Ulster University Derry medical school: First ministers hail ‘momentous’ day as new Magee facility opens

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University’s new School of Medicine opened in Derry with the first ministers hailing it a ‘momentous day’. The new facility opened on Monday at the Magee campus in Londonderry. The school has been beset with delays, funding issues and hampered by the collapse of Stormont after it was first proposed in the mid-2000s …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Time to demand more for Derry?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Chris Donnelly was writing in Monday’s Irish News about the need to address the economic situation in the city of Derry. He outlined the major issues. ‘Derry needs an injection not just of cash but of people. It should be the Galway of the north, itself a city in which 1 in 5 residents are students. Derry has the lowest Higher Education provision of the fifteen largest towns and cities with degree-granting institutions across the island …'” (more)

[David McCann, Slugger O’Toole, 20 August]

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Council writes to Ulster University on location of Derry’s new Medical School complex

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2021 by steve

“Derry and Strabane Council is awaiting a response from Ulster University so discussions can begin on constructing a riverfront Medical School. It is expected the new Ulster University Medical School will be located on the banks of the River Foyle as previously proposed …” (more)

[Gillian Anderson, Derry Journal, 3 August]

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Cross border John Hume University should be located in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Derry is the fifth largest city on the island of Ireland, closely matching Limerick in population size. Of the six largest cities on the Island, Derry is the only one without a university. The decision in 1965 to establish Northern Ireland’s second university, now Ulster University, in Coleraine and not in Derry was strongly influenced by political and sectarian considerations …” (more)

[Colm Burke TD, Irish News, 28 June]

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Derry university a last unrealised demand from civil rights, declares SDLP MLA Sinéad McLaughlin

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2021 by steve

“Sinéad McLaughlin says the delivery of a university for Derry is the only demand of the civil rights campaign yet to be realised. The SDLP MLA made the remark during a debate on Budget 2021/22 in the Assembly on Tuesday …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 31 May]

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Irish government commits to ‘coordinated investment’ at Derry’s Magee campus

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

“Speaking about a shared island today the Taoiseach Micheál Martin committed to ‘coordinated investment’ at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry. For around 60 years the people of Derry have campaigned for a full-sized university in the city …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 22 October]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

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

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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Derry MLA urges Ulster University to allocate extra student places to Magee campus

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

“A Derry MLA has said that if third level institutions in Northern Ireland are to get extra student places this year that Ulster University should allocate those places to its Magee campus. In a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly today, Sinead McLaughlin MLA, the SDLP’s economy spokesperson, spoke of the need to lift the cap on student numbers at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Derry Now, 18 August]

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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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