Future location of Magee Medical School unclear

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

“The location of Ulster University’s Medical School at Magee has not been finalised despite the belief that it would be located on land next to Derry council headquarters for years. It has been widely reported that the long-awaited School of Medicine would be situated on the Strand Road adjacent to the council building …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 12 July]

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UU students will move to new campus in September

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has said post-graduates will be arriving at its new campus in Belfast city centre from September, with undergrads to follow in January. It gave more detail today on the timing of the move into the campus at York Street, which cost nearly £400m and is one of the biggest university capital investments across the UK and Europe …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 6 July]


Cross border John Hume University should be located in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Derry is the fifth largest city on the island of Ireland, closely matching Limerick in population size. Of the six largest cities on the Island, Derry is the only one without a university. The decision in 1965 to establish Northern Ireland’s second university, now Ulster University, in Coleraine and not in Derry was strongly influenced by political and sectarian considerations …” (more)

[Colm Burke TD, Irish News, 28 June]

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Colin Davidson to be new chancellor of Ulster University

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2021 by steve

“The NI artist Colin Davidson is to be the new chancellor of Ulster University (UU). He succeeds the actor James Nesbitt, who has served as the university’s chancellor for more than a decade …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 23 June]

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Queen’s University and Ulster University spent over £500k on luxurious properties for their vice-chancellors to live in

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University together spent over £500,000 on expenses for their respective vice-chancellors’ residences in the last five years. Both university chiefs lived in the luxurious properties rent-free despite their reported salaries of around £300,000 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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Ulster University ranked in top 50 UK universities for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has been ranked inside the top 50 UK universities for the first time in the annual Complete University Guide – just 10 places behind Queen’s University, Belfast. After a third successive rise in the rankings, Ulster University has jumped 16 places from 60th to 44th out of 130 UK universities, its highest position in the league table’s 15-year history. Queen’s had dropped seven places though, falling from 27th to 34th overall …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 8 June]

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Derry university a last unrealised demand from civil rights, declares SDLP MLA Sinéad McLaughlin

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

“Sinéad McLaughlin says the delivery of a university for Derry is the only demand of the civil rights campaign yet to be realised. The SDLP MLA made the remark during a debate on Budget 2021/22 in the Assembly on Tuesday …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 31 May]

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UU Belfast campus on course for September start

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

“Construction work on the city centre campus of Ulster University is now in it its final stage and the university will welcome students and staff to the multi million pound complex from September. The Cathedral Quarter building is four years behind schedule and almost 50% over budget at £363.9 million, but the university finally expects to have transferred all lectures, tutorials to the new Belfast campus by January 2022 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 31 May]

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O’Dowd welcomes clarity on teaching arrangements for Ulster University Students

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

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement by Ulster University on teaching arrangements for the next academic year. The party’s spokesperson for Higher and Further Education said: ‘Today’s announcement should be welcomed as it provides clarity for students, parents and staff across the Ulster University campus …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 May]

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MP urges Ulster University to seek an apology from Hall in wake of Di storm

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

“Calls have been made for Ulster University to seek an apology from Lord Hall over the Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. UU awarded the former BBC director-general an honorary degree in 2018. Lord Hall was director of news and current affairs when Diana’s headline-making interview with Martin Bashir was screened in 1995 …” (more)

[Maureen Coleman, Belfast Telegraph, 22 May]

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Ulster University funds boost for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has announced 40 new Belfast Community Scholarships, removing the financial barriers that prevent many students from accessing higher education. Supported by Ulster Garden Villages Limited and Lead Corporate Partners SHS Group and Aflac Northern Ireland over the next five years, just over 100 students from Belfast will benefit from funding …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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New Ulster University campus will be ‘catalyst for growth’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

“The arrival of thousands of students to live in Belfast city centre when the new Ulster University campus opens will provide a major catalyst for growth, a council boss has said. The Cathedral Quarter building is to open next year, four years behind schedule, with courses shifting from the Jordanstown campus …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 5 May]


£50 fee for processing £500 student Covid grants defended

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

“The Department for the Economy has defended a £50 administration cost which will be paid to universities for processing Covid disruption payments to students. It said it had allocated £9.56m to Ulster University and £9.8m to Queen’s University, including administration costs, out of the £22m fund pledged for student disruption grants …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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Anderson meets with University of Ulster on Magee Expansion

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

“Sinn Féin MLAs Martina Anderson and John O’Dowd today met with the Vice Chancellor of University of Ulster to press for the expansion of Magee University and the delivery on the New Decade New Approach commitments to grow the campus to 10,000 students. Martina Anderson MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Ulster University: Department for the Economy committed to Belfast complex schedule despite latest delays

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

“The Department for the Economy said it remains committed to overseeing the opening of a new multi million pound city centre complex for Ulster University on time despite reports of further delays to the build. The cost of the Cathedral Quarter build, which has been due to open for students in 2018 but has already been delayed until next year, has rocketed by 43% over the original plan, now said to be coming in at around £363.9m …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 16 April]


Term’s over, but the parties go on in Belfast’s troubled Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

“Hundreds of young people are making up for the disappointment of a quieter St Patrick’s Day by partying harder than ever in the Holyland, residents said. It follows reports of ‘busloads being shipped in to view properties in the area’ – even though term has finished and there is no need for students to be there …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 30 March]

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Magee expansion must be supported by economy minister, insists McLaughlin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2021 by steve

“SDLP university spokesperson Sinead McLaughlin has criticised economy minister Diane Dodds for failing to indicate support for the expansion of the Magee campus. Minister Dodds was responding to an Assembly question from McLaughlin, asking the minister to confirm her support for the commitment to Magee campus expanding to 10,000 students in the New Decade, New Approach agreement …” (more)

[Derry Now, 25 March]

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Ulster University Students’ Union says mental health ‘left in the shadows’

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

“All school pupils should be taught about how to protect their mental health, according to Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU). The union said a preventative approach would help pupils be more independent …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 March]

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Young people being made ‘scapegoats’ for pandemic problems, claims students’ union president

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

“Young people have been made scapegoats for the pandemic, a students’ union has said. Ulster University Students’ Union president Collette Cassidy made the claim after St Patrick’s Day passed off without major incident …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 18 March]

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Heavy PSNI presence in Belfast’s Holyland following Botanic Gardens closure

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2021 by steve

“There was a heavy police presence on Wednesday evening in Belfast’s Holyland, following the closure of Botanic Gardens after large crowds had gathered in the park during the afternoon. A visible PSNI operation around the area has seen the Holyland experience a quiet end to St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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