Stranmillis University College is committed to the vision of developing a research culture which supports teaching and learning and influences policy and practice. The College considers research as fundamental to the development of open and critical minds, fostered by students working with staff at the forefront of subject knowledge and professional practice.
Out of a total of 79 universities and colleges that entered the RAE in Education in 2008, research at Stranmillis University College was among 55 entrants that had work judged to be of a world class standard. Of the work submitted, 5% was rated as of world leading standard (4*), 20% was rated as internationally excellent (3*), 15% was rated as internationally recognised (2*), and 40% was rated as nationally recognised (1*). These outcomes meant that 25% of the Stranmillis entry was judged to be at international standard and above, while the University College had 40% of its work above 1*. This outstanding result owed much to the work and commitment of the staff.
Stranmillis University College’s research covers a broad range of areas, including early years education, educational underachievement, special needs, entrepreneurship, literacy development, leadership and professional development.
A dedicated Research Office, established in 2009, provides advice, mentoring, and administrative support for the College’s research activity.