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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Report must prove Londonderry needs medical school over Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2018 by steve

“A report required by the Department of Health is holding up progress on the proposed medical school for the Magee Campus in Derry. The report is part of a business plan required by the department to demonstrate there is a clear need for a new medical school in the city, rather than allocating new resources to the existing school at Queen’s in Belfast …” (more)

[Peter Hutcheon, Belfast Telegraph, 6 June]

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Stormont impasse delays Magee medical school recruitment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University cannot recruit the first intake of trainee doctors for its planned new medical school because of the impasse at Stormont, an academic has said. The university’s medical school in Derry had been due to open to students in 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 4 June]

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Ulster University gets creative with 15 new artistic industry posts

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2018 by steve

“Fifteen new ‘creative’ lecturer and professor roles have been created at Ulster University to meet a growing demand for skills in video gaming, animation, illustration and other creative sectors. The university said the roles will help boost its profile as a leader in creative industries, which stems back to 1849 when it first opened the Belfast School of Art …” (more)

[Emma Deighan, Belfast Telegraph, 15 May]


Drop in students choosing Derry campus due to Brexit uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“There has been a drop off in students selecting the Derry campus of Ulster University as their first preference for third-level studies, and a decline in job applications for posts there since the Brexit vote. Magee – as the university’s Derry campus is known – is Ireland’s only Border university …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Stalled Ulster University Belfast campus received close to £100m of public money in 5 years

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2018 by steve

“Close to £100 million of public money was poured into a stalled university building project over a five-year period, it has emerged. It has now been eight weeks since work ground to a halt at Ulster University’s Belfast campus – the largest venture of its kind in the north – and no-one can say when the project will re-start …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 24 April]


Leading UU science academic passes away

Posted in Life on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“An academic from Northern Ireland who made a major contribution to the safe and effective use of medicines has died. Hugh McGavock was a Professor of Prescribing Science at Ulster University. The Cloughmills resident was also a founding member of the Drug Utilisation Research Group, the forerunner of the Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM), which awards a bursary in his name …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 April]

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White Nationalist Ulster Professor Stripped of Title

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2018 by steve

“Two months after the UUSU Council vote demanding his removal, Ulster University have confirmed that they have stripped now disgraced Professor Richard Lynn of his Emeritus status. With a career spanning over 50 years, Lynn has proven to be one of the most prolific writers and researchers in the study of Eugenics, Dysgenics and Intelligence within the White Nationalist movement …” (more)

[Tyler McNally, The Last Round, 13 April]

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UCU at Ulster Committee ballot guidance for members

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“We apologise for not arranging a members’ meeting to discuss the ballot which closes this Friday. The timing was unfortunate for us given Ulster University closes during Easter week. In the absence of a meeting, we are instead publishing our thoughts through our social media channels …” (more)

[UCU, 12 April]

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Magee medical school on track

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

“Plans for the first intake of trainee doctors to start their studies in Londonderry next year remain on track, Ulster University has said. About 60 doctors will start training at the university’s medical school at its Magee campus in Derry. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 March]

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Message to members following phase 1 of USS strike action

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

“Hi all, now that the strikes are over (for now) I just want to record my thanks to all of you for all your support throughout the strike period. We have surpassed all expectations and have had pickets on every campus, at every entrance, every day. We have had staff from across the university, at every level, from every school or department, striking with us and have been supported by our students and the Student’s Union. We have shown that we are united, principled and can influence decision making at the highest level …” (more)

[UCU@Ulster, 16 March]

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Open letter to Ulster University VC, Paddy Nixon

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

“Dear Professor Nixon, As you are aware UCU members at Ulster University are taking industrial action to defend their USS pension. We stand together with 64 other universities across the UK in demanding a fairer deal. As we enter a fourth strike day tomorrow and Universities UK (UUK) meet with our UCU national negotiators (27th Feb) …” (more)

[Tracy Irwin, UCU, 26 February]

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