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The Tavener Centre International Study Day on Music, Spirituality and Wellbeing

Posted on 07 September 2018

Friday 16 November
10.30am-4.30pm
The Chapel, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR
Whilst we live in a culture filled with music, many of the former certainties of traditional religions have slipped away. However, there remains a search for the spiritual, exemplified in the music of Sir John Tavener. Diverse approaches to the spiritual are situated within the great faiths, how can this diversity inform our understanding of the role of music in various spiritualties and wellbeing?
The Study Day aims to examine the place of music in this complex world, especially its role in wellbeing, through the insights of musicologists, composers, listeners, teachers, therapists and performers. One example might be a particular piece of John Tavener through the eyes of a particular person, where lived experience is valued.
We welcome participants from a variety of backgrounds – both academic and non-academic.
Tickets: £45.00 (this will include a buffet lunch)

Creative and Credible
Creative and Credible

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Creative and Credible Intensive

Posted on 13 July 2018

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

Creative and Credible
Creative and Credible

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Introduction to Creative & Credible - Spring 2019 - Centre for Arts as Wellbeing - University of Winchester

Posted on 04 July 2018

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
Creative and Credible

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15% off registration - this week only! Developing Professional Research: Making an Impact

Posted on 27 April 2018

University of Cumbria is hosting national Researcher professional development event.

A really good opportunity to engage in professional development at the Lancaster Campus on thurs 7th June 2018- In our busy academic world it is often commented on that there is little time for reflection or conversation. Networking and opportunities for personal development are at the heart of this professional learning opportunity. This National event held at University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus is aimed at researchers, teachers and teacher educators at all stages of their career; both early, mid and established career.
 

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BERA Developing Professional Research - Making Impact


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Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival 2018

Posted on 07 March 2018

Saturday 24th February saw universities from the Cathedrals Group come together to perform as part of the annual Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival.

University of Chester, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Cumbria, York St John University, University of Winchester, Leeds Trinity University, Liverpool Hope University, St Mary’s University, Bishop Grosseteste University, Plymouth Marjon University and the University of Chichester travelled to Birmingham to this year’s host university, Newman University, for their weekend of performances.
On Friday 23rd February the choirs gathered in the Chapel at Newman University to begin their rehearsals.
A full day of rehearsals then took place the following day at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with choirs not only rehearsing in their individual university choirs but en-masse as they perfected the requiem mass of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts ahead of the evening performance.

The audience waited in anticipation to hear the individual choirs perform a wide variety of items before the grand finale conducted by Newman’s Derek Wroughton and featuring soloist Stephen Mills, accompanied by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.
The evening was a joyful and uplifting event and formed part of Newman’s 50th anniversary celebrations which are taking place throughout 2018.
Derek Wroughton commented, “the Festival Concert provided a unique opportunity for the students, staff and friends in our choirs to sing in one of the world’s best concert venues, and to take part in the epic Berlioz Requiem, which because of its scale, is rarely performed. Despite all the hard work required, they produced an absolutely memorable performance on the night!”

Alongside the weekend of the Choirs Festival, Newman University hosted the Cathedrals Group Chaplains Conference which included a range of seminars including Religious Talk Online: Muslim, Christian, and Atheist Discourse on Social Media by Dr Stephen Pihlaja, Newman University amongst many other sessions over the four day conference. The university also hosted a Vice Chancellors Conference over the course of the weekend.
The weekend was drawn to a close on Sunday morning with a Sunday Service held at Newman University’s Chapel.

Choirs Festival 2018
Choirs Festival 2018

The Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival 2018 - Saturday 24th February 2018 at 6.30pm

Posted on 15 January 2018

The Cathedrals Group of Universities proudly presents the 2018 Choirs Festival. This year's festival is hosted by Newman University in Birmingham and will feature performances by some of the country's best university choirs. Alongside performances by each of the individual choirs, this year's festival will include a massed choir performance of Berlioz's epic requiem mass: Grande Messe des Morts, conducted by Derek Wroughton, featuring soloist Stephen Mills and accompanied by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Taking place at Birmingham's Symphony Hall this promises to be a joyful and uplifting event for everyone to enjoy.

Choirs Festival 2018
Choirs Festival 2018

Tickets for the Choirs Festival can be purchased from the THSH website here:

Cathedrals Group Dearing Memorial Panel 2017

Posted on 17 November 2017

The Annual Cathedrals Group Dearing Memorial Panel took place on Wednesday 15th November, 2017 at 6pm in the Harvey Goodwin Suite at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster.

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

Many thanks to our panel of experts, who gave some truly inspiring speeches and rich discussions followed thereafter. Chair of the panel was John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy at UUK. The rest of the panel consisted of Professor Femi Oyebode, University of Birmingham; Dr Roger Bretherton, University of Lincoln; Dr Nicola Byrom, Student Minds and Zoe Butler, University of Cumbria.

Dearing Memorial Panel 2017
Dearing Memorial Panel 2017


Arts, Health and Wellbeing conference

Posted on 30 October 2017

With the generous support of the Cathedrals Group, Newman University hosted a two-day conference in September 2017 on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The event was opened by Professor Scott Davidson, Vice-Chancellor of Newman and provided the opportunity for academics from member institutions to come together, share their interests and explore opportunities to work together on joint projects.

Professor Stephen Clift of Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Persephone Sextou of Newman University organised a full programme of talks, demonstrations and discussions including key note presentations from Professor June Boyce-Tillman, University of Winchester and further talks from Polly Wright, Director of the Hearth Project and Professor Norma Daykin and Dr David Walkers from the University of Winchester.

Gulliver Ralston, Director of Music at the University of Roehampton said of the event, “ A great conference from a wide variety of disciplines and universities. Lots to learn and very good networking too.”

A link to a report of the day’s proceedings can be found below. In addition, a short film of the conference will be made available in due course.

Please contact Professor Stephen Clift (Stephen.Clift@canterbury.ac.uk) for further information.

Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Arts, Health and Wellbeing Conference Arts, Health and Wellbeing report

2017 AGM and Dearing Panel event

Posted on 18 October 2017

Wednesday 15th November, 2017 at 6pm in the 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 e.adams@leedstrinity.ac.uk

2018 Annual Conference and Choirs Festival

Posted on 18 October 2017

Newman University will be hosting the Annual conference. The Choirs Festival will be held on Saturday 24th February, 2018 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The Chaplains’ Annual Residential Conference will also take place in Birmingham, from 23-25th February, 2018. More details will follow once a full programme is available.

LTSU hosts Cathedrals Group Student Unions

Posted on 25 August 2017

LTSU hosted a national gathering of Student Unions from across the country who are part of 'The Cathedrals Group' on Thursday 24th August. The event was focused on sharing good practice and discussing challenges and opportunities as being part of the mission group.

Joined by sabbatical officers and senior managers from Bishop Grosseteste, Canterbury Christ Church, Chester, Liverpool Hope, Newman, St Mary's Twickenham and York St John there was a range of discussions on collaborating and good practice. Professor Margaret A House Vice-Chancellor and Chair of The Cathedrals Group also spoke and took questions and Amatey Doku the NUS Vice President (Higher Education) also joined for part of the day.

Charles Isherwood, Union President said "The Cathedrals Group day at Leeds Trinity University has been great and I feel a success. All the sabbatical officers and Union staff were really happy to share their objectives for the year, which in turn meant that all the other Sabbatical officers and staff could help them refine their ideas. Finally I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has made this day possible and to all the guest speakers Professor Margret House and the NUS’ Vice President of higher education Ametey Doku. Overall the day was great and I can’t wait for the next Cathedral group day."

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and Chair of the Cathedrals Group, said: "An education at a Cathedrals Group institution is distinctive. We focus on the formation of our students, contributing to a 'whole-person' student experience and actively encourage values such as social justice, respect and community citizenship. Our member institutions make a significant contribution to the intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual and economic life of the communities they serve, and our students' unions are no different."

Cathedrals Group Student Unions
Cathedrals Group Student Unions

Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017

Posted on 26 June 2017

On Saturday 4 March, more than 300 singers and musicians took part in the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017 at Leeds Cathedral.

The evening featured a variety of powerful and inspirational performances from 11 university choirs across the country including: Newman University Choir; Chester Chapel Choir; St. Mary’s University Choir; York St John University Chamber Choir; University Choir Marjon (University of St Mark and St John); Liverpool Hope University Chamber Choir; The King Alfred Singers (Foundation Music at University of Winchester); Bishop Grosseteste University Choir; University of Chichester; Canterbury Christ Church University Chamber Choir; Leeds Trinity University Choir; and Leeds Trinity Cathedral Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs.

It was the first time the annual Cathedrals Group Choir Festival had been hosted in Leeds, which was hosted by Leeds Trinity University and supported by the Diocese of Leeds Music Department and Skipton Building Society Camerata, as part of the annual Cathedrals Group Conference.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
"Hosting the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival within the beautiful setting of Leeds Cathedral has truly enhanced our event and I would like to sincerely thank the full team at Leeds Cathedral for their support. The Cathedral provided wonderful acoustics for both our singers and musicians, and the music was absolutely fantastic – I hope everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening."

Photo of Choir Festival 2017
A powerful and inspirational performance from more than 300 singers and musicians in Leeds Cathedral

Peer Learning Project showcased in new case study compendium

Posted on 24 January 2017

A joint project to identify best practice in student-centred peer learning and mentoring among Cathedrals Group universities and colleges which took place on 16 January in York has resulted in the creation of a series of case studies which detail positive impacts on student retention, wellbeing, academic performance and confidence.

Representatives from more than 12 Cathedrals Group institutions gathered at the Higher Education Academy’s York conference rooms this week to discuss case study outcomes and share approaches.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and Chair of the Cathedrals Group, said:

“Peer learning and mentoring puts students at the front and centre in supporting every aspect of the university experience of fellow students and we have been delighted to work with the HEA in identifying the distinct nature of peer learning contributions to learning and teaching approaches across the Cathedrals Group.”

Conference delegates heard best practice presentations from the University of Cumbria, University of Winchester and University of Chester, as well as gaining direct feedback from student participates Antonia Miles and Josh Poklad at Leeds Trinity University.

“Many students appreciate guidance, for instance in preparing content and presentations, from another graduate or postgraduate they know has recently gone through the same challenges – it’s helpful in a job-related context not just in academic work,” said Antonia.

The HEA and Cathedrals Group intend to publish the project’s compendium of case studies in late spring for use by both Group institutions and other interested colleges and universities. The case studies will be accompanied by a Peer Group Learning toolkit for use in establishing or enhancing peer-based undergraduate and postgraduate support.

If your institution is interested in accessing the resources, please contact the HEA Academic Lead for Retention and Success hugh.mannerings@heacademy.ac.uk.

