New Uni places not all Derry bound - Ramsey

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Derry’s University of Ulster campus at Magee will not get all 500 extra STEM subject places, SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has said.

Mr Ramsey says the North’s learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry this morning notified him that the University of Ulster would not be the only higher education facility to be awarded the places announced last week as part of economic stimulus plans.

“The Minister confirmed to me this morning in Stormont that Magee would not be granted all 500 STEM student places recently announced by the Executive.

“The ‘largest slice’ of the places would still be granted to the University of Ulster who have committed that these would go to Magee, but the disappointment will be tangible across the North West to learn that other Higher Education providers such as Queen’s University and Colleges will also be granted extra places - while previously they had been given places at Magee’s expense, having not asked for them.”

Mr Ramsey says he will continue to “lobby the Minister and his Departmental officials on this crucial issue to Derry and the North West and while he said the glass is now ‘half full’ in terms of the One Plan targets for Magee, this is not good enough.”