We maximise the life chances of people from all backgrounds, enabling access to transformative university experiences, to catalyse their potential and equip them to make their personal impact on the world.

We will further build on our leading delivery in areas of widening access, employability and wellbeing, investing to deliver holistic student experiences in preparation for work, entrepreneurship and life more widely.

  • Students’ learning and social experiences
  • Wellbeing
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Widening participation
  • Transformative experience

“From a 'troublemaker' in secondary school expected to get no GCSEs, to a young man that graduated college with leading top grades to now a university scholar. To be a recipient along with 38 other people who have also received a Royal Television Society bursary scholar is astonishing to me.

The Cinematic Arts course is one of the top rated film courses in the United Kingdom and has everything I need to help me succeed in my chosen career path. To be studying and collaborating in this hub of creative people from so many diverse backgrounds is a dream come true.”

Aodhán Roberts, award-winning. Cinematic Arts student.


Together we are Ulster University. We create the conditions, frameworks and approaches to enable people to achieve and exceed both their own career aspirations and the University’s ambitions.

We will continue to build a culture in which we can all flourish and where brave thinking and values-led behaviour is encouraged across the institution; a university optimised for the future and in which we are all proud to work and study.

  • Work life balance
  • Wellbeing
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Living our values – and modelling them
  • Investing in our people
  • Environment to support academic and operational excellence

“I am a wellbeing champion because I have a real interest in wellbeing and mental health as I have been involved in a major University Employability & Careers intervention designed to enhance the resilience and wellbeing of students. I appreciate how wellbeing and mental health impacts on a person's work, performance levels and personal life in general.

Looking after one’s personal wellbeing can be the key to unlocking more positive experiences and enhancing one's personal resilience particularly in challenging times. The wellbeing of my staff is important to me and providing them with opportunities to develop awareness and harness techniques or tools to support their wellbeing is a valuable role as an Associate Head.”

Christine Wightman, Wellbeing Champion & Associate Head of Department of Accounting, Finance & Economics, Ulster University Business School


Our purpose is to build sustainable futures for all in society. From across Northern Ireland, our research is addressing the grand challenges of the world and our teaching is providing people with new skills so they can enhance their own life choices and outcomes for society.

We will support our people to continue making a profound and sustainable contribution to social, cultural, and economic development across the society we serve.

  • Sustainable futures for all
  • Pan-regional commitment
  • Social mobility
  • People with skills and an applied/ practical focus
  • Bolstered individual capability leading to enhanced societal capacity
  • Engaging with our Alumni
  • Diversifying further, widening participation opportunities
  • Addressing grand challenges

“The Western Trust is very proud of all that has been achieved over the past decade through the CTRIC partnership between Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ulster University and the Trust. This partnership supports clinical staff in research and trials and the Western Trust looks forward to expanding on this work into the future to benefit and transform the lives of our patients.”

Neil Guckian, Western Trust

“My background is in finance. I was inspired to pursue a career switch during the COVID pandemic to explore a healthcare-related career in order to make a more meaningful contribution to my community and have a more dynamic working environment. I hope that through sharing my unusual journey to this paramedic course, it will encourage future applicants from non-healthcare backgrounds.”

Olivia McCann, Student, Kilmore, Co Armagh