Photo from Peer Learning Project 2017
Photo from Peer Learning Project 2017
Photo from Peer Learning Project 2017

Peer Learning Project within the Cathedrals Mission Group

Posted on 16 January 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

AGENDA - Cathedrals Group Peer Learning Project

2016 Dearing Memorial Lecture

Posted on 30 November 2016

The 8th Dearing Memorial Lecture was held at 6pm on 24 November at Church House, London. The speaker was Professor Julian Rivers, BA, LLM, Miur, MA (Cantab), PhD, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol. The theme of his lecture was “Religious Extremism and Religious Liberty on Campus”. The text of his speech is attached. It was a most interesting and apposite talk, much enjoyed by all present.

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Professor Julian Rivers, BA, LLM, Miur, MA (Cantab), PhD, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol

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Cathedrals Group Fun Run

Posted on 17 November 2016

This year the chosen race was the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, which took place on 6 November 2016. A large team from Leeds Trinity University ran the race, together with representatives from Bishop Grosseteste and Chester Universities. It was a chilly day but a good day for running, and good fun was had by all!

Photo of Leeds Abbey Dash 2016 runners
Some of the runners before the race.

2016 Annual Archbishop Blanch Lecture

Posted on 19 September 2016

Bishop Rachel took up her post as the 41st Bishop of Gloucester in September 2015, having previously served as Archdeacon of Hackney for 4 years and Archdeacon of Northolt for 5 years.

She was educated at Broxbourne School and went on to train as a Speech & Language Therapist at Reading University where she gained a BA in Linguistics and Language Pathology. Following graduation Bishop Rachel worked as a Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist within the NHS and served on the Child Development Team at the Royal Free Hospital before becoming the Clinical Manager for Paediatric Speech & Language Therapists in Health Centres across three north London health authorities.

She trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall where she received a BTh from Oxford University. She was ordained in 1994 to serve her Curacy at St George & All Saints, Tufnell Park. In 1999 and she was instituted as Vicar of St James the Less, Bethnal Green.

Whilst working in the NHS she became interested in Family Dynamics. She began studying Family Systems and completed the first stage of training at the Institute of Family Therapy soon after she was ordained. In 2014 she consolidated this with a Diploma in Group Facilitation & Conflict Resolution. Bishop Rachel’s interest in Systems Theory continues to affect her perspective on the functioning of a parish, the wider church, and the world in which the church is immersed. This has led to an ever-increasing interest in conflict transformation and since 2011 she has been a Member of Bridge Builders’ Council of Reference.

A placement in South Africa in 1994 was a significant landmark and Bishop Rachel remains deeply committed to the Church on Southern Africa. The Diocese of Gloucester is twinned with Western Tanzania, and in her last job was Chair of the Diocese of London’s Angola-Mozambique Strategy Group.

She has been a member of General Synod since 2010 and was a member of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality. Following her election and consecration as Bishop of Gloucester, she was introduced to parliament in October 2015 so joining the Lords Spiritual there.

Bishop Rachel is married to Guy, who was a vicar in the City of London until their move to Gloucester. Together they enjoy walking and canoeing. She loves silence and describes her 30 day Retreat in 1998 as a life-changing experience.

Event Details

Dive Deeper: Explorations in Faith, Poetry and Culture

Posted on 19 September 2016

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

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Pope Francis: the loneliness of a long-distance runner

Posted on 19 September 2016

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

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New Thinking about Catholic Education

Posted on 19 September 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.

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Joint Research Project - "Religion and Conflict: Breaking Open the Hermeneutical Silos"

Posted on 05 September 2016

The Cathedrals Group is supporting this joint project of academics drawn from the Cathedrals Group which is led by Dr Peter McGrail at Liverpool Hope University. A Symposium is planned for 3-4 April 2017 at Liverpool Hope, and the call for papers closes on 1 October 2016. The aim is to produce an edited book that could become a tool for enabling its readers to both understand and to deconstruct the academic field.
For further details please contact Peter McGrail (mcgraip@hope.ac.uk)

2017 Annual Conference and Choirs Festival

Posted on 05 September 2016

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.

2016 Annual Fun Run

Posted on 05 September 2016

2016 Annual Fun Run

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.

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Leeds Trinity University - 50th Anniversary Celebratory Mass

Posted on 25 August 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.

Timings

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

Cost

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
London
SW1P 1QW

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 – http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

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 50years@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

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Roehampton wins DfE grant for SEN study

Posted on 19 August 2015

An award of £15,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) has been granted to academics at the University of Roehampton for a study into the impact of funding on the attainment of children with additional needs. Olympia Palikara, a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, and Marie-Pierre Moreau, a Reader in Sociology of Education and Principal Investigator for this project, received the grant to carry out the study this year. The project is entitled 'International evidence on impact of funding linked to additional needs on participation and attainment by 16-19 year olds'. The study covers pupils with: low level Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability; low prior attainment who need extra support to succeed in education; and pupils who are economically disadvantaged and need financial support to attend education. In many areas across the country the number of children identified with SEN is rising. Schools currently receive extra funding based on the number of SEN children they have. With investment in schools under pressure, one of the things this study will look at is what effect, internationally, funding has on these pupils' outcomes at school. This project involves a literature review of the role of money in improving children's attainment at school, with a focus on countries other than England (including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well internationally).

Winchester shows support for animal welfare through partnership with welfare charity

Posted on 18 August 2015

The University of Winchester has cemented its links with global farm group Compassion in World Farming (Compassion) by forging a strategic partnership with the charity. University Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter and Philip Lymbery, Compassion's Chief Executive, last week signed an official agreement intended to strengthen an exciting academic bond between the two organisations. Among other things, Compassion is to help develop the University's postgraduate and research offering in the field of animal welfare science, law and ethics. Students may benefit from future volunteer and internship opportunities at Compassion, while Mr Lymbery hopes to work with University researchers to jointly develop academic publications.

Gloucesterhsire launches new nature trail

Posted on 18 August 2015

Staff and students at the University of Gloucestershire have developed a new digital nature trail for families to discover and explore bats, bees and much more at The Park campus in Cheltenham. Using electronic devices such as a smart phone or tablet, visitors can access information from QR codes and NFC tags (small microchips which can transfer information to a smartphone) embedded around the site, which is a community nature reserve managed by the University and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. The codes link to photos, texts, video and audio links providing information on wildlife at The Park, including commentary from biosciences academics and the University's Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston. The trail was developed by two Masters students, Lianne Davies and Rachel Keating, working with Richard Rolfe, course leader for BSc degrees in Biology and Animal Biology.

St Mary's awarded Institute of Physics grant to stage 'Connecting Physics with Faith' events

Posted on 17 August 2015

St Mary's University, Twickenham, has been awarded an Institute of Physics (IOP) Public Engagement Grant to organise and deliver a series of events on 'Connecting Physics with Faith' in local parishes and at St Mary's campus in October, November and December 2015. The project aims to engage Christian communities in parishes with the cosmology and quantum physics concepts underlying creation and human consciousness. This interdisciplinary project is a joint venture between the Applied Physics and Theology departments at St Mary's, the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), IOP and local parishes.

University of Winchester tops the 2015 student satisfaction rankings

Posted on 13 August 2015

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results published this week put the University of Winchester not just at the top of The Cathedrals Group (CG) universities for the highest level of overall student satisfaction but amongst the six highest scoring universities across the UK.

The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK universities and colleges remains high, with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year's NSS. Winchester achieved a record high of 92% overall student satisfaction, up 3% from their 2014 score. The second highest scoring CG institution was Heythrop College, University of London, with 90% overall satisfaction - up 6% from last year. Two CG universities were amongst those achieving the largest % point increase in the UK - Liverpool Hope University achieved a massive 7% point rise with overall satisfaction up to 89%, while York St John University improved its score by 4 per cent, up to 88% this year. Overall nine CG institutions exceeded the UK average of 86% overall satisfaction. In addition to Winchester, Heythrop, Liverpool Hope and York St John, this successful group included the following universities: Newman (89%); Chester, Chichester and St Mary's Twickenham (88%); and Canterbury Christ Church (87%).

Looking into the detailed analysis on a subject basis, several CG institutions also achieved 100% scores for overall satisfaction for individual courses and for subject areas. These include the University of Chester (for 10 courses, including Adult Nursing, Criminology, History, Midwifery and Religious Studies, and one subject - Theology and Religious Studies); the University of Gloucestershire (7 courses and subjects, including Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics); Liverpool Hope University (6 courses, including English Literature, History, Education & Sport/PE, and Primary Teaching and 3 subject areas - Mathematical Sciences, History and Politics); Newman University (3 subject areas - Drama, English Studies and History); University of Winchester (14 courses, including American Studies, Archaeology, Choreography and Dance, Digital Media Design, Education Studies (Early Childhood), Health Community & Social Care, Politics & Global Studies, and eight subjects, including Creative Writing, English, History, Initial Teacher Education, Journalism and Law).

Download the full results here: NSS 2015 overall satisfaction scores

Marjon journalism project secures European funding

Posted on 12 August 2015

The University of St Mark & St John (Marjon) is to undertake a major journalism project with partners in the Czech Republic and Belgium following the announcement that it has secured a 400,000 Euro funding bid for an ambitious EU Erasmus proposal. The successful bid will put the University's Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise at the forefront of journalism education, alongside colleagues from Prague's College of Media and Journalism, and Belgian universities Thomas More, in Mechelen, and UC Leuven-Limburg. A significant part of the Erasmus project will involve a series of collaborations between students from all four universities, with Marjon undergraduates set to engage in intense media news weeks abroad, before welcoming their counterparts back to Devon for similar experiences. The project, to run for three years starting in September, also aims to establish a series of online resources to help other schools of journalism throughout Europe to measure their students' key media skills and award 'badges' on an online CV which will be recognised by institutions and employers throughout Europe.

St Mary's student wins National Coaching Award

Posted on 10 August 2015

A recent graduate of the BSc Strength and Conditioning Science programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Katie Parker was presented with the Richard Holmes Award for Emerging Coach of the Year at the UK Strength and Conditioning Association's (UKSCA) annual conference in Warwickshire. Alongside her undergraduate studies, Katie recognised the importance of gaining coaching experience and volunteered her services to numerous clubs and projects worldwide. Katie began her coaching career in 2010 providing part-time support to the Watford Football Club academy. In 2013 she spent the summer coaching the Grenadian national netball and cricket teams and in October 2014 she was the recipient of a Gold Medal Internship at Surrey County Cricket, where she is currently Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. She has also worked as assistant coach at Warwickshire Cricket County Club and regularly provided coaching support to the Wales Lacrosse team during 2014/15.

