Magee Medical School delayed by at least a year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2018 by steve

“It’s been confirmed that the opening of the Medical School at the Magee Campus in Derry has been put back by at least a year. It had been hoped that it could open in 2019, but that will not now happen, with one former Stormont Minister saying this is a direct consequence of the current political stalemate …” (more)

[Highland News, 10 November]

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Foyle MP still confident med school will come to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

“The planned medical school at Magee is too crucial to allow it to be delayed or frustrated any further, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said. The Foyle MP was commenting after Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon warned that it would not be in place in time for the 2019 academic year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 November]

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Derry medical school plans shelved due to Stormont impasse

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

“A planned medical school at Ulster University’s campus in Londonderry has been shelved because there are no ministers in Stormont. The first intake of 60 students at the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee Campus had been scheduled for 2019 – but the future of a medical school any time in the future is now in doubt …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 19 October]

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Roma Downey opens Ulster University £11m teaching centre in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

“Television star Roma Downey was back in her home city of Londonderry yesterday where she officially opened Ulster University’s new £11m teaching centre. The four-storey facility, which caters for 1,000 students, covers a floor space of 4,000 sq m; including three lecture theatres, 20 teaching rooms, open plan student hubs and a cafe …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 June]

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Report must prove Londonderry needs medical school over Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2018 by steve

“A report required by the Department of Health is holding up progress on the proposed medical school for the Magee Campus in Derry. The report is part of a business plan required by the department to demonstrate there is a clear need for a new medical school in the city, rather than allocating new resources to the existing school at Queen’s in Belfast …” (more)

[Peter Hutcheon, Belfast Telegraph, 6 June]

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Stormont impasse delays Magee medical school recruitment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University cannot recruit the first intake of trainee doctors for its planned new medical school because of the impasse at Stormont, an academic has said. The university’s medical school in Derry had been due to open to students in 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 4 June]

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Drop in students choosing Derry campus due to Brexit uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“There has been a drop off in students selecting the Derry campus of Ulster University as their first preference for third-level studies, and a decline in job applications for posts there since the Brexit vote. Magee – as the university’s Derry campus is known – is Ireland’s only Border university …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Magee medical school on track

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Plans for the first intake of trainee doctors to start their studies in Londonderry next year remain on track, Ulster University has said. About 60 doctors will start training at the university’s medical school at its Magee campus in Derry. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 March]

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Lecturers at Magee to strike this week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

“There have been calls for the people of Derry to support striking university lecturers. Lecturers at Magee are set to go on strike this week in response to plans by University bosses across the UK, including at Ulster University, to slash contributory pensions which workers have been paying into …” (more)

[Highland Radio News, 26 February]

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Calls for cross-party support for Magee medical school project plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“There are calls for cross-party support to ensure the planned medical school for Derry remains on track. Local Councillor Mickey Cooper is to put forward a motion this week calling for Derry City and Strabane District Council to raise the matter with the head of the Department of Health …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 22 January]

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Magee University agrees to work with agencies to address flooding at Dunvale

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“The University of Ulster at Magee has confirmed that it’s working to find a solution over drainage issues which have affected homes in Dunvale Park. It follows flooding there in recent months with homes bordering the playing fields at the University site on the Duncreggan Road particularly affected …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 October]

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Ulster Uni’s new Belfast Campus Shows it isn’t Serious About Magee Expansion. So it’s time for Derry to Look Elsewhere

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Last week’s ‘A’ Level results not only signalled the start of the annual scramble to secure a place at University. They also pointed to a worrying development for the long-promised expansion of Magee campus in Derry …” (more)

[Steve Bradley, Slugger O’Toole, 29 August]

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Ulster University ‘optimistic’ on new medical school at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

“Plans to devlop Northern Ireland’s second medical school in Londonderry have moved a step closer. That is according to representatives of Ulster University (UU) who met with Derry City and Strabane District councillors on Thursday …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 June]

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Removal of conflict studies degree course from Magee ‘makes no sense’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

“Fears for the future expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus have been expressed after another key course was moved to Belfast. The loss of the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies follows the transfer of several others including Irish History and Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies and Irish Language and Literature to other UU sites …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 9 June]

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Ulster University closes moving arts Dance degree course

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

“Dance professionals have told of their sadness after Northern Ireland’s only third-level moving arts degree ended. Ulster University confirmed its BA Honours Dance course at Magee Campus in Londonderry has been discontinued …” (more)

[Lee Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 19 May]

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Magee or not Magee – Time for for a graduate entry medical school in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

“There is definite support in Derry for Ulster University’s proposal for a graduate entry medical school at Magee campus. After 53 years of exasperation that the city does not have a full sized university, actual excitement for such ideas is always tempered by fear that it will not happen. But at least the city’s response is definitely positive …” (more)

[Paul Gosling, Slugger Toole, 1 April]

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Ulster University applies to train doctors at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has applied to the General Medical Council (GMC) to train doctors at the Magee Campus. The medical school proposal, which includes a graduate entry focus, is currently being considered by the Department of Health. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 December]

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Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious.

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 October]

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Seagate job losses: Chamber says Magee expansion is now key for Derry jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“Derry’s Chamber of Commerce has warned that the expansion of Magee is now ‘essential’ if the city is to safeguard future employment. The President of the Chamber Gavin Killeen was speaking after it emerged that around 70 jobs are to go at Derry’s largest private sector employer …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 31 May]

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Magee business case being examined ‘assiduously’ says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“The Minister for Employment and Learning today informed the NI Assembly the Magee business case was being examined ‘assiduously’ and that the project was moving toward its ‘final stages’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 9 February]

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