St Mary's has a long and distinguished history and a very modern outlook.
History and Heritage
With an original intake of just six students, St Mary's has now grown to around 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the four academic Schools.
Established in 1850 and with a deep heritage in education, St Mary’s has a strong reputation for teaching excellence and a student-centred approach.
On 23rd January 2014, St Mary's University College, Twickenham, was awarded full university title by the Privy Council and became St Mary's University, Twickenham.
The University's current estate is in four parts. The main campus is on Waldegrave Road in Twickenham within the grounds of Strawberry Hill House, a hall of residence is located at 16 Strawberry Hill Road, the main sports fields are located on the Teddington Lock campus in Broom Road, Teddington, and the new Naylor Library (also on Waldegrave Road) which opened in the autumn of 2015.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
St Mary’s University is fully committed to creating an inclusive culture by promoting equality of opportunity and respecting differences amongst its students, staff, and other stakeholders.
The University has a long tradition of widening access to education for all while fostering a respectful and tolerant environment where all backgrounds are celebrated. Our equality, diversity, and inclusion ambitions align with our mission, where each human being is unique and valued.
We are proud that our University is a richly diverse community, where we draw on the talents of all our students and staff to create a culture of mutual respect and recognition, where we embrace and share new perspectives. As we believe in the power of education to transform lives. At St Mary’s we understand that our continued success is dependent on the contributions of every member of our community and it is this collective spirit that makes us unique.
All staff, students, and visitors are expected to act in line with the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion aim and within the remit of the policy, taking responsibility for its successful implementation.
St Mary's as a Catholic University
Established in 1850 and with a distinctive Catholic identity, St Mary’s is a Catholic University seeking to develop the whole person and empower our community to have a positive impact on the world. St Mary’s has a deep heritage in education being founded by the Catholic Poor Schools Committee to meet the need for teachers to provide an education for the growing number of poor Catholic children. Our style of teaching and our approach to learning which emphasises student engagement and participation reflects Newman’s idea of inter-disciplinary education, virtues and values, and the formation of each individual enriched by insights from the Catholic intellectual tradition. The powerful sense of community that characterises St Mary’s is a product of our ethos and the core values that underpin it.
St Mary’s is committed to the mission of the Catholic Church in higher education. We have established excellence in provision across a wide range of academic areas, highly-respected research centres and courses, pastoral care provision, partnerships and public engagement.