‘Medical school an exciting opportunity for Derry’ – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the delivery of a medical school at the Magee campus is an exciting opportunity for Derry and the north west. Speaking after receiving a letter from the Health Minister restating the Executive’s commitment to completing the project, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 May]

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Transparency needed over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2020 by steve

“Foyle SDLP MLA Sinead McLaughlin has called for greater transparency over the progress on the Magee Medical School. Last week Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced that the Magee Medical School had been agreed and that students would start next September …” (more)

[Derry Now, 27 May]

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Medical School welcome but nowhere near enough

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

“People Before Profit councillors have said that Magee Medical School approval should not be allowed to divert attention away from the agreed target of 10,000 full-time students at the Derry campus. Derry and Strabane People Before Profit Cllrs Eamonn McCann and Shaun Harkin said: ‘People Before Profit joins other parties in welcoming the announcement that the Stormont Executive has approved a graduate-entry Medical School at Magee …'” (more)

[Derry Now, 19 May]

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Economy Minister casts doubt over Magee Medical School 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Plans for a Magee Medical School opening next year have been cast into doubt after the Economy Minister told a committee meeting that ‘significant work’ is required and questioned Ulster University’s financial stability …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 21 May]

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Magee Medical School timeline

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The Magee campus story dates back over 150 years with a campaign to establish it as Northern Ireland’s second university beginning in the 1960s. Since then various groups have fought for a meaningful expansion of the Derry campus …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 21 May]

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‘Further work’ needed to guarantee student intake at Magee Medical School in 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“The department responsible for delivering the Magee Medical School says ‘further work’ is needed to ensure students can enrol in September 2021. It comes after Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill yesterday announced that the long-awaited Derry medical school had been ‘agreed’ by the Executive …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 19 May]

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Magee Medical School announced by Deputy First Minister

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

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has just announced that the long-awaited graduate entry medical school at Magee has been approved. ‘It will allow the first student intake of 70 in September 2021’, she explained, ‘this is a hugely important investment decision for the North West and it adds to the Executive’s recent announcement on the Derry and Strabane City Deal and Inclusive Future Fund …'” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 18 May]

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Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announces Medical School development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that the Executive Office will now take the lead on progressing the Graduate Entry Medical School at Ulster University Magee Campus, which is a key priority for Ministers, Derry and the North West …” (more)

[Derry Now, 7 May]

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Derry Medical School needs government approval by end of May

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has said that government sign-off is needed by the end of May to ensure student intake for a Magee medical school can proceed as planned for 2021. Elected representatives from across the north west have called on the Executive to sign off on a medical school at Magee and match funding for Derry’s City Deal …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 May]

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Department of Health non-committal over Magee medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“The department of health has said it is readying its own business case for medical expansion in Northern Ireland but gave no assurances that a medical school will be based in Derry. Long-running plans for a medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus have been plagued with set-backs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 April]

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One month to make progress on Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The population of Derry has been asked to come together to make a concerted ‘shout out’ for the Magee Medical School, with just one month left to enable it to open next year. The call for the loud voice from the city came from SDLP Foyle MLA Sinead McLaughlin …” (more)

[Derry Now, 28 April]

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Give Magee Medical School the green light, says Derry Chamber President

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“The President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has written to Executive Ministers urging them to make an immediate decision on the Medical School at the Ulster University’s Magee campus. Redmond McFadden has written to the First and deputy First Minsters and Health Minister Robin Swann this week asking the Executive to bring forward a decision on the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee to ensure it can open to new students in September 2021 …” (more)

[Derry Now, 23 April]

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Magee College preferred for UU School of Health Sciences

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

“UU has now settled on Magee as its preferred option for the relocation of 500 undergraduate course places. The proposed establishment of a Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee, the City Deal and the presence of C-TRIC at Magee and Altnagelvin were influential in the selection of Derry as the preferred site …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 10 April]

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The idea of a university for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“The New Decade New Approach document has included a commitment to university expansion in Derry, the North’s second city, and fourth largest city on the island. The stated commitment is good news, although it’s hard not be cynical. We’ve had promises for decades, while student numbers dwindle and courses disappear …” (more)

[Anne McCloskey, Derry Now, 16 March]

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Finance Minister Conor Murphy says expansion of Magee to 10,000 students is ‘key’ on first visit to Derry since £105m promise

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

“Finance Minister Conor Murphy has visited Derry for the first time since promising to provide match-funding for Derry’s City Deal. Mr. Murphy met John Kelpie, Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council and a delegation of businesses including Redmond McFadden the President and Dawn McLaughlin Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 6 March]

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Magee a ‘test of commitment to Derry’

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

“SDLP Councillor Rory Farrell has said that Magee expansion is an opportunity for the ‘Belfast, Dublin and London governments to demonstrate their commitment to Derry’. The Ballyarnett representative gained unanimous support at Thursday’s Council meeting for a motion calling on the Executive to work with Ulster University and the Irish and UK Governments to finally deliver university expansion …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 3 March]

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Ulster University plans to move healthcare degrees to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has announced plans to move many of its healthcare degrees to its Magee Campus in Londonderry. However, its preferred option is for postgraduate students in health sciences to study in Belfast …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 28 February]

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Mullan raises Magee medical school with Health Minister

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

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister will visit Derry for meetings to discuss the Magee medical school. The Foyle MLA said: ‘Today in the Assembly, I raised with the Health Minister need for official sign off on the graduate entry medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Calls for Derry medical school grow as Swann admits impact of Brexit on staffing ‘unknown’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister cannot say how Brexit will impact on NHS staff numbers as he faces a crippling workforce crisis. Robin Swann said it is not possible to give an accurate assessment of the potential number of vacancies that will arise in the health service as a result of the UK leaving the EU …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Magee Medical School needed to train extra 1,000 consultants in Northern Ireland by 2033, BMA warns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

“A second medical school in Northern Ireland must be ‘urgently actioned’ in order to provide an additional 1,000 consultants by 2033, the BMA has warned. Dr Tom Black, the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council chair, told the Stormont health committee that the proposed medical school at Magee college in Londonderry must be created urgently in order to provide care for an ageing population …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 20 February]

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