Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

It's no wonder students look elsewhere

I WRITE regarding the claim that few Protestant students receive places at universities in Northern Ireland (News, later editions, October 18).

If only a third attend, then the logical explanation is that they study elsewhere in the UK.

In my own experience, I specifically chose to study medicine at Oxford. Why? Because it is ranked the highest in the UK.

The two Northern Ireland universities, by comparison, do not rate well. Their entrance requirements are lower - as is the quality of their teaching and research.

The University of Ulster is not on the academic radar as it does not even have a medical school. Queen's University has dropped considerably over the years in the academic league-tables' ranking for medicine.

It is, therefore, not surprising that anyone with talent and ambition will wish to study where there are more opportunities.

WILLIAM ORR

Christ Church, Oxford

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