Spurgeon’s College announces new degree courses in Croydon as part of its partnership with Liverpool Hope University

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, has announced that from September 2021, three new joint honours degree programmes, across six new subject areas will be delivered at its campus in Croydon.

The new three joint honour degree programmes will be in:

The College is partnering with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’ to deliver the new degree courses. The ‘Network of Hope’ aims to support colleges deliver flexible, higher education courses to communities which would otherwise not have such a provision. The additions to the portfolio of courses offered at the College and subsequent growth in its educational offer marks an important step in the College’s plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon.

Last year the College also added two new Masters programme to their existing portfolio – the Masters in Digital Theology Degree and the Masters of Ministry Degree. The new courses add to the College’s existing suite of study options, which includes undergraduate courses in Theology, Ministerial training and gold standard Counselling courses. The College’s new and existing portfolio of courses responds to the educational needs and wants of the Borough of Croydon, with Spurgeon’s graduates going on to make valuable contributions as community leaders or mental health and wellbeing professionals within the local area.

The College plays an important role in supporting underrepresented groups within Croydon into Higher Education, and delivers courses flexibly as weekday, evening or weekend courses. As part of Spurgeon’s College’s plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, the College hopes to be able to offer higher education opportunities to more people within the Borough. The College currently has around 600 students enrolled, with the new courses opening up opportunities for hundreds more students.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor, Philip McCormack said:

“We are delighted to have partnered with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’, to deliver these three new degree courses from Spurgeon’s College. The expansion of this educational offer means that we are able to offer more courses to more students within the Borough of Croydon, taking us closer to realising our ambition of becoming the first-home grown university in Croydon.

“As a deeply embedded member of the Croydon community, I am so proud of the role our College has played in supporting the provision of higher education within the local area for nearly 100 years, particularly in supporting underrepresented groups. I am excited for our College to continue to develop our educational offer and expand the support we provide to our local community.”

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University said:

“We are so pleased to have partnered with Spurgeon’s College, through our ‘Network of Hope’ to help support the provision of higher education with Croydon. This partnership with Spurgeon’s College is the first Network of Hope partnership outside of the North West and represents a significant step in the growth of the Network and of Spurgeon’s College’s educational offer. We are proud to be able to support the College’s ambitious plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon.”

Member of Parliament for Croydon North and Shadow Communities Secretary, Steve Reed MP said:

“The announcement from Spurgeon’s College that three new joint honours degree courses are being added to their higher educational offering is exciting news for our Borough. Education has the power to transform lives and I am so pleased that more of these important opportunities are becoming available in our local area thorough the expansion of Spurgeon’s College’s degree courses. Further, student populations make a valuable contribution to local economies, and we are pleased that the increase in student numbers at the College will help to support this.

“The College has been a valued member of our community for nearly 100 years, providing higher education provision within the Borough and producing highly trained graduates who then go on to support our local area. I very much look forward to the expansion of their course portfolio, and the opportunities this will bring to Croydon.” 

Leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Hamida Ali said:

“I am delighted by the announcement that Spurgeon’s College is partnering with Liverpool Hope University’s Network of Hope to deliver 3 new joint honours degree courses, here in Croydon. This represents an exciting opportunity for our community to take advantage of expanding educational opportunities available within the local area.

“The flexible way that the College delivers their courses, on weekends, weekdays and evenings, means that the transformative power of education and the opportunities it can bring for both individuals and the local community, are accessible to more people within our Borough.”

Local ward councillor, Cllr Karen Jewitt said:

“I have been working closely with Spurgeon’s College, particularly over the course of the pandemic, to help support our local community through the Lunch and Social Club for elders that we host on the College’s site. Through this work, I have become aware of the important social and community benefits that the College brings to the local area. I am so pleased that the College is expanding its educational offer and in turn expanding these benefits.”

Local ward councillor, Cllr Pat Clouder said:

“Spurgeon’s College is deeply embedded in our ward of Thornton Heath and the Borough as a whole. I am delighted to see the College partner with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’, to deliver new degree courses to those in the local area and further afield. I am excited for the College to welcome the first cohort of students on these courses in September, and I wish those undertaking the courses every success.”

Library Access for Current Students

In line with the government’s roadmap, we are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening some student services on campus from Monday 17th May 2021. This means that you will be able to book to come and visit the library and book to come and visit staff members for a socially distanced Covid19 secure visit.  Before your visit to the College in light with the government advice to Higher Education Providers we would ask that you take a lateral flow test, which can be ordered for free from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you do not take a lateral flow test before you travel, there is a lateral flow testing centre on site which can provide you with a test. Please allow 45 minutes for your test to be processed on site.

