Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs clash over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“An SDLP MLA and Sinn Féin MLA exchanged words at Stormont yesterday over the issue of the Magee Medical School. Foyle MLA Sinead Mclaughlin voiced the need for urgency to get the project over the line for a 2021 start date while Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd accused her of playing ‘party politics’ and the ‘Derry media’ of writing ‘negative’ headlines …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 June]

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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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‘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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Michelle O’Neill calls for Northern Ireland schools to close over coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Stormont deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill has said schools, universities and colleges in Northern Ireland should close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. She claimed the public were concerned and fearful and the difference with the Republic of Ireland’s approach was causing confusion …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 13 March]

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‘Not the way to go’ – Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill rules out hike in tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said raising tuition fees in Northern Ireland is ‘not the way to go’ to plug any shortfall in funding from the UK Government. Her comments come just days after First Minister Arlene Foster stated there will have to be a ‘positive debate’ on the issue. Currently, students pay up to £4,275 a year to study in Northern Ireland, compared to up to £9,250 in England …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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