Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Ulster University ‘no plans’ to strip Myanmar leader of degree despite refugee crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University has said it has no plans to strip the de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a 2009 honorary degree, despite weeks of international condemnation on her handling of the Rohingya crisis. Last week it was reported that Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar were still flooding towards the border with Bangladesh, despite government assurances it was preventing the mass exodus …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Paddy Nixon makes cuts plans, but there’s money for managers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2017 by steve

“Yet again UCU at Ulster hears of potential cuts to the university from the media. In Monday’s interview with the Irish News, VC Paddy Nixon says UU is ‘planning for budget cuts’ of between 2% and 12%. He has not said a word to UCU representatives about this …” (more)

[UCU, 29 September]

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Higher fees and international students could tackle university underfunding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

“With budget cuts and Brexit putting pressure on higher education institutions, education correspondent Simon Doyle speaks to Prof Paddy Nixon, head of Ulster University, about what the future holds for students and staff …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 25 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Belfast council spends £9,000 tackling Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council spent almost £9,000 tackling disorder in the mainly student Holylands area over the St Patrick’s holiday period earlier this year. The cost emerges as thousands of students return to the south Belfast neighbourhood for Freshers’ events next week ahead of the new university term …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 14 September]

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Queen’s places in world’s top 250, UU in top 150 young universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen’s University in the world’s top 250. The rankings are considered the authoritative breakdown of where universities place internationally …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 5 September]

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Ulster Uni’s new Belfast Campus Shows it isn’t Serious About Magee Expansion. So it’s time for Derry to Look Elsewhere

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Last week’s ‘A’ Level results not only signalled the start of the annual scramble to secure a place at University. They also pointed to a worrying development for the long-promised expansion of Magee campus in Derry …” (more)

[Steve Bradley, Slugger O’Toole, 29 August]

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Ulster University: Fees discount for GB students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to offer discounts on tuition fees to students from England, Scotland and Wales. Students beginning in 2017/18 will be offered a £2,000 discount on fees or a £1,000 discount plus money towards travel and accommodation costs …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 August]

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Ulster University suffer defeat in their first ever appearance on University Challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University suffered an agonising defeat in their first ever appearance on the TV quiz show University Challenge. In the thrilling contest, the newcomers lost to a strong team from Edinburgh University …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 July]

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‘Outrageous’ salaries at Ulster University higher than Oxford and Cambridge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at the Ulster University are the third highest paid in the sector in the UK, it has been revealed. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London and the University of Manchester pays its senior managers more than Ulster University …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 13 July]

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Senior managers at Ulster University second highest paid in the UK in a year of mass lecturer redundancies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at Ulster University are the second highest paid in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education Pay Survey 2017. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London pays its senior managers more than Ulster …” (more)

[UCU, 10 July]

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Ulster University ‘optimistic’ on new medical school at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

“Plans to devlop Northern Ireland’s second medical school in Londonderry have moved a step closer. That is according to representatives of Ulster University (UU) who met with Derry City and Strabane District councillors on Thursday …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 June]

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Ulster University nurse training fund ‘cut by almost £1m’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The Ulster University (UU) has warned a cut of almost £1m to funding for training specialist nurses will cause serious consequences for health care. Part of the role of its School of Nursing is to train already qualified nurses to be health visitors, community or district nurses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 June]

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University ransomware attacks: services remain disrupted, warnings over further attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

“Computer systems at two universities are yet to be fully restored following ransomware attacks that struck them over 48 hours ago. On Wednesday 14th June, University College London and Ulster University both came under attack from ransomware …” (more)

[Danny Palmer, ZDNet, 16 June]

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Removal of conflict studies degree course from Magee ‘makes no sense’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

“Fears for the future expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus have been expressed after another key course was moved to Belfast. The loss of the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies follows the transfer of several others including Irish History and Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies and Irish Language and Literature to other UU sites …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 9 June]

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Dogs help calm Ulster University students ahead of exams

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Dogs have been bringing relaxation and calmness to students revising for sitting exams at Ulster University (UU). The university’s students union is behind the scheme, which has been running across a number of its campuses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 May]

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All-Ireland Work Visa for Graduates is Needed to Cope with Brexit, says Ulster University Head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, Paddy Nixon, has called for the introduction of an all-Ireland work visa for students after they graduate, adding to calls for Irish and UK governments to address the challenges facing universities post-Brexit …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 May]

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