The Big Assembly will be taking place at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham. Today we thought we’d share a little of the history of this 160 year old Catholic university college.
Like the other Catholic University Colleges, St. Mary’s University College has a long and distinguished history, beginning as a Catholic college for the training of teachers. It was founded in 1850 by the Catholic Poor Schools Committee to enable teachers to provide an education for the growing numbers of poor Catholic children. In 1899, the Church asked the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) to undertake the administration of the College. The College continued to grow and expand and in 2006, the it became St. Mary’s University College. It is hoped St. Mary’s will soon receive full university status.
Today St. Mary’s provides a diverse range of undergraduate and post-graduate provision with particular strengths, for example, in theology, with a third of its provision continuing to focus on the training and development of teachers and school leaders. The University College states that its mission is ‘to provide high-quality academic and professional higher education within a collegial ethos inspired and sustained by Christian values.’
Want to find out more about St Mary’s University College? Why not visit its website?