University of Ulster
The University of Ulster (formerly shortened to UU; , Ulster Scots: Universitie o Ulstèr or Varsitie o Ulster) is a multi-campus, co-educational university
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 located in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...

. It is the largest single university in Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

, discounting the federal National University of Ireland
National University of Ireland
The National University of Ireland , , is a federal university system of constituent universities, previously called constituent colleges, and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act, 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997.The constituent universities are...

. UU was established in 1968 as the New University of Ulster and can trace its roots back to 1845 when Magee College was established in Derry and 1849, when the School of Art and Design was inaugurated in Belfast. The university incorporated its four campuses in 1984 under the UU banner; these are located in Belfast
Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. By population, it is the 14th biggest city in the United Kingdom and second biggest on the island of Ireland . It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly...

, Coleraine
Coleraine is a large town near the mouth of the River Bann in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is northwest of Belfast and east of Derry, both of which are linked by major roads and railway connections...

 (site of the administrative headquarters), Magee College
Magee College
Magee College is a campus of the University of Ulster located in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened in 1865 as a Presbyterian Christian arts and theological college...

 in Derry
Derry or Londonderry is the second-biggest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-biggest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Doire or Doire Cholmcille meaning "oak-wood of Colmcille"...

, and Jordanstown
Jordanstown is the name of a townland and electoral ward in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the urban area called Newtownabbey and the wider Newtownabbey Borough....

. A fifth distance learning
Distance education
Distance education or distance learning is a field of education that focuses on teaching methods and technology with the aim of delivering teaching, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional educational setting such as a classroom...

 campus, Campus One, delivers online programmes; mainly at graduate level
Graduate school
A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree...


Ulster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries.- History :In 1912, the University of London took the initiative to assemble 53 representatives of universities in London to hold a Congress of Universities of the Empire...

, the European University Association
European University Association
The European University Association represents and supports more than 850 institutions of higher education in 46 countries, providing them with a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research policies...

, Universities Ireland
Universities Ireland
Universities Ireland is an organisation which promotes collaboration and co-operation between universities in Ireland, including those both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland...

 and Universities UK
Universities UK
Universities UK began life as the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century when there were informal meetings involving Vice-Chancellors of a number of universities and Principals of university colleges...

. High demand for places and a thriving development programme contributed to a record number of applications in 2004-05 to keep the University of Ulster in the top 10 of the UK's most popular universities. The University of Ulster was shortlisted for the Sunday Times University of the Year
Sunday Times University of the Year
The Sunday Times University of the Year is an annual award given to a British university or other higher education institution by The Sunday Times....

 award in 2001.

The university has one of the highest further study and/or employment rates in the UK, with 95% of graduates being in work or undertaking further study six months after they have completed their degree. In the field of biomedical sciences, UU obtained a 5* rating, as well as being ranked joint first in the UK, following the Research Assessment Exercise in 2001. In the 2008 RAE 86% of research activity at the university was rated as being of international quality, with 20% being classified as world-leading. Of particular note are the submissions within Biomedical Sciences, the University of Ulster Institute of Nursing Research
University of Ulster Institute of Nursing Research
The is based at the University of Ulster.In the RAE process in 2008, the Institute of Nursing Research was ranked among the premier league of UK universities while 40% of its research was classed as ‘world leading...

 and Celtic Studies which were all ranked within the top three UK universities


The New University of Ulster incorporates Magee College
Magee College
Magee College is a campus of the University of Ulster located in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened in 1865 as a Presbyterian Christian arts and theological college...

 founded in 1865 in Derry
Derry or Londonderry is the second-biggest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-biggest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Doire or Doire Cholmcille meaning "oak-wood of Colmcille"...

. Magee College was a college of the Royal University of Ireland
Royal University of Ireland
The Royal University of Ireland was founded in accordance with the University Education Act 1879 as an examining and degree-awarding university based on the model of the University of London. A Royal Charter was issued on April 27, 1880 and examinations were opened to candidates irrespective of...

 from 1880 and later became associated with the University of Dublin
University of Dublin
The University of Dublin , corporately designated the Chancellor, Doctors and Masters of the University of Dublin , located in Dublin, Ireland, was effectively founded when in 1592 Queen Elizabeth I issued a charter for Trinity College, Dublin, as "the mother of a university" – this date making it...

