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250 Extra places to Magee campus a step forward

23 November, 2012 - by Maeve McLaughlin, Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said the additional 250 places for Magee campus in Derry is a step forward but more needs to be done to attract yet more places in the future.

 Commenting on the announcement of 250 new places for University of Ulster Magee campus said,

 “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the campaign to increase the number of places at Magee campus especially those who travelled to meet the Minister over the past few months to emphasise upon him the need for the expansion of Magee in relation to the economic recovery in the city.

 “The announcement today by Stephen Farry that 250 extra places have been allocated to Magee campus has to be seen as a step forward in the campaign.

 “I am particularly pleased that these places will be allocated across the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

 “There can be no room for complacency or party politicking on this issue. We must demonstrate a strong case for Derry as a 'priority' area and Magee as a catalyst project for Derry City's 'One Plan' regeneration strategy and do so with one clear voice.

 “In the deliberations with the Minister Stephen Farry, questions were raised about the quality and scope of the business case.  As representatives and stakeholders who are calling for the expansion of Magee campus we shouldn’t be afraid of criticism and we shouldn’t be afraid to revisit are business case to see if it can be improved upon even if this means meeting with the Minister to discuss that.

“It is now time to roll up our sleeves, improve the local product and demonstrate that when we are allocated additional places that they can be accommodated.”

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