‘Unwelcoming’, ‘trivial’ … students give their reaction to controversial ‘Brits Out’ poster

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s students were divided yesterday on the controversial ‘Brits Out’ slogan. For some, it was unwelcoming, others, though, said the controversy was trivial. Speaking with some of her fellow computer science students …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 28 September]

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Queen’s University investigating Sinn Fein ‘Brits Out’ poster at Fresher’s Fair

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

“Queen’s University has launched an investigation into a poster with the slogan ‘Brits Out’ that was displayed at the Fresher’s Fair by Sinn Fein’s youth wing. The poster attracted widespread criticism from unionists after it was displayed at Thursday’s event at the Belfast campus …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 September]

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Anger after ‘Brits Out’ displayed on Sinn Fein stall at Queen’s Freshers’ Fair

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

“Ulster Unionists have expressed their anger after a Sinn Fein youth group displayed a poster featuring the words ‘Brits Out’ at the Queen’s University Belfast Freshers’ Fair. The Freshers’ Fair took place on Wednesday and Thursday at Lanyon Lawn and Whitla Hall …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 September]

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Queen’s still reigns as NI’s top university in Times list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University remains the best university in Northern Ireland, according to an influential list. It has climbed three places to stay within the top 40 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Ulster University has also climbed in the national rankings to joint 58th place …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Holyland residents describe ‘chaos’ as students go wild during Freshers’ week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

“Holyland residents have described ‘total chaos’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood overnight. Chair of College Park Avenue Residents’ Association Brid Ruddy told the Belfast Telegraph that the trouble started at lunchtime on Sunday when students began drinking on the streets …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

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

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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NI universities receive £400,000 in library fines

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

“Northern Ireland’s universities generated more than £400,000 in student library fines over the last five years, the BBC has learned. Figures show that Ulster University and Queen’s University in Belfast amassed a total of £423,000 since 2013 …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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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]


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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