Derry uni expansion plan takes big step forward

The Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry.
The Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry.

Plans for the expansion of the Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry have taken an important step forward.

Derry Mayor Martin Reilly has announced that accountants RSM McClure Watters have been appointed to undertake the Outline Business Case for the expansion project.

Led by Derry City Council, the University of Ulster and their partners Ilex and U4D, the business case will assess the need for increased university provision to serve 9,400 full time equivalent (FTE) students as identified by the One Plan.

Work on the outline business case will commence by the end of March with a draft report expected by the end of June 2014. The final report will be presented to the city’s Strategy Board in September 2014, after which it will be submitted by the University to the Department for Employment and Learning.

Mayor Reilly said: “The expansion of the University has considerable potential to make a significant catalytic impact on the local economy in terms of skills and jobs.”

Richard Barnett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, added: “This is a tremendously important piece of work. It will form the basis of a united bid from the city to the Stormont Executive for the further expansion of the University.”