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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Ulster University tight lipped on campus building delay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“Ulster University is remaining tight-lipped about the reasons why a £250 million campus project will take longer than promised. The Irish News revealed earlier this week that the new Belfast campus – the largest building project in the north – will take at least one extra year. Politicians have demanded that the university explain the delay …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 11 May]

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New Ulster University building completion date delayed by a year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

UK“Part of the new Ulster University Belfast campus will open to students a year later than planned. It was expected that the buildings, on York Street would be open in September 2018. However, following a report in the Irish News, a UU spokesperson said students would not begin to use the buildings until September 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 May]

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Princess Anne opens phase one of Ulster University’s new Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2016 by steve

UK“Princess Anne has opened the the first phase of Ulster University’s campus project in Belfast city centre. She unveiled a plaque officially opening the building in York Street and signed a visitors’ book …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 April]

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Ulster University to honour Game of Thrones co-creators

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“The co-creators of the TV series Game of Thrones are to receive honorary degrees from Ulster University in Northern Ireland. David Benioff and Daniel B Weiss will receive Doctorate of Fine Art (DFA) degrees for distinguished services to the arts in a ceremony in the autumn …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 April]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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University chiefs condemn St Patrick’s Day attacks on police

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2016 by steve

UK“Three men have been charged after being arrested in relation to disorder in the early hours of St Patrick’s Day in Belfast. A 21-year-old man was charged with disorderly behaviour, a 19-year-old with riotous behaviour and a 20-year-old was also charged with disorderly behaviour, obstructing police, resisting police and two counts of assault of police. They were released on bail … ” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 March]

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Short-termism is putting Northern Irish universities at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

UK“In Northern Ireland, public funding cuts to the higher education sector are jeopardising the economic future of a region that has been blighted by relatively high levels of unemployment and deprivation coupled with low levels of productivity and economic activity …” (more)

[Deirdre Heenan, Wonkhe, 29 February]

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Magee business case being examined ‘assiduously’ says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“The Minister for Employment and Learning today informed the NI Assembly the Magee business case was being examined ‘assiduously’ and that the project was moving toward its ‘final stages’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 9 February]

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Browne-d off by university chiefs’ pursuit of profit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“If big money attracted the best there would never have been a banking collapse. The bosses of the finance houses whose reckless lending and pursuit of profit came close to pulling down the global economy were on salaries which the vast majority of us don’t dare dream about …” (more)

[Eamonn McCann, Belfast Telegraph, 20 January]

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Queen’s University and Ulster University chiefs say a £100m higher education funding gap in Northern Ireland needs plugged

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellors of the Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University say that serious decisions need to be taken over the future funding of higher education in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 17 January]

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Ní Chuilín welcomes announcement on student housing plans

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

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed today’s announcements on contentious student housing developments in north Belfast. Ms Ní Chuilín said: ‘The issue of housing in North Belfast is very sensitive given the legacy of social housing discrimination …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 January]

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‘New Year, New Leadership on Magee Expansion’ – McLaughlin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin highlighting the importance of maintaining a focus on achieving the much needed expansion of Magee Campus said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 January]

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Fee loans to Northern Ireland students rise to £173m in 2014/15

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“The amount loaned to Northern Irish students to pay university tuition fees rose to £173m in 2014/15. That is an increase from £154m in 2013/14 and £130m in 2012/13 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 December]

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Third of Invest NI’s money goes to three recipients, survey finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the UK government body responsible for boosting the film industry …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Ulster University: Magee Courses

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

UKGary Middleton (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how his Department will assist the Ulster University Magee campus to ensure courses are protected …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 30 November]

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Ulster University: Redundancy Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

UKJohn Dallat (Social Democratic and Labour Party) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the redundancy process at the Ulster University …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 30 November]

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Murder In Paris: Magee University Professor Talks Of Being Rescued By A Stranger

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Well-known Magee University professor has told of how he was left ‘nervous and apprehensive’ after he unwittingly got caught up in the massacre in Paris …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 14 November]

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Revealed: 150 university staff on salary packages of more than £100,000 in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“More than 150 staff at Northern Ireland universities are on six-figure financial packages, it has been revealed. One received in excess of £300,000 in a year when pension contributions were factored in …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 13 November]

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Northern Ireland academics to boycott Israeli universities in Palestine protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“A number of leading Northern Ireland academics have signed up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli universities over Israel’s ‘illegal occupation’ of Palestinian law …” (more)

[Lesley Houston, Belfast Telegraph, 28 October]

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