Public appointment competition to appoint new members to Stranmillis University College Governing Body

Date published: 20 October 2022

The Department for the Economy has launched a public appointments competition to recruit six new members to the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College.

Governing Body members required for Stranmillis University College
Governing Body members required for Stranmillis University College

The appointments will be made between February and July 2023. Members serve in a voluntary capacity receiving no remuneration other than reimbursement of reasonable expenses. The time commitment is at least four meetings per annum. Members may also be invited to sit on sub-committees.

Stranmillis was founded as a non-denominational institution in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher training alongside that already available at the existing St Mary’s College. Both institutions have since become academically recognised as university colleges of the Queen’s University of Belfast. Stranmillis offers teacher training for the primary and secondary school sectors as well as professional development courses, a BA in Early Childhood Studies and a BSc in Health, Physical Activity and Sport.

This is an open competition in which a background in education or specific academic qualifications are not required.

The Department would like to appeal to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and would particularly welcome applications from younger people, people with a disability and those from minority ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented on the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College.

The Department is operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme in this competition for applicants with a disability.

Details of the competition are available on the DfE website.

An application pack with full details and guidance may be obtained by emailing:   

The closing date for applications is noon (UK time) on 11 November 2022.

Notes to editors: 

1. The competition is being run in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland Code of Practice. Independent assessment, openness and transparency are integral parts of the process. The Department for the Economy is committed to equality of opportunity for all individuals and applications are welcome regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.

2. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be or have been, engaged or employed in business, industry or any profession and must also meet four essential criteria:

  • The ability to think strategically
  • Effective communication and influencing skills
  • The ability to analyse information and make effective decisions
  • Corporate Governance and Finance

3. Further information regarding the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College can be found on the College website

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