Location The Malverns
The Malvern Hills (www.malvernhills.org.uk) have been described as a mountain range in miniature. The eight mile ridge, just above the College campus, contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain, offering dramatic views across a variety of landscapes. The hills form part of an “area of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB), with a rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories, set amongst the landscape of ancient woodland and wild commons.
Students regularly walk over the 3000 acres of open countryside, from the quiet of the wooded slopes, to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon. The area is also well-known for its pure spring water that flows from the hills themselves.
The College itself is surrounded by its own 35 acre woodland, with far reaching views across Herefordshire towards mid Wales, and we realise how important the countryside around us is to the holistic, pastoral and spiritual well-being and approach to student’s studies at Regents.
Campus The Grounds
Regents is located at the foot of the Malvern Hills, in a designated “area of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB). Set in its own 35 acres estate, it is home to trees from all over the world, most being well over a hundred years old. With spectacular westerly views over Herefordshire towards the Welsh border, the grounds also feature several waterfalls from the Malvern springs, Baden-Powell’s cottage, a flat 5-a-side football pitch, and a heated open-air swimming pool.
Whether you want to study quietly in the grounds, be active in walking the hills, or just explore the surrounding areas of wild countryside, Regents location has an amazing amount to offer all year round when you need time away from your studies.
Catering At Regents
Regents dining room has a relaxed, contemporary feel, with outstanding views of the College grounds and the Malvern Hills. It serves a variety of meals, catering for students, college staff, and visitors, with menus designed to give a nutritious, balanced diet.
Our food is rich in flavour and aromatic, changing on a daily basis to take advantage of the best locally sourced ingredients. Students are served breakfast, lunch and supper six days a week, with breakfast and lunch on Sunday’s, and we regularly cater for specific health-related and dietary needs. Tea and coffee are always available, and there are vending machines in the student lounges. The Sugar Loaf Café in the Arts Centre, serves light meals and refreshments, and is also a gathering point for students to relax.
Our “eatwell-studywell” initiative has done more than just put nutritional food on the menu. It continues to raise awareness of the value of healthy eating, and our on-going commitment to the holistic welfare of the College students and staff.
Library At Regents
Regents Theological College Library is at the heart and hub of every student’s studies.
Set out over 3 floors, the main Library room, Journals room and Library Reception are based on the ground floor, with the Computer Room and Upper Library on the first. There is also a dedicated Postgraduate study area on the top floor.
The library holds over 35,000 volumes, with more than 160 journal titles. It has regular subscriptions to approximately 75 other journals, with additional magazines and circulars.
The library provides:
- 24/7 opening
- 40+ workspaces
- WiFi throughout for laptops and tablets, as well as computer ports
- a Computer Room with 13 desktop computers
- a full-time librarian for help and support
- access to our online catalogue to search for books and articles
- access to vast online databases for further research and study
- a large reference section, which includes major commentaries with all key texts always available
The Library’s strengths are biblical studies, the Holy Spirit and Pentecostalism, and Theology and Church History. We are developing an Elim Church/Pentecostal archive, and a specialised research collection.
Printing and photocopying are also available within the library at a very reasonable cost.
For any further information about the Regents Library please contact Sally Gibbs, the Librarian at: email@example.com or on 01684 588966.
Arts Regents Theatre
The Elim Arts Centre is at the heart of everything creative at Regents Theological College; as a performance space, a place for larger conference audiences, and a lecture theatre for students studying at the College.
It is also the base for Regents three year undergraduate degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts, the only one of its kind in Europe. It’s here that student attend performance and dance workshops, devise, rehearse and perform, immersing themselves in the creative arts.
The course has recently been credited as ‘’… it is extremely rare to find a degree that combines theatre practice, theatre studies, and theological studies so well. I know of no other provision like it anywhere around Britain – and indeed, anywhere else in the English-speaking world’.
As a fully equipped theatre, the Arts Centre it is also a place frequently used by touring theatre companies, that have included: Riding Lights Roughshod, Saltmine (‘Darkness Falls’, ‘The Soul in the Machine’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Dr Faustus’), Searchlight Theatre Company, Parable Arts, Perfect Circle Youth Theatre, 4Front Theatre Company, The Bathtub Heroine (‘Sylivia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust’), and Attic Ladder.
Other groups have included choirs, ballet companies, political hustings, talent shows, end of year school’s productions, and bands. It is also used for both academic, church related and business focused conferences, as a base for running events around the Malvern Hills, and for music and dance workshops. We’ve even hosted a ‘live art’ performance where an artist painted while talking about his life.
For more information about what’s on, or to hire the theatre itself, please email our Venue Manager Ollie Ward or call him on 01684 588982.
Cafe Sugar Loaf
West Malvern Road
The Sugarloaf Café opened when Regents Theological College moved to West Malvern. Situated in the Arts Centre, on the path that leads to the Worcestershire Beacon and Malvern Hills, it is unique as a café and shop, and as a place for students and people from the surrounding village to meet and relax. It has become a hub for everyone who knows the area, and a base point for the many walkers who love the surrounding hills.
The shop itself stocks essential groceries, confectionary, with household products for most of the basic needs. It also has a range of stationary products and greetings cards, with books associated with the College course modules, theological theory, and the Christian life.
The Café area sells fair-trade hot chocolate, freshly ground coffee, teas and soft drinks, light meals and sweet homemade treats. There is a large terrace outside, with picnic tables and benches; perfect for refreshments or an ice cream after a leisurely walk.