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Leading Catholic university to offer postgraduate courses in Edinburgh

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh has announced a new partnership with a London University which is poised to deliver opportunities for people to enhance their Catholic knowledge.

The UK’s leading Catholic university, St Mary’s, Twickenham, is to launch postgraduate courses in Scotland for the first time, after agreeing with the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh for a range of theology and education subjects to be taught at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh.

The University and the Archdiocese have agreed arrangements for St Mary’s to occupy part of the Gillis Centre, formerly St Margaret’s Convent and School, located near the centre of Edinburgh.

A Welcomed announcement

The announcement has been welcomed by Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

He said, “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.”

Speaking of the announcement, chair of St Mary’s University Board of Governors, Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton Diocese, 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.”

St Mary’s

Interim Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Dave Hartnett, said: “We are greatly pleased to have this opportunity to offer our theology and education postgraduate courses in Edinburgh. Our courses are open to students of all faiths and none. Our flexible programmes at the Gillis Centre will create new opportunities for mature students, teachers and others across central Scotland.”

The part-time postgraduate MA courses will be offered from Autumn 2020 and information will be available on the St Mary’s University website soon.

St Mary’s University hosts the only faculties in the UK with the ability to offer ecclesiastical degrees, the Mater Ecclesiae College (dating back to 1614). The university’s long-standing and nationally recognised education programme was recently re-confirmed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The SCO understands the courses may include Theology, Christian Spirituality, Catholic School Leadership, Catholic Social Teaching and Charity Management.

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