United push for Magee expansion

Derry delegation pictured at Stormont yesterday before a meeting with Dr Stephen Farry. From leftl Pat Ramsey MLA, Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Raymond McCartney MLA, Mayor of Derry, councillor Kevin Campbelll, Professor Deirdre Heenan, provost, Magee, Mark H Durkan MLA, and Dan McGinn, press officer, University of Ulster. (2311MM21)

Derry delegation pictured at Stormont yesterday before a meeting with Dr Stephen Farry. From leftl Pat Ramsey MLA, Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Raymond McCartney MLA, Mayor of Derry, councillor Kevin Campbelll, Professor Deirdre Heenan, provost, Magee, Mark H Durkan MLA, and Dan McGinn, press officer, University of Ulster. (2311MM21)

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Civic and political leaders from Derry have joined forces to demand that 500 additional student places come to the city.

A joint statement issued by many of the city’s leading figures, including the Mayor, the city’s MP, five local MLAs, the vice chancellor of the University of Ulster, the chief executive of Derry City Council, Ilex, business and community leaders, as well as university lobby group, U4D, was given to employment and learning minister Dr Stephen Farry at Stormont yesterday

A high level delegation from the city met the minister at Parliament Buildings.

The group called for all the MaSN places to be allocated to Derry, most to Magee and some to the North West Regional College.

The delegation also stressed that only the University of Ulster has submitted a detailed formal proposal seeking additional student numbers and that the strategic outline case has already been approved by the Department for Employment and Learning.

The group also told the minister that the additional places should be spread across a number of disciplines at Magee.

The statement was signed by; Councillor Kevin Campbell, Mayor of Derry; Richard Barnett, Vice Chancellor, University of Ulster; Maeve McLaughlin, MLA; Pat Ramsey, MLA; Raymond McCartney, MLA; Mark H. Durkan, MLA; Colum Eastwood, MLA; Mark Durkan, MP; Sharon O’Connor, Chief Executive, Derry City Council; Gerard McCleave, director of strategy and regeneration, Ilex; Padraig Canavan, Chamber of Commerce and chair of U4D; Sinead McLaughlin, Chamber of Commerce; Paul Gosling, U4D; Sean Mc Monagle, Regeneration Forum; Aisling Norrby, Regeneration Forum.