SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has said that the beginning of recruitment for the Graduate Medical School at Magee Campus is a welcome step furthering our higher education ambition in the north west.
Colum Eastwood MP said: “I’m pleased that funding I secured in the New Decade, New Approach negotiations will now be provided to begin to deliver the four-year medical degree course in September 2021 at Magee campus. The people of this city have been denied better university provision for far too long and I’m delighted to see progress being made.
“This is good news that will provide the opportunity for people here to live, work and study at home. Our young people are our greatest asset; they should not have to leave Derry to further their education. We know from experience that many establish their careers elsewhere and never return.
“The beginning of recruitment of students for 2021 is a welcome, but it must represent another step towards larger expansion of university provision in the North West.”
Speaking the morning after the funeral of John Hume, the MP for Foyle said: “We must realise Hume’s legacy and invest in a full-scale university for Derry. We must be bold and ambitious for Derry and the north west - investing in skills is critical to transforming our economy.
“A full-sized university is needed in Derry to meet the needs of our citizens.
“John understood the life-changing impact that education has on our young people. As MP I will work closely with the Executive and the Irish Government to deliver new opportunities and strengthen higher learning institutions on a cross border basis to meet the needs of our people.”