Ten years on from super college merger .

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ten years on from super college merger   . thumbnail Maggie Grant, assistant director for Curriculum, and Michael McDonald, head of School of Applied Science and Academic Studies at Southern Regional College, are pictured with SRC students as they celebrate the College’s 10th birthday.

NORTHERN Ireland's best performing college, Southern Regional College, is celebrating its 10th birthday this month.

In August 2007, the 16 further and higher education colleges in Northern Ireland merged to create six new area based 'super colleges'.

The birth of Southern Regional College incorporated the merger of the previously known Armagh College, Newry and Kilkeel Institute and Upper Bann Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Southern Regional College (SRC), deemed 'Best Performing College' for a second year running in a report prepared by the Ulster University, has gone from strength to strength during this 10-year period.

From 2007/08 to 2016/17, SRC has reached the 334,231 enrolment mark of which 18,464 enrolments are higher education and 32,144 are apprenticeships.

Brian Doran, chief executive at Southern Regional College, said: "Over the last decade, we have seen thousands of students come through our doors at SRC to experience quality further and higher education.

"We are delighted to continue to play a key role in transforming people's lives and providing them with many course pathways and options to ensure that they can reach their full potential. As the largest provider of integrated education in the region, SRC strives to continually build a strong educational future and focus across Armagh and Down, with three new landmark campuses planned for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

"We are certainly very excited about the next 10 years and to be able to continue to build upon our success." For more information about Southern Regional College and the range of courses on offer, please visit: or Tel: 0300 1231223.


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