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Our Identity

Our purpose is to make a distinctive contribution of service and excellence, in the Catholic tradition, to higher education in Northern Ireland.

We have been doing that since our doors opened over a century ago here on the Falls Road campus. 

Dare to be different

“We must dare to be different, to point to those ideals other than those of this world, testifying to the beauty of generosity, service, purity, perseverance, forgiveness, fidelity to our personal vocation, prayer, the pursuit of justice and the common good, love for the poor, and social friendship.”


Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 36