 (better known as Trinity College) when the Royal University was dissolved in 1908 and replaced by the National University of Ireland
National University of Ireland
The National University of Ireland , , is a federal university system of constituent universities, previously called constituent colleges, and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act, 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997.The constituent universities are...

. In 1953 Magee College broke its links with Dublin and became Magee University College. It was hoped that this university college
University college
The term "university college" is used in a number of countries to denote college institutions that provide tertiary education but do not have full or independent university status. A university college is often part of a larger university...

 would become Northern Ireland's second university after The Queen's University of Belfast
Queen's University of Belfast
Queen's University Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university's official title, per its charter, is the Queen's University of Belfast. It is often referred to simply as Queen's, or by the abbreviation QUB...

. However, this did not happen and instead it was subsumed into the New University, primarily as a result of the unwillingness of the Unionist
Unionism in Ireland
Unionism in Ireland is an ideology that favours the continuation of some form of political union between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain...

 government at Stormont to have the second university sited in overwhelmingly nationalist Derry, in which "The Troubles"
The Troubles in Derry
The city of Derry, Northern Ireland, was severely affected by the Troubles. The conflict is widely considered to have begun in the city, with many regarding the Battle of the Bogside as the beginning of the Troubles. The 'Bloody Sunday' incident of 1972 also occurred in Derry...

 were just beginning to break out. The decision caused an outcry at the time . The university was built at Coleraine as part of the UK government's expansion of higher education in the 1960s. Coleraine today is the university's headquarters and main campus. The University incorporated the campus site of the former Ulster Polytechnic in 1984. This was the first, and as of 2010, only merger in UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 higher education
Higher education
Higher, post-secondary, tertiary, or third level education refers to the stage of learning that occurs at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology...

 whereby what is now called a plate glass university
Plate glass university
The term plate glass university has come into use by some to refer to one of the several universities founded in the United Kingdom in the 1960s in the era of the Robbins Report on higher education. In some cases these were older schools with new Royal Charters, now making them universities...

 merged with what would now be a post-1992 university.


The University's course provision is the largest in Northern Ireland, covering arts, business, engineering, information technology, life and health sciences, management, and social sciences. Courses have a strong vocational element and the majority include a period of industrial or professional placement.

The University of Ulster has a strong reputation for innovation. In order to create new pathways into higher education the University of Ulster initiated its Online Distance Learning (ODL) project called Campus One. The Campus One programme provides an alternative mode of study, with a range of courses available online to students all over the world. Campus One courses range from full postgraduate programmes, professional development and continuing development courses; through to short business-focused courses all offered over the Internet.

The University contributes a higher than national average to local research and development activity and has a strategic research focus.

The University of Ulster is particularly strong in the field of biomedical sciences, and a Centre for Molecular Biosciences (located at Coleraine) is one of the major projects developed by the University. The Biomedical Sciences department obtained 5* ratings as well as being joint first in the UK, following the UK – wide Research Assessment Exercise
Research Assessment Exercise
The Research Assessment Exercise is an exercise undertaken approximately every 5 years on behalf of the four UK higher education funding councils to evaluate the quality of research undertaken by British higher education institutions...

 (RAE) in 2001. It was the only UK university to retain a 5* rating for biomedical sciences in the 2001 RAE - part of a performance that saw significant improvement and consolidation of the 1996 results. A 5* research rating was also awarded in the field of Celtic studies. The University performed strongly in the 2008 RAE. Full details of Ulster's RAE results are available at

The University is a leading partner in the Northern Ireland Science Park development, with Science Park sites at the Coleraine
Coleraine is a large town near the mouth of the River Bann in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is northwest of Belfast and east of Derry, both of which are linked by major roads and railway connections...

 and Magee campuses, and in Belfast. There are also Innovation Centres at Coleraine and Magee which provide incubation support to developing spin-out and spin-in companies.


The faculties of the University (and the dean of each faculty listed after), are:
  • Faculty of Arts, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh
  • Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment, Professor Ian Montgomery
  • Faculty of Computing and Engineering, Professor Richard Millar
  • Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Professor Hugh McKenna
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Ann Moran
  • Ulster Business School, Professor Marie McHugh


The University of Ulster currently maintains 5 sites across Northern Ireland, as well as one "Online" site. In February 2009 the university announced the movement of many courses from the Jordanstown campus to the main Belfast campus and a consolidation of student numbers at Coleraine and the reuse of university grounds for a business park.


