DUP given 'commitment' to UU Coleraine campus after Magee expansion taskforce established

Ulster University Coleraine campus entrance
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Ulster University hopes to increase student numbers at its Coleraine campus, the DUP has said.

This comes after the East Derry MP Gregory Campbell warned, after a taskforce was set up to drive the growth of the university's Magee campus in Derry city, against a "zero-sum game where if Magee wins Coleraine loses".

The chair of the Stormont economy committee, DUP MLA Philip Brett, said he has now been given assurances the university will seek to expand both Magee and Coleraine.

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Mr Brett met with the leadership of the University in Coleraine alongside his party colleague Maurice Bradley.

“The multi-campus nature of Ulster University makes it a vital asset to communities right across Northern Ireland," he said after the meeting.

"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."

The DUP MLA added: "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.”

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