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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New Ulster University vice-chancellor to earn £300k

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

“Ulster University is seeking a new vice-chancellor to steer it through one of its most challenging periods ever. The new post-holder, who is expected to receive a salary of around £300,000, will take the helm as the university moves through the post-lockdown landscape …” (more)

[Emma Deighan, Belfast Telegraph, 20 June]

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Ulster University reveals full opening plans – but ‘would resume many on-campus activities and teaching earlier if public health advice allowed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

“That is the final step in a five point ‘target operating plan’ provided to staff and students, according to the BBC. But it said that it would resume many on-campus activities and teaching earlier if public health advice allowed …” (more)

[Gemma Murray, Derry Journal, 18 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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Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 June]

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Ulster University hits out at proposal to cap students from England during coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has hit out at government plans to limit the number of students from England who can study in Northern Ireland. Economy Minister Diane Dodds and her counterparts in Scotland and Wales have reacted angrily to a temporary cap on the amount of students from England studying in their universities, saying it was beyond the government’s jurisdiction …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 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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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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Ulster University taking webinar approach to learning from home

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has launched a series of virtual talks for secondary school children in Derry, allowing future applicants the opportunity to engage in career development conversations and to find out more about life at the university …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 3 May]

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Coronavirus: Queens University to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will not hold graduation ceremonies on its campus this summer. The university emailed students at the weekend to tell them it will hold ‘virtual’ ceremonies for students due to graduate instead …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 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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