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Heythrop College

Heythrop College ceased operations and left the University of London on January 31st, 2019. The college was founded in 1614, and was a specialist college with one of the largest Theology and Philosophy faculties in Britain. Heythrop offered an education experience that respected all faiths and perspectives and a tight-knit community of just under 1000 students and scholars.

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Heythrop College ceased operations and left the University of London on January 31st, 2019.

Heythrop College, which has been a member institution of the University of London since 1970, has departed the federation and ceased operations on January 31st, 2019.

Originally founded by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) for the study of philosophy and theology, Heythrop has been a member of the University of London since 1970. The College retained a modern Catholic ethos and is proud to have offered an educational experience that respected all faiths and perspectives.

Heythrop experienced difficulty in sustaining recruitment levels following the 2012 university fee reforms. This, in addition to rising administrative costs, contributed to the Governing Body’s 2015 difficult decision to begin its closure.

The collection from Heythrop College Library of over 250,000 volumes of books and bound volumes of periodicals, widely regarded as one of the finest collections of theology and philosophy in the UK, will continue to be accessible onsite - many discoverable for the first time - to readers through Senate House Library. Members of Senate House Library can access the titles and order via the online catalogue for delivery to the library on the same or next day.

Fr Damian Howard SJ, Jesuit Provincial, said, “I am delighted that the University of London, an institution with which Heythrop College has had a long and happy partnership, is able to accommodate this significant collection. The library will be maintained as a valuable and up-to-date resource, accessible to members of the church and of the academy.”

Information for alumni, PhD students and prospective philosophy and theology students:

  • Continuing Heythrop PhD students have been taken on by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, who will provide the appropriate supervision and support as well as access to learning resources.
  • If students wish to avail themselves of a University of London Degree, Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education in divinity they can do so via distance learning. Those wishing to study theology and philosophy can also do so through distance learning and on campus in London.
  • Alumni should be assured that their University of London award will retain its currency and significance after Heythrop closes. Former students or prospective employees who would like to obtain copies of their transcripts or verification of their award will be able to do so by contacting the University of London Transcript Office.


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