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Ulster University

City: Ulster, Northern Ireland
Established Year: 1968
Popular Courses: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Science, Engineering
International Fees range: £9,500-14,500

About Ulster University

Ulster University is located in the heart of Northern Ireland, with four diverse campuses throughout the province. It is referred to informally as Ulster, or sometimes by the abbreviation UU. It is the largest university located in Northern Ireland and also the second-largest university in Ireland, coming after federal National University of Ireland. Ulster University was established in the year 1968 as the New University of Ulster, it later merged with Ulster Polytechnic in the year 1984, thus incorporating the four Northern Irish campuses under the banner of University of Ulster. The unprecedented student experience sets Ulster University apart. Be it brilliant teaching inspired by top-notch research, to unparalleled resources and facilities within a wide-ranging and compassionate learning environment, the university’s ultimate goal is to guarantee that all its students accomplish their full potential. Each campus serves different educational goals, which means that students will normally spend their entire time at the University on a particular site according to the course chosen. The university currently enrolls more than 2,000 international students from approximately 50 countries. Due to the University’s reputation, after 6 months of graduation studies 90% of Ulster graduates either get into work or opt for further. At present, more than 4,000 students have successfully finished eLearning courses at the University.

The Ulster University places their core focus on employability, with many courses getting professionally accredited and also involves work placements. This also leads to certain unique facilities, like FireSERT which is a postgraduate teaching and PhD programme which strongly emphasizes on fire safety science and engineering. The University offers 112 full time courses, 70 sandwich/placement courses and one part time course. Ulster University was a pioneer in the introduction of an online degree level course in Biomedical Science. The university was then subsequently selected by European Commission to deliver the world’s first Higher Educational Programme for Hydrogen Safety Engineering.

There are 15 Research Institutes at Ulster University.

  • Arts & Humanities Research Institute
  • Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
  • Built Environment Research Institute
  • Business and Management Research
  • Institute Centre for Media Research Computer
  • Science Research Institute
  • Engineering Research Institute
  • Environmental Sciences Research Institute
  • Institute of Nursing and Health Research
  • Institute for Research in Social Sciences
  • Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
  • Psychology Research Institute
  • Research Institute for Art and Design
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Research Institute Transitional Justice Institute

Campus and facilities at Ulster University

Ulster University has four major campuses called Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee, and two small campuses in Birmingham and London. The Belfast campus is a significant part of the city’s vivacious Cathedral Quarter as well as the city’s robust cultural centre. The area is part of an active arts landscape and the campus plays host to a number of annual festivals along with the Ulster Festival of Art and Design. The Jordanstown campus, the largest of all,  is sited in the north of Belfast and is a key attraction for those who prefer to reside in the city and reach the campus in a private car or via the outstanding rail, taxi and bus network of the city. The third campus Coleraine is positioned next to the River Bann, and is the biggest and busiest town on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland and. The fourth campus called the Magee campus is located at just a quick walking distance by the side of the River Foyle,  away from the city walls and encompassed in a concoction of historical and modern buildings as well as traditional and modern facilities. The Ulster University has invested around £263 million across their four campuses to guarantee that their facilities offer the most excellent learning experience for the students. Each campus includes an assortment of contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities for the extensive range of different learning, teaching, innovation as well as research activities that the staff and students embark on. And lastly, the self-reliant campus community makes an affectionate and welcoming student experience. Facilities in the campuses include progressive learning, research, teaching, state of art laboratories and the best technology.

Services for International Students at Ulster University

Ulster University  has an excellent The International student’s support team. They are always on their feet to help and welcome enquiries from students who would like to apply to Ulster University. International students can also find support for English language from the CELT before and during the commencement of the studies across all campuses. The University has online pre-sessional programmes that are designed to support students preparing to study at the institution. The support team can deal with issues like visa restoration to help them adapt to the UK culture. The department of Student Affairs takes care of the health and welfare of the international students beyond the classroom.

