Fresh delay to new Ulster University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“A proposed move of staff and students to a new multi million pound campus of Ulster University in Belfast city centre has been further delayed. Courses were due to start at the £363.9m campus in January next year, but supply issues in the building trade have forced a further delay to the project, which is already years behind schedule …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 October]

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Colleges told to stop use of NDAs in cases of sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have been warned against using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence victims of sexual harassment and bullying. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris condemned the practice …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 24 October]

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Ending public service ‘austerity’ hours costs same as 11,000 new jobs, department says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of eliminating additional, unpaid working hours introduced for staff across the public service as part of austerity measures nearly a decade ago will be €645 million a year, the Department of Public Expenditure has forecast …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 October]

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Will the EU’s COVID recovery plan help the HE sector?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“How big a deal is NextGenerationEU – the European Union’s COVID economic recovery plan – for universities? It depends mostly on where the university operates. Most national recovery and resilience plans have been submitted and endorsed by the EU’s institutions, though the scale and contents of these roadmaps differ greatly …” (more)

[Enora Bennetot Pruvot, University World News, 23 October]

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British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“UK scientists are being ‘frozen out’ of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Lords committee has claimed …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 24 October]

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