‘Dangerous’ house parties will not be tolerated, warns health minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 16th, 2020 by steve

“Dangerous and anti-social house parties in Belfast’s Holyland student district will not be tolerated, the health minister has said. Footage showing groups of young people congregating and drinking in the area of terraced housing near Queen’s University was ‘deplorable’, Robin Swann said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh and David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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NI’s first BSc Paramedic Science degree will be based at Ulster University’s Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

“With funding support from the Department of Health, the new three year, BSc Hons Paramedic Science course will be based within Ulster University’s multi award winning School of Nursing on the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 14 September]

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Ulster University launch consultation to bring health science to Magee

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

“Ulster University has launched a consultation on the potential of bringing some health science courses to Magee. Urging people to respond, Foyle MLA Karen Mullan said …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 12 September]

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Almost £4m for extra university places in NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

“Almost £4 million is being provided to create extra university places following the cancellation of A-levels in Northern Ireland. This includes medical, nursing and midwifery courses, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 11 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Letterkenny IT and Magee College

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to progress a university of the north-west involving Letterkenny IT and Magee College, Derry; and the way in which such plans may impact on the Connacht, Ulster Alliance for a technological university application …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Graham completes Belfast student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

“Co Down based Graham has completed the ambitious Little Patrick Street accommodation in Belfast City centre ahead of the new academic year …” (more)

[Claire Cartmill, NewsLetter, 9 September]

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Holyland row as residents call for action over students dumping rubbish along alleyways

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

“A new row has erupted in Belfast’s Holyland over rubbish being dumped in alleyways by students. Residents have reported seeing students dumping suites of furniture, fridges and cookers into the communal alleyways as they move in and out of the area …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 8 September]

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Ulster University must meet commitments on Magee expansion – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the Ulster University must deliver on its commitments on the expansion of Magee. The Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Proposed job cuts could lead to shop closure at Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“The closure of the only shop at Magee could damage campus life and make it an ‘unattractive’ destination for young students, a local councillor has claimed. It has emerged that a number of shop and restaurant workers at the Ulster University campus could lose their jobs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 September]

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Consultation reopens on the future location of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Members of the public and organisations across Northern Ireland are being asked for their views on the relocation of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences, as the consultation re-opens. These courses could potentially add hundreds of additional students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 1 September]

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Magee won’t expand unless number of uni students in NI is increased, says SDLP’s Rory Farrell

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Earlier this year, Colr Farrell tabled a motion calling on the Economy Minister to ‘make the necessary adjustments to the Maximum Student Numbers for exclusive use in Derry to allow planned expansion to become a reality’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 1 September]

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Union’s fears after Queen’s confirms face-to-face lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has confirmed it plans to hold face-to-face lectures for new students in September, after calls from unions to scrap normal teaching until Christmas due to Covid-19. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents university and college staff throughout the UK, made the comments at the weekend as they warned that a return to normal face-to-face teaching could be a ‘recipe for disaster’ as the pandemic moves into the autumn months …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 31 August]

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Ulster University: Face coverings to be mandatory

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2020 by steve

“Staff and students at Ulster University (UU) will have to wear face masks in lectures and classes when the new university term begins. The university told students in an email it was making the move ‘to protect others and to support a safe university community for all’ …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 August]

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Magee Professor speaks of ‘lumpy road’ to Medical School sign-off

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2020 by steve

“Professor Louise Dubras moved to Derry in June 2018 after being appointed Foundation Dean of the Magee Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS). The collapse of Stormont coupled with the Department of Health’s view that the school did not demonstrate ‘need and value for money’ led to delays …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 24 August]

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‘I urge Ulster University to allocate an additional MaSN to the Magee campus’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The oversubscription to Ulster University and Queen’s due to this week’s A-Level u-turn could be eased by raising the Maximum Student Number (MaSN) cap and allocating more places to Magee …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 21 August]

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Magee campus could get extra student places following A-levels climbdown

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ulster University has confirmed that it is ‘actively preparing’ for additional student places on some of the most popular courses at its Magee campus. It comes after this week’s A-level results changes that mean many students will be awarded higher teacher assessed grades …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 20 August]

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Calls for cap on places at QUB and Ulster University to be removed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Stormont Economy Minister is facing calls to remove the cap on the number of students which Northern Ireland’s universities can accept. Trade union NIC ICTU has urged Diane Dodds to make the move after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed the decision which saw thousands of A-level grades reduced from teacher estimates …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Derry MLA urges Ulster University to allocate extra student places to Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“A Derry MLA has said that if third level institutions in Northern Ireland are to get extra student places this year that Ulster University should allocate those places to its Magee campus. In a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly today, Sinead McLaughlin MLA, the SDLP’s economy spokesperson, spoke of the need to lift the cap on student numbers at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Derry Now, 18 August]

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NI grades u-turn could cause problem for universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University in Belfast has said it may have to offer courses to up to 1,000 extra students whose A-level grades will improve after changes to the way results are calculated. The Stormont Executive contributes around £4,000 to the annual fee for each local undergraduate in Northern Ireland, so an additional £4m would be required to cover the cost of those extra places …” (more)

[Vincent Kearney, RTÉ News, 18 August]

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Professor Paul Bartholomew appointed to £300k-a-year post as new Ulster University Vice Chancellor

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

“Professor Paul Bartholomew has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Ulster University (UU). The academic had a career in the NHS as a diagnostic radiographer for many years before moving into higher education in 2001 …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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