Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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Holyland St Patrick’s Day fears after ‘terrible’ night of parties

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Fears are growing that St Patrick’s Day celebrations will rage through Belfast’s student area after ‘alarming’ reports of multiple house parties on Monday night. Residents in the Holyland area said young people have been gathering ‘from far and wide’ for drunken festivities, and blatantly disregarding current lockdown restrictions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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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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Queen’s University Tops UK Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking For Second Year Running

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2021 by steve

“The honour was awarded to Queen’s University by Octopus Ventures, which is a leading European Venture Capital Firm. Investing in the youth of today was never more important …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 28 January]

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NI universities urged to follow GB and protect student grades

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two main universities have been urged to follow the lead of their counterparts in Great Britain and introduce a ‘no detriment’ policy to protect student grades against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he has written to both academic institutions, asking them to follow the policy …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 13 January]

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Queen’s and Ulster University can join new UK scheme and Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2020 by steve

“The two local universities are considering taking advantage of a new UK student foreign exchange programme while also being able to avail of the EU’s Erasmus scheme. The UK’s withdrawal from Erasmus has been described as a huge blow by the other devolved nations, which will no longer be able to participate …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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Queen’s refunds £1.8m for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has given more than 1,200 rent holidays to students moving out of its accommodation for 13 weeks over the second Covid-19 wave – however, there are now calls for the contract suspension to continue …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 25 December]

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Ulster University campus one of 7 major projects soon to transform Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“Belfast is soon to be transformed further with a number of exciting multi-million pound developments. The coronavirus pandemic has put a hold on all aspects of life, and that includes construction work which has held up some of the plans for new buildings in the city centre …” (more)

[Orlaith Clinton, Belfast Live, 23 December]

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North: QUBSU staff win emphatic victory

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“Unite members at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are celebrating a major victory in their impressive, seven-week-long campaign for respect and pay justice. The campaign developed after workers on zero-hour, casual contracts were left without pay since August as a result of the refusal of university authorities to enroll them on the government Job Retention Scheme (JRS) …” (more)

[Socialist Party, 22 December]

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Queen’s University place 40 zero hours workers back on furlough

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has placed around 40 zero hours workers back on furlough. The employees, mainly those involved in working in events, conferencing and catering at the Student’s Union, had been removed from the government backed support scheme at the end of July …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 15 December]

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‘Not Only Callous, But Inexplicable’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2020 by steve

“Unite Hospitality Union has called on Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to act and to place student union workers back on furlough immediately. Many members of staff were removed from the government funded job retention scheme at the end of July and have not received any payments since. As a result of this decision all these workers are struggling to pay their most basic bills and rent …” (more)

[Caoimhe Garland, Look Left, 7 December]

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Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas. Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home. Rapid testing is being offered to students at Queen’s and Ulster Universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 December]

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Student nurses want placement payments reinstated

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“A group of student nurses at Queen’s University have challenged Health Minister Robin Swann after payments for placements in Covid-19 environments were not re-instated. During the first lockdown student nurses and midwives studying at Queen’s and Ulster universities were heavily relied upon to help alleviate pressure on qualified nurses, and their efforts were recognised by the Department of Health financially …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 4 December]

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£20k payout for ex-Queen’s student in discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

“A former Queen’s midwifery student has settled a disability discrimination case against the university for £20,000 …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 3 December]

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QUBSU Workers Demand Respect From Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

“In July, Queen’s University removed a number of casual staff members from The Speakeasy and other QUBSU facilities from the scope of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This decision came as a result of the ‘unprecedented times’ and on-going uncertainties surrounding how semester one would look at Queen’s …” (more)

[Jessica Lawrence, The Gown, 29 November]

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Numbers in Queen’s University accommodation ‘falls marginally during pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The number of students living at Queen’s University in Belfast has fallen ‘marginally’ amid the pandemic. A reduction in the number of twin rooms and international students arriving on campus later were partly responsible, the institution said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Hundreds of students suspended and fined over Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of Northern Irish students have been suspended and hit with fines totalling over €14,000 for breaking lockdown restrictions. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has imposed sanctions on 109 students for coronavirus-related offences, while Ulster University (UU) said it has dealt with 146 transgressions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Independent, 19 November]

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Does Queen’s need an academic specialist in unionism?

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

“Speaking in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (9 November 2020), the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mr Stephen Aiken, encouraged Queen’s University to establish a new academic post ‘to study unionism and its contribution to Northern Ireland’, in the context of the approaching centenary of partition and the creation of Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Marie Coleman, Slugger O’Toole, 12 November]


QUB paying 10 members of staff more than £150k

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

“Ten staff members at Queen’s University Belfast earn more than £150,000 annually, a new report has revealed. The TaxPayers’ Alliance today published its 2020 University Rich List. It ranks Queen’s 96th in the UK top 100 …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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