The Coleraine campus (UUC) is the administration headquarters of the University and is the most traditional in outlook, with a focus on science and the humanities. The traditional focus is primarily as a result of it always being a university campus as opposed to the more vocational type courses offered at the polytechnic at Jordanstown. The Coleraine campus includes the only optometry school in Northern Ireland and is indeed one of only two on the island of Ireland. 2009 will see the University launch a new Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) course at Coleraine. The campus includes the Riverside Theatre, the third-largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland. The Coleraine campus is situated on the banks of the River Bann with views to the North Coast and County Donegal hills.

Portrush Site

The Portrush site was part of the Coleraine Campus and home to the School of Hotel, Leisure and Tourism. Portrush
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest....

 is a town east of Coleraine on the North Coast of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...


The Portrush Campus closed in 2008 and courses were relocated to the Coleraine and the newly developed Belfast campuses.


The Jordanstown campus (UUJ) is located in Jordanstown
Jordanstown is the name of a townland and electoral ward in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the urban area called Newtownabbey and the wider Newtownabbey Borough....

, 7 miles outside Belfast and concentrates on engineering, health and social science, and is the home of the highly successful Ulster Business School. The 114 acre (0.46134204 km²) Jordanstown campus is set in a leafy suburb approximately seven miles (11 km) from Belfast city centre and situated at the foot of the Antrim Hills overlooking Belfast Lough. UUJ is home to the Sports Institute for Northern Ireland and has a range of Sports facilities including a new high performance centre. The Buildings are mostly situated around a central Mall with on-site stores and services. A number of high-demand undergraduate courses at UUJ have extremely high entry requirements such as Physiotherapy, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Physiology, Communication Advertising and Marketing (CAM), Law, Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Studies.


The Magee campus (UUM) in Londonderry is a mixture of historic and new buildings in a Victorian residential area of the city.
It was named after Martha Magee and opened in 1865 as a Presbyterian Christian arts and theological college
A seminary, theological college, or divinity school is an institution of secondary or post-secondary education for educating students in theology, generally to prepare them for ordination as clergy or for other ministry...

Today, it has no religious affiliation and provides a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in disciplines ranging from computer science
Computer science
Computer science or computing science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems...

, computer games
Computer Games
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 and robotics
Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, structural disposition, manufacture and application of robots...

 to psychology
Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. Its immediate goal is to understand individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases. For many, the ultimate goal of psychology is to benefit society...

 and nursing
Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from conception to death....

, as well as research excellence with the Intelligent Systems Research Centre located there. The campus is within walking distance to the shopping and entertainment districts and is serviced by transport links. Since 1984, development of the university has focused on the expansion of the Magee campus.


The Belfast campus (UUB) is the University’s home of the School of Art and Design, and completed major redevelopment in 2008. The Building is situated in the Cathedral Quarter of the City. This is becoming a fashionable area of the city which has been developing rapidly in recent years. There are many social and cultural activities in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Southern Belfast, where most student accommodations are found, has many restaurants, pubs, theatres and shops. Students at the Belfast campus can use the fine recreation facilities at the larger Jordanstown campus. Transportation between the two sites is quick and frequent. Total enrolment: 1,100 students.

Ballyronan, Ballymaguigan

The University of Ulster formerly had a base named, 'The University of Ulster Freshwater Laboratory' in a small townland called Ballymaguigan
Ballymaguigan is a hamlet and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is near the northwest shore of Lough Neagh and close to Magherafelt. The hamlet forms one part of a parish named Ardtrea North. Ballymaguigan is part of the local Magherafelt District Council.-Lough Neagh:Lough...

 in the village of Ballyronan
Ballyronan is a village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on the shores of Lough Neagh. The village is from Magherafelt and from Cookstown, and is within the Cookstown District close to its border with Magherafelt District.-History:...

, outside the town of Magherafelt
Magherafelt is a small town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 8,372 people recorded in the 2001 Census. It is the biggest town in the south of County Londonderry and is the social, economic and political hub of the area...

 in County Londonderry
County Londonderry
The place name Derry is an anglicisation of the old Irish Daire meaning oak-grove or oak-wood. As with the city, its name is subject to the Derry/Londonderry name dispute, with the form Derry preferred by nationalists and Londonderry preferred by unionists...


