Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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University Chief cites ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine Magee expansion in Derry

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

“Ulster University’s Vice Chancellor has insisted that an overspend of £125m at its new Belfast campus will not impact upon plans to expand Magee under questioning from MLAs. VC Professor Bartholomew would not be drawn on specific goals for the Derry campus but said there are a ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine the level of growth and it will be ‘demand-led’ …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 11 November]

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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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NI’s first BSc Paramedic Science degree will be based at Ulster University’s Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

“With funding support from the Department of Health, the new three year, BSc Hons Paramedic Science course will be based within Ulster University’s multi award winning School of Nursing on the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 14 September]

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Ulster University launch consultation to bring health science to Magee

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

“Ulster University has launched a consultation on the potential of bringing some health science courses to Magee. Urging people to respond, Foyle MLA Karen Mullan said …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 12 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Letterkenny IT and Magee College

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

IrelandMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to progress a university of the north-west involving Letterkenny IT and Magee College, Derry; and the way in which such plans may impact on the Connacht, Ulster Alliance for a technological university application …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Ulster University must meet commitments on Magee expansion – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the Ulster University must deliver on its commitments on the expansion of Magee. The Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Proposed job cuts could lead to shop closure at Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“The closure of the only shop at Magee could damage campus life and make it an ‘unattractive’ destination for young students, a local councillor has claimed. It has emerged that a number of shop and restaurant workers at the Ulster University campus could lose their jobs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 September]

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Consultation reopens on the future location of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Members of the public and organisations across Northern Ireland are being asked for their views on the relocation of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences, as the consultation re-opens. These courses could potentially add hundreds of additional students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 1 September]

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Magee won’t expand unless number of uni students in NI is increased, says SDLP’s Rory Farrell

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Earlier this year, Colr Farrell tabled a motion calling on the Economy Minister to ‘make the necessary adjustments to the Maximum Student Numbers for exclusive use in Derry to allow planned expansion to become a reality’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 1 September]

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Magee Professor speaks of ‘lumpy road’ to Medical School sign-off

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

“Professor Louise Dubras moved to Derry in June 2018 after being appointed Foundation Dean of the Magee Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS). The collapse of Stormont coupled with the Department of Health’s view that the school did not demonstrate ‘need and value for money’ led to delays …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 24 August]

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‘I urge Ulster University to allocate an additional MaSN to the Magee campus’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The oversubscription to Ulster University and Queen’s due to this week’s A-Level u-turn could be eased by raising the Maximum Student Number (MaSN) cap and allocating more places to Magee …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 21 August]

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Magee campus could get extra student places following A-levels climbdown

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ulster University has confirmed that it is ‘actively preparing’ for additional student places on some of the most popular courses at its Magee campus. It comes after this week’s A-level results changes that mean many students will be awarded higher teacher assessed grades …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 20 August]

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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 medical school at Magee gets General Medical Council approval and can now recruit for September 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University announced the breakthrough on Thursday morning. Dr Malachy Ó Néill, provost of the Magee College campus, hailed it as a fantastic step on the road to a September 2021 first intake of students …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 6 August]

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Magee campus medical school begins recruiting students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

“The Graduate Medical School at Ulster University’s Magee campus has begun recruiting students for 2021. It aims to recruit 70 students to begin a four-year medical degree course in September 2021 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 August]

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Magee medical school funding agreed by Executive

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“A multimillion pound funding package needed to open a medical school in Londonderry has now been agreed by the NI Executive. The Executive has allocated ringfenced funding for the school at Ulster University’s Magee campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 9 July]

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