History & Heritage

Stranmillis University College has a long-established heritage and reputation for driving innovation and change in education. For almost 100 years, we have been shaping education, unlocking the potential of young people and building better futures for all.

1922
1922

The College opened in October to provide courses
for Primary School teachers

1930
1930

Official opening of the Main Building by the
Duchess of Atholl, MP

1939
1939

The College site used by the military as a hospital
and classes relocated to Portrush on the North
Antrim coast until May 1944

1940
1940

17 men were awarded King’s Scholarship senior
pupil teacherships tenable for two years

1944
1944

Opening of the Henry Garrett building, designed by
Rippingham. Wartime shortages meant no wood
was used in its construction

1960
1960

Four year BEd degree, awarded by QUB and taught
by Stranmillis staff, with ‘recognised teacher’ status

1966
1966

Refectory Building and six Halls of Residence built,
representing the six counties of Northern Ireland

1969
1969

Development of partnership with St Mary’s
University College on cross-community contact
scheme and education for mutual understanding

1991
1991

Planning Order: campus made an area of special
architectural or historic interest

1994
1994

Erasmus networks established

1996
1996

BA Early Childhood Studies commenced

1998
1998

BSc Health and Leisure Studies began.
MEd introduced

2006
2006

MA Early Childhood Studies introduced

2006

Launch of Effective Pre-School Provision in
Northern Ireland (EPPNI)

2007
2007

Foundation Degree ECS introduced 2008
Successful Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

2011
2011

Launch of International Fund for Ireland CREDIT Project

2012
2012

Successful Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise

2017
2017

Blurred Lives Pan-European Research Project

2018
2018

Launch of Centre for Research in Educational
Underachievement (CREU)

2018

Successful Quality Review Visit

Reasons to study at Stranmillis

Student Satisfaction

Student Satisfaction

Ranked No.1 for satisfaction in Northern Ireland

Work placement

Work placement

100% of our students undertake a workplacement

study abroad

study abroad

32% of our students enjoy a study abroad experience

student success

student success

We are proud to have a 95% student success rate