With over 24,000 students Ulster is one of Northern Ireland’s largest and most influential institutions. Independent research shows that they are seen as a modern, forward-looking, progressive and entrepreneurial university with the ability to get things done. They continuously review their courses in terms of what students and employers need and expect.
They offer the high quality of teaching, facilities and student support expected from a modern British university and their four campuses are set in some of Europe's most culturally rich and naturally beautiful environments. They have developed rigorous procedures to ensure the high standards and quality of their programmes and there is an ongoing continuous improvement. Obtaining student views on all aspects of course delivery it being an integral part of quality assurance It forms a valuable input to planning and developing new programmes and updating and enhancing existing ones.
The University is also subject to audit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) which is a national organisation established to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. It does this by working with higher education institutions to define academic standards and quality, and by carrying out reviews and audits against these standards.
The students are educated in an environment where knowledge is created, tested and shared with enthusiasm and commitment. This is shaped by their high quality of teaching and research. Ulster moved up 18 places to joint 45th out of 132 universities, placing Ulster in the top-third of UK universities. Ulster achieved three top-three positions in Biomedical Sciences; Celtic Studies; and Nursing.