24/02/2005

University of Ulster unveils Magee expansion plan

The University of Ulster today unveiled proposals for the long-term expansion of its Magee campus.

A special task force has been formed to drive forward the proposals, which will require extensive consultation and support from partners including Derry City Council, ILEX, central government departments and agencies and other interested parties.

Among the developments which the University is proposing are:
  • Expansion of student numbers to 10,000 (currently 3,800)
  • The creation of a postgraduate medical school.
  • A Centre for Intelligent Systems and an Institute for Professional Legal Training
  • Expansion of campus facilities to the former Foyle and Londonderry College site.
  • Enhanced sports facilities as well as research activity and profile.
  • New support facilities to meet the needs of the increased student population.
Commenting on the plans, Professor Richard Barnett, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster, said: “In recent years, the Magee campus has been the fastest-growing of all our campuses – and we want to build on that success.

“We want the Magee development plan to be an inclusive process, and we will consult widely both inside and outside the University. It is important that we develop a shared vision for an expanded campus with our staff and students, and with the city and region.”

Professor Jim Allen, who chairs the Magee development project group, added: “It is vital that the key city and regional stakeholders come together to support the University's campaign to take the campus forward into an unprecedented period of growth.”

While the group will begin a formal consultation exercise in the near future, interested parties are invited to contact Professor Allen or Professor Fraser at the Magee campus with their views.

(MB/SP)

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