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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MLAs back St Mary’s and Stranmillis payments retention

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

UK“Unionists and nationalist MLAs have united to call for the retention of extra payments to St Mary’s and Stranmillis university colleges. They are due to lose more than £2m that each gets annually to compensate for their small size and specialist role …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 2 February]

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St Mary’s University College: Restoration of Special Funding Premia to Prevent its Imminent Closure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

UKJennifer McCann (Sinn Féin): Go raibh maith agat, a Phríomh-LeasCheann Comhairle. Let me say at the outset that I will not be taking the 15 minutes because I am very conscious that, given that this is such a serious debate, a number of my colleagues want to speak on it. So, I will try to get through what I have to say as quickly as possible …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 27 January]

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Ulster University’s Magee expansion ‘crucial’ for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“The expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus in Londonderry would be an economic ‘game-changer’ for the area, a leading Derry businessman has said …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 January]

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Hundreds protest for St Mary’s College

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

UK“Hundreds of students, teachers, school principals and politicians turned out at a rally at St Mary’s University College in west Belfast yesterday to express their support for it remaining in operation …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 January]

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St Mary’s University College

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

UKMáirtín Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the future of St Mary’s University College …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 19 January]

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Knighthood for Ulster University Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2014 by steve

UK“Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has congratulated New Years Honours recipients from local universities and further education colleges, including Ulster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett who was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor for services to higher education and business …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 31 December]

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Business case presentation a step forward for the expansion of Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the presentation of a business case for the expansion of Magee to the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry. Ms McLaughlin said, ‘The expansion of Magee is central to the economic regeneration of the entire North West region …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 December]

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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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