education or student fees will have to be raised, minister Stephen Farry has warned …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 2 November]

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Further and Higher Education: Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UKDaithí McKay (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his Department’s efforts to address the funding challenge facing further education colleges and higher education institutions …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 12 October]

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Higher Education: Sustainable Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UKJo-Anne Dobson (UUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how he plans to secure a sustainable model of funding for local higher education …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 12 October]

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Ulster University: Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2015 by steve

UKRobin Swann (UUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what consultation he had with the Ulster University prior to the announcement it was reducing course, staff and student provision …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 15 September]

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Stephen Farry says NI’s university funding model is ‘unsustainable’ as he launches consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“The way that higher education is funded in Northern Ireland is ‘no longer sustainable’, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has said.He has launched a consultation to try to find agreement on how universities should be paid for …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 September]

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Universities: Globally Competitive

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

UKEdwin Poots asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the options he is considering to ensure that local universities can continue to be competitive globally …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 13 April]

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NI universities ‘in perilous state’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities in Northern Ireland are in a perilous position, the Employment and Learning Minister has warned. Stephen Farry told the Assembly he was ‘deeply worried’ about the detrimental impact budget cuts and the cap on tuition fees could have on Queen’s and Ulster universities …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 April]

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£11m university extension approved

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“An £11 million extension to the University of Ulster’s Magee campus has received ministerial approval, ending uncertainty whether the project would be shelved due to funding cuts …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 2 April]

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Stranmillis University College: Financial Viability

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

UKJimmy Spratt asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to explain the future financial viability of Stranmillis University College, now that the Executive have reinstated its premia payment, and taking into account the 2013 Grant Thornton report …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 3 March]

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Ulster University Magee expansion ‘to cost £70m a year’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Northern Ireland’s minister for employment and learning has said he supports, in principle, an expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus. However, Dr Stephen Farry said the financial situation meant he may have to cut hundreds of university places …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 February]

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Campus expansion ‘would boost city’

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

UK“Expanding Ulster University’s Magee campus would be a ‘game-changer’ for Londonderry, the Assembly has heard. MLAs were told the multimillion-pound development, which had been under threat because of budget cuts, was the only way of redressing the economic imbalance in the North West …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Magee Expansion: ‘Clear statement of intent’ welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin’s Maeve McLaughlin MLA (Foyle) has welcomed Universities Minister Stephen Farry’s clear statement of intent on expansion at Magee contained in an answer to a written question she posed to him …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 19 February]

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St Mary’s and Stranmillis colleges money cut to be discussed at executive

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

UK“The executive is due to discuss the controversial plan to take money from the budgets of St Mary’s and Stranmillis university colleges later. The move is part of a plan to make teacher training more cost effective …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 12 February]

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St Mary’s University College: Ministerial Crusade

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

UKCathal Ó hOisín (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning, given his continuing crusade against St Mary’s University College, resulting in his cutting its premia, how he intends to protect its excellent work in promoting Irish-medium education …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 9 February]

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Homophobic Bullying

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

UKCaitriona Ruane (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the action further and higher education colleges are taking to eradicate homophobic bullying …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 9 February]

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‘No crusade’ against college

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“Northern Ireland’s Employment Minister has denied embarking on a crusade to close a Catholic-based teacher training college. Campaigners claim the long-standing St Mary’s University College in the heart of west Belfast could be forced to shut if its £1.1 million specialist institution premium funding is axed …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 February]

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Decision due on St Mary’s and Stranmillis teachers’ college cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2015 by steve

UKA final decision on plans to cut funding from two teacher training colleges in Belfast is to be made this week. Learning Minister Stephen Farry wants to remove the small and specialist institution premium funding for both St Mary’s and Stranmillis College …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 February]

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