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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‘New Year, New Leadership on Magee Expansion’ – McLaughlin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin highlighting the importance of maintaining a focus on achieving the much needed expansion of Magee Campus said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 January]

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Ulster University: Magee Courses

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

UKGary Middleton (DUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how his Department will assist the Ulster University Magee campus to ensure courses are protected …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 30 November]

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Murder In Paris: Magee University Professor Talks Of Being Rescued By A Stranger

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Well-known Magee University professor has told of how he was left ‘nervous and apprehensive’ after he unwittingly got caught up in the massacre in Paris …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 14 November]

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SF meet with new UU Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin representatives, led by Maeve McLaughlin MLA have frank and honest discussion with new Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Paddy Nixon and Magee Provost, Deirdre Heenan on Campus expansion …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 September]

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Magee expansion: Sinn Fein meet with new Ulster Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Fein have held a ‘frank and open’ discussion with senior figures from the University of Ulster on the expansion of Magee college. Maeve McLaughlin MLA led the delegation …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 23 September]

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Ulster University cutbacks: Some Magee peace centre staff may shift to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2015 by steve

UK“Some staff at the prestigious International Conflict Research Centre (INCORE) based at Magee may be shifted to Belfast as a result of the budgetary cuts at Ulster University, the Journal can reveal …” (more)

[Eamon Sweeney, Derry Journal, 8 September]

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£11m university extension approved

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“An £11 million extension to the University of Ulster’s Magee campus has received ministerial approval, ending uncertainty whether the project would be shelved due to funding cuts …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 2 April]

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‘We are not going away’, McCann warns on university campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

UK“Derry remains ‘mad as hell’ over the decision 50 years ago not to create a major university presence in the city, veterans rights campaigner Eamonn McCann has said. Mr McCann added however that the city today stood united in its insistence that the status quo must and will be changed …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 6 March]

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Magee Campus: Ulster University

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

UKPat Ramsey (Social Democratic and Labour Party): I beg to move: That this Assembly recognises the importance of expanding higher education across Northern Ireland and particularly the importance of expansion at Ulster University’s Magee campus in driving economic growth in the north-west; notes the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Lockwood committee report; …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 23 February]

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Ulster University Magee expansion ‘to cost £70m a year’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Northern Ireland’s minister for employment and learning has said he supports, in principle, an expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus. However, Dr Stephen Farry said the financial situation meant he may have to cut hundreds of university places …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 February]

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Campus expansion ‘would boost city’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Expanding Ulster University’s Magee campus would be a ‘game-changer’ for Londonderry, the Assembly has heard. MLAs were told the multimillion-pound development, which had been under threat because of budget cuts, was the only way of redressing the economic imbalance in the North West …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Magee Expansion: ‘Clear statement of intent’ welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin’s Maeve McLaughlin MLA (Foyle) has welcomed Universities Minister Stephen Farry’s clear statement of intent on expansion at Magee contained in an answer to a written question she posed to him …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 19 February]

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It’s time to right a 50 year injustice and expand Magee College Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Next Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of a report which condemned Derry to decades of economic stagnation.The Lockwood Report recommended the sitting of a second university in Northern Ireland at Coleraine instead of Derry. The publication of the report was the catalyst for a mass, cross-community, campaign by the people of Derry …” (more)

[Colum Eastwood, Slugger O’Toole, 4 February]

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Ulster University’s Magee expansion ‘crucial’ for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“The expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus in Londonderry would be an economic ‘game-changer’ for the area, a leading Derry businessman has said …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 January]

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Business case presentation a step forward for the expansion of Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the presentation of a business case for the expansion of Magee to the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry. Ms McLaughlin said, ‘The expansion of Magee is central to the economic regeneration of the entire North West region …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 December]

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Call to ring-fence Magee students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 1st, 2014 by steve

UK“Derry and Strabane Council have passed a motion calling on the University of Ulster and the government to ring-fence student numbers at Magee in the face of massive cuts …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 30 November]

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Magee research facility is world class – Anderson

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Magee is a world class facility. Speaking after visiting the Intelligent Research Facility at Magee alongside party colleague, councillor Eric McGinley, Ms Anderson said described it as ‘impressive’ and as ‘breaking new ground’ …” (more)

[Andrew Quinn, Derry Journal, 6 October]

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