Improving Student Mental Health - Cathedrals Group and CUAC Symposium 15/06/2019

In a National Union of Students Survey in 2018, 78% of students said that they experienced mental health issues in the last year while 33% said they had had suicidal thoughts. Many students find the University experience increasingly more difficult. More live at home and commute in to study. They acquire significant debt during the course of their degree. Many work – sometimes full-time – to help to pay their way through, while there is pressure to get a good degree in order to get a good job at the end of their studies. Many students, like most young people, also live with the pressures created by social media.

A recent report by the Higher Education Policy Institute, The Invisible Problem? Improving Students Mental Health, notes that there is a lack of robust data and rigorous research into mental health problems in the student population. Among the report’s various recommendations, it speaks about the need to develop well-being characterised by ‘emotional resilience’ in students.

The symposium seeks to bring together academics and practitioners from across the Cathedrals Group and CUAC institutions to engage in conversations about addressing and responding to mental health problems among students. It seeks to consider questions such as:

 What are the main causes of the increase of mental health problems among students?

 How might the causes of student mental health problems be mitigated and addressed?

 In what ways should student well-being be characterised?

 To what extent is developing ‘emotional resilience’ an appropriate solution to improving students’ mental health?

 Are mental health issues particularly prevalent among certain groups of students and, if so, how might Universities address those?

 What good practice is already in operation in our institutions that is successfully addressing student mental health problems?

 Is there anything distinctive that the HE Sector as a whole can learn from the practices and ethos of Cathedrals Group and CUAC institutions?

For further information , please contact Professor Wayne Morris

The Symposium will be hosted by the University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, from 10.00 - 16.00.

Our Distinctive Vision:Reflections on Higher Education from the Cathedrals Group 15/06/2019

A Colloquium to be held at the University of Chester on Saturday 15 June 2019

The Lord Dearing Memorial Panel 2019 09/05/2019

Join chair Sara Parkin, along with panellists Seb Beloe, Sian Ferguson and Lucy Findlay to discuss 'Ethical Universities'.

Creative and Credible Winter Series 10/01/2018

Following a successful pilot project, The Centre for Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester are launching a CPD Programme, Creative and Credible, led by Professor Norma Daykin. We are delighted to welcome to the team Jane Willis, Project Lead for Willis Newson, and co-producer with Professor Daykin of the Creative and Credible Website.

The programme aims to support best practice in evaluation in arts, health and wellbeing. There is an option to attend an introductory workshop at a significantly reduced price, and an opportunity to undertake an intensive follow-up programme with a small group of participants. Details of the introductory workshop and follow up programme are below.

Introduction to Creative and Credible
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 10:30am-4:00pm
Venue: University of Winchester (Cost: £35.00 per person)
This introductory workshop will explore key principles and methodologies for evaluating creative arts for health and wellbeing. It will explore the types of evidence that might be useful for arts practitioners and organisations seeking to develop a wellbeing focus as part of their work. It will examine each phase of the evaluation cycle, from planning through to dissemination, responding to participants’ questions and providing guidance on when and how to use different evaluation approaches, methods and tools.

Creative and Credible Intensive Programme (Maximum 4 participants)
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 10:30am-4:00pm
Venue: University of Winchester (Cost: £145.00, Early Bird discount applies if you book by the 15th December 2017 – £120.00)
This programme is aimed at people who have completed ‘Introduction to Creative and Credible,’ or have some experience of evaluation. Participants need to commit two to three days of private study prior to the workshop, during which they will be supported to consider in more detail questions of evidence and evaluation in relation to their own practice, focusing on a specific arts project or programme. With expert guidance, they will develop a logic model and a theory of change for a real world project. The programme will culminate in a workshop with a small group (maximum four participants), facilitated by experienced evaluators, during which participants will be able to share best practice and develop a clear outcomes framework to guide future evaluation and enhance organisational development.

Professor Daykin is an award-winning researcher with extensive experience of evaluating arts projects in a wide variety of health and wellbeing contexts. She is co-executive editor of Arts and Health: an International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, and author of Public Health England’s Arts, Health and Wellbeing Evaluation Framwork.

Willis Newson is a leading UK arts consultancy specialising in creating environments that are inspiring, reassuring and patient-centred. It has particular expertise in arts and health evaluation, developed through a longstanding relationship with the University of the West of England. The Willis Newson approach to evaluation is rigorous, appropriate to the context and rooted in creative practice.

For further information about the Creative and Credible Project that informed the design of the programme, please visit the Creative and Credible website via the link below:

To book your place on the Introductory session, please follow this link:

For the Intensive study day with Professor Norma Daykin, please email for more details and to book your place.

