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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Lecturers at Magee to strike this week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

“There have been calls for the people of Derry to support striking university lecturers. Lecturers at Magee are set to go on strike this week in response to plans by University bosses across the UK, including at Ulster University, to slash contributory pensions which workers have been paying into …” (more)

[Highland Radio News, 26 February]

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Minister Bruton Visits Donegal for Historic Cross-Border Education Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD is in Letterkenny today to endorse a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University, North West Regional College and Donegal ETB …” (more)

[Rachel McLaughlin, Donegal Today, 23 February]

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Fury at Ulster University chief’s £264k salary – increase of £14k as staff battle for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“University staff striking over their pension arrangements hit out in fury yesterday when it emerged that Ulster University chief Paddy Nixon is taking home a salary of £264,000 – an increase of £14,000 on his last reported salary of £250,000. It was also revealed that the UU vice-chancellor’s complete package, including pension and benefits, is £311,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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University strikes: Nearly 100,000 students sign petitions demanding compensation for classes lost due to absent lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Nearly 100,000 students have signed petitions demanding compensation from universities for classes lost due to striking lecturers. Tens of thousands of university workers are expected to take part in a wave of walkouts in an ongoing dispute over pensions. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 64 UK institutions are staging the first in a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action …” (more)

[Samuel Osborne, Independent, 22 February]

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Queen’s University ‘disappointed’ at lecturers’ decision to strike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University has expressed its opposition to planned industrial action by lecturers over pension reform. In its statement, Queen’s University said it is ‘disappointed’ at the decision to take industrial action …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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League table musings: Ulster is plummeting, but not because of the staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Well, the Guardian league tables are out and they make for eye-watering viewing. We came 96th out of 121 institutions, down from 79th in 2017, with an overall score of 49.6 down from 53.9. Meanwhile, Queen’s is up 10 places from 48 to 38. What is most striking is the breakdown of the various evaluations that led to this overall ranking …” (more)

[UCU, 21 February]

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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pension rows

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

“University lecturers in Northern Ireland are about to begin a four week period of industrial action over pensions. Queen’s and UU staff are among workers from 61 UK universities taking part in the action. Due to begin on Thursday, the strike will continue with a five-day walkout either side of the weekends …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Ulster University Students’ Union call for removal of Emeritus title from academic following ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ views

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU) has passed a motion to call for the revocation of the Professor Emeritus title from Prof Richard Lynn following views the motion states as ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’. The motion, as seen by Trinity News, alleged that …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 16 February]

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Queen’s University Belfast lecturers join strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is facing 13 days of strike action from many lecturers, staring on 22 February. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Ulster University had already decided to strike …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 8 February]

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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“An ‘escalating’ wave of stoppages over a four-week period will begin with the two-day walkout by members of the University and College Union (UCU). The protest surrounds changes to pensions. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 February]

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NI university lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“Ulster University (UU) faces 14 days of strike action from many lecturers, starting on 22 February. It is also expected that Queen’s University Belfast will be affected in a similar way. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is being taken due to a dispute over planned changes to staff pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 February]

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Belfast councillor criticised for Holylands flats plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Belfast City Council has been criticised for granting a councillor planning permission for new flats in the Holylands despite efforts to reduce the area’s high concentration of students …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 2 February]

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Ulster University study highlights student mental health problems

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“More than half of Ulster University (UU) undergraduates who took part in a major study reported suffering a mental health problem. That is according to a detailed student wellbeing survey carried out by researchers at the university …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 February]

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Calls for cross-party support for Magee medical school project plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“There are calls for cross-party support to ensure the planned medical school for Derry remains on track. Local Councillor Mickey Cooper is to put forward a motion this week calling for Derry City and Strabane District Council to raise the matter with the head of the Department of Health …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 22 January]

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University chief confirms legal dispute with contractors but hopes for an ‘early resolution’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University bosses have confirmed to staff that it is involved in legal action with its contractors over its already delayed £250m city campus and said they are attempting to solve disputes ‘through mediation’ despite claims of a further three-year setback …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 20 January]

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Ulster University in bid to ease student fears over campus delay, insisting it’s on track

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2018 by steve

“Students are being told that a deadline for the completion of Ulster University’s new Belfast campus is still on course – despite claims it faces a three-year delay. The Belfast Telegraph revealed yesterday that the £250m campus may not open until 2022 amid ongoing disputes and legal actions against construction firms. The scheme is already around a year behind schedule …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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Ulster University’s Belfast campus faces delay to 2022 amid legal actions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University’s already delayed £250m city campus could be delayed by another three years to 2022 amid ongoing disputes and legal actions against firms building it, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 18 January]

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Ulster University misses staff compensation deadline

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has apologised for failing to pay over £1m in compensation to 143 former employees by an agreed date. The former staff are each due to receive 90 days worth of salary after an industrial tribunal judgement …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 January]

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Proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed by Stormont deadlock – NI Civil Service

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

“The North’s Civil Service has told the proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed because of the political deadlock at Stormont. Following correspondence from the University of Ulster regarding the business case for the school, Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan, the SDLP’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson. says it would be ‘lamentable’ if the plans are stalled because there is no Executive in place …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 30 December]

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