About us


Established in 2011 the STEM Centre at South West College is a specially designed  teaching facility, it is focused exclusively on delivering educational and instructional activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Located at the college’s Dungannon campus, the facility is led by a dedicated team of STEM experts. The stylish and relaxed environment is designed to capture and attract the imagination of young people and promote interest in the vast range of career paths and options available to scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

The STEM Centre provides students with a unique opportunity to learn and develop new skills in a technology rich environment. The skills developed are wholly relevant to the school curriculum and complement the syllabus currently studies by students across the UK. 

 OUR VISION: "To have a space where students learning can be enhanced through working with other students and interacting with the modern high-tech facilities in a relaxing and welcoming environment"


Shirley Patterson - STEM Centre Coordinator
Shirley Patterson is the STEM Centre Coordinator for South West College and holds responsibility for the management and marketing of the venue and maintaining best-practice teaching and instruction within.

Shirley completed a Masters in Education (STEM) in 2015, in 2008 she graduated from University of Ulster with BSc Hons in Interactive Multimedia Design. Previous to her role in the Centre, Shirley was an Industrial Technology and Training associate for Design within the InnoTech Centre and had responsibility for developing a number of innovative STEM related programmes and activities.
Emma Marks - STEM Multimedia Designer
Emma Marks is a Multimedia Designer for the STEM Centre in South West College, Dungannon. Emma graduated from University of Ulster in 2012 with BA Hons Design for Visual Communication and Diploma in Industrial Studies. Previous to this Emma completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Throughout her education she has gained skills in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash. These skills gained are now used in her everyday work within the STEM Centre. Emma’s work involves the design of materials for activities delivered within the STEM Centre.
Claire Morton- STEM Education Officer
Claire graduated from University of Ulster Coleraine, with an Honours degree in Environmental Science in 2011. After this she took up a post as a Lab Technician in a Poultry veterinary lab, in their serology and microbiology department, where she was member of the testing team.

Claire took some time out to travel and on return took a post with Almac Clinical Services a pharmaceutical company as a Project Coordinator for clinical trials. Here she managed projects for worldwide clinical trials. She then completed a Level 3 BTec in Education at Southern Regional College before taking the job as Education Officer at the STEM centre.