St Mary's University, Twickenham is a public university in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, in South West London committed to the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in higher education. Originally founded in 1850, as a college for training Catholic schoolmasters, it became a constituent college of the University of London Institute of Education in 1949. This affiliation ended in 1976, and its degree courses were then validated by the University of Surrey. Formerly called St Mary's University College, it was granted full university title by the Privy Council on 23 January 2014. Since July 2019, the university has hosted the Mater Ecclesiae College, whose Ecclesiastical faculties enshrined since 2013 in the "Bellarmine Institute" was brought in after the closure of Heythrop College, University of London earlier in 2019.