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Bring STEM places to Magee - Ramsey

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Hundreds of extra university places announced as part of measures aimed at kick starting the north’s economy must be allocated to Derry, a SDLP MLA has said.

Hundreds of extra university places announced as part of measures aimed at kick starting the north’s economy must be allocated to Derry, a SDLP MLA has said.

The 500 new STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subject places should be allocated to Magee, Pat Ramsey says.

“The 500 extra places planned by the Executive for STEM courses needs to address the fact that people still cannot stay at home to study, particularly in the North West – I am calling on them to allocate all the places to the University of Ulster, and for the University to stand behind Magee by giving the campus all those places,” he says.

“In 2011, Magee received 5,786 applications via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), of which 4,072 were from the North. A mere handful of those — 1,111 — were accepted, and just 727 were from the region. Magee had to reject 4,675 applications that year alone, and 3,345 of those applications were from local students.

“Let the Executive now prioritise Derry, our Campus and our One Plan that they have subsumed into the Programme for Government and give us a boost to our student places that will put us in reach of the 1,000 extra places we know we need.”

 

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