Sacked academic ‘to sing like canary’ at job tribunal

Posted in Legal issues on September 7th, 2019 by steve

“A sacked Presbyterian academic claims the evidence that will emerge when his case reaches tribunal will shock Church members. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick is taking a case against the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The latest hearing is scheduled for early next week. Professor Kirkpatrick – who worked at the Presbyterian Church’s Union Theological College – was sacked for gross misconduct earlier this year …” (more)

[David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 7 September]


Lecturer sacked by Presbyterian college over radio remarks says he may quit Church

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

“An academic who was dismissed from his teaching position at Union Theological College in Belfast last week has said he is considering leaving the Presbyterian Church. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick said he is now on Jobseeker’s Allowance after a Church disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ as a result of comments he made to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme in June last year …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 15 April]

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Queen’s split with Union Theological College could cost £700k

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

“Union Theological College could face a financial shortfall of up to £700,000 a year after Queen’s University Belfast announced it would cut ties, it’s been claimed. The Presbyterian-run college admits around 150 undergraduate students a year, with tuition fees for 2018/19 set at £4,160 annually – which would generate around £624,000 …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 11 April]

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Queen’s University cuts ties with Presbyterian-run college

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“The university’s governing body – the senate – approved the move on Tuesday. UTC trains some students for the Presbyterian ministry but the majority of its students are studying theology degrees at Queen’s. The Presbyterian Church said it ‘deeply regrets’ the university’s decision …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 10 April]

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Church ‘disappointed’ at leak urging QUB to sever college link

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“The Presbyterian Church has expressed dismay that a recommendation by Queen’s University to end its link with Union Theological College was seen by the media before its own staff. An internal university review – seen by the BBC – has advised cutting the links to the Presbyterian-run institution that dates back to 1927 …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 4 April]

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Professor at Presbyterian College sacked over remarks on radio vows to fight his dismissal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

“A professor who was sacked by Union Theological College (UTC) after comments he made in the media has said he will fight against the ruling. Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked for the Presbyterian-run institution in Belfast for 22 years, is understood to be the first theological professor to be sacked by the Church … ” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

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Belfast theological college professor fired over BBC radio comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

“A professor at Belfast’s Union Theological College (UTC) has been fired due to comments he made on a radio show. Reverend Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked at UTC for 22 years, was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ by a disciplinary panel of the Presbyterian Church, who run the college, the BBC reports …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

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QUB freeze on new theology students after review

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has said it won’t be accepting new students to the ‘highly problematic’ Presbyterian-run Union Theological College (UTC) in 2019. A review by a panel of senior academics at Queen’s University has raised concerns about the diversity of teaching available. The Belfast college admits around 150 theology students each year, with some training for ministry in the Presbyterian Church …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 December]

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QUB will not admit new students to Union Theological College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University will not admit any new undergraduate theology students to the Presbyterian-run Union Theological College (UTC) in 2019, BBC News NI has learned. The move was recommended in a university review that was critical of aspects of teaching and staffing at the college …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 December]

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Urgent review looms for Union Theological College following highly critical report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“A full review into Belfast’s prestigious Union Theological College (UTC) is being brought forward following a highly critical report, it can be revealed. The 165-year-old institution, which is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, was heavily criticised by an education watchdog as having ‘the potential to put academic standards at risk’ …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 6 December]

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Union Theological College standards at risk, watchdog warns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Academic standards at the Union Theological College (UTC) are potentially ‘at risk’ in a number of areas, a watchdog has warned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) monitors standards in higher education institutions across the UK. The college is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and teaches theology to Queen’s University students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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