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Stranmillis University College

Stranmillis University College
Motto Docendo discimus
Motto in English
We learn by teaching
Established 1922
Principal Dr. Anne Heaslett
Students 1,350 [1]
Undergraduates 1,195 [1]
Postgraduates 160 [1]
Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nickname Stran
Affiliations Queen's University Belfast

Stranmillis University College is a university college of Queen's University Belfast. The institution is located on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast, and has approximately 700 students today and offers the BEd, PGCE and TESOL, as well as other courses.


  • History 1
  • Architecture 2
  • Association with Queen's University Belfast 3
  • Notable Alumni 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Stranmillis University College

The college was established in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher training by the then newly created Government of Northern Ireland to ensure that there would be a non-denominational teacher training college within the new country after the partition of Ireland. This status was undermined early in its existence, after a statement by Roman Catholic bishops to the effect that a graduate of the institution would not be allowed to teach in a Catholic school soon ensured that the institution became identified as a Protestant-only institution.


The main building[2][3] of the college is attributed to Roland Ingleby Smith,[4] Chief architect of the Northern Ireland Ministry of Finance at the time of its construction in 1928-1930. The design, however, may have been partly or even wholly the work of an architect in the Government of Northern Ireland Works Division, T. F. O. Rippingham.[5]

T. F. O. Rippingham is directly credited with the design of other college buildings, especially the Henry Garrett Building[6] (1944).

Association with Queen's University Belfast

The university college has been associated with Queen's University since 1968 when it became a college of the university and commenced offering the university's degrees. In 1999 this status was upgraded to the current university college status. The university college is financially and organisationally independent of the university.

Notable Alumni

  • Sonya Mac - Cool FM DJ, best known for presenting the 'Cool Goes Quiet' show, as well as being the resident DJ of Ballymena nightclub 'Control' (formerly known as the 'Fort Royal')
  • Dan Gordon - actor, best known for his role in the BBC Northern Ireland series "Give My Head Some Peace"

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2005/06".  
  2. ^ "CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, STRANMILLIS COLLEGE". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  3. ^ "College Estate in the Context of Permitted Development" (PDF). Stranmillis University College, ESTATES STRATEGY 2010-2014. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  4. ^ "SMITH, ROLAND INGLEBY". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "RIPPINGHAM, THOMAS FRANCIS O.". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  6. ^ "CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, STRANMILLIS COLLEGE, HENRY GARRETT BUILDING". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 

External links

  • Official site
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