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One of Ireland’s most eminent scientists, Dr William C Campbell, awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015, today joined Ulster University and IT Sligo to officially open three new innovative biomedical sciences degrees.

Dr Campbell, along with his colleague Professor Satoshi Omura, was awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of therapies that have revolutionised the treatment of some of the world’s most devastating parasitic diseases.

The new partnership between Ulster University and IT Sligo is the first cross-border collaboration for distance learning Biomedical Sciences BSc programmes of its kind in Ireland. The three new degrees include BSc (Hons) Biomedical and Healthcare Science; BSc (Hons) Biomedical and Bio-industrial Sciences; and BSc (Hons) Applied Medical Sciences.

Ulster University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon said:  “Ulster University’s reputation for world-leading biomedical research combined with IT Sligo’s teaching excellence will provide access to a wide range of relevant, innovative courses specifically designed to meet the current and future needs of the biomedical sector. Collaborative partnerships enable world-class institutions to maximize impact in key sectors and they play a vital role in our collective vision to boost the availability of specialist skills across the entire spectrum of health and medical related professions.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Interim President of IT Sligo Mr. Colin McLean said: “This is a perfect illustration of how deep cross-border collaboration between two leading higher education distance learning providers in Ireland and UK can bring complementary expertise to provide an academically challenging range of science programmes, which are distinctly relevant to the 21st century clinical healthcare and biomedical science work sectors. It also showcases the strength of online learning in tailoring the programmes’ delivery and assessment to match industry’s current and future requirements.”