Ulster University

Who are Ulster University?

As Northern Ireland’s Civic University, Ulster is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society. Renowned for its world-class teaching, Ulster aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy.

The outcomes of our research have global significance with local relevance and contribute to the social, economic and cultural advancement of our region.

Ulster University has around 24,000 students and 2,700 staff across its four campuses – Jordanstown, Magee, Belfast and Coleraine.

We are a University with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. Although the University can trace its roots back to the Victorian era, our sights are set firmly on the future. Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and each of our four campuses provide a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that will encourage our students and build the skills they need to carve out careers.

Ulster University is entering a new era as we embark on our ambitious plan for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034.

At Ulster University, we will continue to break new ground in teaching environments and invest heavily in research to tackle global issues – working with industry and local communities to ensure a pipeline of talent equipped for an emerging world.

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Ulster University involved in?

Ulster University has a number of undergraduate degrees, short courses, postgraduate degrees and PhD study and research opportunities in STEM subjects. We encourage those who have not traditionally studied or worked in a STEM field through, for example, our Professional Software Development course which offers a fast track route for those seeking a career change.

We have made significant inroads in promoting our STEM subjects to female applicants, and now enjoy high levels of female participation such as on our Biomedical Engineering course which has seen a 50-50 gender split in the last two intakes. We offer many opportunities for students to develop their skills and establish support networks both at UU and in the wider educational and business community. For instance, our student-led Bioscience Society (BioSoc) undertakes a number of outreach activities, both in local schools and through the NI Science Festival, while our School of Engineering has established a Women in Engineering Society.

Ulster University is highly committed to representation, progression and success for all and is delighted to have this commitment recognised through our Athena SWAN Award. Ten of our STEM Schools hold silver and bronze awards, further demonstrating this commitment.

Our research projects in STEM include pioneering new technologies to provide safe water to the global south and helping to meet the needs of future demands for electricity, by developing heat pumps, energy storage solutions and solar technologies.

Why did Ulster University join WISE?

“It is well recognised that diversity strengthens our teams, our boardrooms and societies. Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) celebrated reaching, for first time ever, 1 million women working in core STEM roles across the UK. At Ulster University we want to continue to contribute to growing the next million.”
– Professor Tara Moore, Professor of Personalised Medicine and Chief R&D Officer for Avellino Labs, USA

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