The UK's leading Catholic University will relaunch its postgraduate course programme at the Gillis Centre, Edinburgh, in September 2021.

Archbishop Cushley welcomed today's announcement from St Mary's University to delay entry as he renewed the Archdiocese's commitment to helping people deepen their faith and knowledge through courses such as Theology and Leadership in Catholic Education.

A statement released today by St Mary's University said: "Following its February 2020 announcement that St Marys University would begin to deliver postgraduate courses at the historic Gillis Centre in Edinburgh beginning September 2020, the decision has been taken to postpone this initiative until September 2021 as a consequence of the Coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). This decision was taken with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh."

Archbishop Cushley said: “The health and safety of staff and students are of paramount importance. We remain committed to ensuring the success of this venture with St Mary’s University and look forward to welcoming the first students there in 2021.”

Bishop Richard Moth, chair of the St Mary’s University Board of Governors, said: “I’d like to thank the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh for their on-going commitment to this project.

"This development is in accord with St Mary’s mission as a Catholic university. We are proud to be bringing postgraduate courses to the Gillis Centre and are committed to ensuring the success of our partnership with Archdiocese.”

Anthony McClaran, Vice-Chancellor of St Marys University, added: “The decision to postpone entry to 2021 was taken with the student experience at its heart.

"We are proud to have this opportunity to bring postgraduate study to the Gillis Centre, in partnership with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. We have been encouraged by the number of prospective students who has been in contact so far and we will be in close contact with them to ensure they are able to begin studying with us next year. We look forward to continuing our preparations to welcome students in 2021.”

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