UK Campus

AISR Campus is located in Derry, also known as Londonderry. It is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and it is known for the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls with 7 gates, which were built by the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland.

AISR’s headquarter is based at the Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland's next generation science park. The campus is near by shops, pharmacies, restaurants and medical centres.   

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Derry was named as ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’ so you will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes! The city was also named the "Best Halloween Destination in the World" by the readers of USA Today newspaper beating off competition from Massachusetts and even Dracula's home town of Transylvania, so good times are guaranteed

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UK campus meeting room

Picture by Camila Chavez

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class at UK campus

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Derry ~ Londonderry

Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Old Irish name Daire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and gained the "London" prefix to reflect the funding of its construction by the London guilds. While the city is more usually known colloquially as Derry, Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.


The old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by two road bridges and one footbridge. The city now covers both banks. The population of the city was 83,652 at the 2001 Census, while the Derry Urban Area had a population of 90,736. The district administered by Derry City and Strabane District Council contains both Londonderry Port and City of Derry Airport.


Derry is close to the border with County Donegal, with which it has had a close link for many centuries. The person traditionally seen as the founder of the original Derry is Saint Colmcille, a holy man from Tír Chonaill, the old name for almost all of modern County Donegal, of which the west bank of the Foyle was a part before 1610.


In 2013, Derry was the inaugural UK City of Culture, having been awarded the title in 2010.

Featured in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel Guide 2013’, Derry~Londonderry is an ancient yet contemporary city. 

The rich cultural and architectural heritage is reflected in the city’s names: Derry, from old Irish Doire, a reference to the oak grove where Saint Columba founded a monastery around 546 AD; Londonderry, the name granted during the seventeenth century Plantation of Ulster; and within which you will find ‘The Walled City’, one of Europe’s best preserved walled settlements.

Built to defend the Plantation city from marauding Irish chieftains, the walls were completed in 1618. They proved effective during the Siege of Derry, from 1688-89, when thirteen Apprentice Boys closed the city gates against the Jacobite forces of King James.

Over a mile in circumference, standing 26 feet high and 30 feet wide in places, the walls boast twenty-four original cannons standing sentinel, including the mighty Roaring Meg.

Be sure to walk across the gleaming new Peace Bridge, which curves majestically across the River Foyle. It connects the renovated Guildhall Square to the spectacular new performance space at Ebrington, which was a key venue during the UK City of Culture celebrations and is also adjacent to the largest public artwork to ever be commissioned in Ireland, ‘Mute Meadows’.

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The great walls of the City of Derry


The Peace Bridge crosses the cities River Foyle Picture by Lee McKinney - LMK Photography

This is a city that just loves to party and enjoys a year-round cycle of festivals, including Ireland’s biggest Hallowe’en carnival. The momentous UK City of Culture win saw Derry~Londonderry play host to events of global significance, including the Turner Prize and All-Ireland Fleadh, as part of a year-long programme of over 1,000 cultural events.As the city enters one of the most exciting times in its history and opens its doors to the world, there’s never been a better time to visit.

Ireland's largest Halloween Festival takes place in Derry every year.

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Guildhall, Derry City Centre.

Picture by Camila Chavez