History

The University College Isle of Man has a long and illustrious tradition of serving the further education and training needs of the Island's community. Its formal origins were in 1880, with the opening of the Douglas School of Art, where Archibald Knox was one of the first pupils.

The early twentieth century then saw evening classes provided by the Island's Education Boards for people wanting to extend their learning beyond primary school; the subjects offered included Science, Commerce, Technical Instruction and Literature. Education and training opportunities widened under various organisational arrangements to include Domestic Science, Institutional Management and Catering in the 1920s, which was then enhanced to day-time provisions in the 1930s.

Following the 1944 Education Act, all further education training was combined with the School of Technology, Arts and Crafts in 1947, which then became the College of Further Education in 1960. The early 1970s saw the College of Further Education move premises from the Lord/Barrack Street site, to where the College sits today on Homefield Road.

The title Isle of Man College was adopted in 1991 in recognition of its wider involvement in general and higher education and its crucial role in underpinning the Manx economy and quality of life.

2012 - The Isle of Man College and the Isle of Man International Business School merged in 2012, with the new institution named the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education.

2016 - The Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education rebranded to the University College Isle of Man (UCM) in September 2016.

As the Isle of Man’s national college, we have always strived to provide our students with a number of career options, with different levels of qualification to support you to achieve your potential through academic and vocational courses as well as leisure and recreational courses. UCM’s growth of our Higher Education (HE) provision will, in turn, strengthen the Further Education (FE) courses giving you more options and opportunities with your education or within the workplace.