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Campus concern!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Campus concern! thumbnailUlster University’s Coleraine Campus. CC48-169s

FUNDING cuts have prompted a warning from Ulster University's Vice Chancellor over its commitment to multiple campuses.
The concerns were raised in a letter from Professor Paddy Nixon to the leaders of Northern Ireland's political parties and the Secretary of State.
He said the university is facing "critical" funding cuts from the Department of the Economy (DfE) over the next two years.
And he suggested the university may have to make "fundamental changes" to its shape and size if the situation doesn't improve.
The DfE covers around 40 per cent of the cost of running the university. However, its contribution is due to fall by 3.5 per cent in 2018/19 and 4.5 per cent in 2019/20, said Professor Nixon.
“Whilst the current situation is unsustainable, the prospect of further cuts communicated by the department has turned a serious situation into a critical one," he wrote.
UU received £70.8m in core funding from the Northern Ireland Executive in 2016/17. This was cut by two per cent in 2017/18 and now faces the further cuts outlined by Professor Nixon. He said this meant a cumulative reduction of almost 10 per cent over three years.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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