Queen’s University Belfast among the UK top 20 for crucial research

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

UK“Queen’s University in Belfast has been declared one of the top UK higher education institutions for research. A nationwide assessment has placed Queen’s in the top 20 for research quality and impact …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 18 December]

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Colleges set to slash 17,000 new places for students in Northern Ireland

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

UK“More than 17,000 education and training places may be axed next year under proposals to meet some of the toughest cuts Stormont has ever seen. It emerged last month that the Queen’s University and Ulster University were considering cutting 1,100 places to cope with a 10% reduction in funding from Stormont …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 December]

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Education: Budget cuts could mean job losses and closure of places

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2014 by steve

UK“Some 17,000 education and training places could go as a result of severe cutbacks, the Department for Employment and Learning has revealed. It means that 1,500 jobs are at risk: 650 in higher education, 500 in further education and 400 civil servants …” (more)

[BBC News NI, 4 December]

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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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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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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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Student Support Payment Methods Need to Be Changed – Flanagan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2014 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has called for changes to be made to the way in which further and higher education students receive financial support. Mr Flanagan was speaking after the leadership of National Union of Students/Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) briefed the Assembly Employment & Learning Committee on the financial challenges facing students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 October]

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Students: North/South Mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2014 by steve

Phil Flanagan (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his efforts to remove barriers to North/South mobility at undergraduate level …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 29 September]

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University of Ulster: Course Moves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

Roy Beggs (UUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the scheduled move of some courses from the University of Ulster Jordanstown campus to the Belfast campus …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 16 September]

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MLAs call on Farry to renew backing for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2014 by steve

“The employment and learning minister told MLAs he was sympathetic to the aim of expansion at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus but he ‘could not be expected to both cut public spending and to increase it at the same time’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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Student unions pressure Stephen Farry over cuts to student hardship fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2014 by steve

“Student union leaders have called on Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to reverse cuts to a fund to help struggling students …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 September]

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University of Ulster-Magee expansion campaign: Local MLA’s to bring Magee issue to OFMDFM

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

“A cross-party delegation of local politicians is seeking a meeting with the First and Deputy First Ministers in a bid to secure a commitment from government to the plans to expand Derry’s Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 4 September]

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McLaughlin secures Magee expansion Assembly debate

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

“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has secured an adjournment debate on the campaign for the expansion of the university at Magee. Speaking ahead of next week’s debate in the Assembly, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Student hardship fund: Stephen Farry criticised for £1.3m cut

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Money made available to the poorest students in Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges has been cut by over a third, the BBC has learned …” (more)

[Peter Coulter, BBC News, 2 September]

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McGuinness committment to Magee expansion welcomed by Derry Mayor

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Mayor of Derry councillor Brenda Stevenson has welcomed Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness’ commitment to Magee University following his statement last week that he intends to meet with the Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry …” (more)

[Andrew Quinn, Derry Journal, 1 September]

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SDLP: Strength of ‘one civic voice’ over Magee expansion not lost on Minister – Durkan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2014 by steve

“SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said the strength of ‘one civic voice’ over the expansion of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in Derry was not lost on the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at a specially convened meeting in Stormont yesterday …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 15 August]

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Magee meeting with Farry robust but frank

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said that there was a frank but constructive meeting with Department of Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to discuss the expansion of Magee …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 August]

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Magee campus expansion unrealistic, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“The expansion at the Magee branch of the Ulster University is ‘unrealistic at this stage’, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has insisted. His comments appear back up his decision earlier this week to delay the £11m development at the Londonderry campus …” (more)

[Michelle Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 15 August]

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University of Ulster: Durkan registers overwhelming ‘upset and resentment’ over halt to Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has written to the Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry registering the profound misgivings felt in Derry over his comments on Magee expansion …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 14 August]

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Magee campus chiefs draw up battle plan against Minister Stephen Farry

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2014 by steve

“Battle plans to save the expansion plans for Magee campus are being drawn up after what campaigners called the ‘unilateral outburst’ from Minister Stephen Farry shelving the project …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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