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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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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Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs clash over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“An SDLP MLA and Sinn Féin MLA exchanged words at Stormont yesterday over the issue of the Magee Medical School. Foyle MLA Sinead Mclaughlin voiced the need for urgency to get the project over the line for a 2021 start date while Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd accused her of playing ‘party politics’ and the ‘Derry media’ of writing ‘negative’ headlines …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 June]

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‘Medical school an exciting opportunity for Derry’ – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the delivery of a medical school at the Magee campus is an exciting opportunity for Derry and the north west. Speaking after receiving a letter from the Health Minister restating the Executive’s commitment to completing the project, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 May]

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Transparency needed over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2020 by steve

“Foyle SDLP MLA Sinead McLaughlin has called for greater transparency over the progress on the Magee Medical School. Last week Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced that the Magee Medical School had been agreed and that students would start next September …” (more)

[Derry Now, 27 May]

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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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‘Further work’ needed to guarantee student intake at Magee Medical School in 2021

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

“The department responsible for delivering the Magee Medical School says ‘further work’ is needed to ensure students can enrol in September 2021. It comes after Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill yesterday announced that the long-awaited Derry medical school had been ‘agreed’ by the Executive …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 19 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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Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announces Medical School development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that the Executive Office will now take the lead on progressing the Graduate Entry Medical School at Ulster University Magee Campus, which is a key priority for Ministers, Derry and the North West …” (more)

[Derry Now, 7 May]

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Derry Medical School needs government approval by end of May

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has said that government sign-off is needed by the end of May to ensure student intake for a Magee medical school can proceed as planned for 2021. Elected representatives from across the north west have called on the Executive to sign off on a medical school at Magee and match funding for Derry’s City Deal …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 May]

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Department of Health non-committal over Magee medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“The department of health has said it is readying its own business case for medical expansion in Northern Ireland but gave no assurances that a medical school will be based in Derry. Long-running plans for a medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus have been plagued with set-backs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 April]

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One month to make progress on Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The population of Derry has been asked to come together to make a concerted ‘shout out’ for the Magee Medical School, with just one month left to enable it to open next year. The call for the loud voice from the city came from SDLP Foyle MLA Sinead McLaughlin …” (more)

[Derry Now, 28 April]

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