Mature students and third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Trinity College Dublin deserves credit for its long-running access programme’s foundation course for higher education (‘Trinity access graduates celebrate second chance at education’, News, June 15th). Courses like these provide a lifeline to adults who, for whatever reasons, failed to complete their secondary education …” (more)

[Peter Pyne, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Mayor seeks top level backing for Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Mayor of Derry and Strabane Colr. Michaela Boyle, has called on party leaders in Northern Ireland to pledge their strong support to the campaign to get Derry’s medical school over the line. Mayor Boyle was speaking following last week’s cross-party meeting in the Guildhall to discuss growing concern over the fact that the doctor training facility Ulster University plans to open in Derry has not yet been signed off …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 21 June]

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University of Ulster turns its back on Derry at worst possible time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Sinead O’Shea’s documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, released in cinemas last September, provides a harrowing vision of Creggan, a working-class area in Derry city. Filmed over the course of five years, the documentary is a longitudinal observation of a family, the O’Donnells, who live in an area that is alarmingly disaffected by the post-Troubles political reality in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Maurice Fitzpatrick, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Urgent need to approve medical school at Magee – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said there is an urgent need for approval for a medical school to be established at Magee. The Foyle MP said: ‘The latest report from the Auditor General details the amount spent on locum doctors highlights the shortage of doctors and the need for more to be trained …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 April]

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Sinn Féin puts Magee, A5 and CoDA at heart of Brexit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin has called for the Irish government to commit funding for City of Derry Airport, the A5 and Magee University under its contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 13 February]

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Ulster University buys Foyle College site as part of expansion plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University has finally sealed the deal on the purchase of the former Foyle College site in Londonderry, allowing expansion plans to proceed. A year after it was expected, the university (UU) confirmed it now owns the Duncreggan Road site …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 29 January]

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Ulster University’s acquisition of former Foyle College site welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to expand Ulster University’s Magee Campus are said to be progressing well following the acquisition of the former Foyle College site. The Magee Medical School will be at the core of the expansion …” (more, audio)

[Highland Radio, 25 January]

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McCallion welcomes additional land for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed the acquisition of additional land by the Ulster University’s Magee campus which will allow for further expansion. The Foyle MP said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 January]

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‘Need for movement on Magee University expansion’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said progress on ‘groundbreaking projects’ such as the expansion of Magee University and a medical school are key to transforming the north west region. The Foyle MP was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met the Head of the Civil Service and Department for Economy in Belfast today. Elisha McCallion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 December]

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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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