Our Distinctive Vision:Reflections on Higher Education from the Cathedrals Group

Coffee will be available from 10.00am; the first session will begin at 10.30am.

A light lunch will be provided.

The Colloquium will conclude with a buffet supper at 5.45pm providing the opportunity to sit and converse with other delegates about the day’s event. Sessions will use varied media to address topics of interest to Cathedrals Group institutions:


• Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle (Senior Lecturer in Theology & Education, Liverpool Hope University) will offer reflections on the relevance of the Cathedrals Group ethos to teaching and research;


• Dr Bob Bowie (Director, National Institute for Christian Education Research, Canterbury Christchurch University) will discuss the research project "What Really Matters in Christian Foundation Universities (2018)", considering teacher training as an example of serving the common good;


• Members of the University of Chester Mission Committee will address student expectations of H.E., issues of governance for a Church University and developments in student support.


• Rt Revd Tim Dakin (Bishop of Winchester, who speaks for the Church of England on H.E.); Revd Nigel Genders (Church of England Chief Education Officer); and Revd Garry Neave (Church of England National F.E. and H.E. Policy Adviser) will discuss Anglican responses to current issues our institutions face. The day will also include time for informal exchange of ideas between delegates and conclude with an act of worship.


This event will be held at the University of Chester’s Queen’s Park Campus: Churchill House, Queen’s Park Campus, Queen’s Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AD.

The map in the document which accompanies this information shows this location.

Chester railway station has straightforward connections in all directions and taxis are always available outside it for the last stage of the journey to Queen’s Park.

Delegates who require overnight accommodation in Chester might like to consider one of two Travelodges which are within easy walking distance of Queen’s Park Campus.

Details can be found here: https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/647/Chester-Central-Bridge-Street-hotel


The Colloquium is coordinated by the University of Chester Mission Committee which is grateful to the Church Universities Fund for financial support, enabling this event to be offered to delegates free of charge.

To confirm a place at the Colloquium please complete the form below and email to: p.jenner@chester.ac.uk. Thank you for your interest in this event.

(A separate event, “Improving Student Mental Health”, runs in parallel with the Colloquium at the same time and venue. This is coordinated by Prof Wayne Morris (w.morris@chester.ac.uk ) 

Our Distinctive Vision: Reflections on Higher Education from the Cathedrals Group A Colloquium to be held at the University of Chester on Saturday 15 June 2019.

Coffee from 10.00am; Colloquium sessions from 10.30am to 5.30pm; Buffet supper at 5.45pm.

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Refreshments will be provided during the day including a light lunch. Please indicate any special dietary requirements: Please indicate any special access or other needs: We hope you will be able to stay for a buffet supper at 5.45pm.

Please indicate: I intend/do not intend to be present for the buffet supper at 5.45pm. Minibuses will be available to take delegates from the Colloquium to Chester Railway Station from 6.45pm.

If you would like to make use of this transport, please give the departure time of your train: 

Please return this form by Friday 31 May to: Peter Jenner, Dean of Chapel, the University of Chester (p.jenner@chester.ac.uk) from whom further information may be obtained. Thank you for your interest in this Colloquium.

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