Queen’s University to resume face-to-face teaching

Posted in Teaching on January 18th, 2022 by steve

“Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) has told students that face-to-face teaching on campus will resume from 31 January. The university had returned to widespread remote learning for the vast majority of students during January …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 January]

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Queen’s University students to return to remote learning

Posted in Teaching on December 21st, 2021 by steve

“Students at Queen’s University will be returning to remote learning when the new term begins after Christmas, the university has said. Over 25,000 students and members of staff were contacted on Monday to inform them of the decision with the university saying it has taken clinical advice before making the arrangement …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 20 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast provides kits to test potential spiked drinks in students’ union bar

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is distributing spiking testing kits within its students’ union bar, following an increase in women having their drinks spiked in bars across Northern Ireland during recent months …” (more)

[Niamh Campbell, Belfast Telegraph, 14 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast makes £50m from international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) made almost £50m in income from tuition fees paid by about 3,500 international students in 2020-21. That was up from about £44m the previous year, according to QUB’s just-published annual accounts …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 14 December]

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New cross-border collaborations in third level being explored, say Harris

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

Ireland“The Government is ‘determined to step up’ cross-border collaboration between third-level institutions with an exchange programme between colleges among the initiatives being considered, the Minister for Further and Higher Education has said …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 6 December]

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University strike: QUB and Ulster University staff begin walk-out

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster universities are beginning three days of strike action. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents lecturers and support staff, is taking the action over pay, workloads and pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 December]

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Time for Queen’s to enable a fuller journey for its dedicated Irish speaking students …

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine literally means we live in each other’s shadow. In our shared Gaelic psyche this is how it is meant to be – offering each other fellowship, shelter and protection. We must ensure though that enough light is allowed through for the other to thrive for ar scáth a chéile, in each other’s shadow, to make sense …” (more)

[Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Slugger O’Toole, 30 November]

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UCU Strike Action: Solidarity

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

Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit Alliance): I offer my full solidarity to the lecturers, researchers, PGCE students and all workers who are members of the University and College Union (UCU) and who will take strike action next month to stand up not only for themselves but for our entire education system, which is often bragged about in the House …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 22 November]

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Queen’s and Ulster staff to stage three-day strike as part of UK-wide action at UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are to stage a three-day strike next month in disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. The two Northern Ireland universities are two of 58 institutions that will be affected by the strikes across the UK before the Christmas break …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby and Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 16 November]

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Queen’s University offers Statement on Strike Action: Where Do They Fit?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast have released a statement to the Gown regarding the potential strike action at the end of this calendar year. As many of our readers will know, these strikes are something I am against both here in Northern Ireland but also in the wider UK …” (more)

[Aidan Lomas, The Gown, 28 October]

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QUB should defend free speech … not pander to censors

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2021 by steve

“How wrong I was. I was saying to a colleague the other day that society here had to be praised for the way in which freedom of speech and resistance to the worst excesses of cultural witch-hunting had been resisted …” (more)

[Liam Kennedy, Belfast Telegraph, 28 October]

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Holylands Strategic Partnership Group

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Deirdre Hargey (Sinn Féin): The strategic partnership group for the lower Ormeau and wider university area has met twice, on 26 July and 6 September, and agreed its terms of reference. The group is considering an intervention proposal that was tabled by Belfast City Council …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 19 October]

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Queen’s University students get fines of more than £50,000 for breaking Covid rules

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University fined students more than £50,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules off-campus during the last year. Following media reports of widespread Covid breaches in the Holylands area in September 2020 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Hillary Clinton will be installed as the 11th Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast

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

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will officially install former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as its first female Chancellor at a special ceremony tomorrow morning. Ms Clinton is the University’s 11th Chancellor and was appointed to the position in January 2020 on a five-year term …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 23 September]

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Holyland: 12 arrests after crowds gather in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2021 by steve

“The number of arrests made after several nights of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast has now risen to 12, police have confirmed. Large groups of young people have been gathering and drinking on the streets on a nightly basis ahead of the start of the new university term …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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Queen’s University ‘unlikely’ to offer room to any student living less than 40 miles away

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has told students to make ‘alternative travel and accommodation arrangements’ as it is ‘unlikely’ to offer a room to any student living less than 40 miles from the university. Students living 40 miles away, however, have been told that it is not certain that they will have a room to stay in come mid-October …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Holyland: Police condemn crowds disrupting residents’ lives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

“Five people have been arrested and more than 2,500 bottles and cans of alcohol have been seized over two nights in Belfast’s Holyland. Police said large crowds of mainly young people gathered on the streets on Monday. Five arrests were made for offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 September]

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1,500 items of alcohol recovered by police in Holyland area

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“More than 1,500 items of alcohol were seized by police in the Holyland area in south Belfast during a night of unrest. Officers contending with large crowds of young people made five arrests for a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary, issued 10 community resolution notices, a penalty notice for disorderly behaviour and reported three people to the Public Prosecution Service …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Queen’s University: Anger over withdrawal of halls offer

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2021 by steve

“Two students say they have been left without accommodation after Queen’s University withdrew an offer of halls …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 September]

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