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.

  • Fabianus

    Brian,

    I was convinced you were blogging James Nesbitt’s appointment as Chancellor.

    I caught it on the radio yesterday, including an interview with the great man. He could barely string a sentence together. Which led me to think: why not appoint one of the people who wrote Jimmy’s script lines as Chancellor?

    I could recommend several excellent Ulster writers but don’t wish to appear biased 🙂

  • Busy day, busy day …

    While I’m out and about, does anyone have any clue how all this improves the deficit of HE places in NI, compared to the rest of the UK?

  • slug

    I think Malcolm its as much about demand as supply. The reason HE places are the level they are is that people move to GB from choice and not that many from GB return the compliment.

    Moving UU from Jordanstown to Cathedral Quarter I believe will make it a more attractive option. Academics and students generally like to be in lively cities. Out ot town universities have a greater struggle to attract people.

    The Cathedral Quarter is a good choice. Has a lot of character, is in the City Centre proper, yet has the room to allow UU to expand.

    So, Malcolm, it will increase demand for places in NI and hence make the case for increasing supply.