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Leading organisations across a wide range of sectors have been recognised for their commitment to pioneering research and student employability at Ulster University’s third annual Excellence Awards.

The Awards celebrate the transformational impact the university’s students, graduates and research are having on societies and economies across the globe.

The event, which took place at St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, recognised the University’s collaborations with partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, both locally and globally.

On the night, Health and Social Care Leadership Centre, White Ink Architects and the Washington Ireland Programme were among the placement employers who were acknowledged by Ulster University for their role in supporting the next generation of highly skilled, industry-ready graduates.

Ulster University also awarded their industry partners for research collaborations that have far-reaching impact beyond academia. These span across smart technologies for healthcare, social policy and personalised medicine.

Speaking at the Awards, Tim Brundle, Director of Research and Impact said:

“The Ulster University Excellence awards are an opportunity for us to thank our partners and to recognise the importance of our connections in a wide range of areas, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The research collaborations celebrated tonight address many of the key challenges facing society and will have a positive impact locally and globally.”

Damian McGivern, Director of Employability & Careers Development at Ulster University added:

“Ulster University plays a vital role in bridging the gap between academia and industry by providing our students with opportunities to learn from the most creative and ambitious organisations. Our students emerge from these experiences with a deeper understanding of their chosen field and equipped with the skills and experience to excel in their chosen career.”

Winners of Ulster University’s Placement Employer Impact Excellence Award categories:

Public Sector Placement Partnership of the Year - HSC Leadership Centre

Business Category Over 50 Employees Placement Partnership of the Year - Bryson Care West

Business Category Under 50 Employees Placement Partnership of the Year -  Doherty Pensions & Investments

Global Placement Partnership of the Year - Washington Ireland Program

Staff Nominated Placement Partnership of the Year Award - White Ink Architects

Student Nominated Placement Partnership of the Year - Cirdan

Winners of the Ulster University’s Research Impact Excellence Award categories:

Research Partnership - Public Sector Category
Prof. Patricia Lundy in partnership with Amnesty International

Research Partnership - Business Category (under 50 employees)
Dr Magda Bucholc in partnership with Nightingale Analytics

Research Partnership - Business Category (over 50 employees)
Dr Ian Cleland and Prof. Chris Nugent in partnership with James Leckey Design

Research Partnership – Global Category
Prof. Tara McMullen in partnership with Avellino Labs USA