Magee College

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Magee College
Ulster University at Magee (UUM)
Irish: Ollscoil Uladh ag Coláiste Mhig Aoidh
Ulster University coat of arms.svgMain building
Top: Ulster University's coat of arms
Bottom: The Magee College main building
Motto No motto[1]
Established 1865 - Magee College
1953 - Magee University College
1968 - Coleraine Campus established; New University of Ulster established
1969 - Magee College merge
1982 - Ulster Polytechnic merge; University of Ulster established
2014 - Ulster University rebrand
Type Public research university
Endowment £4.764 million (all UU)[2]
Budget £12 million (all UU)
Chancellor James Nesbitt[3]
Provost Deirdre Heenan
Vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett
Students 4,000 (2012)[4]
Location Northland Road, BT48 7JL
Former names University of Ulster at Magee,
New University of Ulster at Magee
Magee University College
Magee College
Colours Logo:Navy & Bronze
         
Seal:Red & Gold
         
Formerly:Navy, Blue & Green
              
Affiliations Ulster University
Website www.ulster.ac.uk
Ulster University re-branded logo

Magee College (Irish: Ollscoil Uladh ag Coláiste Mhig Aoidh) is a campus of Ulster University located in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened in 1865 as a Presbyterian Christian arts and theological college. Since 1953, it has had no religious affiliation and provides a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate academic degree programmes in disciplines ranging from cinematic arts, computer science, computer games, creative technologies, design and robotics to psychology and nursing.

Academics[edit]

Magee offers a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through Ulster University's six faculties: [5]

  1. Arts
  2. Art, Design & Built Environment
  3. Computing and Engineering
  4. Life and Health Sciences
  5. Social Sciences
  6. Ulster Business School

Within each faculty there are a number of schools offering programmes for their relative disciplines. The schools based on the Magee campus are:

  1. Arts – School of Creative Arts, School of Irish Language and Literature
  2. Computing and Engineering – School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
  3. Life and Health Sciences – School of Nursing, School of Psychology
  4. Social Sciences – School of Policy Studies, Ulster University School of Law, Graduate School of Professional Legal Education, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
  5. Ulster Business School – Marketing and Business

Programmes taught at Magee include business studies, drama, education, cinematic arts, computer science, computer games, creative technologies, design, robotics, electronics, modern languages, music, nursing, psychology, and social sciences.

Research[edit]

Research activities include several research centres.

Magee is the location for the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) dedicated to the creation of intelligent computational systems through research in neural networks, fuzzy systems, artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics. Other research areas include ambient intelligence, wireless sensor networks, robot vision, brain computer interfacing and serious games. [6]

Magee is home to the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages (AICH) which focuses on cultural studies related to Ireland and the Irish Diaspora. [7] and the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, founded in 2001, which looks at the history and heritage of the Ulster-Scots. [8]

It also houses International Conflict Research (INCORE), a joint venture between the United Nations University and Ulster University. Established in 1993, it aims to address issues of the conflict in Northern Ireland and seek to promote conflict resolution internationally. [9] The Transitional Justice Institute is based at both the Magee and Jordanstown campuses.

Provost[edit]

The principal academic post at the campus is the provost. Professor Thomas G Fraser was provost from 2002 to 2006, succeeded by Professor Jim Allen.[10][11] In 2011, Professor Deirdre Heenan was appointed to the post in 2011, following the retirement of Professor Allen.[12]

History[edit]

The Magee Campus gained its name from Martha Magee, the widow of a Presbyterian minister, who, in 1845, bequeathed £20,000 to the Presbyterian Church of Ireland to found a college for theology and the arts. [13] [14] [15] It opened in 1865 primarily as a theological college, but accepted students from all denominations to study a variety of subjects.[13] It was a college of the Royal University of Ireland from 1880 and later became associated with the Trinity College, Dublin when the Royal University was dissolved in 1909 and replaced by the National University of Ireland.[13][citation needed].

