- Published: Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:24
- Written by Anamika Bhatt
Ulster University has a national and international reputation of excellence, innovation and regional engagement.
Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research, innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.
The University is a major contributor to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.
For every £1m of Ulster University output, a further impact of £1.29m is generated UK-wide – £0.85m of which is in Northern Ireland. Adding together the university's annual output of £192m, the knock-on effects of this in other UK industries, and the output of its students' off-campus spending, Ulster University had a combined impact of £810m in 2012–13.
As well as providing 2,573 jobs in 2012/13, Ulster University and its students generated, respectively, another 2,467 and 3,645 jobs elsewhere in the UK economy (full-time equivalent) - making a total of 8,685 jobs.
Our research benefits society by addressing global challenges and informing policy. Our latest innovative programme, involving multi-sector partnerships, has the potential of revolutionising the diagnosis of abnormal heart rhythms and cardiovascular disease globally. We secured £256,000 to develop pioneering wristband sensor technology that can identify symptoms of irregular heart rhythms at a much earlier stage. Such early detection could dramatically reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure and dementia by providing medical intervention as early as possible to increase the effectiveness of patient treatment and survival.
Our global reputation for teaching, learning and research excellence has had a far-reaching impact. This year saw Ulster University recognised as one of the top young universities in the world, included for the first time in the prestigious Times Higher Education 100 Under 50. These rankings recognise those dynamic young universities making a global impact in areas of teaching, research and knowledge transfer.
The Guardian University League Table ranked Ulster University as the top university in the UK to study pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences – for the second year running. Assessed on factors including staff/student ratios, student satisfaction and teaching quality, we were also featured as one of the top ten universities in the UK to study courses in civil engineering, biosciences and film production and photography.
We have also achieved our best rating to date in the 11th annual National Student Survey, ranking at 35 out of 160 UK universities. The census of nearly half a million students across the UK saw Ulster University achieve an overall satisfaction rating of 89 per cent. For the fourth year in a row, the University has achieved an overall satisfaction rating greater than the sector average.