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From the Principal, Heythrop College, University of London

Fr Michael Holman SJ, 14th July 2014

The world of higher education in England is undergoing many changes as the government introduces a more competitive free-market. Heythrop is investigating how it can sustain and develop its important mission in this changing environment by exploring options both within and outside the University of London.

The governing bodies of Heythrop College and St. Mary’s University have agreed to consider the feasibility of forming a strategic partnership. Heythrop College is also continuing to examine opportunities within the University of London.

Heythrop and St Mary’s have much in common – they share a strong Catholic tradition, identity and ethos and are both London based. They have a long and rich history of serving the Church and wider society, at home and abroad, and over the years have collaborated on a number of projects.

If they agree to proceed with a partnership in the interests of both institutions, these changes would come about through careful negotiations which would take time to implement. This would allow for a period of transition for all involved. Whatever the outcome of its discussions with St Mary’s, Heythrop will of course fulfil existing commitments to present and incoming students working towards University of London degrees.

Heythrop’s governing body will consider these matters again in the autumn when further details will be provided.