Whitelands College has a long and distinctive history. Founded in 1841 as a teachers’ training college, it is among the oldest higher education institutions in England, and one of the very first to provide education for women. Whitelands was established by the Church of England, and continues to retain its Anglican ethos and links with the church, whilst welcoming students of all faiths or none.
Whitelands takes its name from the Georgian building in King’s Road, Chelsea that was its first home. It moved to Putney in 1930 and finally to Roehampton in 2004-5, where it occupies a beautiful 14-acre site overlooking Richmond Park. The college buildings include a Grade-I listed Georgian villa, Parkstead House. Built in the early 1760s for the 2nd Earl of Bessborough, the house was extended and renamed Manresa House after the property became a Jesuit seminary in the mid-nineteenth century.
Today, these historic buildings are complemented by a contemporary style chapel and modern residences which provide self-catering, en-suite accommodation for students. As part of the University of Roehampton, the college is home to the Department of Life Sciences and the Department of Psychology and offers state-of-the-art lecture spaces, seminar rooms, and laboratories. The college’s social facilities are open to all staff and to residential and non-residential students.
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Head of Whitelands College: Rev Dr Mark GarnerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhitelands CollegeHolybourne AvenueLondonSW15 4JDTel: +44 (0)20 8392 3500