World War 2: Royal Navy[edit]

During World War II, the college was taken over by The Admiralty for Royal Navy operational use, becoming with Ebrington Barracks (HMS Ferret), a major facility in the Battle of the Atlantic.[16] A 2013 BBC report describes a secret major control bunker, later buried beneath the lawns of the college. From 1941 this bunker, known as Base One Europe, together with similar bunkers in Derby House, Liverpool,[17] and Whitehall was used to control one million Allied personnel and fight the Nazi U-boat threat.

On September 14 2013 Magee hosted, for the first time on the island of Ireland, the 23rd International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence[18] based on The Turing Test proposed by the renowned British Computer Scientist, Alan Turing in 1950 who also worked on cracking the Enigma Machine code at Bletchley Park which was instrumental in the Battle of the Atlantic. Mrs. Peck, who resides at Prehen House in Derry, is a sister of Dilly Knox who directed the code breaking at Bletchley Park.

Post war[edit]

In 1953, Magee Theological College separated from the remainder of the college, eventually moving to Belfast in a 1978 merger that formed Union Theological College. [13] [14] [19] Also in 1953, Magee College broke its links with Dublin and became Magee University College. It was hoped by groups led by the University for Derry Committee that this university college would become Northern Ireland's second university after Queen's University of Belfast, but in the 1960s, the Stormont Parliament made a controversial decision to pass it over in favour of a new university in Coleraine, a decision which was one of the pivotal points in the history of The Troubles.[13] Instead it was incorporated into the two-campus New University of Ulster in 1969.[13] The next fourteen years saw the college halve in size, while development focused on the main Coleraine campus.[13] In 1984, the New University merged with the Ulster Polytechnic, and Magee became the early focus of development of a new four-campus university, the University of Ulster.[13] Student and faculty numbers recovered and grew rapidly over the next ten to fifteen years, accompanied by numerous construction projects[13] Magee grew from just 273 students in 1984 to over 4000 undergraduates in 2012. In 2012, the University continued to lobby the Northern Ireland Executive for an additional 1000 full-time undergraduate places, leading to 6000 students at Magee in 2017.[notes 1] In October 2014 the University of Ulster was rebranded as Ulster University.

The main building was built with Scottish freestone, and opened in 1865.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1845 – Foundation endowment from Martha Magee.[13]
  • 1865 – Magee College opened.[13]
  • 1880 – Magee College joined the new Royal University of Ireland.[13]
  • 1909 – Royal University dissolved.[citation needed]Government funding greatly reduced.[13] Magee College became an autonomous university college, with students completing their degrees at Trinity College, Dublin.[13]
  • 1953 – Magee University College received major government grant funding for the first time.[13]
  • 1969 – Magee University College merged with the New University of Ulster.[13]
  • 1978 – Magee Theological College closed, merging with Assembly's College to form Union Theological College in Belfast.[19]
  • 1984 – New University merged with the Ulster Polytechnic, Jordanstown, to form the University of Ulster.
Professor Jim Allen replaced Professor Tom Fraser as Provost of Magee in 2006
  • 2014 - Rebranded name to Ulster University.

Historical notes[edit]

Campus[edit]

The central feature of the campus is the original 1865 building. This is surrounded by Victorian red brick houses, and several modern buildings in red brick and glass, constructed since the formation of the University of Ulster.

The campus is used for education, but also as a convention centre. For example, Magee hosted the 2006 Tomo-Dachi convention.

Timeline of recent construction[13]
  • 1988 – Phase I building
  • 1989 – Carrickmore House, extension of main building
  • 1990 – Phase II library building
  • 1991 – Refurbished main building
  • 1992 – Extension of 3/4 College Avenue
  • 1993 – Strand Road student residence
  • 1995 – Phase III buildings (sports complex and informatics), Duncreggan Road student residences, floodlit all-weather sports ground

Tip O'Neill Chair[edit]

Based at Magee, the Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace Studies was established in commemoration of the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. a well-known supporter of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. The chair was inaugurated by the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton in 1995. Currently funded by The Ireland Funds the chair has been held by the Nobel Peace Laureate, John Hume since 2003. Under the tenure of Professor Hume Magee has hosted a series of guest lectures involving key national and international policy-makers .

