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University of Ulster

2015 League Table Ranking 84
2015 Overall Score 582
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Entry Standards 310 Help
Entry Standards
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Student-Staff Ratio 19.2 Help
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Research Assessment 2.48 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 1,014 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.08 Help
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Facilities Spend 438 Help
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Graduate Prospects 49.3 Help
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Degree Completion 80.6 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 65.3 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 46.0 Help
Green Score
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History

  • 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.

Location and Transport

  • The University has four campuses: Coleraine, Belfast, Jordanstown (seven miles outside Belfast) and the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry. 
  • 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

  • Entry standards vary by course at Ulster.
  • The online prospectus contains full details of entry requirements at the University of Ulster.
  • Our fees are £3,685 for Northern Ireland and EU students and £6,000 for GB students for full-time undergraduate courses (2014–15 entry).
  • There is no cap or limit on the number of GB or international students which the University is permitted to admit (except in the Allied Health Professions and social work).
  • The University of Ulster Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to assist talented athletes in gaining access to a quality education whilst attaining success at the highest level in their chosen sport. 

Student Mix

  • We are the largest university on the island of Ireland
  • We are in the top 20 UK universities for UCAS applications, receiving around 35,000 applications each year to our undergraduate courses. 
  • We currently welcome more than 25,000 students from over 90 countries and our 140,000 alumni come from 121 countries.
  • We are in the top 10 of UK Universities in providing access to students from all economic backgrounds.
  • The University has over 3,500 international students from 90 different countries.
  • 58% of the University of Ulster’s students are female, 42% male.
  • Additionally, there are approximately 5,000 students currently studying for Ulster-accredited qualifications at other institutions or via distance learning.
  • 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 Pharmacy, 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.

Course Flexibility

  • Our six faculties: Arts; Art, Design and the Built Environment; Computing and Engineering; Life & Health Sciences; Social Sciences; and the Ulster Business School offer a wide range of part-time and full-time courses, many with the option of industrial placements or study abroad built-in.
  • 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 both 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 University provides a wide range of distance learning options.
  • In line with its emphasis on employability, Ulster has introduced the EDGE Award which provides official recognition and evidence of activities undertaken by students outside their course of study.  

Teaching Standards

  • The University of Ulster is ranked number one in the UK benchmark index for Good Teachers (International Student barometer, 2014).
  • We were the number one university for student experience in NI (The Student Experience Survey, 2012).
  • We are committed to implementing the new Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) for all undergraduate students in accordance with national developments.
  • The quality of our teaching and the learning experience for students has been given the highest level of confidence by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • We are proud to be one of the UK participating universities in the Science without Borders programme.
  • Skills+ is a unique resource for students providing access to a wide range of online tools and materials that will help them throughout their time at Ulster.
  • 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.
  • Ulster has a Student Charter which explains what students can expect from the University in terms of the academic and other services available. The Charter also explains what the University expects of students.

Research Standards

  • In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, three subjects were assessed as being in the top three in the UK, namely: Nursing; Biomedical Sciences; and Celtic Studies.
  • 86% of research activity was rated as being of international quality, with almost 20% of this classified as world-leading.
  • 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 15 specialised Research Institutes and over twenty research centres.
  • The University spends £1m per week on research.
  • The university currently conducts collaborative research with institutions on four continents.

Academic Strengths

  • 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

  • Ulster students have access to high-class learning facilities with excellent library and 24/7 computing facilities on all four of our campuses at Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry~Londonderry.
  • We spend over £3m per year on books and periodicals and are in the top 30 universities for faculties spend per student.
  • There is free email and internet access to all students.  All student accommodation has built-in broadband connection and most has wi-fi.
  • University managed student accommodation is reasonably priced, comfortable and modern.  We offer almost 2,400 rooms across, and in the vicinity of our four campuses. You can browse through the range of accommodation, or take a virtual tour on our accommodation website http://www.accommodation.ulster.ac.uk/.
  • The Career Development Centre provides services to Ulster graduates up to three years after leaving.
  •  iLink provides Ulster students with a marketplace for on-campus employment opportunities.
  • Ulster is a socially responsible university – we are ranked joint 23rd in the People and Planet Green League 2012.

