Future location of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences decided

2 February 2021

Future location of Ulster University’s School of Health Sciences decided

Summary

  • Ulster University has decided that it will re-locate undergraduate Health Sciences programmes from its Jordanstown campus to the Magee campus at Derry~Londonderry from September 2022; with postgraduate provision delivered at the Belfast campus.
  • This decision by the University reflects the benefits and opportunities presented by the co-location of the School of Medicine, Paramedic Practice and the award-winning School of Nursing, all of which are based at the Magee campus.
  • The relocation decision is a necessity arising from the decision to close Jordanstown.
  • The University has made the decision following a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) and took into consideration responses to a public consultation that closed in December 2020.

Main Story

Ulster University has decided that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry from September 2022.

The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus. Postgraduate Health Sciences teaching will move to the University’s Belfast campus at the same time.

Announcing the relocation decision, Professor Carol Curran, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University explained:

“Now, more than ever, in the context of a health service that continues to face sustained challenge in tackling COVID-19, we are acutely aware of the vital contribution of our allied health professionals.  The Magee campus will best enable the NHS strategic emphasis on development of multi-disciplinary teams and rich opportunities for interprofessional learning.

The programmes will be delivered alongside our new Paramedic teaching provision, and Graduate Entry School of Medicine, both of which are recruiting students for the start of the 2021 academic year.  Our award-winning School of Nursing ranked 7th in the UK has operated in the city for 20 years.  Our Magee campus also runs one of only three Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) competency test centres in the UK, established to increase nursing capacity and help alleviate pressures in the health sector.

Bringing these programmes together will open up opportunities for an interdisciplinary student learning environment, as well as building on existing research collaborations in personalised medicine and cognitive analytics based at Magee.

Belfast is the most appropriate location for postgraduate provision - supporting the existing health sciences workforce to access continued professional development, alongside our current postgraduate nursing provision.

We value the input of the healthcare stakeholders, partners, students and colleagues who contributed to the public consultation carried out and look forward to working with them as we prepare for the first cohort of students in September 2022.”

The decision reflects the University’s unique regional mission operating across 3 campuses at Derry~Londonderry, Coleraine and Belfast / Jordanstown, enabling access to educational opportunity across Northern Ireland.

The University has made the decision following a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA), as well as review and analysis of responses to a public consultation that closed in early December.

Professor Curran added,

“We look forward to working with our colleagues, student body, Trade Unions, all the HSC Trusts and our many partners in Derry~Londonderry to welcome students and staff to this progressive school on what is a beautiful campus in a vibrant university city.

Together we will provide the next generation of highly skilled health professionals so urgently required to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and patients.”

The School of Health Sciences will remain at Jordanstown for the 21/22 academic year to enable sufficient time for transition arrangements to the new locations.


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