Right move for the University of Ulster?

Just a few months ago the University of Ulster’s big switch from Jordanstown to York St was in doubt. Sir Reg also raised the spectre of the Holyland.

“The big problem is accommodation. Currently a lot of Jordanstown students are in the Holyland.
“If they build a significant Belfast campus over and above what they already have, where are those students going to go?

What changed? It sounds an exciting development but for university education, is it good value for money? When do things start to happen? £16 million out of a £250m project seems a drop in the ocean. And with public funding for unis certain to be cut after 2011, what are the real prospects for this major capital project? And where is the intelligent debate? Prof Barnett the university VC and an economic policy expert is best placed to contribute.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London