Queen’s University charters jet to bring Chinese students direct to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has chartered a jumbo jet at a cost of around £600,000 to bring hundreds of students directly from China to Belfast in September, the Irish News can reveal. It comes amid fears that a drastic loss of income from its international student intake would leave a hole in its budget running into millions of pounds …” (more)

[Gary McDonald, Irish News, 8 July]

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Health chief Dr Michael McBride raises concerns at ‘ill-informed commentary’ by academics in letter to QUB

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

“Northern Ireland’s top doctor warned of the risks caused by ‘ill-informed commentary’ in a letter that raised concerns about opinion expressed by a Queen’s University, Belfast academic … (more)

[Adrian Rutherford and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 June]

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Union College’s new university link-up after break with QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“The Presbyterian Church has appointed the Reverend Professor Gordon Campbell as the new principal of Union Theological College in Belfast. He will take over in January for a three-year term and will succeed outgoing principal the Very Reverend Dr Stafford Carson, who took up the post in 2013 …” (more)

[Alf McCreary, Belfast Telegraph, 6 June]

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Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 June]

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University fees and online classes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a prospective student who will hopefully be starting an engineering degree in Queen’s University Belfast this autumn, it is with growing concern that I read of various developments regarding next year’s teaching methods …” (more)

[Szymon Gorczynski, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Queen’s University: New students ‘will be taught remotely’

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“Students set to start degrees in English at Queen’s University Belfast in September have been warned they will initially be taught remotely. A letter sent to prospective students envisages courses will combine online lectures, chat groups and video calls with ‘some face-to-face teaching’ …” (more)

[Michael Fitzpatrick, BBC News, 26 May]

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QUB social work students qualify early to join frontline services across Northern Ireland during coronavirus crisis

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

“More than 100 social work students from Queen’s University have qualified early to join frontline services during the coronavirus pandemic. The 103 students from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s fast-tracked their studies to support social work service delivery, and wider health and social care services, during the crisis …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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Coronavirus: Queens University to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will not hold graduation ceremonies on its campus this summer. The university emailed students at the weekend to tell them it will hold ‘virtual’ ceremonies for students due to graduate instead …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Petition: Queen’s University Belfast Covid-19 Safety Net Policy

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“Following the closure of the university as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, many universities including Durham, Exeter, Cambridge and Oxford, amongst others, have implemented a ‘safety net’ policy which secures that students will maintain their graded average up until the date of closure of the university. Such a policy has not been accepted by Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Change.org, 9 April]

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Coronavirus: Student accommodation charging to end of April

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Students renting from a UK-wide university accommodation company are being held liable for hefty fees despite the coronavirus outbreak. The Student Roost, which has 20 locations across the country including four facilities in Belfast, is charging students for their digs up until April 30 despite course cancellations and campus closures …” (more)

[John Toner, Belfast Telegraph, 29 March]

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University researchers in Belfast have been awarded a grant to find a Covid-19 treatment

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded a €315,000 grant in a bid to find a vaccine for coronavirus. The funding grant has been awarded as one of several projects that will receive part of a €21.5 million fund bankrolled by the UK Research and Innovation, and by the Department of Health and Social Care …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 March]

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Queen’s University announces further COVID-19 measures

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

“In order to alleviate some pressure and anxiety for students in what are unprecedented times with the outbreak of COVID-19, Queen’s University has announced a number of measures today. To continue to support our students, Queen’s has decided that those currently living in the University’s residences and who wish to return home, can terminate their accommodation contracts from 27 March at no financial penalty …” (more)

[QUB, 20 March]

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Coronavirus: Queen’s University cancels exams

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

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has cancelled all exams due to go ahead on campus. The university said it would arrange alternative ways to assess students instead. Both Queen’s and Ulster University closed their campuses to all but some key staff on Tuesday …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 March]

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Queen’s closes campus ahead of advice from UK government

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

“Queen’s University Belfast has enacted a partial shut down of its campus in response to the coronavirus pandemic, in a decision taken by the university’s Major Incident Team. The closure of the university comes ahead of any official advice from the UK government for schools and colleges to close, although the UK government has said that it is likely to take that measure at some point in the near future …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 17 March]

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‘Let common sense prevail’: Annual St Patrick’s partying by students in Belfast raises Covid-19 concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The notorious St Patrick’s Day parties in Belfast’s ‘Holylands’ area – an annual source of concern for local residents – are causing particular anxiety this year as Northern Ireland grapples with the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 March]

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Archibald welcomes Queen’s University move on Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the move from Queen’s University to deliver lecture material remotely with all face-to-face lectures ceasing. The party’s Economy Spokesperson said: ‘I strongly welcome this action by Queen’s University to protect the health and well-being of students, staff and the public during the Coronavirus crisis …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 March]

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QUB switches to online lectures over coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has said it will no longer hold face-to-face lectures from Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak. At this stage, laboratory sessions, tutorials and seminars are unaffected – unless advised otherwise by specific schools within the university – but further contingency plans are being put in place …” (more)

[ITV News, 16 March]

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QUB coronavirus expert Broadbent steps back from media after online abuse

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A leading virologist has pulled back from speaking to the media about the spread of coronavirus after she was targeted by online trolls. Dr Lindsay Broadbent posted on Twitter over the weekend that she is stepping back from commenting publicly on the health crisis in order to preserve her own mental health …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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Michelle O’Neill calls for Northern Ireland schools to close over coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Stormont deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill has said schools, universities and colleges in Northern Ireland should close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. She claimed the public were concerned and fearful and the difference with the Republic of Ireland’s approach was causing confusion …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 13 March]

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North decides against closing schools and universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“The Northern Ireland Executive has decided against following the lead of the Irish Government and is not ordering the closure of schools and universities in an attempt to limit the impact of the coronavirus. The North’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, also complained on Thursday evening that the Northern Executive was not informed in advance of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision in Washington to announce a number of actions to address the Covid-19 emergency …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 12 March]

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