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NI universities feeling the pinch

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Both the local universities try to attract as many well qualified students, local or from elsewhere, as they can. (stock photo)

Both the local universities try to attract as many well qualified students, local or from elsewhere, as they can. (stock photo)

Both the local universities try to attract as many well qualified students, local or from elsewhere, as they can. (stock photo)

Graduation ceremonies and garden parties are the usual features of university calendars in early July. This year, the physical and financial environments for both local universities are severely stretched.

There are serious policy questions to be posed and answered on how university provision is organised and funded here.

Both Queen's University and the University of Ulster are large institutions. Each attracts several thousand new students each year and they both offer an extensive range of subjects at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.