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The University of Ulster – Genesis and Growth

10th February 2009

To mark the 25th anniversary of the merger of the New University of Ulster and the Ulster Polytechnic, a volume of essays has been published charting the history of the University of Ulster.

From the opening of the University’s oldest antecedent institution, the College of Art in Belfast in 1849, to the innovative new developments of the University of Ulster in the 21st century, The University of Ulster – Genesis and Growth has contributions from academics past and present.

The title is edited by Gerard O’Brien, Reader in History at Ulster’s Magee campus, and Peter Roebuck, Emeritus Professor and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Coleraine campus.

Chapters include contributions from: 

  • Writer, broadcaster and former Ulster history lecturer Mike Catto, who – with former Magee Provost Professor Robert Gavin –  looks back at the precursors to the New University of Ulster from its origins in Belfast and the 19th century Magee College in Derry.
  • Distinguished historian, author and former Provost of the Magee campus, Emeritus Professor Tom Fraser, who reviews the difficulties of the institution throughout the Troubles and its role in a post-conflict society in Northern Ireland.
  • Eminent historian Professor Gerard O’Brien, who recounts the controversy around the Lockwood report which influenced the formation of the New University of Ulster.
  • Professor Don McCloy, who charts the transition from the Ulster College to the Ulster Polytechnic.
  • Leading educationalist Rosalind Pritchard and distinguished historian Professor Peter Roebuck, who explore the complexities surrounding the merger of the New University of Ulster and the Ulster Polytechnic in 1984.
  • Social policy expert Professor Arthur Williamson who discusses the formative years of the New University of Ulster until its integration into the newly-formed University of Ulster in 1984.

The book is to be launched at a special event in the University of  Ulster’s York St campus on Wednesday 11 February at 6.30 pm: media representatives are invited to attend.


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