No decision has been taken to change the name of the Magee campus of the University of Ulster despite recent ‘brand research’, the Employment and Learning Minister has confirmed.
The Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, had been asked about a potential name change by Phil Flanagan MLA.
In a written answer, Dr Farry replied: “My Department provides funding to the Higher Education Institutions for teaching and learning and research purposes. The Universities are responsible for their own policies and procedures, including those relating to branding.
“Departmental officials contacted the University of Ulster and have been advised that the University has recently conducted brand research with prospective students but no decision has been taken with respect to changing the name of the Magee campus.
“The University plans to discuss any considerations with civic and community leaders, staff and students.”
Almost 80% of students at the campus recently voted to retain the name.
Out of 978 votes, 8 abstained, 192 voted in favour of the ‘City of Derry’ name change and 778 voted in favour keeping the campus Magee.
The results of the poll were: Abstained - 0.9%; for Magee - 79.5%; for City Of Derry 16.9%