Huron University College

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Huron University College
Huron Arms.jpg
Former names
Huron College
Motto Vera Religio Ac Scientia Vera (Latin)
Motto in English
True Religion and Sound Learning
Type Affiliated college of The University of Western Ontario, Public university
Established 5 May 1863
Affiliation Anglican Church of Canada
Principal Barry L. Craig
Administrative staff
125 (faculty included)
Undergraduates 1250 full-time
Postgraduates 15
Location 1349 Western Road
, Ontario, Canada
N6G 1H3
Campus Urban
Colours      Red
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, CIS, ACU, ATS, CUP.
Mascot Beaver
Huron at Western.png

Huron University College, referred to locally as Huron College, is one of the affiliated colleges of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

It was founded in 1863 by two Anglican priests and is the oldest affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario. Huron is also home to an Anglican seminary. Huron predates the founding University of Western Ontario by 15 years and acted as a founding element of the larger university.[1] In the latter half of the 20th century, Huron evolved from its theological roots into an institution for those seeking a rigorous liberal arts education along with small classes and individual attention from faculty.

Huron College occupies traditional-style buildings on the West side of Western Road in the Northwest part of the UWO campus.


Huron College was founded on May 5, 1863 by Benjamin Cronyn (first Bishop of Huron) and Isaac Hellmuth (Archdeacon of Huron), as an evangelical low church alternative to the high church Trinity University in Toronto.[2] The first class of 13 students were taught by Isaac Hellmuth (Huron's first Principal) in the winter of 1863.

Benjamin Cronyn.
Isaac Hellmuth.

The evangelical section of the Church of England obtained a charter for Huron College, under the name of the Western University of London in 1878.[3] It has been a University of Western Ontario founding institution since 1878 (The oldest affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario) .[2]

William A. Joanes (architect) designed an addition to Huron College's original property in 1891.[4]

Over one-fifth of Canadian Anglican chaplains who served in the First and Second World Wars were trained at Huron.[5] A plaque was unveiled on 11 November 1997 to commemorate the lives of 18 Huron graduates who died in the First and Second World Wars.[5]

Its original property, known as Rough Park, occupied the block bounded by Grosvenor, St. George and St. James Streets. In 1951, Huron moved to its present location and has since seen a growth in not only student enrollment, but also in its residence facilities, classrooms, library, and faculty offices. Huron's faculty of Arts and Social Science has been in partnership with the University of Western Ontario since 1956.

An Act respecting Huron University College was given Royal Assent on June 23, 2000.[6] The name was changed to Huron University College on June 23, 2000.[7] The Huron University College Corporation's Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on September 15, 2005.[8]


The Strategic plan for 2005–2010 aims to "nurture a sense of community respectful of individual differences and responsive to individual needs; to support an active student life which encourages the personal and intellectual growth of its members; and, through its chapel and theological programs, to affirm its heritage as an Anglican college."


The areas of study offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science are as follows:[9]

  • Economics

· Economics · Finance · Economic Theory

  • Centre for Global Studies

· Globalization Studies · Global Development Studies · Global Culture Studies · Global Gender Studies

  • English

· English Language and Literature · English · Contemporary English Literature · English for Teachers

  • French Studies

· French Language and Literature · French Linguistics and Literature · French Language and Linguistics · French Studies · French Language · French and Francophone Literature

  • Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies

· Chinese/China Studies · Japanese/Japan Studies · East Asia Studies

  • Jewish Studies
  • History

· History · Atlantic World · Studies in Imperialism · World History

  • Management and Organizational Studies (MOS)

· Accounting · Finance and Administration · Organizational Studies, Policy, and Ethics · Management and Organizational Studies

  • Philosophy

· Philosophy · Philosophy, Reasoning, and Ethics · Ethics · Religious Studies and Philosophy

  • Political Science

· Political Science · Globalization and Governance · State and Policy · Ideology and Identity

  • Psychology

The areas of study offered by the Faculty of Theology are as follows:[9]

  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts (Theology)

The Faculty of Theology has a student enrolment of 56 students in its Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs.[10] The Faculty includes Ingrid Mattson as the Chair for Islamic Studies.

