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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New Ulster University vice-chancellor to earn £300k

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University is seeking a new vice-chancellor to steer it through one of its most challenging periods ever. The new post-holder, who is expected to receive a salary of around £300,000, will take the helm as the university moves through the post-lockdown landscape …” (more)

[Emma Deighan, Belfast Telegraph, 20 June]

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Ulster University vice-chancellor to leave post in February

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University’s (UU) vice-chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon is to leave his post in February 2020. Professor Nixon took up the top job at the university in July 2015. He is leaving to become vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra …” (more)

[BBC News, 20 December]

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Ulster University ‘frustration’ over delay to Magee Medical School as chronic shortage of doctors causing crisis in Northern Ireland Health Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University have spoken of their ‘frustration’ after the first intake of student doctors at the planned Medical School in Derry was delayed for at least another year due to a lack of Ministers to sign off on funding. Ulster University said it has worked tirelessly with partner agencies to progress the project but that the opportunity to recruit the first students for 2020 has now been lost as a result of the vacuum at Stormont …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 19 November]

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Ulster University chief says sorry after review of its job cuts process

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2019 by steve

“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University has apologised to staff following an independent review into a botched redundancy process. The 2016 process resulted in the exit of 143 employees – and has already cost the university £1.6m. In an email to all staff sent yesterday, Professor Paddy Nixon said he wanted to offer a full and wholehearted apology …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 29 June]

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Foyle MP still confident med school will come to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

“The planned medical school at Magee is too crucial to allow it to be delayed or frustrated any further, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said. The Foyle MP was commenting after Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon warned that it would not be in place in time for the 2019 academic year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 November]

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Roma Downey opens Ulster University £11m teaching centre in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

“Television star Roma Downey was back in her home city of Londonderry yesterday where she officially opened Ulster University’s new £11m teaching centre. The four-storey facility, which caters for 1,000 students, covers a floor space of 4,000 sq m; including three lecture theatres, 20 teaching rooms, open plan student hubs and a cafe …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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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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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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UU chief says ‘critical’ funding cuts are imminent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University is set to face , ‘critical’ funding cuts, according to its Vice-Chancellor. In a letter to politicians, Professor Paddy Nixon says the university has been advised by the Department of Economy it faces a 3.5% cut in 2018/19, and a 4.5% cut in 2019/20 …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, Belfast Telegraph, 25 November]

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Paddy Nixon makes cuts plans, but there’s money for managers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2017 by steve

“Yet again UCU at Ulster hears of potential cuts to the university from the media. In Monday’s interview with the Irish News, VC Paddy Nixon says UU is ‘planning for budget cuts’ of between 2% and 12%. He has not said a word to UCU representatives about this …” (more)

[UCU, 29 September]

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Higher fees and international students could tackle university underfunding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

“With budget cuts and Brexit putting pressure on higher education institutions, education correspondent Simon Doyle speaks to Prof Paddy Nixon, head of Ulster University, about what the future holds for students and staff …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 25 September]

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All-Ireland Work Visa for Graduates is Needed to Cope with Brexit, says Ulster University Head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, Paddy Nixon, has called for the introduction of an all-Ireland work visa for students after they graduate, adding to calls for Irish and UK governments to address the challenges facing universities post-Brexit …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 May]

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Is this a conversation or a monologue?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“Billed as ‘conversations’, VC Paddy Nixon will visit Ulster’s 4 campuses on Tuesday to meet staff in the wake of the publication of UU’s Strategic Plan – Five & Fifty. But we might ask, is this a conversation or a monologue? Is the VC listening? He certainly didn’t listen to the campus unions as management implemented cuts to jobs last year …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 14 October]

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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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SF meet with new UU Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin representatives, led by Maeve McLaughlin MLA have frank and honest discussion with new Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Paddy Nixon and Magee Provost, Deirdre Heenan on Campus expansion …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 September]

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Ulster University confirms jobs and student places cuts

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

UK“Ulster University has confirmed a series of cutbacks following an £8.6m cut in the subsidy received from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) in June this year. 1,250 student places across the four university campuses will be lost as will over 200 staff posts …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 2 September]

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Ulster University’s new £250k leader becomes Northern Ireland’s highest paid official

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University has appointed a new vice-chancellor who will become the highest paid public figure in Northern Ireland. Liverpool-born Professor Paddy Nixon (47) will be paid £250,000 plus benefits when he succeeds Professor Sir Richard Barnett following his retirement in March …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph, 9 January]

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New Vice-Chancellor Confirmed For Ulster University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University today confirmed the appointment of Professor Paddy Nixon as its new Vice-Chancellor. He succeeds Professor Sir Richard Barnett who retires on 31 March 2015 after a 9-year tenure leading the multi-campus university …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 8 January]

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