Uni ‘easy target for cuts’

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Uni ‘easy target for cuts’ thumbnailMLA Claire Sugden.

THE Ulster University has halted plans to transfer healthcare courses from Jordanstown to Coleraine.
While the university insists the relocations have merely been 'paused', politicians have raised fresh fears about the future of the local campus.
MLA Claire Sugden said the latest developments made her "nervous" that Coleraine had become an "easy target for cuts" and was losing out to Londonderry's Magee campus.
Among courses due to transfer in September were Allied Health and Healthcare programmes, which include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography, radiotherapy, speech therapy and podiatry.
News of the move had been warmly welcomed locally since it was seen as consolidating Coleraine's growing reputation for health-focused subjects, particularly biomedical sciences.
It's understood many of School of Health Sciences' 60 staff were making preparations for the move to Coleraine.
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