In the weeks since the difficult decision was made that Heythrop would cease being a constituent college of the University of London in three years’ time, our Governors and staff have been gratified and encouraged by the many letters and messages of support we have received.
Again and again, correspondents have underlined the quality of our teaching and research and the significant contribution the College has made to the lives of many individuals, to the Church, to the Academy and to wider society. Their comments are a fitting tribute to the hard work and commitment of our staff over many years, sentiments which echo those of the Governing Body.
It is without doubt very sad that the College as we know it cannot continue and its closure as a college of the University of London will leave a gap which will be hard to fill. 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 which can sustain the College in its current form in today’s higher education funding environment.
We are now focused on giving our 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 mission and work of Heythrop, which is so highly valued, can continue beyond 2018 in a new, financially sustainable form.
We hope that many, including those who signed last week’s letter, 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.
Chair of Governors - Heythrop College