Result! Over 800 Ulster University undergraduate places to transfer from Jordanstown to Magee

Ulster University has decided that it will re-locate over 800 undergraduate Health Sciences programmes from its Jordanstown campus to Magee in Derry from 2022, it was confirmed today.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 11:29 am

Ulster University has decided that it will re-locate over 800 undergraduate Health Sciences programmes from its Jordanstown campus to Magee in Derry from 2022, it was confirmed today.

The move will see the Magee campus grow significantly and will have a knock on effect in terms of jobs and the economy and for the local health sector.

Postgraduate provision meanwhile will be delivered at the Belfast campus.

The grounds of Ulster University Magee Campus

The University said its decision “reflects the benefits and opportunities presented by the co-location of the School of Medicine, Paramedic Practice and the award-winning School of Nursing, all of which are based at the Magee campus.

The relocation is arising from the decision to close Jordanstown.

Ulster University has decided that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes from September 2022. The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus.

Announcing the relocation decision, Professor Carol Curran, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University said: “Now, more than ever, in the context of a health service that continues to face sustained challenge in tackling COVID-19, we are acutely aware of the vital contribution of our allied health professionals. The Magee campus will best enable the NHS strategic emphasis on development of multi-disciplinary teams and rich opportunities for interprofessional learning.

“The programmes will be delivered alongside our new Paramedic teaching provision, and Graduate Entry School of Medicine, both of which are recruiting students for the start of the 2021 academic year. Our award-winning School of Nursing ranked 7th in the UK has operated in the city for 20 years. Our Magee campus also runs one of only three Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) competency test centres in the UK, established to increase nursing capacity and help alleviate pressures in the health sector.

“Bringing these programmes together will open up opportunities for an interdisciplinary student learning environment, as well as building on existing research collaborations in personalised medicine and cognitive analytics based at Magee.

“Belfast is the most appropriate location for postgraduate provision - supporting the existing health sciences workforce to access continued professional development, alongside our current postgraduate nursing provision.

“We value the input of the healthcare stakeholders, partners, students and colleagues who contributed to the public consultation carried out and look forward to working with them as we prepare for the first cohort of students in September 2022.”

The decision reflects the University’s unique regional mission operating across three campuses at Derry, Coleraine and Belfast / Jordanstown, enabling access to educational opportunity across Northern Ireland

The University has made the decision following a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA), as well as review and analysis of responses to a public consultation that closed in early December.

Professor Curran added, “We look forward to working with our colleagues, student body, Trade Unions, all the HSC Trusts and our many partners in Derry~Londonderry to welcome students and staff to this progressive school on what is a beautiful campus in a vibrant university city.

“Together we will provide the next generation of highly skilled health professionals so urgently required to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and patients.”

“The School of Health Sciences will remain at Jordanstown for the 21/22 academic year to enable sufficient time for transition arrangements to the new locations.

SDLP Leader and Member of Parliament for Foyle Colum Eastwood has welcomed the decision.

Colum Eastwood MP said: “It is encouraging news for Derry that the Ulster University School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to the Magee campus in September 2022.

“For Derry to grow, we need our fair share of students. Funding secured by the SDLP in the New Decade, New Approach negotiations will be provided to deliver on the promise of a graduate entry medical school in Derry in September, and an addition of the Health Sciences undergraduate programme will be a welcome boost to our student community.

“This commitment from Ulster University is a constructive step forward and will contribute positively to our community and economy, but for Derry to reach its full potential as a city on this island, we need a full-sized university.”

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed news that the Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences will be moved to Magee.

The Foyle MLA said: “It is welcome news that the Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences will be moving to Magee from September 2022.

“This is great news for Magee and the city and will bring more students to the north west.

“It will also complement the medical school and the school of nursing at Magee and bring these related disciplines together on one site.

“This move will cement Magee’s reputation as an important site of professional health learning.

“I want to commend everyone involved to bringing the School of Health Sciences to the city and look forward to the continued growth of Magee.”