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Rt Hon Ruth Kelly to Leave St Mary’s University

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Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and Development) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham Rt Hon Ruth Kelly has announced her decision to leave St Mary’s after nearly five years to undertake a new international opportunity, which will be announced later in the summer.

During her time at St Mary’s, Ruth has led the transformation of the University on numerous fronts, in line with its Vision 2025 strategy. Among the many achievements under her direction, some highlights include:

  • the development of a thriving research culture, including the completion of the University’s application for Research Degree Awarding Powers;
  • the setting up of the Research Centre into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults;
  • the First Star academy programme for children in care;
  • the Exchange cultural centre in Twickenham;
  • the development of the St Mary’s/ Warwick summer school;
  • the launch of the School of Business, Law and Society.

Ruth will continue to support St Mary’s and will remain very much involved as we continue to grow and develop.

Bishop Richard Moth, Chair of Governors, said, “St Mary’s has been fortunate to have Ruth Kelly as Pro-Vice Chancellor over these past five years. She brought a wealth of experience to the role, along with a deep commitment to the Catholic life that is at the heart of the University. She has achieved much during her time with us. Our thanks go to her for her service to St Mary’s together with good wishes for the new opportunities that lie ahead”.

About St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Established in 1850, St Mary’s University is a welcoming academic community. The University is committed to the highest standards in teaching across the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses it offers.

St Mary’s is rated Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework and recently retained its Ofsted Outstanding Rating, and was also recently recognised by the Guardian University Guide as having the top teaching and course satisfaction in London.

The University has a long and distinguished history within higher education. The University welcomes around 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate from around the world to its campus in leafy Strawberry Hill, London.

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