'1000 full time extra student places for Magee? ’ - Anderson
Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has welcomed confirmation from the Universities Minister that he is seeking extra funds to provide 1,000 additional student places at Magee University.
In response to an Assembly question from Ms. Anderson yesterday (Tuesday), Minister Reg Empey confirmed that he was asking the Finance Minister for increased funding which would be used to create 1000 full-time undergraduate places at Magee.
“Obviously we have been lobbying for several years now to have Magee expanded because a thriving university is vital to the economic regeneration and future prosperity of this city,” Ms. Anderson commented.
“There has been some progress in terms of the university securing extra land on the Foyle site and developing a strategic development plan which was submitted to the Minister last year.
“Implementing that plan would be a welcome first step towards the kind of expansion that we all want to see and I am pleased that the Minister has confirmed to me that he has now submitted a bid for additional funding that would increase full-time undergraduate numbers at Magee by 2015.
“I hope that we can soon start to see some concrete progress on this issue. Magee is the only campus which the University of Ulster is committed to growing in terms of student numbers and it can become a central point of the city’s regeneration if the political will exists to make it happen.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Martina Anderson asked:
To ask the Minister if he intends to bid for extra resources in order to relax the MASN cap allocation on the number of students at University of Ulster in light of the Magee strategic development plan which is currently with his Department.
The Minister replied:
Yes, I have submitted a bid as part of the Budget 2010 process fo additional funding to support the University’s desire to increase full time undergraduate numbers at Magee by 1,000 by 2015.