‘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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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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Magee university expansion campaign: U4D endorse Martin McGuinness’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“Comments by the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, committing to the substantial expansion of the Magee campus represent a significant step forward for the campaign says the lobby group U4D …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 28 August]

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Expansion of the university is vital for the economy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“The British Government has just endorsed the argument put forward by U4D over the past several years – that Derry must have a substantially expanded university in order to turn around our city’s economy …” (more)

[Padraig Canavan, Derry Journal, 16 May]

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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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James Nesbitt urges groups to pull together in the fight to expand Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2013 by steve

“High-profile University of Ulster chancellor James Nesbitt has called for people to pull together on the issue of a bigger campus for Londonderry …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 11 July]

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Sinn Fein and University of Ulster clash over who’s to blame for stunting Magee’s growth

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2013 by steve

“A top academic has launched an outspoken attack on Sinn Fein after the party claimed the University of Ulster is holding up the expansion of its Magee campus …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 26 June]

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Magee petition to be delivered today

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2013 by steve

“A petition in support of the expansion of the university at Magee will be presented to the Assembly at Stormont this morning. The petition, which has been taken up across the north west as well as attracting thousands of signatures online, will be delivered to the Assembly …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 25 June]

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Queens made no formal app for extra numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2012 by steve

“Extra student places were allocated to Queens University Belfast without any formal request for extra numbers, Derry’s U4D lobby group has revealed. U4D chair Padraig Canavan says it is unbelievable that the Belfast University should be awarded places on the basis of ‘informal conversations’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 21 December]

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Magee lobby group claims it’s losing out to Coleraine

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2012 by steve

“The university lobby group University for Derry, U4D, has questioned whether student numbers are rising in Coleraine at the expense of the Magee Campus. U4D has renewed calls for a rise in university places at Magee …” (more)

[BBC News, 17 August]

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Expanding Magee will meet demand for student places

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2012 by steve

“Increasing the number of students at Derry’s Magee campus of the University of Ulster is ‘an obvious solution to the high level of demand’ for student places in the North, it’s been claimed …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 16 August]

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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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University expansion is backed by unions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2010 by steve

“The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has backed radical plans to triple the number of university students in Londonderry. At a meeting of the ICTU this week it was agreed by unions to throw their support behind the plans developed by lobby group University For Derry (U4D) …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 9 March]

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