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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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]


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]


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]


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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