20th Nov 2012
NORTHERN Ireland’s student movement is urging the Executive to ensure the extra student places it announced recently for STEM subjects should go to those who have the ability – not just the financial means to study for a degree.
NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz was speaking following the announcement of £200m investment raising the number of undergraduate places in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) courses and creating new PhD places and aerospace MSc bursaries.
Adrianne Peltz said: “It is a very positive move that extra places are being provided in STEM undergraduate courses. This will help in meeting the skills needed to help attract further jobs and investment to Northern Ireland.
“It is also extremely important that the Executive gives a commitment to widening participation in relation to these new places to ensure that they are open to people who have the ability but do not have the financial support that others might have.”