O’Dowd criticises Economy Minister’s refusal to meet with student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has criticised Economy Minister Diane Dodds for refusing to meet with the Students Union NUS-USI following a recent request from the student’s representative body for a meeting. The party’s spokesperson on Higher and Further Education said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Magee expansion must be supported by economy minister, insists McLaughlin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2021 by steve

“SDLP university spokesperson Sinead McLaughlin has criticised economy minister Diane Dodds for failing to indicate support for the expansion of the Magee campus. Minister Dodds was responding to an Assembly question from McLaughlin, asking the minister to confirm her support for the commitment to Magee campus expanding to 10,000 students in the New Decade, New Approach agreement …” (more)

[Derry Now, 25 March]

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NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Dodds to meet Irish education minister over NI students taking part in Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Economy Minister Diane Dodds is to meet the Republic’s Higher Education Minister to discuss NI students taking part in the Erasmus scheme for European study. UK students can no longer participate in the Erasmus programme, which funds third-level academic study in the EU and other projects …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Ulster University: Mayor ‘disappointed’ with Dodds comments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Mayor of Derry and Strabane has questioned whether NI’s Economy Minister is committed to the expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus. The university announced on Tuesday it was relocating undergraduate healthcare degrees to the campus in Londonderry …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 February]

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Universities: English Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Daniel McCrossan (Social Democratic and Labour Party): Mr McCrossan asked the Minister for the Economy what steps she plans to take in response to the UK Government’s decision to restrict the number of English students able to study at local universities …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 23 June]

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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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