You should expect the reception team to ask to see your same day negative result, when you arrive.

Unless you have an exemption you are required to wear a mask in all communal areas and in the library in line with government guidance.

The College is not able to offer any food or drink services at this time, so please bring your own drinks or food onto site.

Every student visit will be recorded for the track and trace system in line with government guidance.

Student services

  1. Library

Monday to Friday the library will be offering two bookable sessions a day.

Session 1: 9:00 to 11.30

Session 2: 13:00 to 15:30

Each session can accommodate eight students only, allowing therefore for 80 different students a week to have access to the library. You will be allocated a set table and we will be asked to work in that specific area. We strongly advise wearing warm clothes as the library windows will be open at all times to ensure adequate ventilation in the space.

Photocopying services will be free of charge.

Times are set specifically to allow Covid19 procedures and cleaning regimes to be maintained and are not negotiable, although you may arrive at any time during your session. You will be asked to leave when the session ends regardless of your time of arrival, as it is imperative that we protect students by thoroughly cleaning between sessions.

Students wishing to drop off books only and not enter the library can do so Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm from Monday 17th May by dropping the books directly to reception.  No appointment is necessary, but the books must be returned inside a bag.

HOW TO BOOK: To book a library session please email enquiries@spurgeons.ac.uk or phone 02086530850 stating the time and day you would like to book.  Please do give more than one time you would be available so that the team can allocate you a slot demanding on demand.

Bookings will be processed in the order they arrive by email and phone on a first come first served basis. Initially each student may only request one session until the demand for the service is established.

The reception team will return your email within 1 working day, confirming your time slot. When you arrive at College you must report to reception who will ask to see your negative test result and then give you a visitors page to access the library for your allotted session.

  • Meeting with a staff member

If you would like to book a meeting with a staff member, please email them directly and they will advise you of their availability. Additional meeting pods will be established on the lawn, so that meetings can be booked outside, should you and the staff member prefer.

Please note this programme of events will only be rolled out as long as the government confirm that they are continuing with the roadmap targets for 17th May 2021. If the guidance changes at any time, this programme will also have to change and you will be notified.

We are very much looking forward to seeing students once again on campus.

Virtual College Conference

College Conference is both the name given to the association of former students of Spurgeon’s College and an actual conference which is held on the second Thursday in June each year. This year, it will be on Thursday 11th June.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, College Conference will not be able to take place as originally planned this year. However we will be offering a virtual experience instead. Please visit the College Conference page to view the programme and to engage with the content on the day.

As part of the day we will be hosting a Spurgeon’s reunion via video link (Zoom*). The reunion is open to all former students irrespective of age, location, or circumstance. We will be breaking people up into smaller batch groups for some catch-up and conversation. Please sign-up in advance if you would like to participate in the reunion: https://fs30.formsite.com/HelenStokley/f9algky3rk/index.html?1590582099549

*You do not need to have a Zoom account to join.

COVID-19: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Earlier this afternoon the Prime Minister recommended that people should avoid social contact. Physical lectures tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, therefore, at College are cancelled. This includes chapel and PMP. 

The College will transition to an online delivery of its theological programmes. We will contact students with details of how we intend to achieve this and address some practical concerns.

Counselling students will be contacted tomorrow, but there will not be any counselling lectures this week.

Introduction to Counselling Course

We are now enrolling for the next Introduction to Counselling Course…

The Introduction to Counselling is a 25 hour part time course. It could be useful to you if you are involved in helping others within your church, or if you use counselling skills in your work or you just want to learn how to listen effectively. The next course will begin in March this year.

When is it?

Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:45pm

March  –5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April  – 2nd

Easter Holiday

       April – 23rd

       May – 7th, 17th, 21st

How much does it cost?

The course costs £235 per person.

How do I join?

The course is open to all, so simply complete an application form form and our Admissions Department will be in touch.

Press Release: OfS registration

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges and a Baptist institution with almost 100 years history in Croydon, London, has a distinguished and ongoing history of quality theological education. Today the College regrets to announce that the new regulator, the Office for Students (OfS) has turned down its registration application.

The OfS determined that the College passed 4 of its 5 tests for registration, but did not meet its financial sustainability test. The College fundamentally disagrees with this financial assessment and believes it has been made on seriously flawed assumptions.

This unfair and misguided decision by the OfS means that some of our hardworking students will be negatively impacted. In some cases they will no longer be able to access any kind of student loan or financial help from the Student Loans Company. Those students still eligible for loans will not be able to access the full amount.

