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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Queen’s University retains world ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University in Belfast (QUB) has maintained its place in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for 2018/19. It stays in the 201-250 band of world universities, as in the past two years. Ulster University (UU) is in the 601-800 global ranking band, falling from the 501-600 band in 2017/18 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 27 September]

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LYIT continues to pursue cross border linkage agenda

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

Ireland“As discussions on a future Technological University designation continues, Letterkenny IT has also put in a separate application for funding to strengthen the cross border links established with Ulster University and North West Regional College in Derry …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 21 September]

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Universities make ‘misleading’ marketing claims to students, report suggests

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2018 by steve

“A number of universities have made potentially misleading marketing claims about their international status, an investigation has found. At least six universities have made unverifiable claims about their rankings on their websites – making it harder for students to make informed choices, consumer group Which? University has said …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 21 September]

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Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast nightclub’s 60p drinks offer for students condemned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“A Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the ‘666’ promotion last night – a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents’ angry at rowdy street parties

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

“Holyland residents have expressed outrage after being forced to endure a ‘weekend from hell’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood …” (more)

[Brett Campbell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 July]

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Roma Downey opens Ulster University £11m teaching centre in Derry

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

“Television star Roma Downey was back in her home city of Londonderry yesterday where she officially opened Ulster University’s new £11m teaching centre. The four-storey facility, which caters for 1,000 students, covers a floor space of 4,000 sq m; including three lecture theatres, 20 teaching rooms, open plan student hubs and a cafe …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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Strike-hit Ulster University students may have marks increased

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“Some students at Ulster University (UU) could have exam marks increased if they have been affected by strike action, the BBC reports. Due to strike action by the University and College Union (UCU) a number of classes at UU were cancelled earlier this year …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 June]

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