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Northern Ireland Minister Robin Walker MP visited Ulster University’s Coleraine campus on Wednesday 18th September.

The Minister was interested to learn more about the pioneering teaching and research facilities on the Coleraine campus. He received a tour of the state of the art biomedical research and teaching facilities accompanied by the Campus Provost Professor Karise Hutchinson and the Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, David Jackson.

To kick off the tour, Ulster University PhD researcher Oluwashina Akinsanmi presented his research ‘Antibiotic Resistance Crisis: The Sawdust Redemption’ in just three minutes. Oluwashina recently won the people’s choice award at the UK 3 Minute Thesis final- a competition for researchers to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in three minutes.

At the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health, Mr Walker learned about the life changing research being undertaken looking at the links between diet and human development. At the diabetes lab he heard about Ulster University’s innovative insulin research while at the Mass Spectrometry and Imaging Mass Spectrometry facilityhe met with staff and PhD researchers who are global experts in the field.

Following a roundtable discussion with Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, David Jackson and local political representatives the visit concluded with an informal meeting with new students.

Professor Karise Hutchinson Provost of the Coleraine Campus commented:

“I was delighted to welcome Minister Robin Walker MP to the Coleraine campus to discover first-hand the world leading research and teaching facilities available on our Coleraine campus. The global impact of our work in biomedical sciences fuels our teaching provision and I was delighted Minister Walker had the opportunity to meet with some of our PhD researchers and students. As we continue to work in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Council we collectively discussed the great synergies between education, research and the Council’s community plan.”

David Jackson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, said:

“It was great to welcome Minister Robin Walker MP here to Coleraine to showcase some of the academic and economic growth areas for Causeway Coast and Glens.”