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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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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Northern Ireland students urged to complain and seek refunds over university strike

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

“Northern Ireland students should complain to their universities and look for refunds for their tuition fees if their courses are affected by industrial action. Queen’s University Student Union President Stephen McCrystall said they fully supported staff in their dispute saying it was important students were not adversely impacted …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 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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