Student's film success at New Designers 2015

Posted on 10 August 2015

A film created by a student from the University of Cumbria has been recognised as 'stunning' by judges at the prestigious New Designers 2015 Exhibition held at the Business Design Centre in London. Stephanie Kiewel (23), who has just completed a three-year degree in film and television production at the university, was named runner up in the Motion Arts & Theatre Design section of the New Designer of the Year competition. The awards recognise the design world's rising stars, offering winners (and runners up) vital support as they embark upon their professional careers.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers activities at the National Eisteddfod

Posted on 07 August 2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is offering a huge range of activities for people of all ages at its stand at the National Eisteddfod this week. This year the National Eisteddfod is taking place in Meifod, Powys, from 1-8 August. Activities and events offered by UWTSD vary from face-painting, arts and crafts, and music for children to lectures, discussions, writing workshops and the launch of the Wales Performance Centre including the new Welsh medium Perfformio course.

Roehampton supports ninth annual Wimbledon BookFest

Posted on 07 August 2015

The ninth annual Wimbledon BookFest is back this autumn bringing the worlds of literature, the arts, popular culture, film and sport to Wimbledon Common for 10 days in October. The University has supported the BookFest for several years, as part of its aim to encourage the study and enjoyment of great literature. After the success of last year's festival, the University signed a three year partnership with the organisers to confirm long term support. Headline speakers for the 2015 Wimbledon BookFest include: best-selling novelists Louis de Bernieres and Sebastian Faulks; George the Poet; TV adventurer Ben Fogle; and the biggest selling female historian of all time, Alison Weir. The University of Roehampton has an active circle of leading authors, critics and academics working in the fields of language and literature. Among the writers speaking at the BookFest will be Vice-Chancellor Paul O'Prey on the subject of women poets in the First World War, and Zachery Leader who will present the life and works of masterful American prose writer Saul Bellow. TS Eliot Prize winner David Harsent will also lead a highly-anticipated creative writing workshop during the festival.

University of Winchester gains accreditation as Living Wage Employer

Posted on 06 August 2015

The University of Winchester became one of a small number of universities in the UK committed to paying all workers on a nationally-accepted salary scale when it gained accreditation as a Living Wage Employer on 1 August. Currently set at £7.85 per hour outside London, the Living Wage is calculated annually and proposed by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the basic cost of living across the UK. The voluntary agreement commits Living Wage employers not only to paying all their own employees at a level equal to or greater than this hourly rate, but also to ensuring all major contractors placing their workers on site do the same.

Two other Cathedrals Group universities are accredited Living Wage Employers - Leeds Trinity University and St Mary's University Twickenham, while a number of others are not formally accredited although they do pay their staff the Living Wage.

Liverpool Hope and Chestnut Hill College take first steps in new partnership

Posted on 05 August 2015

Liverpool Hope University and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, have signed an agreement to explore the ways in which the two institutions can work together. The two institutions will now seek ways to support each other's work, to find opportunities of working together institutionally and to foster collaboration. This could include joint research and teaching projects; the exchanging of academic information and publications; fostering internationalisation through student and staff mobility; and undertaking other related activities linked to their joint mission. Chestnut Hill College opened in 1924 as a Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women. It is now a co-ed Liberal Arts college which also offers Masters and Doctoral study. Speaking after the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions, Liverpool Hope's Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Professor Gerald Pillay, said: 'The signing of this memorandum is recognition of the common mission of two Christian foundations committed to making a difference in our societies.'

Chichester boosts Thames Valley business

Posted on 05 August 2015

Access to the University of Chichester's day release degree in Business Studies has been extended to businesses and employers in the Thames Valley area through a partnership between the University and Bracknell and Wokingham College. The BA (Hons) in Business Studies is now delivered on a part-time basis at the College enabling students to benefit from the opportunity to gain a degree while in full-time employment.

Historical Association awards Honorary Fellowships to two CG academics

Posted on 04 August 2015

Among the prestigious Honorary Fellowships awarded recently by The Historical Association, two were awarded to senior academics in Cathedrals Group universities. Honorary Fellows are chosen by the Executive Committee of the Association following recommendations from Branches, the Council and Committees.

Canterbury Christ Church University's Professor of Early Modern History, Jackie Eales, who is a former President of The Historical Association, was awarded a Fellowship for her outstanding contributions to history and history education, as well as providing expertise and guidance to the Association for over three dedicated years. Jackie has published widely on women's history in the early modern period, including 'Women in Tudor and Stuart England' and a monograph on the feisty civil war puritan heroine, Brilliana Harley. She has also acted as an advisory editor to the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' in order to include more women.

Bev Forrest, Associate Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at Leeds Trinity University, was recognised for her work with primary school teachers and history education professionals in schools. She has worked with The Historical Association to encourage and help primary school teachers have their voices heard in the world of history education. Bev is a member of the Association's primary committee and has recently worked as part of a team to devise a Quality Mark to recognise outstanding history teaching in schools.

Voices of Hope tour raises charity funds

Posted on 03 August 2015

Liverpool Hope University's vocal ensemble Voices of Hope (VoH) has raised more than 2,000 euros for charity following a highly successful tour of the Dordogne region of France. The group performed three concerts in churches (in La Roche Chalais, Bourg-du-Bost and Saint Privat des Pres) and in the Café Collonnes in Riberac on market day. Having first performed in the Dordogne in 2014, VoH returned to the region to raise money for Liverpool Hope's Department of Social Work, Care and Justice's Sangamam project, which supports a fishing community in northern Chennai in India. VoH's final concert will be on Friday 2 October as part of the ensemble's MA in Creative Practice and auditions for the next vocal group will begin shortly afterwards.

Cumbria students support two charities by making their opinions known

Posted on 03 August 2015

This year, as an incentive to encourage students to participate in the National Students' Survey (NSS), the University of Cumbria donated £1 for each completed survey, with a total of £1,290 being shared equally between two charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-a-Wish. The charities were chosen by the students.

The NSS, which is an independent survey run by Ipsos Mori for the Higher Education Funding Councils in England and Wales, is important to universities as a method of gaining feedback from mainly final year students, in order to address any issues and improve the student experience. This year 76.41% of eligible students at the University of Cumbria took part, putting the university well ahead of the national average of 71%.

HEFCE seeks applications for denominational committee member of TESO strategic advisory committee

Posted on 31 July 2015

This week HEFCE invited applications for a vacancy on the new Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity (TESO) Strategic Advisory Committee for a vacancy especially for a 'denominational committee member'. Those with strategic responsibility at institutional level for student experience and outcomes who can represent the diversity of views of institutions of a denominational character, which includes all Cathedrals Group institutions in England, are invited to apply. The closing date for applications is 4 September 2015.

For further information about how to apply see:

Chester-based heritage company shortlisted for prestigious award

Posted on 30 July 2015

A Chester-based heritage team, founded by a University of Chester graduate, has been shortlisted in the coveted Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) 2015 Discover Heritage Awards - for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland. Big Heritage, based at the University's Riverside Innovation Centre, has been nominated for its Roman Medicine Roadshow project, which the company created and delivers on behalf of The Wellcome Trust. The project explores the history and archaeology of medicine in the Roman world and alongside large public events, the team, many of whom also studied at the University, has been delivering free workshops to primary and secondary schools across the North West.

The AHI Discover Heritage Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation, whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location. The Awards celebrate projects that best meet their interpretive aims and successfully communicate their key messages to their audiences. AHI patron and Honorary Graduate of the University of Chester, Dr Loyd Grossman, who was awarded a CBE this summer for services to heritage, will announce the winners at a gala awards ceremony held at the AHI conference on 21 October 2015.

New protocol launched by Roehampton professor will help uncover hidden domestic violence in infants

Posted on 29 July 2015

Uncovering hidden domestic violence in under-threes will be made easier for nursery and children's centre workers and other professionals now a new protocol has been launched by a Roehampton professor. The INTOVIAN Protocol is a series of carefully designed questions which professionals who see children every day can use to assess whether a child is suffering at home, if they have initial concerns. The questions are phrased to encourage nursery leaders and their teams to consider behaviour as well as the answers given when children and carers are observed or talked to. This is so a child's emotional and physical state can be assessed through its actions and expressions during face to face meetings. Almost 60 pages of guidance written by experts is also included to help interpret results. The protocol has been designed by a Europe-wide team of child care and psychology experts and was launched this month in the UK by its national coordinator, child-psychopathologist Professor Cecilia Essau from the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

Winchester lecture pinpoints public opinion as key to curbing climate change

Posted on 28 July 2015

Communications expert Dr Tony Stoller shone a light on people power as a crucial weapon against world-wide climate change in a University of Winchester Enterprise lecture this month. The Enterprise lecture, entitled 'Winning hearts and minds: the key to tackling climate change?' was held in conjunction with Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) - the local climate change charity sponsored by the University of Winchester and Winchester City Council. Speaking as the new Chair of WinACC, Tony explored the role of public opinion in the fight against global warming and considered its central importance in influencing key decision-makers, with particular reference to the growing role of faith leaders and faith-based groups. In particular he considered the role of traditional and social media and suggested ways in which modern communication techniques and platforms could be used to harness public opinion and empower politicians to achieve environmental protection goals.

Chichester project helps grow marine renewable energy

Posted on 28 July 2015

A Cross Channel project looking at offshore energy opportunities has found that areas in the Arc Manche region should look to develop, manufacture and export marine offshore renewables technology for the long-term benefit of the region. The University of Chichester is part of an international team of experts involved in the European Channel MOR (marine offshore renewables) project. A report written by the University considers possible futures for MRE in the Channel Arc Manche regions and what regions can do to participate. Experts in the MRE sector describe key regional strengths such as coastal conditions, local knowledge and expertise, and policy support. The report found that not only will MRE reduce carbon emissions, but business and job opportunities around local port developments will have a positive economic benefit for regions. It is clear that the MRE sector will play a significant part in the economy of the Channel region over the coming years and despite perceived current high risk, no region can afford to ignore MRE opportunities.

Liverpool Hope major building projects on track

Posted on 27 July 2015

The new £8.5 million Science building at Liverpool Hope University remains on track for completion by December 2015. The roofing and steelworks are now complete and the internal fit out works have begun. The 32,000 square foot building, which features 150 tonnes of steel, will contain specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science. The Science building will feature a 25m sprint track and a double-height robotics suite, as well as an engineering lab to aid the building and testing of drones. Work to upgrade the surrounding external area is continuing, with an extension to the adjacent car park almost complete.

Alongside the new Science building, Liverpool Hope University is developing a brand new Learning Lab - an innovative space which fuses new and emerging technologies with traditional teaching tools. The lab has been designed with students in mind and utilises wireless technology and collaboration tools to adopt new approaches to teamwork and invention. The Learning Lab will open in September 2015.

Professor Peter Strike to step down from Cumbria in 2016

Posted on 24 July 2015

Professor Peter Strike, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, has announced he will be stepping down on 31 July 2016 after five successful years as Vice-Chancellor. Peter has been an active member of The Cathedrals Group during his time at Cumbria and has served on the Executive Committee. We wish him well for the future and look forward to working with him in 2015/16. For more information see the attached letter from the Chair of the University of Cumbria Board of Directors to The Cathedrals Group.

