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Anderson urges Magee to be prepared

20 October, 2011 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Junior Minister, Martina Anderson has called on Magee University Campus to prepare a solid business case for increased student numbers in anticipation of the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) being accepted by the Department Finance & Personnel (DFP).

Martina Anderson said:

“It is my understanding that University of Ulster has submitted an SOC to the Department of Employment and Learning in relation to the expansion of Student numbers at Magee Campus in line with DFP requirements prior to moving forward with a full business case.  DEL has approved it and sent it to DFP.

“Following approval by DFP of the Strategic Outline Case a full Business Case would then be required at which stage a detailed needs assessment would be undertaken to fully demonstrate need prior to fully developing and evaluating a range of options.

“I believe that a number of queries were raised by DFP concerning the original SOC some of which were dealt with by the University and others by DEL.

“I would urge Magee to begin to develop a strong business case now in anticipation that the queries raised by DFP are resolved and should additional resources become available to increase student places the University can move immediately to secure them for Magee.

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