Ulster University: Shaping Futures in Northern Ireland
Experience a welcoming, multicultural and inspiring society of international students and staff members at Ulster.
As the largest university in Northern Ireland, Ulster delivers excellent teaching and research that positively impact the community. It is a multi-campus public university that caters to more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries.
Four campuses, one university
Ulster has four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee. With international students across four campuses, Ulster is strategically located to allow the students to engage with local communities, expand knowledge from academic to socio-cultural contexts, and contribute to the communal development of Northern Ireland.
The £250 million Belfast campus is situated within the artistic and cultural center of the city: Cathedral Quarter. As one of the largest higher education providers in Europe, this campus provides a progressive learning and research environment through a modern approach and innovative technology. This campus is known for hosting numerous fashion shows and art exhibitions.
The largest of Ulster’s campuses, Jordanstown, is surrounded by greenery. This is the home of the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI), making it an ideal training location for top athletes. With its impressive facilities, this campus offers courses in computing, environment, business, engineering, social sciences, and communication.
Students can enjoy a relaxed outdoorsy atmosphere at the Coleraine campus. It offers excellent teaching spaces, a learning resource center, computer suites, and many opportunities to socialize at the bars and restaurants near campus. The campus provides an interesting mix of courses in biomedical sciences, psychology, pharmacy, journalism, and tourism, among others.
The Magee campus is known for its a friendly village ambiance, which can be felt in every corner of the campus. It offers an intimate learning environment in its state-of-the-art buildings, purpose-built laboratories, workshop, lecture theaters, and performance studies. Among the focus areas on campus are business, cinematic arts, drama, nursing, and law.
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Toward individual success: Academic and support services
Ulster is organized into four faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment; Life and Health Sciences; and Business School. Each faculty offers courses that meet the needs of a modern society and allow students to establish an extensive portfolio necessary for gaining competitive edge on the job market.
The university acknowledges the digitized nature of today’s world. This is the reason why it has extensive services and resources on campus that fulfill students’ digital experience. Information Services is responsible for over 20 IT labs and more than 1700 student computers throughout the university. There are library services to help students on each campus and e-resources available around the clock. All campuses have wireless connections everywhere, which allows easy access to the Student Portal and Blackboard Learn (BB Learn), the university’s virtual learning environment. Students can also benefit from 1TB of free online cloud storage via Microsoft 365.
Aside from academic support, Ulster also values the physical and mental health of its students. At Ulster, there’s a variety of student support programs available to help students and provide them with knowledge of particular issues. Through Mind Your Mood, anyone can get involved in the student-led mental health campaign, while the learning and resilience program shares information on stress awareness and creative stress management techniques.
Focused on future-shaping, Ulster also offers an extensive range of support services to help students prepare for their careers. Award-winning Career Development Centers are located on each campus and provide career planning and advice on developing employability skills. Over 2,000 work placements, every year prepares students for successful careers across the UK and around the world after graduation.
A new home on campus
At every campus, comfortable, convenient, and desirable accommodations are available for students. To help students adapt to the residence life on campus, a dedicated “ResLife” team welcomes the students upon arrival. The “ResLife” Social Events program includes activities like trivia and game nights, sports tournaments, bake sales, and food events. Students can live in ensuite rooms that include all utilities, Wi-Fi, an in-house gym, and communal social spaces and have access to all ResLife events.
Sports and other physical activities are an important part of life at Ulster. Many students play for "Team Ulster" in social, friendly, and competitive sports every day. Even the community is welcome to use the university’s facilities and join in several age-specific programs and activities throughout the year at each campus. All campuses are well-equipped with world-class sports facilities that take standards of performance to new levels for both student-athletes and members of the local community.
Students can also enrich their university experience by getting involved in some of the more than 75 sports clubs and student organizations on campus. The Ulster University Students' Union (UUSU) encourages everyone to be a member of a student society and expand their social network. By joining a society, you can meet new people, develop your leadership skills, and release your stress in a creative and refreshing manner.
Sustainability at Ulster
One of Ulster’s social initiatives involves sustainability. Everyone who is part of the school community contributes to the university’s environmentally friendly day-to-day activities. In 2019, Ulster received an Environmental Leadership Award for being active and responsible when it comes to taking care of Mother Nature.
The carbon management plan of the university commits to a target of a 29% reduction in carbon emissions by 2021. The plan includes a strategic approach to carbon emission reduction through improved energy and water efficiency, greener procurement, and more sustainable waste management. Students and staff are encouraged to be “carbon conscious” as part of Ulster’s environmental awareness and communications campaign. The university grounds are maintained to promote biodiversity and minimize environmental impact. In fact, the Coleraine campus houses the Millennium Arboretum, a garden area that comprises over 100 tree varieties.
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