Cumbria statement

Chester awarded for innovative student experience initiative

Posted on 23 July 2015

An innovative University of Chester project to improve the student experience has been recognised at the fourth annual College and University Business Officers (CUBO) Awards. The CUBO Awards 2015 recognise the achievements of hard working staff in the higher education (HE) sector. Chester's Student Support and Guidance Department won an Innovation Award for a recently launched Wellbeing Project which is designed to assist the increasing numbers of students entering HE with mental health problems, aiding them to become more independent, confident and resilient individuals before they enter the world of work. For more information about the Wellbeing Project, follow the link:

Chester CUBO Awards 2015

Liverpool Hope student presented with scholarship by Prince Charles

Posted on 23 July 2015

A Liverpool Hope University design student whose work is currently on display in Hollywood has been awarded a £2,000 scholarship by Prince Charles. Jade Crompton, who is completing her MA Creative Practice at Liverpool Hope where she also works as a design assistant, was named Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Rumi Foundation Scholar, and was invited to St James's Palace to pick up her award. Jade had to submit a formal application, show a portfolio of her work, and undertake an interview before being selected. She will use the scholarship to pay the tuition fees for her course and after graduation Jade hopes to go on to study for a PhD and continue her research into 3D printing and ceramics. Jade's work has gained her international acclaim and been selected by the Hollywood 3D Printing Gallery in Los Angeles.

Gloucestershire shortlisted for four national customer service awards

Posted on 23 July 2015

The University of Gloucestershire has been recognised at a national level for its outstanding customer service. The University has been selected as a finalist in four categories by an independent panel of judges from the WOW! Awards who recognise people who have gone the extra mile to provide outstanding service. Director of Student Support Stewart Dove has been selected as a finalist in the Leadership Award category whilst Faculty Administrator Ian Cumiskey is nominated for the Supporting the Front Line Award. The University has also been selected for two organisation awards - Best Newcomer and Engaging Your Employees.

The University joined the WOW! Awards in October 2014, giving students, staff and visitors the opportunity to nominate members of university staff who have gone the extra mile. The University is amongst many other organisations such as the NHS, police, local authorities and other education establishments that run the scheme.

Newman Professor awarded visiting fellowship

Posted on 22 July 2015

Dr Susan Docherty, Head of Theology and Religious Education at Newman University, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the University of Glasgow in recognition of her expertise in Biblical interpretation. She will take up the William Barclay Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Biblical Studies at Glasgow between January and March 2016. In the visiting post, Professor Docherty will teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules linked to her specialist research interests, give a public lecture and get involved with the wider academic community in Glasgow. Her main research interests are in early Jewish and early Christian Biblical interpretation.

For more information see:

Canterbury's Visiting Fellow awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Nursing

Posted on 22 July 2015

Visiting Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University's England Centre for Practice Development, Dr Alison Leary, has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Alison has recently been working on pioneering workforce development research with the Centre on the differing, complex areas of nursing care in the community.

Roehampton criminologist's research into 'honour' killings wins prestigious award

Posted on 22 July 2015

Research into countering 'honour' killings and forced marriage, which has helped shape Government policy, has resulted in University of Roehampton academic Dr Aisha K Gill being awarded a Celebrating Impact prize from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Dr Gill, a Reader in Criminology at Roehampton, received the award for the Outstanding Impact in Public Policy for her research. Her work addresses violence against women and girls. She has helped the Government's Forced Marriage Task Group; supported the NHS, Department for Education and voluntary organisations develop good practice guidelines; acted as an expert witness; and been invited to join Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Expert Reference Group on Honour-Based Violence.

Pulitzer Prize winner Dr Marilynne Robinson gives inaugural Hope Hopkins Lecture

Posted on 21 July 2015

Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr Marilynne Robinson presented the first ever Liverpool Hope Hopkins Lecture yesterday, a free public lecture at Liverpool Hope University's Hope Park campus. In her lecture, entitled 'What are we doing here?', Dr Robinson responded to the 19th century French sociologist and political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville's thesis that 'literature was an arsenal open to all, where the weak and the poor could always find arms'.

A Professor at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Dr Robinson will today (21 July) receive a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) at Liverpool Hope University's graduation ceremony in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Dr Robinson, who is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Humanities medal and the Orange Prize, is recognised by Liverpool Hope for both her fiction and her non-fiction work, which explores issues of human thought - science, consciousness and religion.

The Liverpool Hope Hopkins Lectures are named after the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who lived and worked at the university's Creative Campus. They are hosted by the Department of English and focus on contemporary writing.

International Centre for Community Music launched at York St John University

Posted on 17 July 2015

York St John (YSJ) University has launched its new International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) in response to global interest in creative music participation and inclusivity in music. The Centre, the first of its kind in the world, will act as a forum for community music through which research, teaching, scholarship, professional practice and pedagogy can be developed and shared. It is led by Professor Lee Higgins, a leading specialist in community music, who joined YSJ in 2014 from Boston University in Massachusetts. As Director of the ICCM, he aims to draw on his experiences and work collaboratively with academics, practitioners, educators and policy makers to support the development of community music.

Chester opens new High Growth Centre

Posted on 17 July 2015

World class workspaces and facilities are at the disposal of North West companies, thank to the University of Chester's new High Growth Centre, designed to boost business growth within the 'Northern Powerhouse'. Set within the impressive 66 acre grounds of Thornton Science Park, the High Growth Centre boasts newly refurbished buildings and an impressive inventory of high specification scientific equipment, which will be available for use by tenants. The Centre, which has been co-funded by the university and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will provide existing and start-up businesses with a unique blend of industry, innovation and academia to help maximise their potential, create new jobs and secure economic stability.

St Mary's announces new senior appointments

Posted on 16 July 2015

St Mary's University, Twickenham has recently announced the appointment of three high-profile senior appointments.
* Ruth Kelly, the former Secretary of State for Education, is to join the institution in a new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. Ms Kelly joins the university from HSBC Global Asset Management, where she was Global Head of Client Strategy.
* Professor Edward Acton, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, will from September be Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor, helping to oversee the development and implementation of the university's academic strategies and polices and to strengthen research culture, especially overarching interdisciplinary research centres.
* Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain's first Muslim Cabinet minister who from 2012-2014 combined a role as Senior Minister of State in the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities, has been appointed a Visiting Professor working closely with the University's Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation (InSpiRe) to promote reconciliation within and beyond faith groups through seminars, conferences and outreach.

Roehampton Vice-Chancellor urges ministers to improve cost of living support for students

Posted on 15 July 2015

Greater support should be provided to students worried about their living costs whilst at University, according to an independent panel of experts including Professor Paul O'Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton. The Student Funding Panel was established by Universities UK to review the impact of changes to tuition fees and living costs introduced during 2012/13, when fees rose to a maximum of £9,000 a year. Universities UK is the principal umbrella group for higher education in the UK.

The vast majority of the 3,000 students interviewed for its latest report were concerned about their living costs. Respondents were more likely to be worried about meeting the costs of living than tuition fees, the report said. It said the current system of student tuition funding in England, including the £9,000 a year fees, was broadly fit for purpose, did not require wholesale reform, and needed to be given time to work. This finding led to a recommendation from Professor O'Prey and other panel members in their report for cost of living funding arrangements to be improved. Both the quality, and targeting of funds to those who need them most, should be reviewed, the report stated.

UUK student funding panel report

Winchester wins two national awards

Posted on 15 July 2015

The University of Winchester has recently been awarded Epilepsy Friendly status by national charity Young Epilepsy, reflecting the institution's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, and in particular the ongoing support it offers students with epilepsy. Young Epilepsy identifies stress, alcohol, tiredness, lack of sleep and dehydration as common factors contributing to epileptic seizures and these situations may be more prevalent for a young person in higher education. The university offers staff free ongoing epilepsy training and the use of Young Epilepsy resources to increase awareness of the effects that student life can have on young people suffering from the condition.

Additionally, catering staff at the University of Winchester have achieved Gold Standard recognition for their food allergy awareness. The University was awarded the Food Allergy Training Consultancy's (FATC) highest accolade following an in-depth assessment of the menus on offer in the institution's food outlets; its rigorous food handling, preparation and storage regimes; and its policy of detailed and accurate food labelling. In conjunction with the FATC, Winchester adapted its menus; reviewed practices in all kitchen and serving areas, implementing an exclusive area for gluten free preparation in the main kitchen; and trained all food handlers to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Food Allergy Aware certification standard.

Bishop Grosseteste tops national graduate employability league table

Posted on 14 July 2015

Cathedrals Group (CG) institutions have once again scored highly for graduate employability according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey published by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The best CG performer in the league table for England was Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) which had an employment indicator of 98.1%, in third place nationally behind the Royal College of Music and the Royal Agricultural University.

Figures for 2013/14 UK graduates show that six Cathedrals Group institutions succeeded in achieving graduate employability levels of 95% or higher. This means that 95 graduates of every 100 leaving their universities are in full-time employment or further study six months after graduating. These universities were: BGU, Chester, Chichester, Leeds Trinity, St Mary's Twickenham and York St John University. Another five CG institutions achieved an employment indicator above the England average of 93.1%. These were: Canterbury Christ Church, Cumbria, Gloucestershire, Marjon and Winchester.

Leadership Foundation publishes paper on challenges religion in Britain poses for higher education

Posted on 13 July 2015

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has published a stimulus paper entitled "Religion in Britain: Challenges for Higher Education". It includes essays from Professors Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) and Craig Calhoun (London School of Economics), both social scientists, who examine the issues around the place of religion in contemporary society and what they might mean for universities. There is a particular emphasis on leaders, especially those who provide intellectual and academic leadership.

In " 'We don't do God'? the changing nature of public religion", Professor Modood focuses on the move from a largely Christian-secular nation to a secular multi-faith one, and the concerns and controversies that are associated with this. He then considers how institutions are dealing with these changes and why they might have to do more to manage the freedom and inclusivity of the learning environment that is commonly expected in universities throughout the UK.

Professor Calhoun's essay "Religion, the public sphere and higher education", explores how religious public issues intersect with life in universities. What are the challenges from dealing with dissent to supporting students' personal growth? Do universities help the public understand religion better? And how do university leaders, who may or may not be religious, foster incorporate religious diversity into inclusive intellectual communities?

The Leadership Foundation is keen to receive feedback on the paper and invites you to contact Helen Goreham at Helen.goreham@lfhe.ac.uk if you have any thoughts on the paper, or to receive additional copies of it (printed or digital).

