St. Mary's University College (SMUC)

  • Description
  • Our Mission

    St Mary’s pre­pares its stu­dents for flour­ish­ing lives, suc­cess­ful careers and social com­mit­ment through excel­lent, research-​enriched teach­ing in a strong com­mu­nity of mutual respect based on our Catholic ethos and identity.

    Our Legal Objects

    To advance edu­ca­tion, in such man­ner as befits a Catholic foun­da­tion, by:

    • the pro­vi­sion, devel­op­ment and con­duct of a Catholic insti­tu­tion of higher edu­ca­tion; and
    • the pro­vi­sion of train­ing and con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for teach­ers in both reli­gious and sec­u­lar schools, with spe­cial pro­vi­sion for those intend­ing to teach in Catholic and other Chris­t­ian schools”

    (Mem­o­ran­dum and Arti­cles of Asso­ci­a­tion of St Mary’s Uni­ver­sity Col­lege, Twick­en­ham: approved by the Privy Coun­cil 2007)

    A Catholic foun­da­tion in higher edu­ca­tion is under­stood as “an aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tion which in a rig­or­ous and crit­i­cal fash­ion assists in the advance­ment of human dig­nity and cul­tural her­itage through research, teach­ing and ser­vices offered to local, national and inter­na­tional communities.”

    (Source: Ex Corde Eccle­siae 1990 para 12: quoted in The Canon Law Soci­ety of Great Britain and Ire­land The Canon Law: Let­ter and Spirit, p 442)

    Our Values

    • Gen­eros­ity of spirit
    • Friendliness
    • Respect
    • Fairness
    • Reverence
    • Excellence
    • Professionalism

    Our Strate­gic Aims 2011 – 2016

    1. To be a dis­tinc­tive insti­tu­tion within UK Higher Edu­ca­tion, pro­vid­ing a unique expe­ri­ence for our stu­dents and staff by virtue of our val­ues and iden­tity as a Catholic uni­ver­sity college.

    2. To offer our stu­dents through excel­lent teach­ing and learn­ing the oppor­tu­nity to achieve their full aca­d­e­mic and career potential.

    3. To enhance the qual­ity and quan­tity of our research, knowl­edge exchange and enterprise.

    4. To man­age our resources effec­tively and imag­i­na­tively to ensure a sus­tain­able future and to pro­vide max­i­mum value for our students.


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