Swipecard access to Magee Library 5th – 16th January

To ensure that University of Ulster students have sufficient study spaces and to help maintain a quiet environment at a stressful time, entry to Magee Library will be restricted from Monday 5th January 2015 – 16th January 2015.

You will need your ID card to swipe the sensor on the wall to the right of the revolving door in order to gain entry. If you can’t find your ID card, you need to get a replacement  from Academic Registry (you need it for exams anyway). Ask at the Issue Desk first, as ID cards are sometimes handed in to Lost Property.

If your ID card doesn’t work, reset it at the Security Desk in Block MD (main building). You will probably have to do this if you have not used it to gain access to campus rooms for more than 30 days or are usually at another campus.

Other registered library users, e.g. Step Up, Alumni, Inspire or Sconul Access members should bring their Library card with them, press the buzzer above the swipe-card sensor and they will be let in by staff. Other members of the public with genuine research queries may also ask for entry at the front door.

We regret that students from secondary or grammar schools are not permitted entry during this restricted period, unless they hold Step Up cards.

We would ask for everyone’s co-operation to maintain a quiet building during the revision period. However, if you are being disturbed by others’ inconsiderate behaviour, please let Library staff know immediately and we will take action.

Give an e-book a home this Christmas

Are the festivities getting too much this holiday period? Why not relax with a bit of study time?

Our extensive suite of e-resources is available as usual from the Library & ICT tab on Portal.

Here are a few e-book titles which may be of interest:



Many more are available from the Library Catalogue

The University will be closed from 24th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 inclusive.

Best Wishes and Happy Holidays from the Library Subject Team


It’s official – Ulster leads the way in research excellence

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Congratulations to Ulster researchers on their exemplary performance in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Ulster is one of only six UK universities with 100% of its research environment rated as world leading.

The REF evaluation identified Ulster University as ranked:

  • One of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design
  • In the top 10 UK-wide for built environment, biomedical sciences, law, art and design and nursing research
  • Top in Northern Ireland for research in biomedical sciences, law, business and management, architecture and build environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing.
  • Second in the UK for Celtic studies research

These results show that Ulster’s vibrant academic community continues to place the institution at the heart of pioneering research in the UK and beyond.

Well done to all our researchers, academic and support staff, partner institutions and students who help to drive this excellence.

Visit our REF 2014 results website where you can read more about our impact and results.

The Library Subject Team

Our Christmas/New Year/Exam Period Opening Hours


We recently changed the days we will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

All our campus libraries will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015 inclusive. We will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

Information on ISD computer labs can be found here. When the Library re-opens, we will have extended opening hours during the exam period. You can find these exam opening hours here (5th January – 16th January).

In the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!