Ulster University is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. They make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Their core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. Some major achievements and strengths follow:
- They have a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland and employ over 3000 staff with an annual turnover of more than £200 million.
- Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted by their Office of Innovation through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry.
- They are a major contributor to the Research and Development capacity within Northern Ireland and they support local business and industry. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the strength and quality of their research and the advances that they are continually making.
- They make a leading contribution to lifelong learning (via eLearning), widening access to education for all – enhancing the region’s knowledge base.
- Partnerships have been forged with other educational providers locally, nationally and internationally and they have a network of strategic partnerships throughout the world.
In particular Ulster University has a strong track record in research, consultancy and training in areas of health OR, business thinking for health, mathematical modelling, design, and engineering, involving staff from the Faculty of Computing and Engineering, in collaboration with the Ulster Business School, and Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. Along with Brunel and other Universities, Ulster University have been partners in a number of relevant prestigious grants, including the MATCH and RIGHT projects, in collaboration with Brunel and other Universities. Recent successes include the establishment of an industry-led Centre of Excellence in Connected Health Innovation, for enhanced partnerships with industry and research users to deliver impact and stimulate regional economic development and the establishment of the Connected Health Innovation Centre, delivering connected health research at a scale that is industrially and clinically relevant.