The Freshwater Laboratory, although not a campus was a base of the University and consisted of on-campus accommodation, classrooms and testing labs. Courses offererd were all based on studying agriculture, wildlife in Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh, sometimes Loch Neagh, is a large freshwater lake in Northern Ireland. Its name comes .-Geography:With an area of , it is the largest lake in the British Isles and ranks among the forty largest lakes of Europe. Located twenty miles to the west of Belfast, it is approximately twenty...

, water testing and other aquactic courses.

The base closed around ten years ago, and still remains standing, the buildings and on-site accommodation is in a run down state and was recently bought by Magherafelt District Council
Magherafelt District Council
Magherafelt District Council is a district council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Council headquarters are in Magherafelt. The Council area stretches from Lough Neagh and the River Bann in the east and into the Sperrin Mountains in the west and is divided by the Moyola River. It covers...


The remaining site is located on the edge of Lough Neagh, down the Point Road in Ballymaguigan. The area today has become popular with the locals for camping, fishing and boating.

Campus One

Campus One, the Virtual Campus of the University of Ulster, was launched on 8 October 2001.
It represents a revolutionary new route to learning via the World Wide Web and was selected by the European Commission to deliver World's First Higher Educational Programme in Hydrogen Safety Engineering. Campus One, a 'University at Your Fingertips', provides an online portal through which all of the University of Ulster's e-learning courses are made available on a global scale. The virtual campus incorporates existing e-learning courses with new post and undergraduate programmes, all of which can be accessed and completed via Campus One from anywhere in the world. Campus One is the first e-learning network of its kind in the UK and Ireland, and has been developed in association with academic partners in the USA and Hong Kong, ensuring its e-learning programmes to have global reach and relevance.


  • Sir Derek Birley
    Derek Birley
    Sir Derek Birley was an English educator and writer who had a strong interest in sport, especially cricket.He was educated at grammar school in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, and at Queens' College, Cambridge University....

  • Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton
    Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton
    Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton Kt is a British politician who is currently the Liberal Democrat spokesman in the House of Lords on Northern Ireland and constitutional affairs...

  • Gerald McKenna (1999–2005)
  • Richard Barnett (2005–present)

Noted academics and alumni

Ulster has a large body of famed alumni, including MP's
Parliament of the United Kingdom
The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom, British Crown dependencies and British overseas territories, located in London...

 Kate Hoey
Kate Hoey
Catharine Letitia Hoey is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Vauxhall since 1989. She served in the Blair Government as Minister for Sport from 1999 to 2001.-Background:...

, Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell may refer to:*Gregory Campbell , Northern Ireland*Gregory Campbell , Canadian*Greg Campbell , Australian cricketer*Greg Campbell , American non-fiction author...

, Michelle Gildernew
Michelle Gildernew
Michelle Gildernew is an Irish republican Sinn Féin politician and former Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Northern Ireland Executive...

 and former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Mark Durkan
Mark Durkan
Mark Durkan is an Irish nationalist politician in Northern Ireland who was leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 2001 to 2010.-Early life:...

, MLA's
Northern Ireland Assembly
The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature of Northern Ireland. It has power to legislate in a wide range of areas that are not explicitly reserved to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and to appoint the Northern Ireland Executive...

 Alban Maginness
Alban Maginness
Alban Maginness is a Nationalist politician in Northern Ireland.Maginness was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. He completed his secondary education at St. Malachy's College, Belfast. He then attended the New University of Ulster and subsequently Queen's University of Belfast where...

, Basil McCrea
Basil McCrea
Basil McCrea MLA is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland. He was elected in 2007 to the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Ulster Unionist Party member for Lagan Valley. He unsuccessfully contested the 2005 UK General Election in Lagan Valley for the UUP...

 and Sean Neeson
Séan Neeson
Seán Neeson is a politician in Northern Ireland who served as leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland between 1998 and 2001.- Education and early life :...

, writers and authors including Anne Devlin
Anne Devlin (writer)
Anne Devlin is a short story writer, playwright and screenwriter born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was a teacher from 1974 - 1978 and started writing fiction in 1976 in Germany...

