Future-proofing Heythrop

August 20, 2015

In the weeks since the difficult decision was made that Heythrop College would cease being a constituent college of the University of London in three years, our governors and staff have been gratified and encouraged by the many letters and messages of support that we have received, including “Don’t shut down Heythrop College” (Letters, 6 August).

Correspondents have underlined the quality of our teaching and research and the significant contribution that the college has made to the lives of many individuals, to the Church, to the academy and to wider society.

Alas, despite so many expressions of support, it has not been possible to identify, either in the past three years while researching alternative models or in the weeks since the governing body’s decision was made, a robust financial plan that can sustain the college in its current form in today’s funding environment.

We are now focused on giving students the best possible experience over the next three years and on working with the Society of Jesus, our friends and supporters, to find a way in which the work of Heythrop can continue beyond 2018 in a new, financially sustainable form.

We hope that many people, including those who signed the letter that appeared in Times Higher Education, will share with us their ideas about how that future might look and, when the time comes, will be able to lend their support to the college in its new form.

Andrew Kennedy
Chair of governors, Heythrop College

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

PhD Scholar in Medicine

University Of Queensland

Manager, Research Systems and Performance

Auckland University Of Technology

Lecturer in Aboriginal Allied Health

University Of South Australia

Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Western Sydney University

College General Manager, SHE

La Trobe University
See all jobs

Most Commented

women leapfrog. Vintage

Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman offer advice on climbing the career ladder

Woman pulling blind down over an eye
Liz Morrish reflects on why she chose to tackle the failings of the neoliberal academy from the outside
White cliffs of Dover

From Australia to Singapore, David Matthews and John Elmes weigh the pros and cons of likely destinations

Mitch Blunt illustration (23 March 2017)

Without more conservative perspectives in the academy, lawmakers will increasingly ignore and potentially defund social science, says Musa al-Gharbi

Michael Parkin illustration (9 March 2017)

Cramming study into the shortest possible time will impoverish the student experience and drive an even greater wedge between research-enabled permanent staff and the growing underclass of flexible teaching staff, says Tom Cutterham