250 STEM places for University of Ulster

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The University of Ulster is to get only half of the 500 extra Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) places created by Stormont.

The North’s Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry says of the 500 places created as part of Stormont’s economic stimulus package, 250 will go to University of Ulster, 180 to Queen’s University Belfast, and 70 to other education providers.

“By 2015, the University of Ulster will receive 250 additional places, Queen’s University 180 additional places and the further education providers 70 additional places. The universities and the further education colleges will determine the deployment of the additional places across subject areas and campuses,” the minister said this morning.

“I am also conscious of the particular contribution that higher education can make to the Executive’s commitment to the ‘One Plan’ for the regeneration of Derry.

“Accordingly, I have decided to top-slice 10% of the additional places for the University of Ulster on the understanding that it will allocate them to the Magee Campus exclusively in STEM subjects. Furthermore, the University retains the autonomy to reallocate its existing places across its campuses if it wishes to do so.”

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