Stranmillis University College

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Stranmillis University College
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MottoDocendo discimus
Motto in English
We learn by teaching
PrincipalDr. Anne Heaslett
Students1,475 (2016/17)[1]
Undergraduates1,350 (2016/17)[1]
Postgraduates130 (2016/17)[1]
Stranmillis Road
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54°34′23″N 5°56′13″W / 54.573°N 5.937°W / 54.573; -5.937Coordinates: 54°34′23″N 5°56′13″W / 54.573°N 5.937°W / 54.573; -5.937
AffiliationsQueen's University Belfast

Stranmillis University College is a university college of Queen's University Belfast. The institution is located on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast. It had 1,475 students in 2016/17. The school offers the BEd, PGCE and TESOL, as well as other courses.


Stranmillis University College

The college was established in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher training by the then newly created Government of Northern Ireland to ensure that there would be a non-denominational teacher training college within the new country after the partition of Ireland. This status was undermined early in its existence, after a statement by Roman Catholic bishops to the effect that a graduate of the institution would not be allowed to teach in a Catholic school soon ensured that the institution became identified as a Protestant-only institution.


The main building[2][3] of the college is attributed to Roland Ingleby Smith,[4] chief architect of the Northern Ireland Ministry of Finance at the time of its construction in 1928-1930. The design, however, may have been partly or even wholly the work of an architect in the Government of Northern Ireland Works Division, T. F. O. Rippingham.[5]

T. F. O. Rippingham is directly credited with the design of other college buildings, especially the Henry Garrett Building[6] (1944).

Association with Queen's University Belfast[edit]

The university college has been associated with Queen's University since 1968 when it became a college of the university and commenced offering the university's degrees. In 1999 this status was upgraded to the current university college status. The university college is financially and organisationally independent of the university.

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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.
  2. ^ "CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, STRANMILLIS COLLEGE". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  3. ^ "College Estate in the Context of Permitted Development" (PDF). Stranmillis University College, ESTATES STRATEGY 2010-2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  4. ^ "SMITH, ROLAND INGLEBY". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  5. ^ "RIPPINGHAM, THOMAS FRANCIS O." Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  6. ^ "CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, STRANMILLIS COLLEGE, HENRY GARRETT BUILDING". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  7. ^ "Stranmillis University College, Belfast". 9 August 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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