It is important to note that no question has been raised regarding the high quality of the College’s educational offer. Despite the OfS decision, Spurgeon’s College will remain open and will continue with its core mission to train men and women for Christian ministry. The College has been training Baptist ministers for over 163 years. Our alumni are working across the world to support their communities. The OfS decision won’t stop this vital work, but it is a significant blow to the College and its students,  and we believe it is contrary to Government policies encouraging diversification of the higher education market.

We are fully committed to doing everything we can to minimise any impact for students arising from this decision. The College is a charity with a robust balance sheet, funds in the bank and plans for the future. We are considering our options in relation to the OfS decision – including possible legal action.

We call on the Minister for Universities, Jo Johnson, to undertake a review into this flawed registration process.

Media Contacts:

Lodestone:

Martha Dalton – Martha.dalton@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07971138459

Harry Padfield – harry.padfield@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07896140920

Fran O’Leary – fran.oleary@lodestonecommunications.com

Tel: 07980582254

Important: availability of online units for study

From 1 August 2019 there will be some changes to the availability of online units of study.

It will no longer be possible to purchase single units for assessment and credit. Anyone who wishes to submit work for assessment and gain Higher Education credit for their work will need to enrol on a course through the normal application process. Courses available are as follows:

  • Spurgeon’s College Award in Theology (60 credits)
  • University of Manchester Certificate in Higher Education in Theology (120 credits)
  • University of Manchester Diploma in Higher Education in Theology (240 credits)
  • University of Manchester Bachelor of Arts in Theology (360 credits)

All these courses are available via both taught and distance learning modes of delivery.

Those who have already completed a ministerial training course but are required, or wish, to supplement it with specific practically-focused units of study may enrol on the Spurgeon’s College Commendation in Ministerial Formation (total credits variable, but normally between 10 and 30). This will be available from 23 September 2019.

Those who wish to study one or both of the biblical languages Greek and Hebrew may enrol on the Spurgeon’s College Commendation in Biblical Languages (total credits variable, but normally between 10 and 60). This will be available from 23 September 2019.

Single units will continue to be available for purchase but this will be for audit only. There will be no assessment or award of credit. Taught students will attend classes and have access to all support materials on Moodle, including recordings of sessions where available. Online students will have access to all the relevant study materials on Moodle, including recordings of sessions where available.

Press Release: BMS World Mission/ Spurgeon’s College Partnership

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College announce major new partnership.

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College have developed a significant new partnership to enable a joint theological and mission training hub to open in September 2019, located at BMS’ campus in Birmingham.

Warmly welcoming the innovative development, BMS General Director Dr Kang-San Tan comments:

“The strategic case for the partnership is strong. Spurgeon’s academic discipline and administration offers potential for course development and reach, as well as quality assurance. The remote learning capabilities that Spurgeon’s will bring to the partnership will enhance the BMS learning and training opportunities for mission workers, both pre-departure and ongoing. Spurgeon’s academic reputation and knowledge will be of great value as we develop BMS for the future.”

Echoing Dr Tan’s comments, Rev Prof Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, says:

“Having opened a successful hub in Cambridge last year, we are delighted to mirror that in Birmingham. This new partnership with BMS is strategically important to the future of the College and our governors have accepted a plan to invest towards growth”.

BMS and Spurgeon’s intend to move quickly towards the College offering a whole range of courses from the Birmingham hub. Those may include, over time, BA, MA/MTh and DMin programmes, as well as the Equipped to Minister (EtM) programme which is delivered on Saturdays. An option within the BA programme would be a new pathway in pioneering or missional leadership currently being developed by Spurgeon’s with support from the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Spurgeon’s Cambridge hub already successfully offers the EtM course, but a hub of the size envisaged for Birmingham is a significant new venture for both partners.

Philip McCormack adds:

“We are both delighted to have support for the venture from the Baptist Union of Great Britain and from the Heart of England Baptist Association. This is a really exciting opportunity for mission and theological formation in the Midlands and far beyond, through online learning opportunities”.

There is much to do, with a range of developments to complete prior to courses beginning, including a new library, software to enable online and remote learning and a range of other academic infrastructure. But, as Kang-San Tan notes:

“Hopes for our joint partnership are high, and there is a shared commitment in our primary aims to see leaders, churches and wider communities transformed through the good news of Jesus. There is a growing sense that this partnership could make a significant impact in the area of mission and theological formation in the UK and further afield”.

Further information:

For BMS World Mission:

Mark Craig, Director of Communications

email: mcraig@bmsworldmission.org

Tel: 01235 517605

For Spurgeon’s College:

Simon Jones, Vice Principal (Director of Ministerial Formation and Training)

email: s.jones@spurgeons.ac.uk

Tel: 0208 653 0850 (ext 218)