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Ulster University has announced a new partnership with Letterkenny Institute of Technology that will enhance the skills base in the wider North West region and beyond.

The partnership will enable Higher Certificate level pharmacy technician students at Letterkenny IT who meet the Ulster University entrance qualification to automatically progress to Ulster University's Masters level Pharmacy course.

With Ulster University recently named as the UK's top university for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the Guardian League table for the third year running, the partnership will enable even more people to access one of the best university-level pharmacy teaching experiences currently available.

Ulster University's Head of School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Paul McCarron said: "This is an exciting new cross-border collaboration that will attract and retain skilled people into the pharmacy profession, especially those from the North West area, which in turn will deliver significant healthcare-related skills and economic benefits to the wider region.

"This partnership aligns perfectly with our ambitions for the North-West region, ensuring that we maximise our collective strengths and ensure access to quality teaching and opportunity. We very much look forward to welcoming the first students from Letterkenny Institute of Technology to our accredited Master of Pharmacy course in September 2016."

Letterkenny Institute of Technology's Head of Department of Science Dr Joanne Gallagher commented: "We are delighted to have established this partnership with Ulster University. The agreement, between LYIT and Ulster University, provides a unique progression pathway for LYIT students who wish to study Pharmacy."

Further information is available from Dr Kathryn Burnett,