Decent Work and Economic Growth – Promote inclusive & sustainable economic growth

Our research seeks to identify future skill requirements to address misalignments and ultimately enhance economic growth


At Ulster we are passionate about contributing to economic growth.

Our research seeks to identify where there’s a skills shortage in NI, and to address these needs through education, training and development.

Skills mismatches and shortages erode competitiveness and constrain labour productivity.

Our research seeks to identify future skill requirements to address misalignments and ultimately enhance economic growth.


At a Glance

The Economic Policy Centre

The Economic Policy Centre aims to produce evidence based research to inform policy development and implementation. The Centre engages with organisations that have an interest in enhancing the NI economy and its work is relevant to Government, business and the wider general public.

The Dublin–Belfast Economic Corridor

A recent 2021 report looks at The Dublin–Belfast Economic Corridor: Current Profile, Potential for Recovery & Opportunities for Cooperation

UU Start

UU Start is a Student and Graduate Enterprise Programme helping UU students launch their own business and kickstart business ideas.

Skills Development Initiative

A skills development initiative between Ulster and Randox Laboratories supports up to ten individuals annually through PhD level study in the Life Sciences sector.

PwC NI Partnership

Ulster's Business School partnered with PwC NI to launch 50 new fully funded Degree Apprenticeships, ensuring NI is a place where students choose not only to study but to stay and work, ensuring sustainable economic growth.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

At UUBS we offer a range of industry-led Higher Level Apprenticeships.

These award-winning programmes have been co-created with industry to meet the needs of a rapidly changing business landscape for companies such as:

  • Deloitte
  • Danske Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Allstate
  • FinTrU
  • PwC
  • ATOS
  • Allen and Overy

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Sustainability is a major focus within the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), both in teaching and research, much due to the work and enthusiasm by colleagues and evidenced by HTM being consistently top-ranked in the NUS Global Goals Teach-In.

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Ulster has been showcased as part of the 1,000 Chartered Accountants initiative organised by Chartered Accountants Ireland.

The campaign celebrates members who are active in climate action.

Government led Rapid Test Consortium

Ulster University Professors Tara Moore and Jim McLaughlin were appointed to a Government led Rapid Test Consortium, via local company CIGA Healthcare.

The Consortium was formed to support the development and manufacturing scale-up of a COVID-19 lateral flow antibody test to determine whether people have developed immunity after contracting the virus with the possibility of being utilised as part of the UK’s Exit Strategy.

Modern Slavery Statement

Through our Modern Slavery Statement we commit to creating awareness and improving our practices to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking does not occur in any part of our organisation or supply chain.