John Hume, Derry and a university

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I completely agree with Paul Gosling (‘How best to remember John Hume’, Letters, August 8th) that an independent university in Derry, for which John Hume campaigned early in his political career, would be a worthy tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest statesmen …” (more)

[Peter Pyne, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Garvan O’Doherty says developing ‘Hume University’ as an independent third level institution would deliver a fitting legacy

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

“Derry businessman Garvan O’Doherty has said Magee College should be renamed ‘Hume University’ in memory of the late John Hume. He said the only debate should be on whether the institution should be called ‘John Hume University’ or ‘Hume University’ in order to honour both the peacemaker and his wife Pat …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 7 August]

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Derry MLA questions decision to award Ulster University £25m grant

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

“‘It is odd that this decision can apparently be taken so easily and quickly, when funding requests for the Magee campus are repeatedly delayed and subjected to intensive scrutiny.’ A Derry MLA has criticised a decision to award Ulster University a grant of £25m. SDLP MLA Sinead McLaughlin said …” (more)

[Derry Now, 30 June]

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SDLP calls for cast iron assurances on Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

“SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood MP has expressed concern that the First Minister was unable to give SDLP MLA, Mark H Durkan, a cast iron guarantee that the Magee Medical School would be ready to open in September 2021 …” (more)

[Derry Now, 16 June]

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Arlene Foster wants Magee medical school within ‘fastest feasible timetable’ but won’t guarantee intake in September 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

“However, speaking in the Assembly on Tuesday, Mrs. Foster declined to give a guarantee on when the first intake of students would take place. She said all the ‘necessary preparatory work’ would have to be completed before the Executive could do so, after being asked for a progress update by Foyle MLA Mark Durkan …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 16 June]

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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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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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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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Cross-border university campaigner to contest Irish Senate

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

Ireland“Campaigners for a cross-border university between Londonderry and Donegal are running a candidate in the forthcoming Seanad Éireann (Irish senate) election. Garbhán Downey is running for the upper house of the Oireachtas to highlight the issue of establishing an independent cross-border university …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 February]

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Ulster University and where to find 100 more doctors?

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

“It has been an argument raging on for 50 years, it briefly united Unionist and Nationalist elected reps in a period of violent division but it has yet to be resolved; a University for our second city. When the Stormont government attempted to shutdown the Magee University College (as it then was) campus and divert its resources to the New Ulster University in Coleraine which was recommended by the Lockwood Report …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 28 November]

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‘Time for action on Derry medical school’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has reiterated the need for sign off on the Medical School at Magee University. Speaking after attending a cross-party meeting with Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill and the Head of the Civil Service, the Foyle MP said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 September]

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Magee Provost understands and shares frustration over expansion

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

“The Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus Malachy O’Neill said he understands and shares the frustration locally over the decades-long delay to securing a major expansion that would see Derry become a university city …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 8 September]

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Derry medical school not financially viable, says Northern Ireland Civil Service head Sterling

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

“The head of the Civil Service has poured cold water on hopes that Ulster University (UU) will deliver on plans for a medical school at its Londonderry campus. In a letter to the chief executive of Derry and Strabane Council, David Sterling said the business case submitted by the UU makes no provision on funding the medical school from its budget …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 4 September]

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Business case for medical school should be completed as soon as possible – McCallion

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

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said the Department of Health needs to complete its business case for the medical school in Derry as soon as possible. The Foyle MP said: ‘I met today with the permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, and discussed progress on delivering a medical school for Derry …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 August]

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Derry is returning to its scholastic roots

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

“Once again, there is a drive to establish a new university in the Northern Irish city of Derry – a city, because of its integral role in Ireland’s peace process, that has become regarded as an exemplar of real-world conflict resolution and a haven for free discussion …” (more)

[Garbhan Downey, Wonkhe, 9 August]

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Lord Empey backs Derry university expansion as ‘sectarian’ row overshadows higher eduction debate

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2019 by steve

“A former Stormont minister who had responsibility for higher education has said he supports the expansion of university provision in Derry. Lord Reg Empey said the sense that Derry had ‘lost out’ when Coleraine was selected as the location for the University of Ulster needed to be remedied through an ‘incremental increase’ in the number of higher education courses in the city …” (more)

[Irish News, 17 July]

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