Roehampton has a history in education through our four Colleges dating back over 183 years. Our Colleges were founded in the 19th Century and were pioneers in teacher training. Through our oldest College, Whitelands, we have provided higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.
Our four Colleges are:
Southlands College was founded in 1872 by the Methodist Church. This College is the home of the Faculty of Business and Law and the two Schools within it, namely Roehampton Business School and Roehampton Law School.
Whitelands College, established in 1841 by the Church of England, is the home of the School of Life and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology.
Digby Stuart College, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, in 1874, is the home of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Sustainable Engineering and Technical Education Centre.
Froebel College has secular foundations and was established in 1892. The College takes its name from Friedrich Froebel, the German educational pioneer and is the home of the School of Education and the School of Continuing Education.
The values of social progress inspire the educational missions of all our four colleges. These values, in turn, inform the academic life of Roehampton, including our teaching, research and engagement with communities and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
Today, our Colleges help us provide the friendly, welcoming community that makes Roehampton so distinctive, supporting student wellbeing, social life and the wider student experience. They also help engage our thriving global community of graduates to engage in socially responsible behaviours and reflective practice.
- Change lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life.
- Understand and help to improve our world through a spirit of curiosity and discovery.
- Support, encourage and challenge each other in a friendly and inclusive community that values people as individuals.
- Community of learning based on partnership that encourages and supports all of our students and staff to achieve their aspirations.
- An excellent education that enables our students to prepare themselves for a successful and fulfilling career in a rapidly changing world.
- A curriculum that meets the needs and expectations of both students and employers, and that reflects the diversity of our economy and society.
- An excellent research environment that makes a positive contribution to our understanding of the world and helps to improve lives.
- A community that is characterised by friendliness, openness, inclusion and freedom of thought, religion and expression.
- A wide range of opportunities for our students to develop interests beyond their course of study, encouraging them to grow as individuals.
- A network for communities and partners who share our values to work together for a common purpose towards social responsibility and public good.
Our beautiful parkland campus is in southwest London, close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, and within easy reach of central London. In addition to stunning gardens and heritage buildings, including a conference centre, it has state-of-the-art specialist teaching facilities, a world-class library and a media centre with its own teaching cinema. The campus continues to undergo transformation to accommodate new curriculum areas and saw the opening of our Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre in 2022. This year we will start on the construction of new Engineering teaching facilities.
Studying and working with us gives our students and staff the best of both worlds: the friendly community feel of a traditional university campus, and the energy, culture and connections of one of the greatest cities in the world.