, Colin Duriez
Colin Duriez
Colin Duriez is a writer on fantasy and related matters.He was born in Derbyshire and spent his early life in Long Eaton, Nottingham, in a couple of new council estates near Portsmouth and six years in a mining village in South Wales, before moving to the West Midlands...

 and Aodán Mac Póilin
Aodán Mac Póilin
Aodán Mac Póilin is an Irish language activist in Northern Ireland.He was born in Belfast and lives in the Shaw's Road Irish-speaking community. He graduated from the New University of Ulster with a degree and M.Phil. in Irish studies...

, poets including Gerald Dawe
Gerald Dawe
Gerald Dawe is a Northern Irish writer and poet.-Early life:Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up with his mother, sister and grandmother. He attended Orangefield Boys School across the city in East Belfast, a leading progressive liberal state school...

 and Brendan Hamill
Brendan Hamill
For the Australian association footballer see: Brendan Hamill Brendan Hamill is a poet and writer....

, and artists including Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and writer from Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2001.-Life and work:...

, Victor Sloan
Victor Sloan
Victor Sloan MBE is an Irish photographer and artist.Victor Sloan studied at the Royal School, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone and Belfast and Leeds Colleges of Art, England. He lives and works in Portadown, County Armagh in Northern Ireland...

, Andre Stitt
Andre Stitt
Andre Stitt , is a performance artist. Stitt's family moved from Belfast in the early 1960s and spent his early life in Seymour Hill, Dunmurry, near Lisburn, where he attended Dunmurry High School before going to Art College...

, John Luke
John Luke (artist)
John Luke was an Irish artist. He was born in Belfast at 4 Lewis Street. The fifth of seven sons and one daughter of James Luke and his wife Sarah, originally from Ahoghill. He attended the Hillman Street National School and in 1920 went to work at the York Street Flax Spinning Company...

 and John Kindness
John Kindness
John Kindness is an Irish multi-media artist whose work often contrasts material, image and reference in an unusual and humorous way. He attended the Belfast College of Art and now lives and works in Dublin....

. Other alumni include composer Brian Irvine, comedian Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian, actor, television producer and writer.-Personal life:Djalili was born in Chelsea, London to Iranian Bahá'í parents and is a Bahá'í himself...

, former hostage and writer Brian Keenan, Historian Simon Kitson
Simon Kitson
Simon Kitson is a British historian.Kitson did his undergraduate studies at the University of Ulster and his post-graduate studies at the University of Sussex, under the supervision of Professor Roderick Kedward...

, filmmaker Brian Philip Davis
Brian Philip Davis
Brian Philip Davis is a filmmaker from Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster.He has directed a number of short films including Inside, The Poet and the Bear and Happy as Larry as well as music videos for Oppenheimer, The Winding Stair and Two Door Cinema Club...

, visual artist Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty
Willie Doherty is an artist, who has mainly worked in photography and video. He has twice been a Turner Prize nominee.-Life and work:...

, photographer Mary Fitzpatrick
Mary Fitzpatrick (photographer)
Mary Fitzpatrick is a photographer. Born in England Fitzpatrick is known for her images of spaces abandoned after conflict. In 2004 she exhibited images of post Gulf War Kuwait - 'Failaka' as part of the 'Streets of Desire' Exhibition curated by Jump Ship Rat at the Blade Factory, Greenland...

, film producer Michael Riley (film producer)
Michael Riley (film producer)
Michael Riley is an English film producer. He is CEO of London based production company Sterling Pictures.-Biography:Born in Nottingham, Michael Riley grew up in Edwalton...

, Irish Rugby player Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson is an English former road bicycle racer of the 1950s and early 1960s.He was the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and the first to win a Tour stage....

, radio and television personality Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson MBE is a British publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called "Supermarionation"....

 and Distinguished academic of nursing Alison Kitson
Alison Kitson
Professor Alison Kitson RN, BSc, PhD, FRCN is a UK nurse and is currently Professor of Nursing and Head of the Discipline of Nursing at The University of Adelaide, Australia....

Notable academics who have worked at Ulster include Antony Alcock
Antony Alcock
Antony Evelyn Alcock was a historian and Ulster Unionist politician.Born in Valletta, Malta, he grew up in Devon and Hampshire while at Harrow School from 1950 to 1954. Following his education he was Commissioned during National Service into the Seaforth Highlanders...

