Ulster University (UU) is a multi-campus, co-educational university located in Northern Ireland. It is one of the largest universities in the UK and Ireland. UU comprises of four physical campuses located in Coleraine, Jordanstown, Derry and Belfast. A fifth distance learning campus (Campus One) delivers fully online programmes which are mainly at the postgraduate level. It has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement, making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. The core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation, and technology and knowledge transfer. As Northern Ireland’s civic university, UU is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Renowned for its world class teaching, UU aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy. The outcomes of Ulster’s research have global significance with local relevance, and contribute to social, economic, and cultural betterment of our region. Although the university can trace its roots back to the Victorian era, its sights are firmly set on the future. Students are at the centre of Ulster’s activities, and each of the four campuses provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which engage students and give them the skills to carve out their careers. Ulster has over 27,000 students and 2349 staff and is in the top 3% of universities in the world.
The School of Education, located in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science offers course provision in initial teacher education (PGCE), continuing in-service vocational teacher training (Certificate in Teaching and Postgraduate Certificate in Further Education), educational leadership (MEd), TESOL and Library and Information Management. The School offers a strong undergraduate provision in education studies, focusing on special needs education, the integration of ICT into education and education law and policy. These courses are linked to professional bodies, including the General Teaching Council, British Council and Libraries NI. The School has approximately 600 full and part-time students, based across the Coleraine and Jordanstown campuses. The School of Education has a very strong focus on research, being ranked sixth in the UK in the area of research impact in Education in the 2014 National Research Excellence exercise (REF). The School hosts an internationally renowned UNESCO Centre, which has specialist expertise in education, conflict and international development. The UNESCO Chair for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy was established in 1999 and provides the leadership for research and development work related to children and youth with expertise in education, conflict and international development[/su_spoiler]