St Mary's University College, Belfast

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Coordinates: 54°35′35″N 5°57′40″W / 54.593°N 5.961°W / 54.593; -5.961

St Mary's University College
Coláiste Ollscoile Naomh Muire
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AffiliationRoman Catholic
PrincipalProf. Peter Finn
Students990 (2016/17)[1]
Undergraduates865 (2016/17)[1]
Postgraduates125 (2016/17)[1]
Address191 Falls Road
BT12 6FE
, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Affiliated universityQueen's University Belfast
WebsiteOfficial Website

St Mary's University College is a university college in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


St. Mary's University College

The present-day St Mary's can directly trace its existence back to the foundation in 1900 of St Mary's Training College, which focused mainly on the training of women as teachers. St Joseph's Training College often called Trench House located on the Stewartstown Road, was set up to train male teachers. The amalgamation of the two single sex colleges in 1985 created the current institution.


The institution is located on the Falls Road in Belfast, and has approximately 60 academic staff and 990 students. The institution offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for teacher training, especially for a Catholic ethos, including a PGCE for Irish Medium Education. The college diversified its offerings several years ago and now offers a BA degree in liberal arts as well.

The university college's legacy institutions have been associated with Queen's University Belfast, since 1949. Since 1968 Queen's degrees have been obtainable by St Mary's students.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors is, ex-officio, the Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor. This is currently the Reverend Noel Treanor.

People Associated with St Joseph's College[edit]

A number of prominent people trained as teachers in St Joseph's. They include the poet Seamus Heaney and dramatist Brian Friel, as well as the former SDLP MP and deputy first minister Seamus Mallon and Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager Mickey Harte. Bishop Michael Dallat who was a teacher at St Mary's, served as principal of St Joseph's and was involved in the amalgamation of the two institutions.

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  1. ^ a b c "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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