Graduations move to the University of Ulster's Magee campus today, where over 1000 students will be awarded doctorates, masters and bachelors degrees and diplomas.
Students will graduate in arts, design, and creative technologies; business and management; computer science; law and social sciences; and nursing, psychology and social work.
In September, a range of new degree programmes is being offered for the first time at the campus. Aligned to the University's development plans in health and wellbeing, and in sustainable technologies, these are the BSc Hons in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health; the BEng Hons and MEng Hons in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering; and the BEng Hons and MEng Hons in Renewable Energy Engineering.
The University is also embarking on a major expansion of its translational research centre - C-TRIC, based at its Altnagelvin Hospital site, and where recruitment is under way for 15 new research and teaching posts.
During the ceremonies, which are being held at the city's Millennium Forum, honorary doctorates will be conferred on Ambassador Melanne Verveer, former Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, and on distinguished journalist Simon Kelner. Vincent McCormack, widower of trade unionist and human right activist Inez McCormack will also accept the honorary degree conferred on Inez earlier this year.
The Magee campus is the fastest growing of all the University of Ulster campuses. When the former Magee College joined the University in 1984, it had just 172 full-time students out of a total of 536. Today it has over 4,500 students, and is growing.
The campus is home to the University’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), a joint partnership with the UN University, as well as to a world leading Intelligent Systems Research Centre, recently awarded £5.3m to explore advanced brain mapping technology.