The North

There are two universities in Northern Ireland:

The legal and funding framework for the North differs somewhat from the Irish position. Both QUB and UU have statutes. There is no “binary line” between universities and ITs/polytechnics. Government funding and oversight are conducted by the Department for Employment and Learning. Funding is strongly influenced by the Research Excellence Framework, which is a cross-UK metric.

An umbrella organisation, Universities Ireland, exists to promote co-operation and collaboration among the universities on the island.