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The University of Ulster

The University of Ulster

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Feature of Institution:Public    Established In:1984
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Geographical Location:Northern Ireland

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The University of Ulster (previously shortened to UU; Irish: Ollscoil Uladh,Ulster Scots: Universitie o Ulstèr or Varsitie o Ulster) is a multi-campus, co-educational university located in Northern Ireland. It is the largest single university in Ireland, discounting the federal National University of Ireland. The University of Ulster was established in 1968 as the New University of Ulster and can trace its roots back to 1845 when Magee College was established in Londonderry and 1849, when the School of Art and Design was inaugurated in Belfast. The university incorporated its four campuses in 1984 under the University of Ulster banner; these are located in Belfast, Coleraine (site of the administrative headquarters), Magee College inLondonderry, and Jordanstown. A fifth distance learning campus, Campus One, delivers online programmes; mainly at graduate level.
Ulster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, Universities Ireland and Universities UK. High demand for places and a thriving development programme contributed to a record number of applications in 2004-05 to keep the University of Ulster in the top 10 of the UK's most popular universities. The University of Ulster was shortlisted for the Sunday Times University of the Year award in 2001.
The university has one of the highest further study and/or employment rates in the UK, with 95% of graduates being in work or undertaking further study six months after they have completed their degree. In the field ofbiomedical sciences, the University of Ulster obtained a 5* rating, as well as being ranked joint first in the UK, following the Research Assessment Exercises in 1996 and 2001. In the 2008 RAE 86% of research activity at the university was rated as being of international quality, with 20% being classified as world-leading. Of particular note are the submissions within Biomedical Sciences, the University of Ulster Institute of Nursing Research and Celtic Studies which were all ranked within the top three UK universities.
The University's course provision is the largest in Northern Ireland, covering arts, business, engineering, information technology, life and health sciences, management, and social sciences. Courses have a strong vocational element and the majority include a period of industrial or professional placement.
The University of Ulster has a strong reputation for innovation. In order to create new pathways into higher education the University of Ulster initiated its Online Distance Learning (ODL) project called Campus One. The Campus One programme provides an alternative mode of study, with a range of Courses online to students all over the world. Campus One courses range from full postgraduate programmes, professional development and continuing development courses; through to short business-focused courses all offered over the Internet.
The University contributes a higher than national average to local research and development activity and has a strategic research focus.
The University of Ulster is particularly strong in the field of biomedical sciences, and a Centre for Molecular Biosciences (located at Coleraine) is one of the major projects developed by the University. The Biomedical Sciences department obtained the highest possible 5* rating as well as being joint first in the UK, following the UK – wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1996. It was the only UK university to retain a 5* rating for biomedical sciences in the 2001 RAE - part of a performance that saw significant improvement and consolidation of the 1996 results. A 5* research rating was also awarded in the field of Celtic studies. The University performed strongly in the 2008 RAE. Full details of Ulster's RAE results are available athttp://research.ulster.ac.uk/rae/rae2008.html
The University is a leading partner in the Northern Ireland Science Park development, with Science Park sites at the Coleraine and Magee campuses, and in Belfast. There are also Innovation Centres at Coleraine and Magee which provide incubation support to developing spin-out and spin-in companies.
Noted academics and alumni:
Ulster has a large body of famed alumni, including MP's Kate Hoey, Gregory Campbell, Michelle Gildernew and former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Mark Durkan, MLA's Alban Maginness, Basil McCrea and Sean Neeson, writers and authors including Anne Devlin, Colin Duriez and Aodán Mac Póilin, poets including Gerald Dawe and Brendan Hamill, and artists including Oliver Jeffers, Victor Sloan, Andre Stitt, John Luke and John Kindness. Other alumni include composer Brian Irvine, musician David Lyttle, comedian Omid Djalili, former hostage and writer Brian Keenan, historian Simon Kitson, biomedical scientist and former vice chancellor P G (Gerry) McKenna, filmmaker Brian Philip Davis, visual artist Willie Doherty, photographer Mary Fitzpatrick, film producer Michael Riley, rugby player Brian Robinson, radio and television personality Gerry Anderson and distinguished academic of nursing Alison Kitson.
Notable academics who have worked at Ulster include historian Antony Alcock, ecologist Amyan Macfadyen, political scientist Monica McWilliams, poetsAndrew Waterman and James Simmons, literary critic Walter Allen, physicists Robin Williams and Gareth Roberts, mathematician Ralph Henstock, law professors Brice Dickson and Denis Moloney, Professor of Nursing Research Brendan McCormack and former principal and theologian Edwin Ewart. Academics who were elected to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy (Ireland's highest ranking academic body) while based at Ulster include: Bertie Ussher (Classics), Norman Gibson (Economics), Amyan Macfadyen (Biology), Bill Watts (Chemistry), P G (Gerry) McKenna (Biomedical Sciences, Genetics), Sean Strain (Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition), Marshall McCabe (Geology), Peter Flatt (Biomedical Sciences, Diabetes), Séamus MacMathúna(Celtic Studies), Bob Welch (Literature), Vani Borooah (Economics), Máréaid Nic Craith (Celtic Studies), Graham Gargett (French), Helene McNulty(Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition), Pól ó Dochartaigh (German), Robert McBride (French), Ullrich Kockel (ethnography) and John McCloskey (Geosciences).
Honorary degrees have been received by many famed individuals including former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, poet Seamus Heaney, writers Seamus Deane, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness and Colm Tóibín, activists May Blood and Aung San Suu Kyi, actors Amanda Burton and Ewan McGregor, racehorse trainer Vincent O'Brien, bishops Seán Brady,Robin Eames, James Mehaffey, Edward Daly and Desmond Tutu, singers Enya, Van Morrison and Tommy Makem, politician John Hume, biotechnologistCharles Hamner, politicians and writers Garrett Fitzgerald and Conor Cruise O'Brien, US lawyer John Connorton, US diplomat Jim Lyons, Gaelic football player Peter Canavan, rugby player David Humphreys, golfers Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards.
Those elected as Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)whilst at Ulster include Professor Rosalind Pritchard (Education), Professor John Offer (Social Policy), Professor Paul Carmichael (Public Administration), Professor Greg LLoyd (Urban Planning),and Professor Colin Knox (Comparative Public Policy)
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