This paper is available as a priced publication from the Leadership Foundation to the general public and free of charge to staff employed in universities and colleges in membership of the Leadership Foundation. You will need to access a MyLF email account to download this paper, and you can obtain this via the www.lfhe.ac.uk/MyLF-Login using your university email account.

12 Cathedrals Group universities are members of the Leadership Foundation. They are: BGU, CCCU, Chester, Cumbria, Gloucestershire, Heythrop, Leeds Trinity, Liverpool Hope, Marjon, Roehampton, St Mary's Twickenham, and Winchester. Staff from all these institutions can access the report free of charge via the Leadership Foundation website. Everyone else can purchase a copy of the report for £20 via the Published Research page of the Leadership Foundation website.

Find out more about the report here:

Gloucestershire film production students win national award

Posted on 10 July 2015

Five film production students from the University of Gloucestershire - Jamie Munro, Peter Coulthard, Kayla Walker, Joe Hesketh and Nadine Ibrahim - have received the Creativity Award at the National Kodak Student Commercial Awards, seeing off competition from film schools across the country.

Sponsored by Kodak and run by Nahemi (National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image), the National Kodak Student Commercial Awards have been running for 25 years. These awards offer one of the few opportunities for students to work with 16mm film. The Gloucestershire production team were presented with their award at a ceremony held in London's iconic Regent Street Cinema by Nik Powell (Director of the National Film and Television School) and award-winning film director Sir Alan Parker.

'Animalgamation' was designed to fulfil the brief of a 30 second commercial for Office, a national high street shoe shop. The success follows previous triumphs for the University of Gloucestershire with student film 'Cider Mine' scoping Best in Category and Best Cinematographer at the 2013 National Kodak Student Commercial Awards. With members of the team behind 'Cider Mine' now establishing careers within the film production industry, the 2015 team are also hoping for similar opportunities provided from their victory.

Marjon judges bowled over by cricket mad entrepreneur

Posted on 10 July 2015

A student from Devon recently won an award for starting his own business and was crowned 'Inspiring Entrepreneur of the Year 2015' at the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon). Harry Solomon, 21, set up his company 'Wombat Cricket', after his love for the sport was galvanised with business know-how and inspiration from his BA Hons Sports Development and Coaching course at Marjon. Wombat Cricket is run from a business retail unit in Tavistock where they make custom handmade cricket bats entirely by hand, as well as selling hats, gloves, kit bags and equipment. Once he graduates Harry will be working full-time for Wombat Cricket, setting up a coaching side working with local schools alongside the equipment and retailing activities.

York St John student wins Student Employee of the Year award

Posted on 10 July 2015

A York St John student has scooped a top prize in a national competition celebrating the outstanding achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. Amy Hawkins, 21, was named as national Student Employee of the Year by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) at a special awards ceremony, beating off competition from universities and colleges across the UK. Amy has worked at Café Harlequin in York city centre since she started her BA English Literature and English Language degree at York St John University in September 2012. She was nominated in the 'Step up to Leadership' category in recognition of the additional responsibility she has taken on during her 3 years working at Café Harlequin and her commitment and loyalty, and won both the regional and national award in that category.

NASES supports student employment services with the aim of increasing the number and quality of jobs available to students across the UK. The Student Employee of the Year awards have been running since 2002 and recognise those students who have made an exceptional achievement combining part-time work with their studies.

Cathedrals Group universities amongst 2015 Green Gown Awards Finalists

Posted on 09 July 2015

Two Cathedrals Group universities are listed amongst the finalists for the 2015 Green Gowns Awards. Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gowns Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector. They are well-respected by governments, funding councils, senior managers, academics and students alike.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) are amongst the 85 projects and 51 educational institutions that feature on this year's shortlist.

UWTSD has been shortlisted in six categories, representing cross campus initiatives as well as contributions by individual staff members to the sustainability agenda. Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of INSPIRE, has been shortlisted under the Leadership category, whilst Anthropology lecturer Luci Attala and Art and Design lecturer Gwenllian Benyon have both been shortlisted for the Sustainability Champion Award. UWTSD has also been shortlisted in the Facilities and Services category for the University's approach to conducting cross-campus meetings (Modern Meetings@UWTSD) and the Food and Drink category (Food for Thought) for the University's sustainable approach to sourcing food for its catering outlets, which have already received Gold and Silver standards from the Soil Association. UWTSD is also shortlisted under the categories for: Best Newcomer (for both INSPIRE@UWTSD's institutional approach to delivering sustainability and for Coleg Sir Gar's 'Green FE in Green HE' initiative); Learning and Skills (for two academic projects - Advocacy in the Anthropocene and An Inspired Education).

CCCU is shortlisted under two categories of the Green Gown awards. It is one of the finalists under the Learning and Skills category for The Futures Initiative, linked to an education commitment to the Rio 20+ Global Sustainability Goals. Two staff members from CCCU are also shortlisted for the Sustainability Professional Award - Alex Metcalfe, the University's Sustainability Projects Officer and Coordinator of the Environmental Management System (EMS) and Peter Rands, who is Director of Sustainability Development at CCCU and the EMS Director.

Cathedrals Group universities awarded six 2015 National Teaching Fellowships

Posted on 06 July 2015

Six of the 55 higher education staff awarded National Teaching Fellowships for 2015 by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) went to staff in Cathedrals Group universities. This is up from the four Fellowships awarded in 2014.

Winners were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Successful nominees were nominated by the institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Overall by student numbers, The Cathedrals Group collectively represents about five per cent of all UK higher education students (undergraduates, postgraduates and research students). But in terms of their success in receiving professional recognition of excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning, they regularly punch above their weight. Almost 11% of the total number of National Teaching Fellowships awarded in 2015 went to staff from Cathedrals Group universities.

Congratulations to this year's winners, who are:
* Dr Jonathan Barnes - Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
* Ms Freya Billington - Course Leader, Film Production, University of Gloucestershire
* Dr Susan Deacy - Principal Lecturer in Classical Civilisation, University of Roehampton
* Dr Liz Mellor - Associate Professor in Applied Music, York St John University
* Dr Andy Pitchford - Director of Sport, University of Gloucestershire
* Dr Roz Sunley - Senior Lecturer, Responsible Management & Business Ethics, University of Winchester.

St Mary's academics respond to Papal Encyclical on Environment

Posted on 03 July 2015

St Mary's University, Twickenham has formed an interdisciplinary group to study the 'Laudato Si' encyclical of Pope Francis (published on 18 June) and to prepare for a conference on the encyclical at the end of the year. The Encyclical Study Group comprises St Mary's academics in the fields of theology, philosophy, ethics, geography, environmental sustainability, political economy and the built environment.

Comments from the Group in response to 'Laudato Si' can be found here:

Newman secures £1.8 million research funding

Posted on 02 July 2015

Researchers from Newman University, Birmingham, have been awarded £1,872,654 by the Templeton Religion Trust to set up a research group team to examine the relationship between science and religion in society. The programme will in the first instance be a 33 month project, led by Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker from Newman, in partnership with Professor Bernard Lightman of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Canada; Dr Carola Leicht of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes in the School of Psychology, University of Kent; and the National Life Stories programme at the British Library. Running until November 2017, the project will open up conversations around a number of key topics: the public reception of evolutionary science both historically and today; debates around science education in faith schools; the relationship between (new) atheist and creationist debates; and how diverse communities and faith groups in the UK and internationally engage with evolutionary science and STEM.

Marjon student steals European silver medal for Team GB

Posted on 01 July 2015

Robyn Birch, a BA Honours Sport Coaching and Physical Education student at the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon), along with synchro partner Georgia Ward, took the silver medal at the European Diving Championships in Rostock, Germany. The Great Britain B team was up against the majority of the top divers in Europe, and Birch and Ward won the only medal achieved by the GB team. Robyn holds an elite sports scholarship at Marjon which supports additional training time alongside her studies. Later this month Robyn will compete in the World University Games in Korea in the individual 10m event as part of a four strong GB team.

Forensic Psychology student wins Leeds Trinity's first vinspired award

Posted on 01 July 2015

Forensic Psychology student Fiona Burgin was presented with Leeds Trinity University's first vinspired award for her hundreds of hours volunteering with Better Leeds Communities. All student volunteers at Leeds Trinity are eligible for a vinspired award, which officially recognises students' commitment to volunteering. Certificates are awarded for 10 hours, 50 hours and 100 hours.

Chester seminar explores EHRC work on religion or belief

Posted on 30 June 2015

The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester will be running a two hour seminar at the Chester Law School on 9 September (from 5pm to 7pm) focusing on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's policy, research and legal work on the issues of religion and belief. The seminar will be led by Dr David Perfect who will focus on EHRC's recent and ongoing commissioned work, including a call for evidence on religion or belief in the workplace and service delivery; a review of the interpretation and effectiveness of equality and human rights law relating to religion and belief; and the preparation and guidance for employers and service providers on key religion or belief topics. For more information, email FRED@chester.ac.uk.

Professor Trevor Cooling elected Chair of Religious Education Council

Posted on 30 June 2015

Congratulations to Professor Trevor Cooling, Director of the National Institute for Christian Education Research in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, who has recently been elected as the Chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC). The REC is an umbrella charity whose member organisations represent those who are professionally involved in Religious Education as a subject (such as teachers, advisers and lecturers) and religious and non-religious organisations which have an interest in RE (such as the Church of England, The British Humanist Association and The Hindu Council). The REC seeks to promote the teaching of high quality RE and negotiates with the government on matters such as GCSE criteria and the English Baccalaureate.

Heythrop College to close in 2018

Posted on 29 June 2015

On Friday, Heythrop College Principal, Michael Holman SJ, published a statement about the future of the College following a meeting of the Governing Body. This concluded that 'after much reflection and with great sadness' the College would cease to be a higher education institution and a constituent college of the University of London in the summer of 2018, although Heythrop's mission and work would continue.

This decision by the Governing Body marks the culmination of detailed work over three years, in collaboration with the Society of Jesus and HEFCE, to find ways in which Heythrop's mission and work might continue in today's higher education environment. Alternative models of remaining an autonomous college of the University of London were explored as well as partnerships with other institutions, including for the past year discussions with St Mary's University, Twickenham, to explore options for a strategic partnership. Sadly the governors concluded, in the light of this work, that the resources needed to remain either as a member of the University of London or to form a partnership with another university 'are, in today's higher education environment, greater than the College, the Society of Jesus in Britain and our friends can provide'.

In his official statement about the future of the College, Principal Michael Holman concluded: 'Heythrop College in its many incarnations has survived for more than 400 years because it has changed when change has been needed. Further change is now needed and the Governors are committed to working with our friends and collaborators, especially the Society of Jesus, to continue the mission and work of the College. So although the College in its current form will come to an end, its mission and work will not'.

