MLA hails U4D report

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the publication of a report into the expansion of Magee by university lobby group, U4D.

Mrs McLaughlin said the development of the university is dependent on increasing student numbers.

“The U4D findings broadly reflect the long-standing position articulated by Sinn Féin. The main obstacle to providing the numbers of graduates required to grow the economy is the maximum allowable Student Numbers (MaSN) policy dictated by Minister Stephen Farry and the Department of Employment and Learning.

“If we are to stem the flow of large numbers of our young talent to universities in Britain – most of whom never return – then we must ensure the availability of places for them at home. We outperform Britain in the numbers of students who go on to higher education but because of MaSN we don’t have the places for them in our universities.

“MaSN was abolished in England in 2002 relaxing the pressure on its university admissions and encouraging more students from here to apply to universities in Britain.

“If we are to seriously compete for high value, high waged, knowledge-based jobs then we need to drastically increase the numbers of graduates we produce from our own universities and the only way to achieve that is a comprehensive review of the MaSN.”