Accommodation on Campus at Ulster University

Students from diverse countries are assured a room in the University accommodation on the Coleraine, Magee and Jordanstown campuses, with ample of private accommodation and easy inter-campus transport at the Belfast campus. Students can also discover off-campus accommodation. The University can help find privately rented accommodation either in a hall of residence or in University-approved housing. The vibrant campus, popular for art,  often hosts fashion shows and exciting art exhibitions making it a thrilling place to study and work. The university additionally offers modern, high-quality accommodation right in the city centre alongside the new campus.

Improvements and Expansion at Ulster University

The Ulster University has invested more than £263 million across their four campuses to guarantee that their facilities offer the most excellent learning experience for the students.  Ulster University has a brand new GBP 250 million campus in the Belfast city centre, which is one of the largest higher education builds ever in Europe. Facilities in this campus include progressive learning, research, teaching, state of art laboratories and the best technology.

Ulster University recently opened up a new GBP 11 million worth teaching block at its Magee campus. This development represents a huge investment by the university in order to build a world-class teaching space. The institution now has state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching spaces. The four storey facility spans 4,000 square metres and includes three lecture theatres, over 20 teaching rooms, beautifully built student hubs and a cafe.

Scholarship Programmes at Ulster University

Ulster University offers scholarships to talented international students, they have a range of scholarships for different categories. Additionally, they offer financial guidance, student loan advice and support services. To find out more about the grants, scholarships and bursaries available at Ulster University and your eligibility for the same, speak to one of the education consultants at Global Study Link.

Current Ranking Ulster University

  • Ulster University ranked 58th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • Ulster University ranked 59th in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Ranked 6th place in the Top European Post-Graduate Sports Business Courses
  • Subsequent to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 72% of Ulster’s work presented was classified as internationally excellent.
  • The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings claimed Ulster as an important modern University and ranked it in the top 100 globally.

Notable Alumni from Ulster University

Ulster University has a large body of notable alumni, these include writers and authors, well known poets and artists, as well as composers, musicians, filmmakers and sportsmen.

  • Brian Keenan, writer

Studied at Ulster University

Brian Keenan is a well known Northern Irish writer, his work includes the book titled An Evil Cradling.  In 1991 the book bagged the Irish Times Literature Prize for both Non-fiction as well as the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.

  • Brian Humphries, businessman and CEO

 Bachelors of Business Administration with Honors, from the University of Ulster in 1996.

Brian Humphries is a well established businessman who is now the CEO of the organisation ‘Cognizant’.  He served as President of Enterprise Solutions at Dell prior to that. Brian also worked for Vodafone, where he served as the CEO of Vodafone Business. Brian was also the Chief Financial Officer for HP Services

  • Omid Djalili, comedian, actor, tv producer

 Ulster University in ColeraineNorthern Ireland, studying English and theatre studies.

Omid Djalili is a British-Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. He is also a television producer and writer. Djalili has won many awards, these include EMMA Award, Time Out Award, the LWT Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian and the Spirit of the Fringe Award. He also won the One World Media Award for a Channel 4 documentary titled ‘Bloody Foreigners’.

  • William Scott, artist

William Scott was an English artist, popular for still-life as well as abstract painting. He is one of the most internationally celebrated of the 20th-century Ulster painters.

  • Colin Davidson, visual artist

1991 with a First Class Honours Degree in Design from Ulster University

Colin Davidson is a talented Irish visual artist, he lives and works near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Colin’s large-scale head paintings have recently been exhibited worldwide.

  • Ian Cumberland, artist

 Studied Fine Art at Ulster University

Ian Cumberland is a skilled Irish visual artist. His work focuses on portraits, and uses oils as the primary media. He studied fine art at the Ulster University. Ian has won several awards, the most prestigious was the Davy Portrait Award in the year 2010.

  • Willie Doherty, artist

Studied at Ulster University

Willie Doherty is an artist from Northern Ireland, he mainly worked in photography and videos. Two times he has been a Turner Prize nominee.

  • Phil Collins, artist

Master of Fine Arts from Ulster University

Phil Collins is a talented English artist, he is a Turner prize nominee. One of his best known works is called ‘They Shoot Horses’.

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