St Mary's and Stranmillis University Colleges have a distinguished track record in teacher education in Northern Ireland.
St Mary's was founded in 1900 and Stranmillis was founded in 1922. Both institutions were designated Colleges of Queen's University Belfast in 1999. The arrangement acknowledged the academic maturity and standing of the Colleges and led to the full integration of their academic provision into Queen's structure.
The partnership built upon the previous relationship under which the Colleges had been 'recognised' by Queen's which validated the BEd degree and other approved courses.
Queen's also has close contacts with several other educational institutions in Northern Ireland, including a number of colleges of further and higher education and agricultural colleges.