30th June 2017
I was appointed earlier this year to lead Heythrop College at a time of great change as, with sadness, we work towards the closure of the College after the 2017/18 academic year. Our focus now is to ensure that Heythrop’s high teaching standards are maintained and that students are given the best possible experience during their time with the College. We will also continue to connect with the wider community and to engage in high quality research, publication and work in the public square, during the course of next academic year.
The College will continue to fully discharge of all its responsibilities to our current students until the end of the academic year 2017/18. We are also reviewing what arrangements can be put in place to support students after this date, including access to duplicate certificates and transcripts through the University of London and I should like to reassure past and current students that your University of London award will retain its currency and significance after the College closes. We will be remaining on our current site until October 2018 but there is no plan for the move of any departments or a continuation of Heythrop College anywhere else. The future development of the Jesuit intellectual apostolate will be something different and will emerge out of discussions the British Province is having, to which we will contribute.
After consulting staff, the College is planning a full programme of events for the coming year, including a major conference next summer, to celebrate Heythrop’s achievements and legacy. We will be providing further details on this programme in due course.
I would like to thank all the students, staff, alumni, friends and supporters of the College for their continued support for our work.
Professor Claire Ozanne