Ulster University at Coleraine

Ulster University at Coleraine
Irish: Ollscoil Uladh i gCúil Raithin

The Coleraine Campus in 2007

Top: Ulster University's coat of arms
Bottom: The Coleraine Campus in 2007
Former names
University of Ulster at Coleraine,
New University of Ulster at Coleraine
Motto No motto[1]
Type Public research university
Established 1968 - Coleraine Campus established; New University of Ulster established
1969 - Magee College merge
1982 - Ulster Polytechnic merge; University of Ulster established
2014 - Ulster University rebrand
Endowment £6.483 million (2014)[2]
Budget £185m
Chancellor James Nesbitt[3]
Provost Professor Deirdre Heenan
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon
Students 5,344 (2014/15)
Address Ulster University, Coleraine campus, Cromore Road, Co. Londonderry, BT52 1SA,, Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
Colours Logo:Navy blue & Bronze
Seal:Red & Gold
Formerly:Navy blue, Blue & Green
Affiliations Ulster University
Website www.ulster.ac.uk
Coleraine campus
Ulster University re-branded logo

Ulster University at Coleraine (Irish: Ollscoil Uladh i gCúil Raithin) is the Coleraine campus of Ulster University. 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 and was later known as the University of Ulster at Coleraine until October 2014 when it was rebranded with the rest of the university to be known as Ulster University at Coleraine. The Coleraine campus is situated on the banks of the River Bann in Coleraine, County Londonderry with views to the Causeway Coast and the hills of County Donegal to the West.


See also University of Ulster history

Originally, the concept of a new university was well received by many nationalists in Northern Ireland. This was due to a feeling of bias that unionist communities, or towns, received better facilities and investment. As a result, the initial desire of nationalists was to form a new university institution at the already well established Magee College in Derry, County Londonderry, a predominantly nationalist community. Some thought at the time that the reasoning for establishing the university in Coleraine over Derry was a desire to pull population towards the East of Northern Ireland as the university would strengthen the 'Belfast-Coleraine-Portadown' economic triangle, which happened to form the edge of the nationalist/unionist communities.

It was suggested that this was part of a unionist agenda by Terence O'Neill, the then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, to draw nationalist communities from the West into the East and to help break them up. There was no substantial evidence to back up this claim, however it was the idea that led to a number of protests and rallying in opposition. As violent protests continued, the result was that the Lockwood Report was accepted by vote, and O'Neill left the office of Prime Minister, allegedly after being forced to resign.[4]

The campus was founded as the New University of Ulster in 1968 as Northern Ireland's second university, its establishment being 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.[5] After the university opened it was decided that students at Magee College studying their degrees would not transfer to Coleraine as they had previously done after two years of study with Trinity College Dublin.

In order to meet demand, subjects like French and German were offered in a separate subject called West European Studies. A number of other similar arts subjects were intended to commence at Coleraine, such as East European Studies, Irish Studies, Asian Studies and American Studies. These subject areas typically included history, two or more languages, social sciences and geography. However, these subject areas were never fully developed and were offered only as short courses. However, individual subjects in Asian and American Literature and History were developed.[6]

In 1984, Coleraine retained the headquarters role in a merger with the Ulster Polytechnic at Jordanstown. [5]


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.


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 Deirdre Heenan.

The campus currently has over 5,050 students (undergraduate and postgraduate, and 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.

Portrush site

The Portrush site was closed in 2008, and the School of Hotel, Leisure and Tourism (formerly "Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College") was relocated to the Coleraine campus.

See also


  1. 01Chris02 (December 7, 2014). "Twitter Conversation clarifying Ulster University's motto". N/A. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  2. "Ulster University Finance Statement 2014" (PDF). Ulster University. p. 28/30. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  3. "James Nesbitt Lands New Role As University Of Ulster Chancellor" (Press release). University of Ulster Press Office. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  4. Mr Haugh. "The Coleraine University Controversy | Leaving Cert History". LeavingCertHistory. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. 1 2 History of Magee College at UU Library website. Retrieved on August 28, 2006.
  6. GWYNETH E. EDWAR. "WEST EUROPEAN STUDIES AT THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER, COLERAINE". Journal of Common Market Studies. p. 91. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
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