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Mission and purpose

We are an inclusive Catholic University seeking to develop the whole person and we empower our community to have a positive impact on the world.


Our vision is rooted in people and place. By 2025, students, staff, alumni and members of our wider circle will actively contribute to St Mary's unique identity. We will be widely known for our quality and our diverse, inclusive and enabling study and research environment. Everyone will be encouraged, empowered and supported to give, learn and belong to the St Mary's learning community.


All our students will be motivated to fulfil their potential, think critically and become global citizens who engage with the world around them. We will enhance our already strong record for our graduates swiftly entering into rewarding careers. They will stay connected to St Mary's through our vibrant alumni network, committed to our values and to lifelong learning.


Our staff will be passionate about their contribution to St Mary's learning environment and we will support them in developing professionally, growing personally and making an impact.

Strawberry Hill

The centre of our University will continue to be our beautiful campus in Strawberry Hill. By 2025 we will have significantly expanded and improved facilities for students and for learning while maintaining and developing our current community-based environment. We will continue to be engaged, active and responsible citizens of Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, and London.


Our four core values define St Mary's and underpin all we do as a University. They are:


We celebrate differences, recognising that everyone is born with a unique identity. St Mary's is a place where students and staff can reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to society.

Generosity of Spirit

Our generosity of spirit sets us apart. It can be seen in the encouragement, collegiality, empathy, helpfulness and service to be found across the University.


We respect everybody. We treat everyone as we ourselves would want to be treated.


We strive to be the best at everything we do. We seek professionalism through setting high standards and continuous improvement in all our practices and work.