Newbold College

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Newbold College of Higher Education
Newbold College of Higher Education.png
Former names
Duncombe Hall College
Established 1901[1]
Type Private
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist[2]
Principal Dr John Baildam[3]
Academic staff
23
Administrative staff
30
Students 300
Location Binfield, Berkshire, England
Campus Rural
Newspaper The Newboldian
Website www.newbold.ac.uk


Newbold College of Higher Education is a member of the worldwide network of Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities and attracts students from over 60 countries of the world. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[4][5][6] [7]

Founded in 1901 as Duncombe Hall College in London, in 1945 it moved to Binfield in Berkshire, c. 40 miles west of London, with the purchase of Moor Close, around which the main campus has grown. The College offers courses in Theology, Business Management and Humanities for students pursuing a combination of studies in Business Studies, English Literature, History, Media Studies, Fine Arts, Psychology and/or Religion. A range of one year programmes are available, including Gap Year, University Year in England, and a British Heritage suite of modules as part of the Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) programme. The College offers a popular English programme for speakers of other Languages (ESOL).

The College is an international member of the Council of Independent Colleges[8] and an international affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[9][10]

History[edit]

Salisbury Hall, the main administrative building at Newbold College of Higher Education
Moor Close

Newbold College of Higher Education was founded in 1901 as Duncombe Hall College in Holloway, North London to train church workers and ministers. It has undergone a number of name changes since. The Newbold name was taken from its Newbold Revel location to the east of Rugby, Warwickshire, during World War II. Another wartime Warwickshire location was Packwood House, between Solihull and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire. In 1945 the College purchased Moor Close, the first acquisition of what would become the present-day campus. One factor for this choice was its proximity to Oxford and London. The existing campus is also within close proximity to Heathrow Airport.

Moor Close[edit]

Moor Close is a Grade II listed redbrick Jacobethan house built in 1881. It was extended and altered c. 1914, with a complete Jacobethan interior, by architect and garden designer Oliver Hill for financier Charles Birch Crisp,[11] to complement the terraces and gardens which Hill created over 1910–13. These are listed Grade II* in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Extending to the south and east of the house, the grounds contain a number of terraces on different levels, many linked by circular steps. There are courts, pergolas, staircases, balustrades and lily pools. Hill also built a stone bridge over a ravine, leading to Sylvia's Garden, named after Crisp's daughter. Moor Close was Hill's first major project, and was influenced by the work of garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.[12]

Campus[edit]

The campus facilities include Salisbury Hall, Murdoch Hall, Roy Graham Library and Egremont which comprise the main academic and administration buildings. Moor Close, Keough House and Schuil House are the residence halls for student accommodation with family housing located to the north of the campus consisting of Ashgrove, Beechwood and Ceder Close. Sports facilities include a gym equipped for sports such as basketball, volleyball, floorball, football and badminton and a football pitch. Newbold Church Centre and Newbold School are also located within the campus on the south side adjacent to Moor Close Gardens.[13]

The College hosts a local research centre of the Ellen G. White Estate, opened in 1974, and is contained in the Library. It collects and makes available material relating to the life and work of Ellen White and the theology, history and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a worldwide, international organisation.[14]

Academics[edit]

Newbold College of Higher Education has official agreements with several universities in the United States including Andrews University, Southern Adventist University[15] and Washington Adventist University and also Friedensau Adventist University in Germany.[16] Newbold is part of the worldwide network of Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities and attracts many students who choose to pursue their studies at Newbold as well as another Adventist college or university in another country.

Students without the necessary entrance requirements may take foundation courses at the nearby Bracknell and Wokingham College. The College offers a summer English programme for speakers of other languages as well as short courses throughout the academic year for EFL students.[17]

Undergraduate degrees are offered in Business Studies[18] and Theology/Divinity.[19] Students may also choose to do a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree offered by Andrews University and Washington Adventist University.[20][21][22]

Certificates,[23] Postgraduate certificates and Master's degrees are offered in Theology, Ministry and Church History.[19]

In autumn 2005, Newbold was accredited to offer PhD research degrees in specialised areas of theology, and the first successful candidate graduated in 2012.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ College#Search. Accessed 30 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Newbold Appoints New Principal". 
  4. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1115/For-real-education-reform-take-a-cue-from-the-Adventists"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  5. ^ http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations/seventh_day_adventist.htm
  6. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  8. ^ "CIC International and Associate Members". cic.org. 
  9. ^ "CCCU Members & Affiliates". cccu.org. 
  10. ^ "Newbold College joins two international associations". ted-adventist.org. 13 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Historic England. "Moor Close (1390303)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Historic England. "Newbold College (formerly Moor Close) (1000547)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Life is for living Two Cultural Strategy 2008 – 2012. http://democratic.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/Published/C00000102/M00001566/AI00008338/$LifeisforLiving.doc.pdf, Retrieved 2012-10-15, p. 12.
  14. ^ E.G. White Centre
  15. ^ "Newbold College International Business Studies Programme Expanding". ted-adventist.org. 11 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "New Boost to Anglo-German relations". ted-adventist.org. 22 February 2012. 
  17. ^ School of English
  18. ^ Business Studies
  19. ^ a b c Department of Theological Studies
  20. ^ AU BS degree
  21. ^ AU BA degree
  22. ^ WAU BS degree
  23. ^ Introductory Certificate/Undergraduate Certificate in Religious and Pastoral Studies

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Coordinates: 51°25′29″N 0°47′10″W / 51.4248°N 0.7860°W / 51.4248; -0.7860