‘I urge Ulster University to allocate an additional MaSN to the Magee campus’
The oversubscription to Ulster University and Queen’s due to this week’s A-Level u-turn could be eased by raising the Maximum Student Number (MaSN) cap and allocating more places to Magee.
This was the solution proposed by Foyle MLA Sinead McLaughlin who said it would help develop a full-sized university in Derry. She made the proposal during an emergency sitting of Stormont on Tuesday to discuss the controversy over the awarding of A-Level grades to school leavers.
Universities, having offered places to students who got their required grades from a CCEA algorithm, are now inundated with successful applicants after an under pressure Education Minister Peter Weir decided teachers’ grades should be used instead, the SDLP MLA noted.
She added: “I urge Ulster University to allocate an additional MaSN to the Magee campus. It remains a scandal that Northern Ireland’s second city does not have a full-sized university campus. The SDLP will not rest until that is achieved. That is a pledge that we make in memory of John Hume.”