The College will continue to recruit to its taught postgraduate programmes and Bachelor of Divinity programmes as usual in 2015. By the summer of 2018 present students and those enrolling in 2015 will have completed their courses and graduate with a degree from the University of London. Heythrop governors and the Society of Jesus are committed to finding a new form in which the mission and work of the College, including the Bellarmine Institute, which teaches seminarians and trainee Jesuits, might continue.

The Chair of The Cathedrals Group, Professor Peter Lutzeier, Vice-Chancellor of Newman University said: 'I am saddened by the news about Heythrop College. This is clearly a loss for Catholic higher education in this country and also a loss for The Cathedrals Group.' A statement from fellow Cathedrals Group institution St Mary's University, Twickenham, issued on Friday 26 June about the university's proposed strategic partnership with Heythrop stated: 'Despite much progress it became clear in recent weeks that there was not sufficient consensus to move forward with a viable and financially sustainable model.'

See the College's official statement here:

Cumbria academic receives MBE

Posted on 14 June 2015

Congratulations to Mrs Suzanne Chambers, Partnership Headteacher Tutor at the University of Cumbria, who received an MBE in the Queen's 2015 birthday honours announced on Friday (12 June). Suzanne receives this honour for her services to education.

Still time to register for Newman's 'Hear our voices' conference

Posted on 12 June 2015

Newman University in Birmingham will be hosting a one day conference tomorrow, Saturday 13 June, entitled 'Hear our voices: Family, Theology and the Synod'. Running from 10am - 4pm, the event will explore theology, stories about families and shared reflection as part of the Roman Catholic Church's preparation for the Synod. Key speakers will be debating and presenting their thoughts surrounding evangelisation with the 21st Century family. There's still time to register for this event. A day pass for the conference, including parking, refreshments and lunch, is just £10.

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Liverpool Hope hosting international conference on peace and conflict

Posted on 12 June 2015

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University is hosting its International Conference on 1-3 July. The conference, entitled 'Narratives of Peace and Conflict', will be held at the Creative Campus. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Dauphinee from York University, Canada.

To register for the event: Liverpool Hope peace and conflict conference

Leeds Trinity University Enterprise Centre launched

Posted on 11 June 2015

Leeds Trinity University's Enterprise Centre - a faculty designed to foster students' entrepreneurial skills to help budding new business ventures get off the ground - was officially launched last Thursday (4 June). Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, officially launched the Enterprise Centre and communicated the importance of empowering entrepreneurs of the future to realise their true potential. The Enterprise Centre is a campus-based building that has been purposely transformed into a space that provides facilities and support for students and alumni to help them develop ideas for business start-ups. Leeds Trinity students and alumni now have free access to business mentoring services, as well as meeting rooms, break-out zones, office and hot-desking space, a conference room and all the up-to-date technology and equipment you would expect to find in an office environment.

UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner takes up role at St Mary's

Posted on 10 June 2015

The UK's Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Mr Hyland will join the Bakhita Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, part of St Mary's School of Arts and Humanities, to develop research and activity into anti-slavery initiatives. Kevin Hyland is the UK's first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. He was appointed in November 2014 after a 30 year career as a senior detective with the London Metropolitan Police, specialising in tackling serious and organised crime, and between 2010 and 2014 he was Head of the Met's Human Trafficking Unit.

Mr Hyland's appointment is the latest in a series of high-profile appointments as St Mary's celebrates its 165th anniversary. Other Visiting Professor appointments in recent months have included the former Irish President Mary McAleese, leading barrister Cherie Blair, renowned theologian Monsignor Roderick Strange, and Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Chester celebrates awards success

Posted on 09 June 2015

The University of Chester is celebrating after scooping four honours at the prestigious Educate North Awards held in Manchester this week. The Awards celebrate the outstanding teams, people and initiatives of further and higher education institutions. During the evening, Chester Students' Union was named Students' Union of the Year; the University's Sustainability Unit received the Environment Award; Professor John Buckley's work exploring the health impact of standing desks was named Research Project of the Year; and Dr Neil Pickles, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Biology, received the Lecturer of the Year award for his commitment to innovative teaching methods and his passion for effective learning.

Chichester creative writer gains national award

Posted on 09 June 2015

Creative Writing MA postgraduate Janet Denny is blazing a trail in the brave new world of self-publishing after winning a national award for her memoir 'The man on the mantelpiece'. Janet's debut book won the completelynovel.com competition for conventionally or self-published books in any genre with the theme of inspirational people or places. The prize is to be part of The One Big Book Launch at the Free Word Centre in London. 'The man on the mantelpiece' tells the story of what happened when Janet stumbled on her father's long-lost diary, begun on the first day of World War Two when he was an ardent 18 year old pacifist. After a month the entries cease until, two years later, when he is a married man who has volunteered for RAF Bomber Command. Now Janet has a mystery to solve: why did her father change his mind, and what happened to the man she has known only as the young hero in his photos on the mantelpiece? 'The man on the mantelpiece' is available from www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

Canterbury alumnus nominated for Green Briton of the Year for business venture

Posted on 09 June 2015

A Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) Business School alumnus has been nominated for the Observer Ethical 2015 Green Briton of the Year award. Reiss Salustro-Pilson has been nominated for his innovative online business venture that allows construction companies to buy and sell surplus and leftover building materials. Environmate offers a service that aims to change the industry urging companies to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill for a more sustainable future. Reiss graduated from CCCU in 2011 with an upper second class degree in Business Management and secured various positions within marketing and advertising, in which he still remains employed, in order to start-up and self-fund the new venture Environmate, which launched in 2014.

Leeds Trinity University leads in pioneering nutrition research

Posted on 08 June 2015

Academics from Leeds Trinity University's Department of Sport, Health and Nutrition have been awarded funding to help a regional healthcare business grow with a pioneering research project. The project, which is the first in its field, aims to assist Skipton-based Principle Healthcare Ltd progress in the industry and develop credible nutrition products, combining the expertise of healthcare professionals and academics. Leeds Trinity University staff went through a rigorous process and fought off tough competition from other Yorkshire universities before successfully being rewarded the financial support from the Yorkshire Innovation Fund.

Multimedia Journalism course at Canterbury wins industry backing and praise

Posted on 08 June 2015

Journalism programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University have been described as 'exemplary' and delivering a 'rich learning experience' for students, according to the industry's main broadcast accrediting body. The Broadcast Journalist Training Council (BJTC) praised the University's Multimedia Journalism programme and awarded it full three-year accreditation starting from September 2015. The BJTC said the University's journalism team this year had crafted a rich learning experience with an industry-facing course. Online journalism was praised as being 'a very strong part of this course'.

York St John Fine Arts student wins prestigious competition

Posted on 05 June 2015

A York St John Fine Art student has won a prestigious competition with a £600 prize. The Eleanor Worthington Prize has been won by Harriet Sutcliffe for her video piece 'Degeneration'. This year the prize, which was open to undergraduate students in the UK, had the theme 'Overcoming barriers: beyond disability'. Harriet's work, alongside a retrospective of works from the last six years of the competition, will make up the Eleanor Worthington exhibition, hosted by The New School House Gallery in York. It runs until 12 June.

Chichester lecturer broadcasts thought-provoking BBC discussion

Posted on 05 June 2015

Discussion about cancer and the space between health and illness has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 by a senior lecturer from the University of Chichester. Dr Brian Lobel, from the Department of Theatre (Performing Arts), recently spoke about what it means to be in the space between good and uncertain health as part of the national station's popular Four Thought series. The weekly programme highlights thought-provoking issues with guests airing their thinking on the interests that affect culture and society. Dr Lobel creates performances about isolated bodies and the dilemma of community and inactivity following his experiences of being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 20. He was recently awarded a two-year Public Engagement Fellowship with the Wellcome Trust to develop his ideas.

St Mary's hosts mental health and spiritual life conference on 6 June

Posted on 04 June 2015

This Saturday, 6 June, the Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation at St Mary's University, Twickenham, will host a conference entitled 'Mental well-being: listening with compassion' as part of a drive to raise awareness of mental health issues and to address issues of stigma and discrimination. The day is intended for all those involved in mental health care, practitioners and service users. It will run from 9.30am to 4pm and cost £35 including buffet lunch. Speakers include Bishop Richard Moth, Chair of Governors at St Mary's and Chair of The Catholic Bishops' Conference Mental Health Project; Dr Trevor Stammers; Sister Mairead Quigley, Chaplain of Sarum College; and Professor Chris Cook, Professor in Theology & Religion at Durham University. For further information contact Steph Modak at inspire@stmarys.ac.uk

Christian Academic Network conference early bird rate ends June

Posted on 04 June 2015

Book now to benefit from the early bird rate for the conference 'Conceptualising a Christian University in the UK'. This three day conference, organised jointly by Waverley Abbey College and the Christian Academic Network, aims to bring together people who have an interest in the idea of a Christian University in the UK. The conference will be held at Pilgrim Hall near Uckfield from 11-13 September 2015. Early bird rate ends at the end of June. Full details of the programme and registration information (this has to be done by phone), are available from the CWR website.

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Gloucestershire's Festival Fortnight showcases university

Posted on 03 June 2015

Running from 1-15 June, events in the University of Gloucestershire's Festival Fortnight are taking place at all campuses in both Cheltenham and Gloucester, with a small number off-site in the local area. Most events are free of charge and open to the public, making this an opportunity to enjoy what the university has to offer and find out more about the work of staff and students. Key events include a Bioblitz event in partnership with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival, a Fashion Show, a conference 'New Numbers : new approaches' celebrating the life and work of the Dymock Poets, the first Chancellor's Lecture by Professor Lord Peter Hennessy, and the School of Art and Design Degree Show.

To find out more, see:

It's University Arts Fortnight at Canterbury Christ Church University

Posted on 03 June 2015

The third annual University Arts Fortnight began on Saturday 30 May. Throughout the weekend the public was invited to engage with art and research projects undertaken by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University with a variety of arts events open to everyone taking place across Canterbury. During the two week period, graduating students from the Fine and Applied Arts and Visual Art and Design degrees will showcase their work. Other events include a special conference in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (on Saturday 6 June) and the fortnight closes with a Prom Concert on 7.30pm on Saturday 13 June featuring music created by students and performed by the University's professionally-directed ensembles.

For more information about University Arts Fortnight events, see:

Winchester Writers' Festival has something for everyone

Posted on 03 June 2015

A full programme of speakers and events has been released for the University of Winchester Writers' Festival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month (19-21 June). The annual three-day Festival features themed master class workshops given by leading authors, literary agents and publishers as well as talks, one-to-one appointments, forums, open mike readings and a celebratory dinner. This year's Festival brings together more than 70 industry professionals to share their expertise with new and emerging creative writers.

