UK to get first Catholic universities since the Reformation

The British Government has announced that two Catholic colleges are to be given full university status, making them Britain’s first Catholic universities since the Reformation.

Leeds Trinity University College and Newman University College each started as teacher training colleges in the 1960s. Their new status will prove valuable as each institution looks to develop international links.

Although both institutions have held degree-awarding powers for a number of years, the requirement for universities to have at least 4000 students had previously prevented them using the title.

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