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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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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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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Executive slammed over delays to Ulster University’s Magee campus

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

“The Executive Office has been heavily criticised for failing to expand Ulster University’s Magee campus. Derry City and Strabane District Council passed a motion calling on Stormont to form a north west focus group to deliver on commitments laid out in last year’s New Decade, New Approach deal for the expansion of Magee to 10,000 students …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Belfast Telegraph, 1 November]

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Fresh delay to new Ulster University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“A proposed move of staff and students to a new multi million pound campus of Ulster University in Belfast city centre has been further delayed. Courses were due to start at the £363.9m campus in January next year, but supply issues in the building trade have forced a further delay to the project, which is already years behind schedule …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 October]

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Drink spiking: UU students in Londonderry say drinks were spiked

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) says it has received three reports from students who believe they have had their drinks spiked in Londonderry. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in the past week, UU said …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 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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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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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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Ulster University plans to help run new Coleraine secondary school

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

“Ulster University (UU) is set to help run a new integrated post-primary school for about 1,200 pupils in Coleraine, County Londonderry. If the plan is approved the new school would be sited on the university’s Coleraine campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 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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Ulster University Derry medical school: First ministers hail ‘momentous’ day as new Magee facility opens

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University’s new School of Medicine opened in Derry with the first ministers hailing it a ‘momentous day’. The new facility opened on Monday at the Magee campus in Londonderry. The school has been beset with delays, funding issues and hampered by the collapse of Stormont after it was first proposed in the mid-2000s …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Time to demand more for Derry?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Chris Donnelly was writing in Monday’s Irish News about the need to address the economic situation in the city of Derry. He outlined the major issues. ‘Derry needs an injection not just of cash but of people. It should be the Galway of the north, itself a city in which 1 in 5 residents are students. Derry has the lowest Higher Education provision of the fifteen largest towns and cities with degree-granting institutions across the island …'” (more)

[David McCann, Slugger O’Toole, 20 August]

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Belfast’s Holyland area ‘has become a lawless slum, a living hell’ … residents compile horror stories of daily life ahead of potential legal action against police, council and universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Infuriated Holyland residents have shared horrifying stories of anti-social behaviour in the area ahead of proposed legal action against the PSNI, Belfast City Council and Ulster and Queen’s Universities …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 21 August]

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Northern Ireland’s colleges join vaccination call as Ulster University quizzes students and staff

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

“Northern Ireland’s six regional further education colleges have joined the call urging students to use Big Jab Weekend to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of the new term. The colleges said they want to provide all learners with the best opportunities in the new academic year and ‘return to college in the safest manner possible’ …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Covid-19: Ulster University asks students about vaccine status

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is asking all of its students and staff whether or not they have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The university is also asking them if they have not been vaccinated to outline the reasons why …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 19 August]

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