The new deal runs until Summer 2018 and will mark 20 years of this prestigious partnership. Students graduating in Summer 2016 will be among the first to enjoy Belfast Waterfront`s new world class facilities opening May 2016.
Ruth Wasson, Director of Student Administration at Ulster University, is delighted to be returning to the stunning riverside venue: `Graduation Ceremonies are the pinnacle of our students` academic year, and there`s no better place in Belfast to celebrate the tremendous efforts of our students, than at Belfast Waterfront. Moreover, it is the only provider with the capacity and resources to accommodate 9,000 graduates and guests attending 6 consecutive ceremonies with ease.`
Ruth added: `The venue more than meets our needs. However next year, having access to extra clear span space means registration, gown issue and photography can be set up within one area (Hall 1), creating a seamless process. And extra catering facilities will allow graduates to stay longer for lunch and enjoy the stunning riverside views. During the past 17 years, we have built a fantastic relationship with the Waterfront staff, who know our requirements inside and outside and how best to serve to them.`
Fabulous venue, riverside location and a track record of delivering ceremonies like clockwork have seen Ulster University return to Belfast Waterfront. And this year was no different, the 2015 Summer Graduations were perceived as a huge success.
With `your success is our success` ethos underpinning everything they do, the team at Belfast Waterfront continuously strive to make the client`s experience better than the year before.
Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund are financially supporting the new Waterfront development, which will bring an additional 4,000m2, to a tune of £29.5m.
The new facility will house 2 interconnecting multipurpose halls spanning over 2,500m2, 3 large meeting rooms, each accommodating up to 200 delegates, 2 exterior terraces with riverside views and a new dedicated riverside entrance leading to a 660m2 reception area.
Barrie McQuillan, Venue Events Manager at Belfast Waterfront stated: `We`re delighted to see the return of the Ulster University, one of our most prestigious clients. This long-term customer relationship is a strong testament of our commitment to delivering the best possible service.`
Belfast Waterfront is also home to the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and The Open University graduation ceremonies.