Irwin welcomes resolution to University of Ulster debacle

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Newry and Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has given a cautious welcome to a decision by the University of Ulster to rectify an admissions error with the creation of an extra 100 places within the Faculty of Engineering.

The University of Ulster has apologized for the computer glitch and created extra spaces for students affected

Last week the University was swamped in controversy as a computer glitch saw nearly 400 places offered to students when only 150 were actually available. Irwin, who commented last week that the University should explain how the mistake was made and seek to rectify the situation, said that the decision to offer an extra 100 students the opportunity to take their places was ‘welcomed’. Speaking to Newry Times, he stated, “This is certainly a positive step by the University of Ulster and rather than simply put the shutter down on those students who were left with a massive problem, especially if they had turned down other offers, they now have the opportunity to study at the University of Ulster.” “I understand there will be issues in terms of the University administering these extra places and the costs associated with that and also from a Department of Employment and Learning perspective, there are concerns with over subscribing and a potential fine for this over subscription. Those are issues which remain a concern and will need to be fully detailed from the University of Ulster’s perspective.” He added, “It is of course far from an ideal set of circumstances however I feel it is important that the students are treated fairly and offering those affected places at the University, is an acknowledgement that they (the UoU) are keen to rectify this issue.” More on this story: Irwin ‘concerned’ at University of Ulster debacle Anger as University of Ulster ‘computer glitch’ leaves 400 with uncertain futures
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