Ulster University must learn lessons from industrial tribunal findings – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said Ulster University must learn lessons from the findings of the industrial tribunal taken by the University and College Union (UCU) on redundancies. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said: ‘The findings of the tribunal taken by UCU regarding redundancies in April 2016 are very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 December]

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Ulster University ‘must pay over £1m to former staff’

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has been told to pay out an estimated total of at least £1m to 143 former members of its staff. An industrial tribunal has ruled that each ex-employee should receive the equivalent of 90 days’ salary. It found UU was guilty of a ‘serious failure to consult’ with their union over redundancies in April 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 December]

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UU chief says ‘critical’ funding cuts are imminent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University is set to face , ‘critical’ funding cuts, according to its Vice-Chancellor. In a letter to politicians, Professor Paddy Nixon says the university has been advised by the Department of Economy it faces a 3.5% cut in 2018/19, and a 4.5% cut in 2019/20 …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, Belfast Telegraph, 25 November]

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Ulster University facing ‘critical’ funding cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) faces ‘critical’ funding cuts from the Department of the Economy (DfE) over the next two years. The warning comes in a letter from the university’s vice-chancellor to the leaders of Northern Ireland’s political parties and the secretary of state …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 November]

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Ulster University’s £250m Belfast campus a year behind schedule

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

A £250m building project by Ulster University (UU) that will bring thousands of students into Belfast city centre has been delayed once again. The university had planned to open its new Belfast Campus by late 2018, but this newspaper can reveal that it will now not be completed until late 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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NI universities respond to Tory MP’s Brexit inquiry

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) and Queen’s University (QUB) have both confirmed they are responding to a letter from a Conservative MP regarding staff who teach Brexit courses. Chris Heaton-Harris wrote to UK universities asking for names of professors who taught courses on Brexit …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 October]

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Magee University agrees to work with agencies to address flooding at Dunvale

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

“The University of Ulster at Magee has confirmed that it’s working to find a solution over drainage issues which have affected homes in Dunvale Park. It follows flooding there in recent months with homes bordering the playing fields at the University site on the Duncreggan Road particularly affected …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 October]

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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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