University of Ulster2014 League Table Ranking 74
2014 Overall Score 582
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- The University of Ulster, located in Northern Ireland, was founded in 1984 by Royal Charter.
- The university can trace its roots back to 1845 when Magee College was established in Derry~Londonderry and 1849, when the School of Art and Design was inaugurated in Belfast.
- December 2012 witnessed the University of Ulster’s first graduation ceremony take place in GB with an event in London conferring awards on graduates of the Ulster Business School’s (UBS) MSc in Executive Leadership.
- This programme and a number of others from UBS and the Faculty of Computing & Engineering are delivered in partnership with the QA Business School at branch campuses in London and Birmingham
Location and transport
- All campuses are served by excellent bus and train networks.
- There are regular ferry services to Scotland and England, and Northern Ireland's three regional airports serve many GB and international destinations.
- Entry Standards vary by course at Ulster.
- The online prospectus contains full details of entry requirements at the University of Ulster, at www.study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus.
- Ulster has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- The University continues to attract high numbers of potential undergraduates and in 2012 saw applications rise to top the 34,000 mark for the first time.
- Additionally, there are approximately 5,000 students currently studying for Ulster-accredited qualifications at other institutions or via distance learning.
- The University has over 1,000 international students from 90 different countries.
- 58% female, 42% male.
- There are four campuses – at Coleraine, Jordanstown (seven miles outside Belfast), Magee in Derry~Londonderry, and in Belfast city centre. Each campus has a distinct character and while some courses are offered at more than one campus, there is a degree of specialisation across the campuses.
- Belfast concentrates on art and design, architecture and hospitality; Jordanstown concentrates on business and management, the built environment, computing and engineering, health and sport sciences, and social sciences; Coleraine is focused on environmental and life sciences, humanities, modern languages and tourism management; whilst at Magee there is a concentration on creative and performing arts, nursing and social work, computing, business and management, and social sciences.
- In line with the University’s Corporate Plan vision to lead in the provision of professional education for professional life, Ulster offers a wide range of part-time and full-time courses, many with the option of industrial placements or study abroad built-in.
- One aim is for an increasing number of degrees to provide placement opportunities and professional accreditation. The majority of courses include a year-long work placement (70% of our students have the opportunity to undertake work placements) and, wherever possible, co-terminus awards are made with students graduating with a degree and a professional qualification.
- It is possible to study a wide range of subjects in combination, resulting in over 400 individual degree possibilities at undergraduate level across six faculties, resulting in tailored qualifications that match students' interests and career aims.
- The six faculties are: Arts; Art, Design and the Built Environment; Computing and Engineering; Life & Health Sciences; Social Sciences; and the Ulster Business School.
- The University provides a wide range of distance learning options available online via www.ulster.ac.uk/elearning/.
- The University has one of the highest employment and/or further study rates in the UK, with over 90% of graduates being in work or undertaking further study six months after they have completed their degree.
- The University was commended in the latest national Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Institutional Audit in 2010, particularly for the University's considered and effective approach to well-thought through learning opportunities for students.
- Read more about Ulster's review by the QAA online.
- Ulster has a strategic research policy in selected areas of research.
- 86% of research activity has been rated in the 2008 RAE as being of international quality, with almost 20% of this classified as world-leading.
- Of particular note are the submissions within the Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and Celtic Studies units of assessment, all ranked within the top three UK universities.
- A further eight subjects are ranked among the top twenty in the UK, namely: Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science (17th), Architecture & the Built Environment (=12th), Communication, Cultural & Media Studies (=10th), Law (=13th), Linguistics (16th), Metallurgy & Materials (11th), Social Work & Social Policy & Administration (=19th), and Sports-Related Studies (=13th).
- Currently, Ulster has 16 specialised Research Institutes.
- Traditionally associated with Art and Design, our Belfast campus now spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, Irish language, event management, photography and digital animation.
- Course provision at the Coleraine campus is broad – biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, business, the humanities and languages, film and journalism, travel and tourism, teacher training and computing are among the campus strengths.
- The Jordanstown campus has a strong profile in engineering, built environment, social sciences, business, communication and academic disciplines relating to the science and coaching of sport.
- Teaching strengths at Magee include business, computing, nursing, Irish language and literature, social sciences, law, psychology, peace and conflict studies and the performing arts – with plans to expand computing and engineering provision on this campus over the next few years. .
Student facilities, including library and computing
- Ulster students have access to high-class learning facilities.
- High quality library and 24/7 computing facilities on all four of our campuses at Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee.
- There is free email and internet access to all students. Most new student accommodation has built-in broadband connection.
- Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Ulster, at www.studentsupport.ulster.ac.uk/disability.
- The Students' Union (UUSU) provides a broad range of support services, entertainment, societies, clubs and events. The union officers are particularly active in lobbying on student issues.
