Ulster University's cutting edge research is changing lives around the world

Professor Deirdre Heenan. Photos: Hugh Russell

ALTHOUGH its roots are firmly embedded in the local community due to the multi-campus structure, Ulster University has a truly international outlook, delivering global impact through teaching and research excellence.

Ranked as one of the world's top 150 young universities, its engaging, student-centred learning environment supports the intellectual and personal ambitions of each and every scholar and academic passing through its doors.

Extensive investment at the Belfast, Coleraine and Magee campuses is future-proofing the institution, enabling delivery of teaching and research in state-of the-art facilities which will drive knowledge and inspire future generations.

Tailored courses and cutting-edge research, which are relevant to virtually every industry sector, allow graduates to access the very latest knowledge - empowering them to thrive and inspire throughout their careers.

And, Ulster University research is changing lives around the world: from developing the latest treatments for cancer, diabetes or eye diseases, to pioneering advances in engineering, sport science and law, to helping businesses access knowledge and expertise to realise their economic potential, the university is contributing to global societies and shaping futures for the better.

Central to UU success is its commitment to international partnerships which stimulate knowledge transfer and facilitate high performing collaborations.

Partnerships with private and public sector organisations and other higher education institutions in Portugal, Italy, the US, China and beyond, place Northern Ireland firmly on the map and fully reflect the talent and unique capabilities that exist in this part of the world.

"Ulster University enables students to realise their own unique aspirations and is widely acknowledged for its achievements in widening participation in higher education," said Professor Deirdre Heenan, Pro-Vice Chancellor.

"We are committed to raising the ambitions and aspirations of those who might not otherwise consider a university education and, through our flexible distance learning facility, we ensure that students worldwide can access our teaching excellence.

"It's also important to collaborate with our students throughout their learning journey. Our extensive workplace connections maximise the opportunity to put learning theory into entirely relevant practice."

Each year, 2,000 Ulster University students undertake industrial or professional placements, a commitment which sets the university apart from the competition and helps students maximise career opportunities.

"Our ambitions for our students, graduates and alumni, and our support to help them succeed, is reflected in the core values of the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards," added Professor Heenan.

"Whether it is through education, employment, research or training, we all have a collective responsibility to recognise the assets and strengths of our people and to ensure that we nurture and inspire them so they realise their full potential in their chosen careers."

:: The 10th anniversary Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards takes place in Titanic Belfast on Thursday June 16. For entry pack and awards information visit


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