Strikes over pay and conditions to hit a number of third-level institutions

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

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are to be affected by strikes and other actions over pay and conditions in the coming months. This comes as lecturers and researchers in 60 universities across the UK and Northern Ireland began an eight day strike on Monday over pensions, pay and conditions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 December]

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Ulster University and where to find 100 more doctors?

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

“It has been an argument raging on for 50 years, it briefly united Unionist and Nationalist elected reps in a period of violent division but it has yet to be resolved; a University for our second city. When the Stormont government attempted to shutdown the Magee University College (as it then was) campus and divert its resources to the New Ulster University in Coleraine which was recommended by the Lockwood Report …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 28 November]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘at wits end’ as universities probe scores of anti-social behaviour cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University is investigating 100 cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast since the beginning of term. Figures obtained by the BBC show that the cases had come before the university’s disciplinary officers up to October 11. They are currently ongoing. Ulster University (UU) has issued 47 written warnings to students living in the area from the start of the academic year in September until November 7 …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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2019 Strike Picket Pics

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Brilliant to see students and staff united. Our working conditions are their learning conditions …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 27 November]

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University strike: Queen’s and Ulster University staff walk out over pay

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

“Many lecturers and support staff at Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) are beginning eight days of strike action on Monday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The strike is expected to continue up to and including Wednesday, 4 December …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 November]

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Magee Medical School: The institution waiting to train doctors

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

“It’s a long-running medical drama that – should it have a happy ending – could help address a shortfall in doctors and kick-start a region’s economy. Plans for a medical school in Londonderry were first mooted in the mid-2000s, and submitted to the General Medical Council in 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 November]

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Ulster University ‘frustration’ over delay to Magee Medical School as chronic shortage of doctors causing crisis in Northern Ireland Health Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University have spoken of their ‘frustration’ after the first intake of student doctors at the planned Medical School in Derry was delayed for at least another year due to a lack of Ministers to sign off on funding. Ulster University said it has worked tirelessly with partner agencies to progress the project but that the opportunity to recruit the first students for 2020 has now been lost as a result of the vacuum at Stormont …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 19 November]

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Medical school plans at Magee delayed again

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to open a graduate medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry have been delayed again. It had been anticipated that the recruitment would begin shortly with medical students to start their studies there next year …” (more)

[Highland News, 19 November]

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Queen’s and Ulster universities face eight-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University face eight days of strike action from many lecturers and support staff, starting on 25 November. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The walkout follows votes in favour of industrial action and will affect about 60 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 7 November]

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Magee medical school ‘could be approved in Westminster’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

“The former speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Lord Alderdice, has said Westminster could approve a medical school in Londonderry in the absence of a devolved government. The school at Ulster University’s Magee campus was meant to open this year …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 October]

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Magee medical school: Lack of business case ‘holding up progress’

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

“No progress can be made on a medical training school in Londonderry until Ulster University submits a final business case, peers have been told. The House of Lords heard ‘nothing can happen’ with the proposed school at Magee without the finalised plan. The university previously blamed delays on the lack of a Stormont Executive …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 October]

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University of Ulster pays 65 staff at least £100k a year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has criticised the institution’s ‘galling’ spending after it emerged 65 staff were paid at least £100,000 each year. Right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) announced the finding after submitting Freedom of Information requests to 120 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 October]

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‘Time for action on Derry medical school’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has reiterated the need for sign off on the Medical School at Magee University. Speaking after attending a cross-party meeting with Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill and the Head of the Civil Service, the Foyle MP said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 September]

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Queen’s still reigns as NI’s top university in Times list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University remains the best university in Northern Ireland, according to an influential list. It has climbed three places to stay within the top 40 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Ulster University has also climbed in the national rankings to joint 58th place …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Holyland residents describe ‘chaos’ as students go wild during Freshers’ week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

“Holyland residents have described ‘total chaos’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood overnight. Chair of College Park Avenue Residents’ Association Brid Ruddy told the Belfast Telegraph that the trouble started at lunchtime on Sunday when students began drinking on the streets …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

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

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Magee Provost understands and shares frustration over expansion

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

“The Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus Malachy O’Neill said he understands and shares the frustration locally over the decades-long delay to securing a major expansion that would see Derry become a university city …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 8 September]

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Derry medical school not financially viable, says Northern Ireland Civil Service head Sterling

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

“The head of the Civil Service has poured cold water on hopes that Ulster University (UU) will deliver on plans for a medical school at its Londonderry campus. In a letter to the chief executive of Derry and Strabane Council, David Sterling said the business case submitted by the UU makes no provision on funding the medical school from its budget …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 4 September]

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Business case for medical school should be completed as soon as possible – McCallion

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

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said the Department of Health needs to complete its business case for the medical school in Derry as soon as possible. The Foyle MP said: ‘I met today with the permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, and discussed progress on delivering a medical school for Derry …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 August]

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NI universities receive £400,000 in library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s universities generated more than £400,000 in student library fines over the last five years, the BBC has learned. Figures show that Ulster University and Queen’s University in Belfast amassed a total of £423,000 since 2013 …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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