DUP welcome commitment to grow student numbers at Ulster University campus in Coleraine

DUP MLA Phillip Brett chairs Stormont's Economy committeeDUP MLA Phillip Brett chairs Stormont's Economy committee
DUP MLA Phillip Brett chairs Stormont's Economy committee
The DUP has met with senior representatives of the Ulster University in Coleraine, where they received a commitment that the institution would invest in and grow the number of students on its North Coast campus.

The party has raised concerns about the future of the County Londonderry site in the past, warning that the expansion of the Magee campus shouldn’t be to the detriment of Coleraine.

Chair of the Economy Committee Phillip Brett and East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley met with the leadership of the University in Coleraine.

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Mr Brett said afterwards: “The multi-campus nature of Ulster University makes it a vital asset to communities right across Northern Ireland.

“We all want to see investment in, and growth of, student numbers at all of these campuses.

“The Coleraine Campus is a world leader in research and development, playing a vital role in the economic life of the region.

“I warmly welcome the clear and unambiguous commitment from the Vice Chancellor to see additional student numbers in Coleraine, something local DUP representatives have championed.

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“As a Party, we fully support the the multi-campus growth and investment plans, to ensure all communities in all parts of Northern Ireland have access to first class educational opportunities.”

There have been concerns in the triangle area for years that the University might further downgrade student numbers or even close the campus entirely – as a consequence of fulfilling its commitment to its Londonderry base. There have been increased calls for expansion at Magee since the deal to restore devolution in 2021.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said earlier this year that one of his party’s key priorities “is the expansion of Magee University to 10,000 students. I worked hard to secure this commitment as part of the negotiations for the New Decade, New Approach deal, knowing what it would mean to our city”.

Sinn Fein said last year that it would take the Economy ministry in the Executive to drive the expansion of Magee and rebalance the economy regionally.

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