Ulster University spent £236k on ‘gagging’ staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 19th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University spent £226k on settlements to staff that included ‘gagging clauses’ in the past two years, it has been revealed. The BBC has reported the figure was made up of six separate payments to staff, which included non-disclosure agreements (NDA) …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 April]

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Urgent need to approve medical school at Magee – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said there is an urgent need for approval for a medical school to be established at Magee. The Foyle MP said: ‘The latest report from the Auditor General details the amount spent on locum doctors highlights the shortage of doctors and the need for more to be trained …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 April]

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Sinn Féin puts Magee, A5 and CoDA at heart of Brexit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin has called for the Irish government to commit funding for City of Derry Airport, the A5 and Magee University under its contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 13 February]

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Universities in N Ireland lowest for unconditional offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2019 by steve

“Northern Irish universities made only 10 unconditional offers to prospective undergraduates in 2018. That is far lower than most universities in England or Wales. An unconditional offer guarantees a pupil a university place regardless of their A-Level results …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 January]

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Ulster University buys Foyle College site as part of expansion plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University has finally sealed the deal on the purchase of the former Foyle College site in Londonderry, allowing expansion plans to proceed. A year after it was expected, the university (UU) confirmed it now owns the Duncreggan Road site …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 29 January]

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Ulster University’s acquisition of former Foyle College site welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to expand Ulster University’s Magee Campus are said to be progressing well following the acquisition of the former Foyle College site. The Magee Medical School will be at the core of the expansion …” (more, audio)

[Highland Radio, 25 January]

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McCallion welcomes additional land for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed the acquisition of additional land by the Ulster University’s Magee campus which will allow for further expansion. The Foyle MP said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 January]

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Controversy over University of Ulster’s plans to erect Irish language signs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“A move by University of Ulster to erect Irish language signs across campus has been labelled as a ‘political stunt’ by the Ulster Young Unionists. A University of Ulster Students’ Union (UUSU) council meeting was held in mid-November where a new bilingual signage policy was agreed. This would see Irish language signs replacing existing signage over time across the university’s four campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry …” (more)

[Catherine Gallagher, The College View, 12 December]

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Lecturer threatens to sue after she is barred from university elections

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2018 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has threatened to take legal action against her employers after being barred from standing in elections to its governing body. The University Council is responsible for oversight of all the institution’s affairs …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 December]

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Ulster University to review stance on trade unionist’s election bid

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

“Ulster University (UU) is to review a decision not to let a leading trade union member stand for election to its governing body. Goretti Horgan, a lecturer at UU and a member of the University and College Union (UCU), wanted to stand for election to the university’s council. In a letter, UU said she would not be allowed to go forward for election …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Investigation into high levels of cancer among staff at Ulster University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2018 by steve

“An investigation has found that a Ulster University campus was not responsible for high levels of cancer among staff. The BBC has reported that a Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) investigation found insufficient evidence that the Jordanstown campus was responsible for causing higher than average levels of cancer among the staff …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 30 November]

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Ulster University ‘cancer cluster’ investigated

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

“A cancer agency has investigated allegations of a ‘cancer cluster’ in part of an Ulster University’s (UU) campus, BBC News NI has learned. A inquiry by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) found insufficient evidence that UU’s Jordanstown campus was responsible for any cancers among staff …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 30 November]

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Irish signs for UU student unions comes under fire

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Plans to include the Irish language on all students’ union signage at one of Northern Ireland’s two universities is designed to make unionists feel uncomfortable in their own surroundings, it has been claimed …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Ulster University to introduce Irish language signs at Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

“The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Ulster University’s Students’ Council on Tuesday. The Ulster University has four campuses, one in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Londonderry. Each location has their own students’ union …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 November]

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UUSU Vote to Remain Members of NUS-USI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

“In a whopping 90.2%–9.8% result, Ulster University Students’ Union have voted to remain members of NUS-USI. Voting took place this week from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November across all UU Campus’. Members and Officer Board of the trilateral agreement flocked to Ulster University throughout the week to campaign in favour of the long standing membership and outline its benefits to students around campus …” (more)

[USI, 16 November]

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Magee Medical School delayed by at least a year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2018 by steve

“It’s been confirmed that the opening of the Medical School at the Magee Campus in Derry has been put back by at least a year. It had been hoped that it could open in 2019, but that will not now happen, with one former Stormont Minister saying this is a direct consequence of the current political stalemate …” (more)

[Highland News, 10 November]

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Foyle MP still confident med school will come to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

“The planned medical school at Magee is too crucial to allow it to be delayed or frustrated any further, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said. The Foyle MP was commenting after Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon warned that it would not be in place in time for the 2019 academic year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 November]

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Derry medical school plans shelved due to Stormont impasse

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

“A planned medical school at Ulster University’s campus in Londonderry has been shelved because there are no ministers in Stormont. The first intake of 60 students at the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee Campus had been scheduled for 2019 – but the future of a medical school any time in the future is now in doubt …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 19 October]

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Ulster University: no need to back down

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University seems to have retracted the claim on its website that it is in the top 3% of universities in the world. Elsewhere it has apparently claimed to be in the top 2% …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 October]

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Ulster University in climbdown over web claim it’s in top 3% of universities in world

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University has been forced to make a change to its website after claiming to be ‘in the top 3% of universities in the world’. Which? University carried out a review of UK institutions and found that at least six universities included examples of unsubstantiated or unverifiable claims about their standing on their websites, in likely breach of advertising standards …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 September]

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