Queen’s University and Ulster University spent over £500k on luxurious properties for their vice-chancellors to live in

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University together spent over £500,000 on expenses for their respective vice-chancellors’ residences in the last five years. Both university chiefs lived in the luxurious properties rent-free despite their reported salaries of around £300,000 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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Queen’s spends over £50,000 on upkeep of vice-chancellor’s home

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University spent over £50,000 maintaining their vice-chancellor’s residence last year, it has been revealed. The vice-chancellor’s lodge, currently occupied by Professor Ian Greer, is a luxurious three-storey property set in its own landscaped gardens at Lennoxvale, off the Malone Road in south Belfast …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 February]

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NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Covid and Queen’s: ‘A very different year’ at the Belfast university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, scientists sudden dominated the airwaves. ‘I never knew Northern Ireland had so many virologists’, was a common observation. Many of those experts – not least the North’s chief scientific adviser, Prof Ian Young – were from Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 12 October]

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University Statement: Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Dear Student, I hope you are looking forward to the academic year ahead. The University has been working hard to ensure that we can provide you with an authentic campus experience, whilst keeping you safe. I recognise that the vast majority of students appreciate that they, as with all members of society, have a personal responsibility to act in accordance with COVID 19 guidelines …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast, 17 September]

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We must be welcoming for all, says QUB vice-chancellor Professor Ian Greer amid ‘cold house for unionism’ row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

“The vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast has called for assistance from politicians to change the perception of the university as a ‘cold house for unionism’. Addressing the Economy Committee at Stormont on Wednesday, Professor Ian Greer said there were concerns over the way the university is viewed by some sections of society and that he did not wish for Queen’s to be seen as an unwelcome place for any group …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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Queen’s University seen as ‘cold house’ by some unionists, claims Allister

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“TUV leader Jim Allister has warned there is a perception within the unionist community that Queen’s University Belfast is a ‘cold house’ for them.​ Mr Allister was speaking following a meeting with the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer to discuss the issue and how it can be addressed. The North Antrim MLA said he made it clear to Professor Greer that while he respects academic freedom, he believes it was unwise to not have stricter guidelines around the use of the Queen’s logo …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 9 January]

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‘Relationships with universities key to delivering economic potential’ – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said strong relationships between universities, local businesses and government is key to delivering on economic potential. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson was speaking after attending a meeting with Michelle O’Neill and the new Vice Chancellor of Queens University. Caoimhe Archibald said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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Hillary Clinton warns NI peace is ‘fragile’ as she accepts honorary doctorate in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s University Belfast for her exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 October]

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Queen’s University chief ‘happy’ to disclose salary … but won’t be drawn on student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University’s new vice chancellor has revealed he receives a salary of £300,000. Professor Ian Greer said he was ‘happy’ to disclose his pay, however, he would not be drawn on if students should pay more for third level education in Northern Ireland. It was also reported he is paid £35,000 more than his predecessor, a figure the university did not dispute …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 August]

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Queen’s University appoints Ian Greer as vice-chancellor

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

“Queen’s University has appointed Ian Greer as its new president and vice-chancellor. Professor Greer, born and educated in Scotland, is currently vice president of the University of Manchester. He replaces Professor Patrick Johnson who passed away suddenly at the age of 58 in June last year while on holiday in Donegal …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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