St Mary’s: London’s Catholic University

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Since 1850, St Mary’s University, Twickenham has been providing a high quality academic and professional education, inspired by its Catholic ethos and values. As the only Catholic University in London and the largest in the United Kingdom this mission remains at the fore today. With a new Vice-Chancellor, Francis Campbell in post from August and its first Chancellor, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster in post from September, the institution is entering a new, exciting phase of its history.

St Mary’s is an inclusive academic community where everyone is welcome and valued. The focus is on developing students as individuals; academically, personally and professionally. St Mary’s closely-knit campus community is a home away from home and the institution is proud of the support and guidance that it gives to its students.

With a campus based in Greater London, the University is both local and global, with a relatively small student body of around 6,000. Its students value St Mary’s because they get to know their peers and staff on campus in a way that might not be the case in a more urban setting; while living in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world.

Situated in the grounds of the historic Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham, students benefit from a self-contained campus in the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. This provides an environment conducive to study where students receive a first class education within a collegiate environment.

St Mary’s is well known for its outstanding primary and secondary teacher training provision (Ofsted 2011). However there are more than 60 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which run in four broad academic areas: Arts and Humanities, Education, Theology and Leadership, Management and Social Sciences and Sport, Health and Applied Science.

The academic offering is underpinned by excellent teaching which saw St Mary’s ranked in the top 15 of UK universities in the 2013 Sunday Times University Guide. Graduate employment rates are excellent. The University has been named one of the country’s best sporting universities as voted by students by Which? University. It counts famous Olympians such as Mo Farah amongst its alumni and several international Olympic teams trained on the campus in the lead-up to the 2012 London Games.

Places are still available to study this September through Clearing. Phone lines open from 7am on Thursday 14th August and will offer advice not only to students but also to teachers, heads of sixth form and careers advisors who will be supporting their students through the Confirmation and Clearing process. Please call 020 8240 2390 or visit

Read more about St Mary’s University, take a look at the courses on offer and contact the university directly with any questions you might have about studying there.

3 comments on “St Mary’s: London’s Catholic University

  1. Stanisław says:

    Theology and Religious Studies as a postgraduate course?

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