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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 76 universities and colleges that entered the 2014 REF exercise, Stranmillis was ranked 31st out of 76 entrants in Education in terms of the quality of its research output. Of the work submitted, overall, 20% was rated as 4* (of world leading standard), 24% was rated as 3* (internationally excellent), 28% was rated as 2* (internationally recognised), and 28% was rated as 1* (nationally recognised). There were no unclassified submissions. 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.