To see full programme and book a place, see:

Liverpool Hope University joins Generation Study Abroad initiative

Posted on 02 June 2015

Liverpool Hope University has joined the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programmes. This is one of more than 450 new commitments announced by IIE. IIE's Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilise resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of US students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Liverpool Hope is committed to increasing opportunities for Study Abroad students by offering a wider range of courses, a high quality student experience and extra-curricular activities, such as volunteering in the local community. Under the new partnership, Liverpool Hope University will take concrete, action-centred steps to expand opportunities for study abroad. These have include having dedicated staff in the International Unit, increasing the number of courses available, extending the orientation programme, and developing further relationships with American partner universities and colleges.

Winchester book launch celebrates 175 years of higher education

Posted on 01 June 2015

On 27 June Tom Beaumont James' illustrated book 'Winchester University: 175 years of higher education' will be launched as part of the University's 175th anniversary celebrations. Tracing the development of the University from its foundation as the Diocesan Training School for schoolmasters for the Anglican dioceses of Winchester and Salisbury in 1840 to the present, the book is enhanced by personal accounts from students, staff and others associated with the College in its various guises as Training College, King Alfred's College and University.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols installed as Inaugural Chancellor of St Mary's Universary

Posted on 01 June 2015

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has been installed as the Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham at a special service in Westminster Cathedral. Senior members of the Roman Catholic Church, Parliamentarians, educators and Government officials witnessed Cardinal Vincent Nichols become St Mary's inaugural Chancellor. St Mary's is the largest Catholic university in the UK. Founded in 1850, it celebrates its 165th anniversary this year.

HRH The Earl of Wessex joins Chester celebrations

Posted on 01 June 2015

The University of Chester was honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex recently, to set the seal on its 175th Anniversary celebrations as he visited the Riverside Building. Through a combination of musical theatre, artefacts and practical demonstrations, HRH learnt why the University made national news when it was founded by a group of progressive Victorian philanthropists and how it has sustained their vision by becoming an internationally-acclaimed institution. Riverside Buildings houses the Faculties of Education and Children's Services and Health and Social Care. These are directly related to the University's mission, which has always been to prepare students for public service.

Winchester wins funding for student engagement project

Posted on 29 May 2015

The University of Winchester has been awarded £314,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to build on distinctive models of student engagement. In partnership with the University of Exeter and London Metropolitan University, Winchester is to use the HEFCE funding to drive the Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT) project. REACT addresses concerns from the National Union of Students (NUS) that some students - mature, international, BME, commuters and those with a disability - are less likely to participate in student engagement activities designed to improve success rates. The project aims to develop student engagement models based on successful practice at the three partner universities.

Roehampton's Hive Cafe launches £20,000 crowdfunding bid

Posted on 29 May 2015

A £20,000 crowdfunding bid has been launched to expand and secure the future of the popular Hive Café at the University of Roehampton, which is part of the students' union's successful Growhampton project. The café was launched a year ago by Putney MP Justine Greening with funding from the National Union of Students' Green Fund. It has been so successful that when the NUS grant ends in August, the students' union intends to expand the café to cater for more local visitors. To do so, it must raise £20,000 before 30 June. The students' union is calling on all people living in Roehampton as well as staff and students who regularly use the café to show support. Everyone can support the Hive Café through the Crowdfunder website. The café is a social enterprise which invests its profits back into the Growhampton project.

CCCU academic representing UK new music in Mexico

Posted on 28 May 2015

A composition by Dr Matthew Wright, Reader in Composition and Sonic Art and Director of Research in the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), has been selected to represent UK new music as part of a year of cultural exchange between the Mexico and UK governments, businesses and arts organisations. 'Totem for Den Haag' was selected by Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and one of the largest new music promoters in Europe, and will be performed in association with the Mexican Centre for Contemporary Music (CEPRO). Dr Wright has travelled to Mexico and is working with CEPRO to create a unique version of the piece in the lead up to the concert which will take place tomorrow (Friday 29 May) in Mexico City.

AoC Sport teams up with University of St Mark & St John

Posted on 27 May 2015

AoC Sport, the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity, has announced it has renewed a partnership with The University of St Mark & St John (Marjon). The deal will see AoC Sport and Marjon work together to promote, support and deliver college sport in the South West region and nationally. As an official Higher Education partner, Marjon will sponsor all AoC Sport South West regional events and cup finals in 2015 as well as have a presence at all AoC Sport events and conferences. The agreement will also see the University work more closely will college sports staff in the region alongside AoC Sport, and provide use of their sports facilities for AoC Sport regional championships and other events.

Winchester launches sport and exercise research centre

Posted on 27 May 2015

The University of Winchester has opened its new Sport and Exercise Research Centre which acts as a research hub for the Department of Sport and Exercise and supports the University's mission of fostering an international reputation for excellence in research, learning and consultancy. The Centre will promote contemporary research in the area of sport and exercise, provide an academic home for research students, promote research student opportunities and look to develop successful collaborative funding bids.

Newman-led research shows 'design thinking' is likely to be an instinctive phenomenon

Posted on 21 May 2015

A new study published in the online edition of 'Cognition' suggests that non-believers and atheists, as well as religious believers, instinctively think there is a creator being or agency behind natural processes. The research, led by Elisa Jaernefelt and co-authored by Cailtlin F. Canfield and Deborah Kelemen, explored people's general tendency to understand that living and non-living entities, such as a giraffe or a mountain, are 'purposefully made by some being'. The findings show that even non-religious adults have an increased tendency to assess natural entities as made by a being when they have to rely on automatic reasoning. Also, when considering the types of beings that people may have been endorsing, it was found that non-religious adults often attributed the agency to Nature or a 'Gaia' like being. Dr Jaernefelt's ongoing research looks into public views on the various conceptions of supernatural entities that people possess, especially when reasoning about the origin of species or life. She is currently conducting research as part of the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project at Newman University.

Heythrop hosts conference on faith in a secular age

Posted on 21 May 2015

Heythrop College and Tilburg University are jointly organising a conference entitled 'Church and Magisterium: at the crossroads of a post-Christian society' which will be held at Heythrop College on Tuesday 16 June, starting at 10am. There will be a range of plenary speakers and discussion. The conference is priced at just £30 for the day (with students and unwaged charged £15), including lunch and refreshments, to attract a wide audience. For further details, contact Laura Watson at Heythrop College (l.watson@heythrop.ac.uk or 020 7795 4132).

'Singing for Better Breathing' project launched by Canterbury Christ Church

Posted on 20 May 2015

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has launched a new research project to take place in Lambeth and Southwark in London, continuing their ground-breaking research improving the quality of life for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Previously, the Centre's research has shown that group singing can improve the health and wellbeing of people living with COPD, a progressive illness which affects around 800,000 people in the UK. 'Singing for Better Breathing' is funded by Guy's and Thomas' Health Charity. it aims to continue the work to bring people together to sing and improve their general wellbeing. The launch took place at the Royal Festival hall as part of the Southbank Centre's Chorus' Festival. COPD singing groups from around the country were invited to sing and find out more about the project.

For more information see the Sidney De Haan website:

University of Winchester lecture explores dance as therapy for Parkinson's

Posted on 20 May 2015

Academic Dr Jill Bunce visited Winchester to speak about the healing effects of dance and movement for those suffering from Parkinson's in the first of a new series of lectures dedicated to the memory of her father-in-law. The University of Winchester's inaugural Douglas Alfred Bunce Memorial Lecture, titled 'The Experience of Parkinson's: Movement and Relationship, the Possibilities of Dance', explored the benefits that dance movement psychotherapy may bring patients who suffer from the progressively degenerative disease. 'Dance and music are known to be effective disease management tools,' said Dr Bunce, 'By using techniques that combine art and science we can develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body and the mind, and make a real contribution to our understanding of the symptoms and the underlying development of the disease.'

St Mary's supports National Vegetarian Week

Posted on 20 May 2015

Catering Services at St Mary's University, Twickenham, are supporting National Vegetarian Week 2015 which runs from 18-24 May. This is an annual event organised by the Vegetarian Society to promote the benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet. As part of the promotions, visitors to St Mary's refectory will be able to take advantage of an additional vegetarian main meal option at lunchtime and a special vegetarian meal deal. There will be 20% discounts on vegetarian pizzas and Nachos and a prize draw to win a fruit hamper from the University's fruit and vegetable supplier.

Student-designed healing spaces could be just what the doctor ordered

Posted on 19 May 2015

A fledgling healthcare business is hoping University of Chester art students' ideas for creating 'healing' spaces will be a tonic for customers. A group of eight Department of Art and Design students has collaborated with Beehive Healthcare Ltd to design a new clinic environment that it's hoped will contribute to customers' recovery. When it opens for business later this year, Beehive Healthcare will offer both traditional and complementary therapies. The students' courses require them to complete 'professional practice', which involves working on a live project. They took photographs of the interior of Beehive Healthcare's building in Chester. Then they split into groups to design various internal spaces, focusing on the main reception area and other public and private spaces that will eventually be used by visitors, customers and staff. Before the designs came to life, the students had to research the concept of healing spaces. And when the designs were complete, they produced costings and a list of suppliers. Beehive Healthcare Director Sharon Shelbourne said: "We want to redefine how people approach getting and staying healthy. It's very important that our environment is accessible to everyone and makes people feel welcome. We know that the look and 'feel' of our centre has the potential to contribute to a customer's well-being both emotionally and physically, and the students have worked very hard to help us design 'healing spaces' that will promote good health." .

York St John student nominated for Royal Television Society award

Posted on 19 May 2015

A York St John University student has been nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award. The annual awards celebrate the best in student television across the UK. Film and TV student Lee Otway, 33, has been nominated in the Postgraduate Comedy and Entertainment category for his programme School On Report. The pilot episode is one of three entries in the category and winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Friday 5 June. The show is a 'mockumentary' and involves a newsreader visiting the site of a failing school. It was written, directed and produced by Lee who also has a role in the episode. It also features well-known actors John Henshaw, Mark Benton and Louis Emerick. Since production of the pilot episode finished, Lee has met with a TV production company about making a series. Lee is currently working on a research project for his course which is due in August.

Leeds Trinity graduate wins Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award

Posted on 19 May 2015

Leeds Trinity University graduate Saliha Rashid has been announced as the overall winner of the 2015 Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards at a ceremony in Leeds. Registered blind since birth, Saliha achieved a first class honours degree in Psychology at Leeds Trinity in 2014 alongside campaigning nationally for the rights of Asian women throughout her studies. A survivor of honour-based abuse, Saliha has supported campaigns to criminalise forced marriages and spoken at the House of Lords about Asian Women's rights.

Commissioner for Sustainable Futures speaking at UWTSD today

Posted on 18 May 2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will today host one of five regional events to provide information on The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, will be speaking at UWTSD Carmarthen where attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about the Act and help influence the statutory guidance. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which became law on 29 April 2015, is the first legislation of its kind, putting in place a set of shared Well-being Goals, strengthening public service governance arrangements and creating a statutory Commissioner for Future Generations. The Act means that for the first time, the public bodies listed must work towards achieving shared goals to improve economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being. The effect that the Act is intended to have is to ensure that public bodies make better decisions for future generations.

