Greater meaning in higher education

The Cathedrals Group is a partnership of universities located across England and Wales.

United by our values and ethos

We are modern, inclusive, community-focused learning and research institutions, originally founded by the church to widen access to education.

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As a partnership of like-minded universities we draw on our strong record of improving university participation, deep roots in our regions and our common church foundations. Emphasising wellbeing, wisdom and wider potential, alongside academic excellence, we explore how higher education can help more people and places to thrive.

We believe education is at its best when it focuses on the whole person. When worth is understood as your contribution and wellbeing and not just your earnings. Our common community ethos develops the human skills that hold the greatest value today. We demonstrate how higher education recognises and releases potential in all its varied forms.

Who we are

Our members

  • Bishop Grosseteste
  • Canterbury Christ
    Church University
  • Leeds Trinity
  • Liverpool Hope
  • Newman
  • Plymouth Marjon
  • St Mary’s University
  • University
    of Chester
  • University of
  • University
    of Cumbria
  • University of
  • University of
  • University of Wales
    Trinity Saint David*
  • University of
  • York St. John

110,000 students educated each year

Major providers of jobs, skills, innovation and opportunities in our local regions and around the world

Leading educators of the country’s new teachers, health workers, and public and community sector employees

Key contributors to diversity in higher education, including small but strategically important courses