As well as providing a research and innovation environment for industry, our associated undergraduate and postgraduate courses are shaped by the new discoveries our research uncovers and so the skills our students acquire are future-facing and industry relevant.

Coinciding with the signing of the City Deal Heads of Terms, Ulster University are pleased to launch the City Deal Ambassador Programme, which seeks to identify students who exemplify the fresh promises presented by the broader City Deal agenda (which of course aligns to regional and national Government strategies), who are undertaking courses related to the City Deal Innovation Projects.

City Deal Ambassadors will be selected from courses related to the integrated projects related to City Deals, within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environmentand the Faculty of Life & Health Sciences.  This ambassador programme is EDGE-accredited and is an excellent opportunity for students to raise their public profile with fellow students and prospective employers.

Meet some our talented and inspirational students who share their skills stories and their ambitions for the future:

Meet Sarah McCloskey from Derry / Londonderry. Sarah is a Second Year Student studying Personalised Medicine at Ulster University’s Magee campus. Sarah speaks about her interest in both maths and medicine as she was leaving school but her desire to pursue medicine never left her.

She returned to Derry / Londonderry to pursue personalised medicine and has loved studying in the place that she is from. She hopes to pursue a career in medical research in the North West and says the City Deal will help the region fulfill its highest potential.

Meet Alisha Coll from Donegal. Alisha is a Final Year Personalised Medicine student at Ulster University’s Magee campus, pursuing a BSc Hons in Stratified Medicine.

Alisha talks about the skills she has acquired during her degree, her experience on placement with the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Services and the opportunities the Derry & Strabane City Deal, which features a pioneering personalised medicine project, THRIVE, will present for the city and region in the future.

Meet Courtney Gallagher from Strabane. Courtney is a PhD Researcher at the School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Ulster University’s Magee campus.

She recalls her work placement at Abbott Diabetes Care in Donegal town, encourages more young women to pursue engineering and is looking forward to the Derry and Strabane City Deal projects coming to fruition in the years ahead in Derry / Londonderry.

Meet Caoimhe Laird from Tyrone. Caoimhe is a Second Year Student in Renewable Energy Engineering at Ulster University’s Magee campus.

Caoimhe is an SSE Airtricity Scholarship student and plans to pursue a placement and then a career path in renewable energy in the years ahead. She welcomes the opportunities the Derry and Strabane City Deal will bring about in the region.

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