Widening Participation

Widening Access

Through our Widening Participation programme, the College is committed to encouraging, motivating and supporting new entrants from all backgrounds and levels of need.  They particularly welcome applications from any young people or neighbourhoods under-represented in Higher Education to apply for and gain a place at university. The College offers a range of student bursaries and scholarships to support our widening participation programme.

Males into Higher Education

Males into Higher Education remains a challenge in Northern Ireland.  Stranmillis is committed to supporting all males and promote awareness of the diversity of degree programmes and foundation degree pathways available.  Hear from our students, our graduates and our ambassadors.

Director of Careers Ready NI and Stranmillis Males into Teaching Ambassador, Tony Madden, talks about his experience

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Early Childhood Studies graduate and current MA student Jordan Heaslett talks about his Stran journey

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2nd Year student, Jack Cassidy, talks about his involvement as a Student Ambassador on the College's widening Participation programme

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Making a Difference

Through our Widening Participation programme, Stranmillis is making a difference to young people’s lives and futures, as well as those of families and local communities.

Mathematics in Post-primary

Mathematics in Post-primary

Meeting underachievement targets in our local communities and supporting children and young people to achieve these core skills is vital. Final year BEd student Aoibhinn talks about Maths in post-primary.

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Business and Computer Science/Information

Business and Computer Science/Information

Communication Technology provide pathways into careers in education and corporate sectors.  First in her family to go to university, Mary talks about her passion for learning, for work and for life.

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Intergenerational Learning

Intergenerational Learning

Stranmillis is leading the way in blended learning and senior teachers have supported our student teachers during lockdown. Adult learning and lifelong learning are what Stranmillis does well

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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.