23 April 2021, The Tablet

St Mary’s opens new campus in Edinburgh 

St Mary’s opens new campus in Edinburgh 

The Gillis Centre in Edinburgh
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St Mary’s University, the oldest post-reformation Catholic university in the UK, based in Twickenham, is opening a campus in Edinburgh, in partnership with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Teaching will begin in September, where students will be able to attend taught post-graduate programs in Catholic education, school leadership or theology.

The new campus will be based in the Gillis Centre, formerly St Margaret’s Convent and School, another famous post-Catholic emancipation institution, the first convent to be founded in Britain since the dissolution of the monasteries. 

The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, the Most Reverend Leo Cushley, welcomed the new campus: “St Mary’s is the UK’s leading Catholic university, so we’re delighted it has agreed to offer courses here. It’s an ideal location and is consistent with our archdiocesan aim for the advancement of Catholic education. It will help support the Roman Catholic community and give people the opportunity to study a fascinating range of subjects.

“The arrangement that we have made with St Mary’s will provide invaluable means for Catholics to grow in the knowledge and love of their faith. In this way we are also responding to Pope Francis’ call to invest in the intellectual formation of the laity, and the evangelisation of professional and intellectual life.”

The chair of St Mary’s board of governors, Bishop Richard Moth, said: “St Mary’s is very pleased to be working with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Opening a postgraduate campus in Edinburgh is consistent with the mission of the University to promote higher education and to grow our postgraduate offering.”

Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Anthony McClaran, said: “After the unavoidable delay caused by Covid-19, we are pleased that we will be teaching our Theology and Education postgraduate courses in Edinburgh from September. Our courses are open to students of all faiths and none, and our flexible programmes at the Gillis Centre will create new opportunities for mature students, teachers and others across central Scotland.”

The new campus is providing five different part time two-year courses starting on September 21 of this year. Information on the new campus and its curriculum can be found here.


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