Ulster University: Magee campus, international impact, local focus

A walk across the stunning Ulster University Magee campus reveals a vibrant, modern atmosphere on the heritage filled campus.

A new £11 million teaching block is under construction, which will deliver additional, state-of-the-art teaching facilities for more than 4,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students attending the campus annually. The campus is home to world-leading teaching and research in intelligent systems; creative arts; peace and conflict; business; and mental health, amongst many others. Its renowned School of Nursing is now ranked sixth in the UK and 41st in the world. It is a thriving university campus at the heart of a great and historic city.

Newly appointed Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus, Dr Malachy Ó Néill, is particularly proud of the role the University plays: “The Magee campus is steeped in history but in some ways that belies its modernity; its impact and attitude and the sense of achievement that comes with being an integral part of a globally respected institution which currently sits in the top 3 per cent of universities in the world,” he says.

“Magee is unequivocally a place of global excellence in research and teaching but it is the positive impact, past and future, which this campus has had on its students, the city, Northern Ireland and internationally, that make it stand out for me. This is a campus at the very heart of the city and our strong relationships with key stakeholders here, from business to healthcare and the arts, play a vital role in ensuring we maximise our relevance and impact on the entire community.

“By investing in the campus and prioritising the needs of our students, who come from the North West and beyond, we enrich our role in the community and ensure local people have a university they can and should be proud of.”

Investment in the Magee campus and planning for the University’s future growth in the North West includes the most recent proposal, championed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon, for a graduate entry medical school.

Dean of Medical School Development, Professor Hugh McKenna, believes it will place Ulster University at the forefront of addressing the recruitment and retention of medical staff in Northern Ireland’s healthcare sector: “Northern Ireland is facing an unprecedented medical workforce shortage that will continue to impact negatively on the care of patients, their families and communities. Our health service has some of the world’s most talented and committed doctors but there simply is not a sufficient number to meet the increasing demand from a growing and ageing population.

“The sector has reached a tipping point and Ulster University is in a strong position to help support a way forward. Our global reputation for biomedical sciences research across the breadth of the medical sphere, and particularly our unparalleled stratified medicine expertise based at Altnagelvin Hospital, places us in a unique position to deliver practical, relevant and evidence-based teaching to the doctors of the future.”

The graduate entry medical school will be another step forward in cementing the international reputation of what is already a vibrant, respected and diverse University in Derry~Londonderry. A University with a direct, focused vision to deliver excellence and help the community to thrive and grow.

Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Provost


Professor Hugh McKenna, Dean of Medical School Development 



Ulster University – Magee Campus


Northland Road
Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7JL


Tel: 028 7012 3456

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