Professor Patrick Johnston, QUB, said students were Northern Ireland's "lifeblood"
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QUB and UU warn of plans to cut 1,100 student places

Northern Ireland's universities have warned that they will have to cut 1,100 student places in the fall-out from last week's executive draft budget.

The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) is to lose almost £81m.

BBC News NI Education Correspondent Maggie Taggart reports.