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Roma Downey opens Ulster University £11m teaching centre in Derry

By Staff Reporter

Television star Roma Downey was back in her home city of Londonderry yesterday where she officially opened Ulster University's new £11m teaching centre.

The four-storey facility, which caters for 1,000 students, covers a floor space of 4,000 sq m; including three lecture theatres, 20 teaching rooms, open plan student hubs and a cafe.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress said: "As an Ulster University alumnus, I am very pleased to open this impressive teaching facility in my hometown.

"This is a great asset not only for staff and students but also for the city, offering first class facilities with spectacular views of our beautiful city. The teaching centre will help showcase the very best of what Derry has to offer."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon said: "This represents the latest in a series of continued investment in our Magee campus and demonstrates our commitment to expansion.

"The opening of the teaching block paves the way for welcoming more students through our enhanced teaching capacity and for welcoming more local and international visitors to the city through world class conference facilities."

Ulster University is also pushing ahead with plans to open a new medical school in Londonderry.

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