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Archibald welcomes Interreg university funding

24 July, 2017 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the award of £8 million of EU Interreg funding to Queen’s University for the new Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research.

The party’s Further & Higher Education spokesperson said it highlights the importance of access to EU funding streams for research.

Further & Higher Education spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald said:

"This is a very welcome announcement which will see £8 million of EU cross-border research funding invested into marine energy and bioenergy research.  

“It is also positive to see Ulster University and Letterkenny Institute of Technology as partners, increasing collaboration on a national all-island basis.

"In the context of climate change, there is a need for investment into renewable energy research and the potential of harnessing our natural resources.  

“It is fantastic to see our institutions to the front, leading on projects such as this and providing opportunities for cutting edge research.

"Research institutions and businesses here in the north have seen huge benefits from this type of EU funding. 

“The very negative impact of the potential loss of access to these funding streams on the ability to participate in, and deliver projects such as this, must be highlighted.  

“The only way to fully protect against this impact is to secure designated special status for the north within the EU and maintain this access." 

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