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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Maskey welcomes Executive backing for St Mary’s College

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

UK“Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has welcomed the decision to restore funding from St Mary’s and Stranmillis teaching training colleges. The West Belfast MP said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 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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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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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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Demand for Northern Ireland university places far outstrips availability

Posted in Fees, access and admissions 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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Row as Stranmillis University College teaching college

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2013 by steve

“A Northern Ireland teaching college has been heavily criticised for dumping thousands of valuable books into skips. Redevelopment work is currently under way on the library at Stranmillis University College in Belfast …” (more)

[Chris Kilpatrick, Belfast Telegraph, 3 August]

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Record number of students apply to Northern Ireland universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“A record number of students have applied for places at one of Northern Ireland’s universities this autumn. The Universities Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) revealed that 19,587 people had applied for a place …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 1 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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Fury over teaching cuts

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2012 by steve

“A decision to ‘prop up’ Stranmillis and St Mary’s teaching colleges at the expense of Northern Ireland’s two universities could end up in the High Court, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 25 May]

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Queen’s University Belfast and Stranmillis University College: Merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2012 by steve

Lord Morrow (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the proposed merger between Stranmillis University College and Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly Debates, 23 April]

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To merge or not to merge?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2012 by steve

“Let’s try to make sense of a situation that seems to be getting a wee bit out of hand, probably because our wonderfully creative Northern Irish Politicians are involved. General consensus from within Queen’s suggests that they really quite fancy having Stranmillis College under their control …” (more)

[Fergal McFerran, Belfast Studenty.me, 7 January]

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Row over college merger ‘support’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2012 by steve

“The education and learning minister has been accused of misleading MLAs over the proposed merger of Stranmillis college with Queen’s University …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 January]

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College ethos ‘will survive merger’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2011 by steve

“The ethos and traditions of Stranmillis teacher training college will be continued after a merger with Queens University, the minister overseeing the plan has said …” (more)

[Independent, 15 March]

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