Features and buildings[edit]

Rough Park, its original property, occupied the block bounded by Grosvenor, St. George and St. James Streets in London Ontario. In 1951, Huron moved to its present location steps from the University of Western Ontario.

Huron is located on the western side of Western Road, across from the centre of the University of Western Ontario Main Campus. The University Community Centre (UCC) and the Weldon Library are also nearby.

The administrative wing includes the Silcox Memorial Library, great hall and the chapel. The Valley wing includes Jago courtyard and classrooms. The Huron dining hall is steps from the Western campus. Classroom W12, one of Huron's largest classrooms which holds 120 seats is used for many first year courses and larger lectures.The Kingsmill Room in Huron's main building is used for larger events such as convocations and guest lectures.


Huron is also home to the collegiate-style Chapel of St. John the Evangelist which was built in the 1950s to replace the original chapel. The chapel has a seating capacity of 160 and includes a Casavant organ. There are also a number of Orthodox icons including a 19th-century hand-painted Russian icon of the Holy Trinity. The chapel is open to students of all denominations.[11]

Silcox Memorial Library[edit]

The Huron University College Library is located on the main floor of the administration wing of the Huron campus. The Library houses a 165,000 volume collection in the humanities and social sciences as well as The Kimel Family Information Commons, with 20 PC workstations and wireless access. Comfortable reading alcoves, and private group study rooms are available in addition to personal study carrels. All registered students, faculty and staff at Huron and Western, as well as qualified guest borrowers, may borrow from Huron Library.


Hellmuth Hall is a co-ed residence and houses approximately 98 Huron students. O'Neil Ridley is a co-ed dormitory housing 185 Huron first year and upper year students. Southwest Residence is a suite-style residence building that houses approximately 56 first year and upper year students. Huron has five houses right on its campus that are available exclusively for upper year student housing. Three of these houses are located on campus while the other two are on Western Road. Brough Guest House is located on the Huron campus and is available to visitors who require overnight accommodation at Huron and is available to rent for corporate and private affairs.

Principals of Huron[edit]

  • Isaac Hellmuth 1863–1866
  • William Wickes 1866–1868
  • Isaac Brock 1868–1872
  • Michael Boomer 1872–1885
  • R.G. Fowell 1885–1890
  • H.G. Miller 1890–1895
  • B. Watkins 1895–1901
  • C.C. Waller 1902–1941
  • A.H. O'Neil 1941–1952
  • W.R. Coleman 1952–1960
  • W.A. Townshend (Acting Principal) 1961–1962
  • J.G. Morden 1962–1984
  • J.A. Trentman 1984–1985
  • F.W. Burd (Acting Principal) 1985–1987
  • C. J Jago 1987–1995
  • T. Fulton (Acting Principal) 1995–1996
  • D. Bevan 1996–2001
  • R. Lumpkin 2001–2010
  • T. Fulton (Acting Principal) October 2010 – June 2011
  • S. McClatchie 2011 – 2016
  • B.L. Craig 2016 – present

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Murray Llewellyn Barr 'A century of medicine at Western: a centennial history of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1977)
  • John R. W. Gwynne-Timothy 'Western's first century' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1978)
  • Ruth Davis Talman 'The beginnings and development of the University of Western Ontario, 1878-1924.' (MA Thesis, University of Western Ontario, 1925)
  • James J. Talman 'Huron College 1863-1963' (London, University of Western Ontario, 1963)


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ a b University of Western Ontario
  3. ^ The Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881
  4. ^ A. Joanes (architect)
  5. ^ a b Heritage Projects
  6. ^ Huron University College Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. Pr8 — Bill Pr24
  7. ^ More About Huron (Huron College: London, Ontario)
  8. ^ Arms and Badge
  9. ^ a b Academics. "Huron University College Website". Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "ATS profile of Huron University College Faculty of Theology". 
  11. ^ Huron chapel
  12. ^ "Huron University College News Letter, page 5" (PDF). Huron University College at Western. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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