Our vision and values

Our Mission

Since it was established in 1922, the College’s mission has been clear:

“To transform the lives of children and young people through excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.”

Our Vision

To deliver that mission, and our vision to be the best specialist higher education institution in the field of teacher education and related professions and provide a lead in innovative professional practice, our focus is based on four key pillars:

Our teaching is best and ‘next’ practice focused and research and scholarship-led.

Shaping Education

For almost 100 years, Stranmillis University College has been a centre of  excellence and innovation in shaping educational policy and practice through world-class educational research, scholarship, teaching and career-long professional development for education practitioners.

Unlocking Potential

Ensuring that children and young people have the best possible start in life, and are motivated, inspired and supported to maximise their potential, is central to the development and delivery of a world-class education system. Unlocking the potential of every child, our own students and our staff is at the heart of who we are and what we do as a college.

Building Futures

We believe that education can have a transformative impact on the lives of children and young people, families, communities and society as a whole. To help build a better, brighter and more prosperous future for all, our teaching is best and ‘next’ practice focused, research and scholarship led and designed to support the development of outstanding workplace and community competence in every area of education.

Connecting Globally

Our international engagement and partnerships enrich the learning community and broaden the horizons of staff and students. During the past year, our focus on developing and sustaining strong  local, national and international partnerships which promote the concept of learning communities and sharing resources has continued apace.

Since it was established in 1922, the College’s mission has been clear: “To transform the lives of children and young people through excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.”


Our values are the foundation of our success and, as a College community, we are committed to:

  • being student-focused: nurturing, developing and maximising the potential of every student
  • pursuing excellence: demonstrating leadership in teaching, scholarship, research and professional practice
  • championing collaboration: creating effective partnerships locally, nationally and internationally
  • promoting social responsibility and respect:  listening to and working with colleagues and the wider College community
  • promoting entrepreneurship: delivering innovative programmes and projects, growing income and promoting good governance.



Student Satisfaction

Stranmillis is ranked 1st in Northern Ireland, and 6th in the UK, for student satisfaction (NSS 2020).


Work-based placements

100% of our undergraduate students undertake an extensive programme of work-based placements.



Our graduates are highly sought after, with 97% in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation.


study abroad

A third of our students take up the opportunity to spend time studying abroad.


Academic staff

71% of our academic teaching staff are qualified to doctoral level.


Student success

We are proud to have a 95% student success rate.


Academic standards

The UK Quality Assurance Agency reports the highest level of confidence in academic standards.


Network of partners

The College has a network of over 750 school, education and alternative placement partners.