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The present day

Nowadays, around a third of the offering at St Mary's is dedicated to teacher education and there is a growing number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in subjects such as Sport, Drama, Theology and Business.

The provision for international students, study abroad opportunities and overseas collaborative partnerships has also expanded.

In recent years, there have been some major events at St Mary's.

On 17th September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI visited the campus as part of the first Papal visit to the UK since 1982.

A new Sports Centre, an £8.5 million asset for recreation, academic, elite and community sport, was officially opened in October 2011 by Lord Sebastian Coe.

Sport St Mary's building
Our £8.5m sports centre and Hall of Fame for Sport was opened in 2011 by Lord Sebastian Coe.

In July 2012, St Mary's hosted athletes from ten nations as part of a pre-Games training camp for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Athletes and team members from South Africa, China, Japan, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Mozambique and Denmark all spent time using the state-of-the-art training facilities on campus.

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.

During Rugby World Cup 2015 the University was chosen as a Team Base for the South African, New Zealand and Australian rugby teams.

In 2015 St Mary's celebrated its 165th anniversary and marked it with a number of exciting events both on campus in Strawberry Hill and in central London, including the official installation of our Chancellor Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral in May. 

In the past couple of years Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward, and leading human rights barrister Cherie Blair, were made Visiting Professors, and former Irish President Mary McAleese was appointed Distinguished Professor in Irish Studies.