Leading organisations across a wide range of sectors have been recognised for their commitment to pioneering research and graduate employability at Ulster University’s second annual Impact Excellence Awards.
The Awards celebrate the transformational impact the university’s students, graduates and research are having on societies and economies across the globe.
The event, which took place at Titanic Belfast this evening, recognised the University’s collaborations with partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, both locally and globally.
On the night, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Boston Scientific and local Health & Social Care Trusts were among the placement employers who were acknowledged by Ulster University for their role in supporting the next generation of highly skilled, industry-ready graduates.
For the first time, a category for international partners showcased excellence that comes from global connections including Spain, United States and Australia where students have been working.
Ulster University also awarded their industry partners for research collaborations that have far-reaching impact beyond academia. These span across connected health; organisational change and strategy development and accessible creative technologies.
CF Pharma, a Kilkenny-based pharmaceutical company which specialises in the development of innovative food supplements, collected the coveted Impact Excellence Award for Knowledge Exchange. The business developed and commercialised two new environmentally friendly animal healthcare products after teaming up with Ulster University as part of a cross-border SME initiative.
Speaking at the Awards, Ulster University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon, said: “Tonight’s ceremony is an opportunity for us to thank our partners and to recognise the importance of our connections in a wide range of areas, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
“This year our links have led to many innovative developments which address key challenges in society and will have a positive impact locally and globally.
“Ulster University plays a vital role in bridging the gap between academia and industry by providing our students with opportunities to learn from the most creative and ambitious organisations. Our graduates emerge from these experiences with a deeper understanding of their chosen field and of how world-leading research will play an important role in the future of our economy, culture and society.
“Together with our partners, we make a positive impact on our students, our communities and our economy, and I would like to thank all of the finalists for their important contribution.”
Winners of Ulster University’s Placement Employer Impact Excellence Award categories include:
Employer Self-nominations (Over 50 employees) category
- Bryson Care West – Winner
- Boston Scientific – Highly Commended
- Brooklands Healthcare – Highly Commended
Employer Self-nominations (Up to 50 employees) category
- Profile Tree – Winner
- Conradh na Gaeilge – Highly Commended
- Xsell-Team Limited – Highly Commended
Employer Self-nominations (Public Sector) category
- Police Service of Northern Ireland – Winner
- Northern Ireland Audit Office – Highly Commended
- South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Biomedical Science (pathology) – Highly Commended
Employer Self-nominations (International Partner) category
- Meddeas – Winner
- Bendigo Day Surgery – Highly Commended
- Project Children Intern Program – Highly Commended
Placement employer nominated by Ulster staff category
- SITA – Winner
- Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital – Highly Commended
- Consumer Council for Northern Ireland – Highly Commended
Placement employer nominated by Ulster student category
- Tourism Northern Ireland – Winner
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology Department, Antrim Area Hospital Laboratories – Highly Commended
- Loud Mouth Media – Highly Commended
Winners of the Ulster University’s Research Impact Excellence Award categories include:
- Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences – Walled City Music Trust nominated by Professor Frank Lyons for Inclusive Creativity, a long-term project which showcases composition and performance by musicians with disabilities utilising accessible creative technologies.
- Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment – The Lava Group nominated by Joseph Rafferty for the production of a novel Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solution. This AAL solution incorporates advanced environmental sensing technology, computer vison, big data and machine learning to enhance the care provided to a multitude of at-risk individuals. These risks are related to: Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Parkinson’s Disease and Sedentary Lifestyles.
- Faculty of Life & Health Sciences – Northern Ireland Veterans Support Committee & Reserve Forces and Cadets Association NI nominated by Professor Cherie Armour for the development of the NI Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study.
- Ulster University Business School – Balcas Limited nominated by Professor Ronan McIvor for developing frameworks in the areas of strategy, finance, economics, organisational change and operations management, for application in manufacturing and service organisations.