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Newbold College of Higher Education was founded in 1901 as Duncombe Hall College in Holloway, North London. Its purpose was to educate ministers and church workers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The name of the College has changed many times since then as it has evolved from a missionary training school into a fully-fledged international college of higher education offering degrees and diplomas in a wide range of subjects, but the commitment to the Christian gospel has stayed constant in the hearts of many staff and students.

The village of Binfield in the county of Berkshire, where the College has been situated since February 1946, has a rich history of its own. Less than 11 miles (17 kilometres) from Windsor Castle, it was part of the ancient Royal Forest of Windsor. It was also for a time the home of the great eighteenth-century poet, Alexander Pope, and the surrounding countryside was the inspiration for some of his poetry.

In 1945, the College authorities purchased Moor Close, former home to a bankrupt millionaire, as the first part of what has become the present campus. One of the reasons for this choice was its proximity to the great research libraries, museums and art galleries of Oxford and London – both cities about an hour away. What was not foreseen at the time was the building of Heathrow Airport, some 40 minutes away, which is a bonus for international students. Furthermore, Gatwick Airport is just one hour away by train.

The list below provides chronological bullet points delineating the history of the College since 1901.


1901 Founded as Duncombe Hall College, London.
1902 First classes. College moves in the summer to Holloway Hall, London.
1904 Moves to Manor Gardens, London. Name changes to Duncombe Hall Training College.
1907 Moves to Stanborough Park, Watford. Name changes to Stanborough Park Missionary College.
1921 Re-named to Stanborough Missionary College.
1923 Re-named to Stanborough College.
1931 Moves to Newbold Revel, Warwickshire. Name changes to Newbold College.
1941 Moves to Packwood Haugh when Newbold Revel is requisitioned by the Royal Air Force.
1946 Moves to Binfield. Name changes to Newbold Missionary College.
1956 Affiliated with Columbia Union College.
1961 Re-named to Newbold College.
1983 Affiliated with Andrews University to replace CUC affiliation.
1992 Accredited by The Council for National Academic Awards and subsequently by The Open University through Open University Validation Services.
1998 Re-affiliated with Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) for Business provision.
2004 Theology provision offered in partnership with and accredited by The University of Wales Lampeter (now The University of Wales Trinity St David).
2008 Business provision franchised through The University of Wales Trinity St David.
2008 Accredited by The British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education.
2009 Awarded UK Border Agency Sponsor Licence Number HPVKUDTU1 (A-rated) for Tiers 2, 4 and 5.
2010 Reviewed positively by The British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education.
2012 Affiliated with Theologische Hochschule Friedensau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
2012 Granted Highly Trusted Sponsor status by the UKBA, subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
2012 Granted educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
2013 Re-named to Newbold College of Higher Education.
2015 Granted a new partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with subsequent validation of undergraduate and postgraduate Theology provision.

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