, political scientist Monica McWilliams
Monica McWilliams
Monica McWilliams is a Northern Ireland academic and former politician. From 2005 to 2011 she served as the second Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission....

, psychologist Richard Lynn
Richard Lynn
Richard Lynn is a British Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster who is known for his views on racial and ethnic differences. Lynn argues that there are hereditary differences in intelligence based on race and sex....

, poets Andrew Waterman
Andrew Waterman
Andrew Waterman is a poet. Born in London in 1940, Waterman grew up in Woodside and Croydon, and at the age of eleven won a scholarship to the Trinity School of John Whitgift...

 and James Simmons, Law professor Denis Moloney
Denis Moloney
Denis Moloney, OBE LLD is a Solicitor and Notary Public from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Council of State in the Republic of Ireland.Moloney is a senior partner in the Belfast law firm of Donnelly & Wall specialising in Criminal Law...

, Professor of Nursing Research Brendan McCormack and former Principal and theologian Edwin Ewart.
Honorary degrees have been received by many famed individuals including former President of the United States
President of the United States
The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....

 Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation...

, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the...

, poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Heaney has received the Nobel Prize in Literature , the Golden Wreath of Poetry , T. S. Eliot Prize and two Whitbread prizes...

, writer Seamus Deane
Seamus Deane
Seamus Deane is an Irish poet, novelist, and critic.Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Deane was born into a Catholic nationalist family. He attended St. Columb's College in Derry, Queen's University Belfast and Pembroke College, Cambridge University . At St...

, activist May Blood, actor Amanda Burton
Amanda Burton
Amanda Burton is an award-winning actress from Northern Ireland. Burton is best known for her high-profile television roles as Karen Fisher in Waterloo Road , Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness, Clare Blake in The Commander, Beth Glover in Peak Practice, and Heather Black in the...

, playwright Brian Friel
Brian Friel
Brian Friel is an Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. He is considered to be the greatest living English-language dramatist, hailed by the English-speaking world as an "Irish Chekhov" and "the universally accented voice of Ireland"...

, writer Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín is a multi-award-winning Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet.Tóibín is Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University in New Jersey and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the...

, playwright Frank McGuinness
Frank McGuinness
Professor Frank McGuinness is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. As well as his own works, which include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, he is recognised for a "strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and...

, actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor. He has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. McGregor is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting , young Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy , and poet Christian in the...

, singer Van Morrison
Van Morrison
Van Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are regarded as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are widely...

, Nobel peace Prize Winner and former MP, MEP, MLA John Hume
John Hume
John Hume is a former Irish politician from Derry, Northern Ireland. He was a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, and was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, with David Trimble....

, Ulster and Ireland rugby union international David Humphreys, Gaelic footballer Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan is manager of Fermanagh and an Irish former Gaelic football player for Tyrone, and is one of the most decorated players in the game's history, winning two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, six GAA All Stars Awards , four provincial titles, and two National Leagues and...

, last Governor of Hong Kong and former MP Chris Patten
Chris Patten
Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC , is the last Governor of British Hong Kong, a former British Conservative politician, and the current chairman of the BBC Trust....

, Olympic gold medal winning and world record holding triple jumper Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards (athlete)
Jonathan David Edwards, CBE, is a former British triple jumper. He is a former Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World champion, and has held the world record in the event since 1995....

, singer Enya
Enya is an Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Enya is an approximate transliteration of how Eithne is pronounced in the Donegal dialect of the Irish language, her native tongue.She began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to...

, Nobel Laureate and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu
Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid...

, Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller Tommy Makem
Tommy Makem
Thomas "Tommy" Makem was an internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. He was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. He played the long-necked 5-string banjo, guitar, tin whistle, and bagpipes, and sang in a distinctive baritone...

 and Nobel Peace laureate and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi, AC is a Burmese opposition politician and the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. In the 1990 general election, her National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained...


See also

  • Education in Northern Ireland
    Education in Northern Ireland
    Education in Northern Ireland differs slightly from systems used elsewhere in the United Kingdom, though it is more similar to that used in England and Wales than it is to Scotland. A child's age on 1 July determines the point of entry into the relevant stage of education unlike England and Wales...

  • List of universities in Northern Ireland

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