St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is a Catholic university located in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, in South West London. Founded in 1850, it is generally acknowledged to be the oldest Catholic university in the United Kingdom. As well as an excellent reputation for teaching and research, it has a large PhD programme. St Mary’s has a number of partnerships with international Catholic universities and an Edinburgh Campus, the Gillis Centre, which is being development in association with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. St Mary’s also has a collaborative partnership with the Mater Ecclesiae College which traces its history back to 1614 and awards pontifical degrees to students studying at St Mary’s University.
St Mary’s University, Twickenham is made up of three institutes and one faculty:
Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts
Institute of Business, Law and Society
Institute of Education
Faculty of Sport, Allied Health and Performance
Staff from across these institutes and faculty at the University are engaged in both national and international research, much of which was described as « world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour » in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. St Mary’s is home to a number of research centres, including the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society and the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies. It is also home to the journal International Studies in Catholic Education. Within the academic sphere St Mary’s University is known for running short courses on weekends and during the evenings, including sport, health, nutrition and exercise, these are run in their Centre for Short Courses & through Continuing Professional Development courses.