Economy Minister Gordon Lyons visited the recently opened final stage of Ulster University’s upgraded Belfast campus.
Minister of Economics with Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Bartholomew
Inspired by its architectural design of the shape of the surrounding hills of Belfast, the new 75,000m2 addition to the campus is one of the largest builds of higher education capital in Europe and is set to transform higher education in the city. The campus opened its doors to more than 15,000 new and returning students and staff on September 19.
Speaking after a tour of the new facility, the Minister said, “I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit this historic building. The opening of this campus is a significant achievement and represents the culmination of significant efforts on the part of the University and my department for several years. This campus represents significant regeneration within the city and reinforces the regeneration ambitions of North Belfast, the wider city and the region as a whole.
“The new Belfast campus gives students from Northern Ireland and even around the world access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in the heart of the city. The innovation, learning and research that will take place here will play an important role in the future economy of Northern Ireland and help deliver on my department’s 10x vision.
Welcoming the campus tour, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Bartholomew said: “We are delighted to welcome Economics Minister Gordon Lyons to our upgraded Belfast campus, which has now opened its doors to students and to new and old staff as the new academic year begins. The campus will foster creative talent, scientific expertise and research, engineering innovation, and entrepreneurship under one roof, and marks a milestone for those who study with us, work with us, and associate with us.
“This advances a reimagining of the teaching and learning experience that is being rolled out across all of our campuses, including recent enhancements first introduced on our other campuses, accelerating innovation in the way we do things. and ensuring best practices are implemented.The campus will be a home not only for the staff and students who will work and study here, but also for colleagues from other campuses and our many external partners who will bring this campus to life. really remarkable downtown.
Notes to Editors:
1. CAPTION: Economics Minister Gordon Lyons pictured with Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Bartholomew outside the recently opened final stage of the University’s upgraded Belfast campus of Ulster.
2. The £370m project has been backed by a £41m capital grant from the Department of the Economy as well as a loan guaranteed by the Strategic Investment Board totaling £158 £.8 million. This loan was agreed in 2020 and consolidated an existing facility of £57.8m with an additional £101m.
3. In September 2021, the university began welcoming staff and students to the first of new blocks in this inspiring city center space, following the launch of the first phase of the redevelopment which saw the school University of Ulster’s founding arts center and its historic, creative heart to be the first to occupy the upgraded campus.
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