Ulster Unionist’s condemn Fianna Fail ‘campaign to ban British Army’ from Queen’s event

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2019 by steve

“The Ulster Unionist Party has condemned what they claim is a ‘discriminatory campaign’ by Fianna Fail calling for a ban on the British Army from an event at Queen’s University Belfast. In a post to a private Facebook group for clubs and societies at the university, QUB Fianna Fail allegedly said they voted to launch a campaign calling for the ‘total removal of the British Army from Societies Day’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 24 May]

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University campuses should be welcoming to all – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin representatives and Queen’s University on equality issues, Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘We had a positive discussion on the university’s new draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy; and on issues such as visibility of the Irish Language …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 May]

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Free speech row as QUB academics accuse unionists of bid to gag them

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

“A row has broken out following complaints by unionist politicians about views expressed by lecturers at Queen’s University. The University College Union (UCU) at Queen’s has hit out at what it termed ‘wholly unfair and worryingly authoritarian attacks’ on local academics’ right to voice opinions … ” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 18 May]

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Unionists ‘attacking Queen’s University academics’ free speech’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

“The union that represents the majority of lecturers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has accused some unionist parties and politicians of attacks on academic freedom. The University and College Union (UCU) said they were aimed at gagging academics, especially over Brexit …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 May]

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Lecturer sacked by Presbyterian college over radio remarks says he may quit Church

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

“An academic who was dismissed from his teaching position at Union Theological College in Belfast last week has said he is considering leaving the Presbyterian Church. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick said he is now on Jobseeker’s Allowance after a Church disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ as a result of comments he made to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme in June last year …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 15 April]

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Queen’s split with Union Theological College could cost £700k

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

“Union Theological College could face a financial shortfall of up to £700,000 a year after Queen’s University Belfast announced it would cut ties, it’s been claimed. The Presbyterian-run college admits around 150 undergraduate students a year, with tuition fees for 2018/19 set at £4,160 annually – which would generate around £624,000 …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 11 April]

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Queen’s University cuts ties with Presbyterian-run college

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“The university’s governing body – the senate – approved the move on Tuesday. UTC trains some students for the Presbyterian ministry but the majority of its students are studying theology degrees at Queen’s. The Presbyterian Church said it ‘deeply regrets’ the university’s decision …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 10 April]

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Church ‘disappointed’ at leak urging QUB to sever college link

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“The Presbyterian Church has expressed dismay that a recommendation by Queen’s University to end its link with Union Theological College was seen by the media before its own staff. An internal university review – seen by the BBC – has advised cutting the links to the Presbyterian-run institution that dates back to 1927 …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 4 April]

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Liam Neeson removed from Queen’s prospectus as university stays silent on star’s honorary doctorate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has failed to confirm whether it will rescind Liam Neeson’s honorary doctorate after he was reportedly removed from its latest prospectus for new students …” (more)

[Victoria Leonard, Belfast Telegraph, 27 March]

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PSNI denounce motion seeking to limit their presence on Queen’s University Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have responded to a motion that was tabled and then withdrawn from Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) Council, saying that they will continue to patrol the university campus. The motion, which was due to be debated at a meeting of the union’s council last Wednesday, was withdrawn hours before the meeting …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 26 March]

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Liam Neeson ‘removed from Queen’s University Belfast prospectus’ following race row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Liam Neeson has reportedly been removed from the prospectus for Queen’s University Belfast. The move comes just over a month since the actor told The Independent he once roamed the streets with a cosh, looking for a ‘black bastard’ to kill after the rape of a close friend …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 26 March]

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Brexit: Queen’s University staff paid early due to uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University in Belfast are to be paid their salaries three days early this month due to ‘ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit’. QUB staff are usually paid on the final working day of every month. However, because of fears about the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, this month’s payment date was brought forward to Wednesday, 27 March …” (more)

[Laura McDaid, BBC News, 24 March]

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Professor at Presbyterian College sacked over remarks on radio vows to fight his dismissal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

“A professor who was sacked by Union Theological College (UTC) after comments he made in the media has said he will fight against the ruling. Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked for the Presbyterian-run institution in Belfast for 22 years, is understood to be the first theological professor to be sacked by the Church … ” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

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Belfast theological college professor fired over BBC radio comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

“A professor at Belfast’s Union Theological College (UTC) has been fired due to comments he made on a radio show. Reverend Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked at UTC for 22 years, was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ by a disciplinary panel of the Presbyterian Church, who run the college, the BBC reports …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

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Belfast Holyland residents urge crack down on drinking for St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

“Fed-up residents in the Holyland area of Belfast have called for a crackdown on street drinking during this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Holyland area of south Belfast has become infamous for students engaging in anti-social behaviour every March 17 …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Céad Oifigeach Gaeilge Riamh Tofa ag QUBSU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge tofa in Aontas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Banríona (QUBSU) den chéad uair i stair an choláiste. Toghadh Aodhán Ó Baoill oíche Chéadaoin, gan iomaíocht ar bith ina éadan, le 76 faoin gcéad den 1,267 ag vótáil ar a shon …” (more)

[Eoin O’Hare, University Times, 7 March]

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Queen’s University has to address perception as ‘cold house’ for Protestants

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“A recent intemperate outburst by Professor John Brewer highlighted a problem at Queen’s University, Belfast. Donald Tusk certainly ratcheted up the rhetoric over Brexit when he spoke about ‘a special place in Hell’ for the promoters of Brexit, but Professor Brewer tweeted: ‘Special place in Hell for no-deal Brexiteers. Hell is too good for them’ …” (more)

[Nelson McCausland, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Concern over Queen’s University’s Saudi partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

“Concerns have been raised over Queen’s University’s plans to enter a partnership with a Saudi Arabian university. The move will see a number of Queen’s academics provide training to staff at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulraham University (PNU) …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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Universities in N Ireland lowest for unconditional offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2019 by steve

“Northern Irish universities made only 10 unconditional offers to prospective undergraduates in 2018. That is far lower than most universities in England or Wales. An unconditional offer guarantees a pupil a university place regardless of their A-Level results …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast not seeking further work with Huawei

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has become the latest institution to distance itself from Huawei, following security fears about the Chinese tech company. The university has one existing research project which is endorsed by Huawei in wireless technologies. The project received £713,111 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK’s main agency for research grants in engineering and the physical sciences …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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