Latest News Merger of Maryvale Institute Maryvale Institute - the international, distance-learning college based in Birmingham - has announced its intention to merge with the Archdiocese of Birmingham from 1st August 2019. The education and training currently provided by Maryvale will continue, and opportunities to develop a range of further courses available to parishes and schools will be explored. Maryvale Institute is committed to ensuring the range of Catholic studies it currently offers reaches an even greater audience. As a Diocesan Catechetical Centre offering short courses, Maryvale Institute – once home to Blessed John Henry Newman, who is set to be canonised later this year – has grown to offer numerous adult courses, from further education to undergraduate studies through to PhDs, focusing on Catholic theology. In reaching the merger agreement, the two boards of Trustees’ (Maryvale and the Archdiocese) believe taking this action will secure the Institute’s future for many decades to come, and help it to support even more closely the mission of the Archdiocese in spreading the Gospel message.