university of ulster scheme for city centre

university of ulster scheme for city centre

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:08 am

The University of Ulster is to relocate many courses from its Jordanstown campus to Belfast as part of a £250m development scheme.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7864046.stm
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Re: university of ulster scheme for city centre

Postby notjim » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:43 am

It's interesting, it sounds like they are gradually going to wind down Colraine as well, in favour of the two urban locations.
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Re: university of ulster scheme for city centre

Postby johnglas » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:26 pm

Surely this is what more universities ought to be doing: moving away from green-field campus to dense inner-city location (or even a mixture of the two, as at Strathclyde - see below). Strathclyde has, ironically, intruded on part of the former campus of Glasgow uni (here from1451-1870), which flitted to the leafy heights of Gilmorehill in 1870-71.
Unfortunately, I can't access easily any good pics of the campus and the architecture isn't always the best; these two are from Wikipedia (there are none on the Uni site!) and show the scale at least. The heavy landscaping is a particular feature, some of which can be seen here.
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Re: university of ulster scheme for city centre

Postby notjim » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:35 pm

It is funny, I mean I agree absolutely that universities should be in cities and it is nice to see this green field foolishness is being rejected and regretted. However, the most successful of the ex-urban universities on these islands are the big 1950s campus universities: York, Warwick, UEA and so on, they seem to inhabit their sites and make them part of their identity. UU was originally one of these, though perhaps even more ex-urban, but it never seemed to confident enough for its Coleraine site.
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