28/10/2004

UU launches world-class researchers search

The University of Ulster has launched a campaign to attract world-class researchers to Northern Ireland as part of new research institute structures.

The University is establishing 13 new research institutes as part of a strategic initiative to develop its position as a centre for outstanding research.

The bulk of the university’s research spend - now running over almost £1 million per week - will be channelled through the new research institutes.

“This research will improve the lives of everyone in Northern Ireland – their health, education, economy and environment,” Professor Bernie Hannigan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research said.

“To focus support for research on our very best researchers we have decided to set up 13 research institutes, ranging in size and scope from our 6* Biomedical Sciences Research Institute with almost 100 academic and research staff to the smaller but also 6* Institute of Celtic Studies, both of which are international leaders and the best in the UK.”

The research institutes range from media studies, through Art and Design to Transitional Justice and Built Environment, and from the Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials to the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages.

“In the past, we found it difficult to adequately resource our top performing research teams,” Professor Hannigan said.

“Now, through our new research institute configuration, we will be able to give them more funding, and enable them to further develop their excellent work."

Professor Hannigan said the research institutes would accelerate and enhance the university’s ability to make a difference to the lives of people in the communities it served.

(MB/GMCG)

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