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New University of Ulster


New University of Ulster

The University of Ulster at Coleraine (UUC; Irish: Ollscoil Uladh i gCúil Raithin) is the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster. It houses the administrative headquarters of the university and is the most traditional in outlook, with a focus on science and the humanities. It was founded in 1968 as the New University of Ulster. The Coleraine campus is situated on the banks of the River Bann with views to the Causeway Coast and the hills of County Donegal.


The campus is situated on 300 acres (1.2 km2) of parklands with landscaped grounds that include tranquil garden areas and a well-developed arboretum. Within this most attractive landscape lie up-to-date, custom-built facilities for teaching, learning and research. These core activities are supported by extensive residential, catering, sporting and cultural facilities, including the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, the third-largest professionally built theatre in Northern Ireland. The current Provost is Professor R W Hutchinson.


UUC currently has over 5,050 students (undergraduate and part-time postgraduate, and part-time full-time and part-time) and around 1,300 employees, making it by far the largest economic and institutional entity in the north of the province.


The campus was founded as the New University of Ulster in 1968. It was Northern Ireland's second university, inspired by the 1965 Lockwood Report. In 1969, Magee College was incorporated into the university, making Coleraine the primary campus of a multi-centre university. [1] In 1984, Coleraine again retained the headquarters role in a merger with the Ulster Polytechnic at Jordanstown. [1]

See also University of Ulster history


The campus is located just north of the market town of Coleraine in County Londonderry and near to the coastal resorts of Portstewart and Portrush. Together these three towns make up an area known as the 'Triangle'. The campus is also a short drive from the spectacular Causeway Coast; one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in Europe. The Causeway Coast is an area of outstanding beauty, which boasts the Giant's Causeway (UNESCO World Heritage site), the oldest whiskey distillery in the world (Old Bushmills Distillery), blue flag beaches and championship golf courses. There are also ample opportunities for hiking, fishing and boating. The towns of Portstewart and Portrush are where most students reside and where the nightlife and entertainment is centred. These lively towns have plenty of pubs and clubs attracting tourists and students alike.

Portrush site

The Portrush site was closed in 2008, and the School of Hotel, Leisure and Tourism was relocated to the Coleraine campus.

See also


External links

  • Coleraine Campus Website
  • Portrush Site Website
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