  • Mitchell Reiss, United States Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, 2006
  • John Kerry, United States Senator, 2006
  • Garret Fitzgerald, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, 2005
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Senator, 2004
  • Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, 2004
  • Romano Prodi, EU Commission President, 2004
  • Pat Cox, MEP and President of the European Parliament, 2004
  • Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and President of the European Council, 2003
  • Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, 2003
  • Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, 2003

Notable alumni[edit]

Year of matriculation is given, if known.

Honorary graduates[edit]

Notable figures have received honorary degrees in graduations hosted by Magee.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 6000 students includes 4000 in 2012, 1000 additional without government permission, and 1000 lobbied for from the Northern Ireland Executive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 01Chris02 (December 7, 2014). [[1] "Twitter Conversation clarifying Ulster University's motto"]. N/A. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ulster University Finance Statement 2013" (PDF). Ulster University. p. 28/30. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  3. ^ "James Nesbitt Lands New Role As University Of Ulster Chancellor" (Press release). University of Ulster Press Office. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Professor Deirdre Heenan (25 February 2012). "Magee expansion paramount to North West transformation". Derry Journal. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ UU Faculties [2]. Retrieved on 2 July 2009.
  6. ^ ISRC Website The Intelligent Systems Research Centre About. Retrieved on 2 July 2009.
  7. ^ Research Institutes Recruitment website Research Institutes – Academy for Cultural Hertitages. Retrieved on 21 November 2006.
  8. ^ Institute of Ulster Scots Studies website The Institute of Ulster Scots Studies Introduction. Retrieved on 21 November 2006.
  9. ^ INCORE Website INCORE: About. Retrieved on 21 November 2006.
  10. ^ http://news.ulster.ac.uk/releases/2002/580.html
  11. ^ http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/pdf/ishandbook.pdf retrieved on 6 February 2008.
  12. ^ http://news.ulster.ac.uk/releases/2011/5777.html
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r History of Magee College at UU Library website. Retrieved on 28 August 2006.
  14. ^ a b Union Theological College website, History. Retrieved on 28 August 2006.
  15. ^ a b Epitaph, 1845. Martha Magee's memorial at a cemetery in Lurgan reads, “The Rev Wm. Magee Minister of the Presbyterian Church Lurgan, died 9 June 1800. At the demise of Mrs Martha Magee, about £60,000 to the Irish Presbyterian Church including £20,000 for the establishment of a college." History from Headstones retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-22751962
  17. ^ http://www.liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/history/
  18. ^ 23rd International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence 14 September 2013 University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Londonderry~Derry~LegenDerry, Northern Ireland, UK
  19. ^ a b Presbyterian Church in Ireland Press Release, 2003 Presbyterian College Celebrates 150 Years. Retrieved on 28 August 2006.
  20. ^ UU website Magee Campus Guide. Retrieved on 28 August 2006.
  21. ^ Northern Ireland Assembly Biography of Gregory Campbell. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  22. ^ Mark Durkan's Biography at the Northern Ireland Assembly. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  23. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Dill Macky, William Marcus (1849–1913). Retrieved on 28 August 2006.
  24. ^ UU Press Office, 2006. [3] 22 March 2006. Retrieved on 22 November 2006.
  25. ^ UU Press Office, 2002. "Londonderry-born Actress Amanda Burton Returns for UU Honour" 9 July 2002. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  26. ^ UU Press Office, 2004. "UU to Confer Honorary Degree on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton" 23 August 2004. Retrieved on 31 August 2006.
  27. ^ UU Press Office, 2007. [4] 11 July 2007. Retrieved on 11 July 2007.
  28. ^ UU Press Office, 2012. [5] 26 January 2012. Retrieved on 3 June 2013.
  29. ^ UU Press Office, 2004. [6] 15 December 2004. Retrieved on 22 November 2006.
  30. ^ UU Press Office, 2004. [7] 15 December 2004. Retrieved on 22 November 2006.

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