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Universities:  Neutral Environment

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

Jonathan Craig asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what action has been taken to reduce intimidation at Jordanstown, given their previous correspondence about a neutral environment in our universities …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 2 June]

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Cross-Border Collaboration

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2014 by steve

Alex Maskey asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his recent meeting with the Minister for Education and Skills. Stephen Farry (Alliance): During our most recent meeting, I discussed with Minister Quinn a number of areas where there could be greater cross-border collaboration …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 6 May]

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Northern Ireland researchers to participate directly in Science Foundation Ireland-supported projects

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Northern Ireland researchers will now be able to participate directly in projects supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The ‘Investigators Programme’ has been opened up in a collaboration agreement signed between research ministers from both jurisdictions …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 January]

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University of Ulster, Coleraine: Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2014 by steve

Thomas Buchanan (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the reasons for the intended closure of the senior common room at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 20 January]

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Stranmillis/QUB: Proposed Merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2014 by steve

Jimmy Spratt (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to update the House on the widely talked about proposed merger of Stranmillis University College and Queen’s University …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 20 January]

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Dress Code: Colleges and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2013 by steve

Paul Girvan (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what instruction is given to colleges and universities, which do not have a uniform, on what clothing is suitable …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 8 October]

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University of Ulster: Performance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2013 by steve

Thomas Buchanan (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what strategy he has in place and what work he is doing with the University of Ulster given its drop in the past six years from 54 to 88 in the ‘Guardian’ league table …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly Debates, 17 September]

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Demand for Northern Ireland university places far outstrips availability

Posted in Fees and access on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry says he will push for increased capacity at universities as hundreds of students scramble for places …” (more)

[Anna Maguire, Belfast Telegraph, 14 August]

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Minister sending confused message on Magee expansion – McLaughlin MLA

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA, Maeve McLaughlin (Foyle) has called on Higher Education Minister, Stephen Farry to give unambiguous direction on what is required to secure the required expansion of Magee Campus as outlined in Derry’s ‘One Plan’ regeneration project …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 July]

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University of Ulster is backed by minister in row with Sinn Fein over Magee’s expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2013 by steve

“Education and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has sprung to the defence of the University of Ulster following criticism levelled by Sinn Fein over its handling of expansion plans at Magee College …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 27 June]

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Farry announces changes to student cash support scheme

Posted in Fees and access on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Northern Ireland Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has outlined changes to the scheme that supports students in school or college …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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Stranmillis University College: Governing Body

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist Voice) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning why there has been delay in activating the process to appoint a new chairperson to the governing body of Stranmillis University College, Belfast …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly Debates, 10 December]

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University of Ulster: Belfast Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

Leslie Cree (UUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the benefits of the planned University of Ulster Belfast campus development plan …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly Debates, 10 December]

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Magee – we need more

Posted in Fees and access on November 30th, 2012 by steve

“Two of Derry’s best-known public figures have issued a hard-hitting statement in which they warn of the ‘great danger’ of history repeating itself on the city’s university issue. Businessman Philip O’Doherty and former Policing Board vice-chairman Denis Bradley say Derry has been ‘waiting in vain’ for more than a half a century for a university …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 30 November]

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Magee well on way to target of 1,000 more places

Posted in Fees and access on November 28th, 2012 by steve

“… While we already have the highest participation rates of any UK region, we are still exporting too many of our young people. There is a good case for expanding higher education provision. When I assumed office in May 2011, no budget allocation for the expansion of the higher education existed …” (more)

[Stephen Farry, Derry Journal, 28 November]

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‘Bring places to Magee’ Minister told

Posted in Fees and access on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Stormont’s University Minister has been told allocating all 500 STEM places to Derry’s University of Ulster Magee campus would bring ‘an enhanced economic opportunity to Northern Ireland’s worst economic black spot’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 22 November]

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Magee tops agenda for delegation to Stormont

Posted in Fees and access on November 20th, 2012 by steve

“A high level delegation from Derry will visit Stormont today to lobby for 500 additional student places for Magee. The group, which will include the six Foyle MLAs, members of the U4D lobby group and representatives from Derry City Council and City of Culture organisers, will meet with the University of Ulster’s vice-chancellor, Richard Barnett …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 20 November]

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Give us all 500 new student places, urges Magee academic

Posted in Fees and access on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“Every one of 500 new undergraduate places should go to the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in Londonderry, its pro vice-chancellor has said …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 19 November]

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New Uni places not all Derry bound

Posted in Fees and access on November 14th, 2012 by steve

“Derry’s University of Ulster campus at Magee will not get all 500 extra STEM subject places, SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has said …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 14 November]

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Hundreds of new student places to be allocated to Magee

Posted in Fees and access on November 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Magee Campus of the University of Ulster is in line to get hundreds of extra student places. The Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry, said the greater share of the extra places allocated to the University of Ulster will go to the Derry campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 November]

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