Disability Services

Visit our website for information about disability services at the University of Ulster or contact us on:

  • Belfast Campus 028 9536 3700
  • Coleraine campus 028 7012 4105
  • Jordanstown campus 028 9036 8854
  • Magee campus 028 7167 5208

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union (UUSU) provides a broad range of support services, including financial and welfare advice, entertainment, societies, clubs and events.  It operates a number of shops, bars and catering facilities offering excellent value for money as well as somewhere for students to meet or just chill out and relax.
  • There are seven elected student officers supported by 860 Class Reps representing the views of Ulster students within the University.
  • UUSU Enterprise provides a range of activities for students to demonstrate their business acumen and increase their employability skills.
  • Over 100 organisations are registered with UUSU Volunteering hub providing volunteering opportunities for students.
  • The annual UUSU Recognition Awards celebrate outstanding student achievement in areas such as volunteering, fundraising and service to societies.
  • The UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards recognise outstanding contributions by University staff as nominated by the student body.
  • Ulster Sports Union provides funding and support for over 75 clubs and the annual Colours Awards recognise sporting excellence by students
  • UUSU achieved Investors in People status in 2012.
  • 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. 
  • The UUSU Voluntary Centre supports students who want to lend a helping hand in their local community.
  • Find out more about the University of Ulster, Students' Union online at www.uusu.org.

Sport

  • Ulster has world-class training and support facilities. A £20m High Performance Sports centre 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 the University in competitive sport.  The sports centres at the Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses provide a wide range of modern indoor (sports halls, fitness and health suites, squash courts, etc.) and outdoor (synthetic and grass pitches, tennis courts etc.) facilities supporting a wide range of Sports Union club sports. See http://www.ulster.ac.uk/sportscentre/
  • Sports Scholarships and a Talented Athlete Scheme help balance the academic and sporting needs of high performing athletes.
  • With £20m invested in sports provision at Jordanstown a few years ago – including an indoor synthetic pitch 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 m 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-m 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. The first phase of that development is now under construction, and is scheduled for completion in 2018.
  • Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett, said: "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 excluding the communities around them. We are breaking from that tradition with a bold design that sends out a very strong message 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. Visit http://www.ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfastdevelopment and take a look at the stunning architects’ impression and images of the new development.
  • The Jordanstown campus will 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 Jordanstown campus focus on the creation of 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.
  • A further expansion in student numbers at the University will be concentrated at the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry, where the University signed an option agreement in 2011 which will see Ulster almost double its physical footprint in the city. The University has committed to allocate to the Magee campus all additional full-time undergraduate places awarded by the Northern Ireland government to the University, and a new £11m teaching block is also to be constructed on the campus to supplement the existing facilities.
  • This will see growth in computer science, engineering, creative technologies – with a new course in renewable energy engineering introduced in 2013 at the Centre for Renewable Energy Engineering at Magee.
  • Ulster has also consolidated pre-registration nursing programmes at the Magee campus, and has opened a £12-m Centre for Stratified Medicine near the campus at Altnagelvin Hospital.    The first ever undergraduate degree course in Stratified Medicine in the UK and Ireland will commence in September 2014. See www.ulster.ac.uk/northwestdevelopment for more information on our plans for Magee.
  • At our Coleraine campus development projects valued at over £15m and providing new Students’ Union, Catering facilities, Teaching Block and Arts and Education Block will be completed over the period 2014 to 2016.
  • The Coleraine campus is home to the £11m Centre for Molecular Biosciences. In 2012, two new Schools were launched at Coleraine – 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 activity.
  • The University was honoured to be chosen as the location for a prestigious institute aimed at fostering closer ties between China and Northern Ireland. 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 worldwide 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.

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.

Notable Alumni

Ulster has a large body of famed alumni, including:

  • MP's: Kate Hoey, Gregory Campbell, Conor Murphy, Michelle Gildernew, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Mark Durkan
  • Turner Prize Winner: Susan Philipsz
  • Olympic Gold Medallist: Stephen (Sam) Martin
  • International Rugby Union Footballer: Tommy Bowe
  • Comedian: Omid Djalili,
  • Composer: Brian Irvine
  • Musician: David Lyttle

For further information

Web
  • www.ulster.ac.uk
Email
  • online@ulster.ac.uk
Phone
  • 028 7012 3456
Address
  • University of Ulster
    Cromore Road
    Coleraine
    BT52 1SA
UCAS Code U20

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