2017 AGM and Dearing Panel Event 15/11/2017

Wednesday 15th November, 2017, Harvey Goodwin Suite at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster.

This year it has been decided to vary the format of the event and have a panel discussion rather than a lecture. The panel will be chaired by John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy at UUK. The rest of the panel will consist of Professor Femi Oyebode, University of Birmingham; Dr Roger Bretherton, University of Lincoln; Dr Nicola Byrom, Student Minds and Zoe Butler, University of Cumbria.

The theme of the panel discussion will be "Mental Health in Higher Education".

RSVP - Emma Adams, Cathedrals Group Administrator,

The Cathedrals Group Students' Union Conference 24/08/2017

Thursday 24th August 2017 10am-4pm

With the generous support of the Cathedrals Group, Leeds Trinity Students’ Union (LTSU) is hosting a one day conference of sabbatical officers and senior managers of Student Unions. The event will involve networking, discuss future collaboration and include sessions from keynote speakers. More information can be found at or by emailing

GuildHE and Cathedrals Group publication launch 25/05/2017

Colleagues from GuildHE and Cathedrals Group attended a launch at Woburn House of their joint publication "World-class Teachers, World-class Education"

2017 Annual Conference and Choirs Festival 04/03/2017

Leeds Trinity University will be hosting the next Choirs Festival in Leeds on 4 March 2017, and the Annual Conference will take place the day before. The Chaplains’ Annual Residential Conference will also take place in Leeds, from 2-4 March. More details will follow once a full programme is available.

Peer Learning Project within the Cathedrals Mission Group 16/01/2017

The HEA and the Cathedrals Group together are holding an event on Monday 16 January 2017 at the HEA offices in York. We will be presenting the initial findings from the Peer Learning Project within the Cathedrals Group with the opportunity to learn more about the project and share best practice. The day will also look at exploring key issues arising in practice (e.g. Data management) and will feedback on draft plans for the Cathedrals group PAL Toolkit. We invite 2 colleagues from each institution, one who leads a project/scheme/service and another who is either involved and/or keen to be involved.

Venue: Higher Education Academy (HEA) Offices, York
Date: Monday 16 January 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Cost: Free

2016 AGM and Dearing Memorial Lecture 24/11/2016

This will be held on 24 November from 2pm at Church House, London. The Lecture will begin at 6.00pm and the speaker will be Professor Julian Rivers, BA, LLM, Miur, MA (Cantab), PhD, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol. The theme of his lecture will be “Religious Extremism and Religious Liberty on Campus”.

Dive Deeper: Explorations in Faith, Poetry and Culture 24/11/2016

Dive Deeper: Explorations in Faith, Poetry and Culture, the Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society Annual Conference.

2016 Annual Fun Run 06/11/2016

This year’s running event will be the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k run, which takes place on 6 November. We are hoping for as many staff, students and alumni from the Cathedrals Group to take part in and support this event. Entries are now open and expected to fill up quickly. Although it’s an Age UK sponsored race, we will once again be raising funds for the Article 26 project – part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, raising money to make access to higher education a reality.

Looking after and managing your research data: An advanced training course 01/11/2016

This in-depth 2-day course will help researchers develop their knowledge and professional skills in handling, managing and sharing the research data they produce.

2016 Annual Archbishop Blanch Lecture 25/10/2016

Tuesday 25 October 2016 from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Eden Building, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool L16 9JD

Pope Francis: the loneliness of a long-distance runner 12/10/2016

Pope Francis: the loneliness of a long-distance runner, a public lecture by Vatican journalist and author, Marco Politi.

Leeds Trinity University - 50th Anniversary Celebratory Mass 12/10/2016

Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, Leeds Trinity University will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In just fifty years, we’ve transformed from two Catholic teacher training colleges into a University renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates. As part of our year-long programme of celebrations, we’re holding a Celebratory Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

We’d love to welcome alumni, former staff, friends and partners of the University to the spectacular setting of Westminster Cathedral. The Mass, taking place on the day of the Feast of St Wilfrid, will be presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, Bishop John Wilson. We’ll host refreshments before and after the service in Cathedral Hall (adjacent to Westminster Cathedral), which will give you an opportunity to catch up and network with friends – new and old.

Details of the service will be provided shortly.


6.00pm – 7.00pm: Refreshments and networking in Cathedral Hall
7.00pm – 8.00pm: Celebratory Mass in Westminster Cathedral
8.00pm – 9.00pm: Refreshments and Networking in Cathedral Hall


The Mass and Networking are free of charge to attend but please let us know you’re coming by booking your free place via Eventbrite.

