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Gaining University Title

On 23rd January 2014, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, was awarded full university title by the Privy Council and became St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Established in 1850 as a Catholic teacher training college, St Mary’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and the granting of university title is an exciting milestone in its history.

With an original intake of just six students, St Mary’s has now grown to around 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the four academic Schools.

Staff or students with questions relating to the granting of university title should refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document.

 

  Campus

 

  The Founding of St Mary's

 

  Post World War II

 

  Taught Degree Awarding Powers

 

  The Present Day



Vice-Chancellors and Principals Past and Present

  Prof Philip Esler   Prof Philip Esler   Dr Arthur Naylor

Francis Campbell
(Vice-Chancellor, 2014-Present)

 

Dr Arthur Naylor
(Interim Principal, 2013-2014)

 

Prof Philip Esler
(2010 - 2013)

 

Dr Arthur Naylor
(1992-2010)

             
Very Rev Desmond Beirne CM   Very Rev Thomas Cashin CM   Very Rev Kevin Cronin   Very Rev Gerald Shannon CM

Very Rev Desmond Beirne CM (1976-1992)

 

Very Rev Thomas Cashin CM (1969-1976)

 

Very Rev Kevin Cronin (1948-1969)

 

Very Rev Gerald Shannon CM (1941-1948)

 
Very Rev Vincent McCarthy CM   Very Rev James Doyle CM   Very Rev John Campbell CM   Very Rev Edward Sheehy CM

Very Rev Vincent McCarthy CM (1930-1941)

 

Very Rev James Doyle CM (1921-1930)

 

Very Rev John Campbell CM (1917-1921)

 

Very Rev Edward Sheehy CM (1912-1917)

 
Very Rev Andrew Moynihan CM   Very Rev William Byrne CM   Very Rev Canon Thomas Graham DD   Very Rev James Rowe Cong Orat

Very Rev Andrew Moynihan CM (1909-1912)

 

Very Rev William Byrne CM (1899-1909)

 

Very Rev Canon Thomas Graham DD (1869-1899)

 

Very Rev James Rowe Cong Orat (1861-1869)


St Mary's first ever Principal was Rev JM Glenie MA (1851-1861)