‘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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Uni expansion ‘critical’ to Derry’s regeneration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Journal can today reveal details of the ambitious expansion plans for the Magee campus of the University of Ulster. The outline business case for the project – undertaken by accountants RSM McClure Watters – is due to be discussed today at a meeting of the city’s Strategy Board …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 29 September]

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University of Ulster: Magee Expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

Maeve McLaughlin (Sinn Féin): Go raibh maith agat. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this topic, which is another important issue in connection with the expansion of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus. I suppose that it is important to point out that, since I brought a similar motion to the House in June last year, there have been quite positive developments in the issue on a number of fronts …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 16 September]

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MLAs call on Farry to renew backing for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2014 by steve

“The employment and learning minister told MLAs he was sympathetic to the aim of expansion at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus but he ‘could not be expected to both cut public spending and to increase it at the same time’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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University of Ulster-Magee expansion campaign: Local MLA’s to bring Magee issue to OFMDFM

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2014 by steve

“A cross-party delegation of local politicians is seeking a meeting with the First and Deputy First Ministers in a bid to secure a commitment from government to the plans to expand Derry’s Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 4 September]

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McLaughlin secures Magee expansion Assembly debate

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2014 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has secured an adjournment debate on the campaign for the expansion of the university at Magee. Speaking ahead of next week’s debate in the Assembly, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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McGuinness committment to Magee expansion welcomed by Derry Mayor

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Mayor of Derry councillor Brenda Stevenson has welcomed Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness’ commitment to Magee University following his statement last week that he intends to meet with the Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry …” (more)

[Andrew Quinn, Derry Journal, 1 September]

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Magee university expansion campaign: U4D endorse Martin McGuinness’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“Comments by the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, committing to the substantial expansion of the Magee campus represent a significant step forward for the campaign says the lobby group U4D …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 28 August]

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Magee expansion needs to be delivered

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“Following a meeting with the Derry Chamber of Commerce to discuss the future expansion of the University of Ulster Magee’s campus Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 August]

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SDLP: Strength of ‘one civic voice’ over Magee expansion not lost on Minister – Durkan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2014 by steve

“SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said the strength of ‘one civic voice’ over the expansion of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in Derry was not lost on the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at a specially convened meeting in Stormont yesterday …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 15 August]

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Magee meeting with Farry robust but frank

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said that there was a frank but constructive meeting with Department of Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to discuss the expansion of Magee …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 August]

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