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ECS Degree gets Royal Approval!

Staff from the Early Childhood Studies Department commenced a year of celebration to mark the coming of age of the ECS degree at Stranmillis University College.

In 2017 / 2018 the College celebrates 21 years of this ground-breaking degree. ECS staff marked the occasion by attending the Secretary of State’s Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough on Thursday 7th September in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Harry.

The ECS degree began in 1996 as a part-time programme providing an avenue for knowledgeable practitioners to professionalise their Early Years expertise. The first full time cohort commenced their studies in 2000 and ever since then the degree has been producing highly qualified professionals for the field of education and care of young children.

With Prince Harry attending the garden party this year, not even the torrential rain could dampen the party atmosphere! Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire PC MP, wished the team well as Sheelagh Carville, Head of Early Childhood Studies, explained that the occasion was a fitting start to the year of celebration which will see a diverse range of events taking place for staff, students and past graduates alike.

Over 1400 graduates have achieved the BA (Hons) ECS degree over the last 21 years and we know they are all celebrating with us today”, Dr Barbara McConnell, Senior Lecturer from the ECS degree commented. “Although the weather and the wet grass ruined many pairs of shoes, it could not dampen our spirits as we marked this special anniversary for the ECS degree in Stranmillis!”

Watch out for further celebration events this year.

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