The New University of Ulster (NUU) incorporated Magee College founded in 1865 in Derry. Magee College was a college of the Royal
University of Ireland from 1880 and later became associated with the University of Dublin (better known as Trinity College) when the
Royal University was dissolved in 1908 and replaced by the National University of Ireland. In 1953 Magee College broke its links with
Dublin and became Magee University College.
It was hoped by groups led by the University for Londonderry Committee that this university college would become Northern
Ireland's second university after The Queen's University of Belfast. However, this did not happen and instead it was subsumed into
the New University, primarily as a result of the unwillingness of the Unionist government at Stormont to have the second university
sited in overwhelmingly nationalist Derry, in which "The Troubles" were just beginning to break out. The decision caused an outcry
at the time.