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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UU Belfast campus on course for September start

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

“Construction work on the city centre campus of Ulster University is now in it its final stage and the university will welcome students and staff to the multi million pound complex from September. The Cathedral Quarter building is four years behind schedule and almost 50% over budget at £363.9 million, but the university finally expects to have transferred all lectures, tutorials to the new Belfast campus by January 2022 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 31 May]

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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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University Chief tells Derry councillors that 6,000 students at Magee is the upper limit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 4th, 2021 by steve

“The Vice Chancellor at Ulster University (UU) has told Derry councillors that under the current funding model it will not be possible to deliver the long-promised target of 10,000 students at the Magee campus. This week UU confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022 …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 February]

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University Chief cites ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine Magee expansion in Derry

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

“Ulster University’s Vice Chancellor has insisted that an overspend of £125m at its new Belfast campus will not impact upon plans to expand Magee under questioning from MLAs. VC Professor Bartholomew would not be drawn on specific goals for the Derry campus but said there are a ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine the level of growth and it will be ‘demand-led’ …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 11 November]

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Union’s fears after Queen’s confirms face-to-face lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has confirmed it plans to hold face-to-face lectures for new students in September, after calls from unions to scrap normal teaching until Christmas due to Covid-19. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents university and college staff throughout the UK, made the comments at the weekend as they warned that a return to normal face-to-face teaching could be a ‘recipe for disaster’ as the pandemic moves into the autumn months …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 31 August]

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Professor Paul Bartholomew appointed to £300k-a-year post as new Ulster University Vice Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

“Professor Paul Bartholomew has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Ulster University (UU). The academic had a career in the NHS as a diagnostic radiographer for many years before moving into higher education in 2001 …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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Ulster University postpones summer graduations due to coronavirus restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has decided to postpone summer graduations because of coronavirus with a view to rescheduling ceremonies for later this year. In a letter to students and staff Professor Paul Bartholomew Interim Vice-Chancellor said …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 March]

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