- In 2011 UUSU received a UK award under the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI), an assessment project run by the National Union of Students for displaying continuous improvement to the services and activities they deliver to their members.
- The Students’ Union also received official Fairtrade status in 2012, an award which it worked in partnership with the University to achieve.
- Find out more about the University of Ulster, Students' Union online at www.uusu.org.
- Ulster has world-class training and support facilities. £20-million sports facilities were opened at the Jordanstown campus in 2008. Many of the region’s professional sports teams use these facilities for training.
- Sports Services provide recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for all staff and students and there over 75 clubs across the four campuses that represent Ulster in competitive sport.
- Sports Scholarships and an Elite Athletes Scheme help balance the academic and sporting needs of high performing athletes.
- With £20 million invested in sports provision at Jordanstown a few years ago – including an indoor sports hall, outdoor and indoor sprint tracks, strength and conditioning suite, water recovery area, and sports science and sports medicine facilities – the University announced recently that a further £6.2 million upgrade will take place in 2018 once the decant into Belfast has taken place.
- This will ensure that as well as providing exceptional facilities for students and staff undertaking sports-related studies and research, Jordanstown – which is also home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI) (a partnership between the University and Sport Northern Ireland) – will continue to lead in the provision of facilities used for training by the majority of Northern Ireland's leading sportsmen and sportswomen, including Ulster Rugby and the Northern Ireland Football Association to name just two cohorts.
Recent/prospective new builds
- In March 2012 the University received planning approval for ambitious £250-million capital development plans which will see most of the activity currently based at Jordanstown transferred to the University’s Belfast campus, where it has acquired a substantial additional site in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. See www.ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfast development and take a look at stunning architects’ impressions and images of the new development, built around the existing campus in York Street – designed to enhance the student experience and maximise shared teaching and learning and research and innovation activities.
- Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett, explained: "We are proposing a world-class campus in the heart of the city which will not only provide a dynamic learning and research environment for our students and staff, but will also interact with the wider public. Universities which were built in the city have, in the past, tended to be inward-facing institutions behind iron railings and walls which did not interact with the communities around them. We are breaking from that tradition with a bold design that sends out a very strong message locally and internationally that we want everyone to feel that this is their University, regardless of their background, and we want them to have access to the building and facilities inside.”
- The new campus will house the 15,000 full-time and part-time students and staff by 2018.
- Jordanstownwill be retained and developed further as it remains home to the University’s world-class sporting facilities; specialist engineering facilities for FireSERT (one of only eight fire training facilities in the world, and which can boast a 100% graduate employment rate); and modern student residences.
- The University’s plans for development of the land which will be vacated in Jordanstown were announced in late 2012, with a Masterplan concept proposal outlining the future vision for the site. The central focus of this Masterplan is a proposal to create an urban village-style residential development, including mixed use community facilities which will become an integral part of the area, creating an exciting and vibrant place to live. See www.ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfastdevelopment.
- A further expansion in student numbers is planned and will be concentrated at Magee where the University signed an option agreement in 2011 which will see Ulster almost double its physical footprint in the city. This plan continues to move nearer to fruition as the university has allocated additional places (570) awarded by the Northern Ireland government in the last two years to this campus.
- This will see growth in computer science, engineering, and creative technologies – with a new course in renewable energy engineering being introduced with effect from 2013. The University also consolidated pre-registration nursing programmes at the Magee campus in 2012. See www.ulster.ac.uk/northwest development for information on our plans for Magee and Coleraine campuses.
- Coleraine is home to the £11-million Centre for Molecular Biosciences. As part of academic restructuring decisions made in 2011, two new Schools were launched at Coleraine in 2012 – the School of Modern Languages and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science (following the introduction of pharmacy to the University in 2009). The campus has also recently introduced increased history provision, which now includes Irish history, and has expanded its biomedical sciences provision.
- Confucius Institute: the University’s increasing international standing was endorsed in July 2011 when Ulster was chosen by the Confucius Institute Headquarters to be home to a prestigious institute aimed at fostering closer ties between China and Northern Ireland. Located on the Coleraine campus, the institute was launched in April 2012 by China’s most senior female politician Madam Liu Yandong, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett.
- The Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster (CIUU) develops academic, cultural, economic and social ties between the two countries. It is part of a network of 322 institutes in over 50 countries which promote and teach Chinese language and culture and facilitate cultural exchanges aimed at fostering trade links with China. It operates in partnership with the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in south-eastern China.
- As part of the Confucius Institute development, Chinese is being introduced as an elective in the applied languages and translation degree programme offered at the University of Ulster.
Availability of part-time work
- There are many opportunities for part-time work for Ulster students; the Careers Development Centre at Ulster is available to offer friendly and impartial help with career planning and personal development.
- There are opportunities to gain valuable experiences and try different working situations through work-based learning placements and voluntary activities.
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