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Queen's University Belfast among the best in UK for politics

University of Ulster given low marks for student activities

By Lesley Houston

Published 11/09/2013

Queen's University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast

A survey of the best and worst universities in the UK has found that the University of Ulster has one of the worst student unions.

However, the survey for Which? placed Queen's University, Belfast among the best to study politics – placing it on a list of 12 of the top political universities in the UK.

Queen's found itself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University.

The University of Ulster, however, found itself on the list of universities of "student unions offering the least varied activities", which was based on the study of more than 16,000 undergraduates.

A spokesman for the University of Ulster said no doubt the closure of the bar at the Jordanstown campus last year and at the Belfast site three years ago had "coloured some students' perception" of what a union constitutes.

The spokesman added that there were more than 70 societies and clubs across the university's four campuses being supported by the recent appointment of a dedicated societies co-ordinator.

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