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Ulster’s Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism courses have been ranked first out of 54 higher education institutions in the UK in the latest Complete University Guide 2021, up three places on last year.

Subject specific course awards in the independent UK university league table are based on five core measures including; student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards and graduate prospects.

Welcoming the recognition Professor Una McMahon-Beattie, Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management commented:

“It is a great honour to secure the number one spot for our course provision especially as the award criteria is focussed on student satisfaction and graduate prospects. We’re incredibly proud of the student experience we provide at Ulster and continue to prioritise research backed teaching in world class facilities accompanied by international partnerships and placement opportunities around the world to providing work ready graduates for industry.

“Post COVID-19, the tourism and hospitality industry is focused on innovating to ensure resilience during the recovery phase which will be reflected in the Department’s teaching and learning provision. As we move into a new academic year we look forward to welcoming students to the number one university for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism courses in the UK.”

Recent graduates of the department are employed as the UK & Ireland Market Manager at Expedia, Trade & Business Tourism Assistant with Tourism Ireland in New York, Digital Manager with Whitbread in London and Four Seasons Hotel Graduate Scheme.

Congratulating Ulster’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Marianne Hood, Chair of the Institute of Hospitality NI commented:

“I’d like to congratulate Ulster’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management on their first place ranking in the Complete University Guide. The dynamic and entrepreneurial team has always prioritised industry links and partnerships to ensure their graduates have the skills and knowledge required to make a difference to the tourism industry. As the tourism and hospitality industry continues to adapt, so too does the teaching provision at Ulster and with renewed focus on domestic tourism and niche tourism the department’s continued success is not only good news for the University but the tourism sector as a whole.”

To apply visit the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.