Anderson encouraged following meeting with UU vice-Chancellor
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA, Martina Anderson has said that she is somewhat encouraged about the future of Magee University Campus following an extensive meeting with University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett.
Martina Anderson said:
“I met with Vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett at Magee University last week. Our discussions covered a very extensive range of subjects and the vision for the future of the Derry Campus.
“I was encouraged by what Professor Barnett had to say and the commitments and assurances that he provided on the progress of plans for both educational opportunities and infrastructural development at Magee.
“Among the assurances that Professor Barnett gave was the confirmation that all 322 additional MAsN places allocated to the University of Ulster would be located at Magee. When pressed on the possibility of developing and increasing a medical/health offering at Magee through greater partnerships with facilities such as the C-Tric and Cancer Units at Altnagelvin with the transfer of the Nursing School from Coleraine to Derry, he was non-committal but open to the idea.
“He does however, envisage research across disciplines including social work, psychology, nursing, mental health, etc. rather than the traditional separation of disciplines. There is already a strong psychology department based at Magee, including mental health psychology, which boasts world-class researchers publishing in top academic journals.
“Professor Barnett confirmed that work is currently being carried out to profile the planned increase in numbers and expansion of Magee and what that would mean in terms of courses and research. All of this will contribute to creating and promoting a research culture in the discipline of health at Magee.
“I voiced disappointment at the removal of the History Department from Magee and received reassurances that it was their intention to have history taught through the medium of Irish as part of the Irish Department’s transfer to the Derry Campus, which means history to a certain degree would still be taught at Magee.
“I pointed out that Magee could be marketed more extensively both locally and further afield. The Vice-Chancellor conceded that this was true and that he would take it on Board. I will be monitoring progress on all the matters discussed."