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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Mayor seeks top level backing for Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Mayor of Derry and Strabane Colr. Michaela Boyle, has called on party leaders in Northern Ireland to pledge their strong support to the campaign to get Derry’s medical school over the line. Mayor Boyle was speaking following last week’s cross-party meeting in the Guildhall to discuss growing concern over the fact that the doctor training facility Ulster University plans to open in Derry has not yet been signed off …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 21 June]

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University of Ulster turns its back on Derry at worst possible time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Sinead O’Shea’s documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, released in cinemas last September, provides a harrowing vision of Creggan, a working-class area in Derry city. Filmed over the course of five years, the documentary is a longitudinal observation of a family, the O’Donnells, who live in an area that is alarmingly disaffected by the post-Troubles political reality in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Maurice Fitzpatrick, Irish Times, 2 June]

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‘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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‘The most important issue to come before the city this century’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

UK“Exactly 50 years ago today, Sir John Lockwood’s report on higher education in Northern Ireland recommended that a second university be located in Coleraine – at the time, a small market town with population 12,000 …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 10 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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Time to break ‘stranglehold’ University of Ulster has on Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“… In terms of Irish cities or towns, which have third-level institutions, Derry has the lowest percentage of third-level students by far – indeed, we have less than half the provision of the next ‘worst’ town on the list. In percentage terms, we currently have an eighth of Galway’s third-level student places, a seventh of Limerick’s, and a quarter of Cork’s …” (more)

[Conal McFeely, Derry Journal, 8 April]

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Derry is becoming a University City

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2014 by steve

“2014 will see important progress towards the expansion of the University at Magee. Important work has been ongoing over the last 18 months resulting in the formation of a new Skills and Education implementation group and agreement has now been secured on a business case for University expansion …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 21 February]

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U4D unveil plans for Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2011 by steve

“The University for Derry lobby group has said the removal of the cap on student numbers at Magee would add an additional £1bn per year to the city’s economy by 2040 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 April]

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Plan to boost student numbers in the North West

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2011 by steve

“Plans to expand university provision in the North West will be unveiled in Londonderry tomorrow. The University for Derry (U4D) lobby group has drafted the plans, to be announced at City Hotel tomorrow morning …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 April]

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Role of university in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2010 by steve

“… I was surprised and disappointed to see the sentence below: ‘Almost half a century after Hume campaigned for the North’s second university to be sited in Derry, it must make do with an out-station from the University of Ulster’. Without prejudice to the opinions she expressed in the rest of her piece and conscious of the profound sensitivities surrounding the publication of the Saville report, I write to defend the reputation of the staff, students and alumni of Magee …” (more)

[Deirdre Heenan, Irish Times, 21 June]

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University For Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2010 by steve

“University For Derry is a group established by leaders of the business and community sectors in the North West of Ireland.” (tweet)

[University For Derry, Twitter, 19 January]


University chief: I’m fed up over expansion delay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2009 by steve

UK“The vice chancellor of the University of Ulster has launched an astonishing attack on Employment Minister Sir Reg Empey, accusing him of ‘playing games’ with the future of the university. Professor Richard Barnett was briefing Derry City councillors on the £250 million expansion of the university’s Magee college when he said he was ‘fed up’ with the ministerial delay in removing the limit on student places at the campus …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 24 October]

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