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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Future location of Magee Medical School unclear

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2021 by steve

“The location of Ulster University’s Medical School at Magee has not been finalised despite the belief that it would be located on land next to Derry council headquarters for years. It has been widely reported that the long-awaited School of Medicine would be situated on the Strand Road adjacent to the council building …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 12 July]

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Anderson meets with University of Ulster on Magee Expansion

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

“Sinn Féin MLAs Martina Anderson and John O’Dowd today met with the Vice Chancellor of University of Ulster to press for the expansion of Magee University and the delivery on the New Decade New Approach commitments to grow the campus to 10,000 students. Martina Anderson MLA 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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University Chief tells Derry councillors that 6,000 students at Magee is the upper limit

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

“The Vice Chancellor at Ulster University (UU) has told Derry councillors that under the current funding model it will not be possible to deliver the long-promised target of 10,000 students at the Magee campus. This week UU confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022 …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 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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Derry breathes a sigh of relief as Ulster University plan to move 800 places to Magee …

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

“It’s been a debate rumbling on since the 1960s and has been subject to many slugger posts over the years. Including the lack of strategic thinking over the long-term viability for our health service. The post graduate entry medical school at Magee is set to take students in September this year (according to UU’s website at time of posting) but it has been blighted by delays and began as a project in the early noughties …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 2 February]

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Ulster University confirms transfer of Health Science courses to Magee

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

“Ulster University has confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022. The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 2 February]

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Ulster University creates 800 new student places at Derry’s Magee Campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University will create 800 new student positions at its Magee Campus in Londonderry by re-locating the Health Sciences undergraduate programmes from Jordanstown in 2022 when this campus will close. These places will boost the number of students at Magee, which currently stands at approximately 4,300, but it will still fall short of the 10,000 student places promised in the New Decade, New Approach deal of 2020 …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 2 February]

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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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