Venue details

Westminster Cathedral
42 Francis Street

The Cathedral Church of Westminster, which is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. The foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later.

The awesome interior of the Cathedral, although incomplete, contains fine marble-work and mosaics. The fourteen Stations of the Cross, by the sculptor Eric Gill, are world renowned.

Cathedral Hall can be found on Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QH.

For more information about the Cathedral, including details of how to get there, please go to –

Got a question?

If you have any queries about the event, please get in touch with our 50th Anniversary Project Officer, Charlie Jackett, on 0113 283 7248 or

New Thinking about Catholic Education 20/09/2016

New Thinking about Catholic Education is a two day conference organised by the Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society which will incorporate the launch of the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education.

2016 Choirs Festival in Winchester 27/02/2016

The 2016 Annual Conference and Choirs Festival of The Cathedrals Group will take place in Winchester as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of the University of Winchester. Tickets for the annual Choirs Festival, which will take place in Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 27 February 2016, are now on sale from the Cathedral's booking office. You can book tickets by phone (01962 857 275) or online from:

2015 Dearing Memorial Lecture 12/11/2015

The Revd Canon Professor Richard A Burridge, Dean of King's College London, will deliver The Cathedrals Group 2015 Dearing Memorial Lecture in London at 6pm on Thursday 12 November. Entitled 'Church foundation, pluralist present, uncertain future? The role and calling of faith-based institutions in Higher Education today', the lecture will pose a range of questions for CG institutions, including what contribution Christian foundations might make in terms of international relations and global politics in the light of growing recognition of the importance of religion in understanding our world in the Twenty-First Century.

The Revd Canon Professor Richard A Burridge has been Dean of King's College London since 1993. He has written on ethics, the purposes of universities and higher education. He is presently working on a methodology to illustrate approaches to ethical dilemmas and common human experiences. He was one of two recipients of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology.

An audio recording of the Lecture and presentation slides can be found on the Dearing Memorial Lectures page.

2015 CG Run 28/03/2015

This year's running event takes place on Saturday 28 March. We're entering a Cathedrals Group team in the Mash March Madness 10k run at Cannock Chase which starts at 11.00am. Staff and students from our Member institutions will be taking part to raise funds to support Article 26. This is a project that makes access to higher education a reality for talented students who have sought sanctuary in the UK.

CG Students' Union leadership conference 25/03/2015

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln is hosting a 24 hour leadership conference for incoming and retiring Students' Union officers and staff from all Cathedrals Group universities. The event, with workshops, plenary speakers and networking sessions, runs from 11am on Wednesday 25 March until 12 noon on Thursday 26 March. The event is free but you'll need to meet your own travel and accommodation expenses. All welcome! For more information and to register, contact Jennifer Ferrett at BGU on

2015 Annual Conference & Choirs Festival 01/03/2015

As part of the University of Chester's 175th anniversary celebrations, The Cathedrals Group Chaplains' conference, Annual Conference and Choirs Festival for 2015 will be held at Chester over the weekend of 27 February to 1 March 2015. The Choirs Festival will take place in Chester Cathedral during the evening of Saturday 28 February 2015. Tickets are on sale from the Chester Cathedral box office for the friends and family of singers from all participating Cathedrals Group institutions as well as members of the public. For more details about the Choirs Festival and online access to buy tickets, click on the heading for this Event item.

CCUC Members
Above: CG Members at the 2013 Annual Conference with host Professor Peter Lutzeier (Newman University), Chair Professor Joy Carter (University of Winchester) and keynote speaker Mr Steve Egan (Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE).

Dearing Memorial Lectures 30/10/2014

In 2009 the Cathedrals Group established an annual lecture series which leading national figures would be invited to deliver linked to their particular expertise in an area of education relevant to the Group’s interests and values. Lady Dearing kindly consented to our naming the lecture series after her late husband Lord Ronald Dearing. Information about each of the Dearing Memorial Lectures can be found here.

2014 Dearing Memorial Lecture 30/10/2014

This year's Dearing Memorial Lecture was delivered by Helen O'Brien, Chief Executive of the Caritas Social Action Network, the official agency of the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales.

Helen's lecture, entitled 'Belonging in our world - the challenge to change injustice' took place on Thursday 30 October 2014 in London at 6.00pm in the Harvey Goodwin Suite at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster.

A copy of the lecture text can be found on the Dearing Memorial Lectures event page and photos can be downloaded from the feature gallery of this website.

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