Union Theological College
|Union Theological College|
|Established||1853 (Assembly's College)|
|Location||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
Union Theological College is the theological college for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and is situated in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was established in 1853 as Assembly's College. The building served as the location for the early Northern Ireland Parliaments.
The college offers a full range of courses in Theology. The college is associated with the Presbyterian Theological Faculty Ireland which was granted a Royal Charter in 1881 to confer academic degrees in theology similar to universities of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at the time. These degrees are the Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry. A full range of Degrees are also conferred by the Queen's University of Belfast, BTh, B.D., M.Div, M.Th., M.Phil and Ph.D. for certain programmes and the college is the largest in the Institute of Theology at the university.
Between 1941 to 1948 the city police used the college as its own headquarters were bombed in the Belfast blitz.
In 1976 theological teaching at Magee College in Derry, County Londonderry ceased and the two colleges amalgamated in 1978. The new college was named Union Theological College, often referred to as Union College.
On the 14th of November 2009, a fire was started, two firefighters were injured whilst fighting the blaze. The inferno was later extinguished, police are currently treating the incident as suspicious.
Culture & Community 
Sometimes popularly known as the 'Onion', Union College is the center for ministerial training in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and is also an important hub for the provision of theological education generally. Union College has never been far from the critical discussions and, at times, controversies so prevalent in the context of changing social, historical and cultural circumstances in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. These points of controversy have been mostly of a theological nature, including ongoing discussions with related or affiliated organisations such as SPUD and the Youth forum of PCI.
Further reading 
- Presbyterian College Celebrates 150 Years, 2003 press release describing the college and its history.
Belfast City Hall
|Home of the
Parliament of Northern Ireland
1921 – 1932
Parliament Buildings (Northern Ireland)