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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Ulster University closes moving arts Dance degree course

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

“Dance professionals have told of their sadness after Northern Ireland’s only third-level moving arts degree ended. Ulster University confirmed its BA Honours Dance course at Magee Campus in Londonderry has been discontinued …” (more)

[Lee Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 19 May]

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Magee or not Magee – Time for for a graduate entry medical school in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

“There is definite support in Derry for Ulster University’s proposal for a graduate entry medical school at Magee campus. After 53 years of exasperation that the city does not have a full sized university, actual excitement for such ideas is always tempered by fear that it will not happen. But at least the city’s response is definitely positive …” (more)

[Paul Gosling, Slugger Toole, 1 April]

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PSNI arrests 11 in Belfast’s Holyland on St Patrick’s Day

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

Ireland“The Police Service of Northern Ireland made at least 11 arrests on St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland area of south Belfast, a district densely populated by students. On Friday there was a heavy police presence in the district which is full of multiple-occupancy houses, pubs and restaurants …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Police urge revellers avoid Holyland area of Belfast amid ‘low-level disorder’

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

“Police are dealing with low-level disorder in Belfast’s Holyland. The area is busy with St Patrick’s Day revellers. Officers have a mobile cell van in case of trouble …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

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

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Ulster University bags €23m in EU funding for advanced research projects

Posted in Research on January 6th, 2017 by steve

“Getting 2017 off to a good start, Ulster University has revealed that it has been awarded €23m in EU funding to develop three advanced research projects in the fields of life sciences and renewable energy …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 5 January]

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Ulster University applies to train doctors at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has applied to the General Medical Council (GMC) to train doctors at the Magee Campus. The medical school proposal, which includes a graduate entry focus, is currently being considered by the Department of Health. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 December]

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Ulster University: PAC upholds Jordanstown housing plan rejection

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“A decision to block a major housing development on the site of Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus has been upheld by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC). The university is moving much of its Jordanstown operation to Belfast and wants to build 600 houses on the site …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 8 November]


Is this a conversation or a monologue?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“Billed as ‘conversations’, VC Paddy Nixon will visit Ulster’s 4 campuses on Tuesday to meet staff in the wake of the publication of UU’s Strategic Plan – Five & Fifty. But we might ask, is this a conversation or a monologue? Is the VC listening? He certainly didn’t listen to the campus unions as management implemented cuts to jobs last year …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 14 October]

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Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious.

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 October]

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Ulster University and Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was dismayed to learn recently that the management at Ulster University intends to make three members of the core academic staff in its School of Irish Language and Literature redundant, despite its worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of Irish and Celtic studies …” (more)

[Ralph O’Connor, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Ulster University management ignores plea from global academic community regarding Irish jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“Ulster University is risking its international reputation by pressing ahead with controversial redundancies in the School of Irish, despite an unprecedented level of objection from the academic community globally in addition to trade unions and politicians locally …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 8 September]

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After Years of Cuts, Debate on Higher Education Funding Begins in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Northern Irish higher education has had a lot to celebrate in the last decade. The two main universities in the country are moving consistently up world rankings. Queen’s University Belfast, since 2006, has been a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and the two institutions are quickly developing a reputation for world-class research …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 August]

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Discontinuation of Ulster University’s Irish Course is Troubling, Even to Those Removed From the Language

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Even to those unsympathetic to the Irish language, the termination of a course with high student satisfaction and employable graduates is worrying. The news that Ulster University will be discontinuing its full time undergraduate course in Irish at its Belfast campus is as detrimental to the status of the Irish language as it is perplexing …” (more)

[University Times, 14 August]

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Ní Chuilín raises Irish language cuts with University of Ulster

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has today written to the University of Ulster to express her disappointment at the regressive proposal to close the Irish Language Courses at the York Street Campus. Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 August]

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Seagate job losses: Chamber says Magee expansion is now key for Derry jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“Derry’s Chamber of Commerce has warned that the expansion of Magee is now ‘essential’ if the city is to safeguard future employment. The President of the Chamber Gavin Killeen was speaking after it emerged that around 70 jobs are to go at Derry’s largest private sector employer …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 31 May]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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University lecturers to strike on May 25 and 26 over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Lecturers at the north’s universities are to go on strike for two days next week as part of a pay dispute. Lecturers at Queen’s University, Stranmillis and St Mary’s university colleges, the Open University and Ulster University will take part in the industrial action …” (more)

[Claire Simpson, Irish News, 19 May]

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Belfast: Planners give go-ahead for student housing schemes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“Planners have recommended that another two student housing schemes in Belfast should be given the go-ahead. They are a 317-unit development in the Athletic Stores building on Queen Street and an 11-storey, 380-unit development on Little Patrick Street …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 May]

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