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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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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