Sinn Féin Councillor Leanne Peacock has asked questions of Ulster University in meeting students needs during the pandemic.
Speaking after February full council Cllr Peacock said,
“Many students have been in touch to express how challenging the current climate is for those in further and higher education both academically, financially and personally. I took the opportunity to question the vice-chancellor as he attended Council on Tuesday night about what the university is doing to target those most in need, support student parents and provide flexibility as well as extra financial support to students struggling at this time.
“Professor Bartholomew assured me that the University is acutely aware of the struggles facing students at present and that they are taking a proactive approach in supporting students. However, I feel more could and should be done at this time.
“I welcome the additional funding announced by the Finance Minister for student hardship and I am hopeful that through our universities that this funding will reach those who are in need. I urge further and higher education providers to work to ensure that this funding is shared as widely and as quickly as possible.”