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Expansion of Derry University Campus needed

30 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Cllr Maeve McLaughlin has called for targeted approach to the increase in student places at Magee.

Speaking Following a meeting at the University Cllr McLaughlin said the expansion of the university would act as a major economic driver for the city and region.

Cllr McLaughlin said:

"The lifting of the MASN cap on student numbers needs to be strategic and targeted. This should involve a true analysis of the quality and types of courses to be offered.

"We need quality courses which will ensure that our young people decide to stay, live and work in the city and are not forced to be part of the ' brain drain' to England and further afield.

"It is also crucially important that communication with residents and the community and voluntary sector is a priority for the university.

"With an increase in student places comes an increase in private rented sector and Houses of Multiple occupation (HMOs). I have not doubt that the biggest impact in this regard will be around the Rosemount and Glen areas of the city where there is already a high private rented sector.

"It is important that that the University formally engage with local residents and the Community and Voluntary Sector to prepare the ground for this huge population change and to ensure residents that their rights will be respected and supported in this process." ENDS

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