Lord Peter Hennessy to deliver Chancellor's Lecture at University of Gloucestershire

Posted on 18 May 2015

Professor Lord Peter Hennessy, Baron of Nympsfield, will be giving this year's Chancellor's Lecture at the University of Gloucestershire on Tuesday 2 June. Speaking at the Park Campus, Cheltenham, Lord Hennessy will be discussing 'Writing the history of one's own times'. A respected historian, journalist and academic, Lord Hennessy has worked for The Times, Financial Times and the Economist among others, and was a regular presenter of 'Analysis' on BBC Radio 4. Tickets are free but booking is essential.

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Leeds Trinity lecturers shortlised for Saboteur award

Posted on 15 May 2015

The latest poetry collection from two of Leeds Trinity University's English lecturers has been shortlisted for the 2015 Saboteur Awards. Professor Oz Hardwick and Dr Amina Alyal have been shortlisted in the 'Best Collaborative Work' category for their recently published collection 'Close as second skins'. Now in their fifth year, the Saboteur Awards celebrate the best of the UK's Indie literature scene. The Awards are open to any work produced since 30 April 2014 and decided by a public vote. The awards are run by Sabortage Reviews, an online reviewing publication and community founded in 2010.

Archbishop Romero biography by St Mary's academic reissued ahead of beatification

Posted on 15 May 2015

A biographical booklet on the life of late Archbishop Oscar Romero, written by Revd Dr Ashley Beck, Pastoral Ministry Programme Director at St Mary's University, Twickenham, has been reissued ahead of beatification of the Archbishop on Saturday 23 May in San Salvador, El Salvador. 'Oscar Romero martyr for truth' (Catholic Truth Society, 2015) is one of the few studies of the archbishop, who was martyred in 1980, to be written and published in the UK. The new edition includes a revised introduction from Dr Beck. It explores martyrdom and torture within Christianity and the misconception that Archbishop Romero paid the ultimate price for his political activism rather than his faithfulness to Christ.

International charity works with CCCU students on national campaign

Posted on 14 May 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) Public Relations, Media and Marketing students have been given the unique opportunity to develop a national public relations campaign for international charity Progressio, working with Cision media database. Progressio aims to help people and communities across the world with overcoming the barriers that keep them in poverty. In celebration of the charity's 75th anniversary, CCCU students were contacted to create a campaign to promote the successes that the charity has had over the years. In return for the students' hard work, Progressio offered a two week internship in their Marketing Department to the student who created the charity's favourite campaign. Around 130 students submitted their campaign ideas which were marked and observed by their programme tutors. 15 submissions were shortlisted and sent to the charity for the final say. Progressio offered the successful student, Alex Aylett, the internship in their London office. Alex will spend his time implementing his campaign through the charity's corporate social media channels.

York St John making higher education more Deaf-friendly

Posted on 14 May 2015

The Language and Identities in InterAction (Lidia) research unit, based in York St John University's Department of Languages and Linguistics, has embarked on an exciting new initiative to influence language-related policy in higher education. Through its Policy Forum, Lidia is developing a series of position statements and papers which leverage the expertise of members of the unit to make significant contributions to policy formation and implementation in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The Policy Forum's inaugural project addresses the issue of Deaf students and academics in HEIs, making a series of recommendations about how to make HEIs more Deaf-friendly. A distinctive feature of the Lidia position statement and paper is that they stress Deaf people's linguistic rights, as users of the UK's biggest (and only non-regional) indigenous minority language, rather than focusing only on deafness as a disability issue. Future projects to be tackled by the Policy Forum will cover the use of inclusive language in HEIs and the problems and opportunities of managing multilingual HE classrooms.

The statement and associated paper are available here:

Gloucestershire research centre helps protects Britain's uplands

Posted on 13 May 2015

Today (13 May) the Uplands Alliance will be officially launched at the National Centre for the Uplands Conference at Newton Rigg College, Penrith. Professor Janet Dwyer, Director of the University of Gloucestershire's Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), is a member of the Uplands Alliance steering group. She will be convening a workshop to discuss 'options for sustainable and successful farm businesses in the uplands' at the launch event supported by colleagues from Newcastle University, the National Trust and other organisations. The Uplands Alliance aims to promote better communications between practitioners, researchers and policy makers to improve the sustainability of the English uplands and their management. The CCRI is a unique partnership between the University of Gloucestershire, the Royal Agricultural University and Hartpury College. It is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, with expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield. CCRI is a key partner in the Uplands Alliance.

Top five reasons to walk to work

Posted on 13 May 2015

To celebrate Walk to Work week (11-15 May), John Downey, the project coordinator for the Centre for Workplace and Community Health at St Mary's University, Twickenham, has written his top five reasons to explain why active travel is an excellent way to get healthy.

See John's guidance here:

Green spaces and community mental wellbeing conference

Posted on 13 May 2015

An event looking at horticultural and ecotherapy projects currently taking place and to facilitate discussions on future policy priorities is being organised jointly by Canterbury Christ Church University's Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and MIND Bexley. This one day conference will take place n Friday 12 June alongside an exhibition that explores the impact 'green' community projects have on the recovery of people experiencing mental distress and health difficulties.

For further information and to book a place, see:

Gloucestershire women's rugby team to represent GB after double BUCS success

Posted on 12 May 2015

The University of Gloucestershire women's rugby union team, who made history by winning the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) 15-a-side Championship at Twickenham last month, made it a double by winning the BUCS 7s championship at West Park in Leeds. They will now represent Great Britain in the student European 7s championships to be held in Hungary in July.

Leeds Trinity University leads in European sports research

Posted on 12 May 2015

Academics from Leeds Trinity University's Department of Sport, Health and Nutrition have successfully secured funding for an innovative research project which aims to develop a new learning module for elite sports students. 'Developing a European sport tutorship model for the dual career of athletes' will be developed over the next two and a half years and is being led by the Universidad Catolica di Murcia (UCAM) in collaboration with four other universities: Leeds Trinity University, University of Thessaly, University of Malta and Universita Degli Studi di Roma. The aim of the research is to identify a learning method that can be utilised by athletes to encourage success in both their academic studies and sports careers.

Mo Farah Foundation Scholars at St Mary's celebrate athletics success

Posted on 12 May 2015

Athletes that are supported by a Mo Farah Foundation Scholarship at St Mary's University, Twickenham, met with the Foundation and the University over lunch last week. The athletes were able to celebrate and discuss their training progress as the outdoor competition season begins, and report back on the recent Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC) high altitude training camp in Font Romeu, France. Vice-Chancellor Francis Campbell recognised the pride the university has in its association with Mo Farah and the important role that the scholarship programme plays in the development of future athletic talent. The Mo Farah Foundation Scholarship is an initiative that sees promising young GB athletes supported through advice, guidance, and with finances to help them fulfil their potential.

York St John's new sports park officially opened

Posted on 12 May 2015

York St John's new sports facility, Nestle Rowntree Park, has been officially opened. The ribbon was cut by Howard Webb MBE, world-renowned referee and York St John University Honorary Graduate, ahead of a community football match involving the university's first team, York City Football Academy and i2i Sports. The 57 acre site, just under a mile from the Lord Mayor's Walk campus, includes a 3G pitch for rugby and football; a synthetic pitch for hockey and small-sided games; three netball courts and three tennis courts. There is also a grass pitch for rugby, two grass football pitches, a cricket pitch, a sprint track and a bowling green. The next phase of the university's £7m investment will include a new sports centre, due to open in September 2016.

Unique opera celebrates 175 years of the University of Chester

Posted on 11 May 2015

More than 350 performers of all ages will gather at Chester Cathedral at today to take part in the debut of a spectacular mini opera to celebrate the University of Chester's 175th Anniversary. The University's Faculty of Education and Children's Services continues the tradition of teacher training at Chester. 'On Chester On' involves pupils from eight local primary and secondary schools, teacher training students, University staff and former students, working with performance artists from Camerata. The narrative of the performance tells the story of the University's history. Each school has worked closely with a Camerata musician, composer and dramatist to devise the music, lyrics and drama to bring the story to life. The project seeks to tie together the founding of the Diocesan Teacher Training College in 1839 to the University that exists today. Tonight's performance is the largest and most ambitious project to date from a four-year partnership between the Faculty of Education and Children's Services with Manchester Camerata and the Phillip Barker Trust.

Chichester's Sussex Centre singled out as UK's best

Posted on 11 May 2015

A researcher from the University of Chichester has topped the bill at an international conference which showcased her pioneering work of engaging with fairy tale and folklore. Heather Robbins, an assistant at the University of Chichester's Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, was chosen to present at the 'Reading the Fantastic: Tales Beyond Borders' event after being singled out for her work within the University department. The two-day conference, held last month at the University of Leeds, highlighted the Sussex Centre as one of the country's best for engaging with students and followers of folklore, fairy tales and fantasy.

Celebrated author is keynote speaker for Winchester Writers' Festival 2015

Posted on 11 May 2015

Highly-respected British writer Sebastian Faulks CBE takes centre stage to deliver the keynote address at the University of Winchester Writers' Festival later this summer (19-21 June). Marking the 35th anniversary this year, the annual three-day Festival aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers from around the UK and overseas, offering access to established authors, literary agents and publishers.

To see the full Festival programme and book a place, see:

Chester to host conference on the Equality Act 2010 - five years on

Posted on 07 May 2015

The Equality Act 2010 has arguably been one of the most important and challenging pieces of legislation introduced in the last decade. As we approach the five-year anniversary of its introduction, it is a timely opportunity to bring together those who are researching and practicing in this area to contribute to a review of the implications of this legislation and consider how it will continue to promote equality and protect against discrimination into the 21st Century. The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester in collaboration with the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool present a one-day conference on 'The Equality Act 2010: five years on' to be held on Monday 22 June 2015 at the University of Chester. Papers will be presented on a range of related themes including race discrimination, religion and belief discrimination, age discrimination, positive action, and the Public Sector Equality Duty.

For details of the conference programme and booking arrangements, see:

UNESCO UK Commissioner launches new University of Winchester lecture series

Posted on 07 May 2015

The inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Internationalisation Enterprise Lecture took place at the University of Winchester yesterday, shining the spotlight on UNESCO's work. Gary Brace, Deputy Chair of the UK Commission for UNESCO, delivered an address entitled 'Building peace in the minds of men and women: how is UNESCO relevant in the 21st century?' The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) - one of the UN's specialised agencies - contributes to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, culture, sciences and communication. Gary reviewed the birth of UNESCO in the aftermath of the destruction of the Second World War, the agency's work and achievements over the last 70 years since its conception, with a particular emphasis on education, showing how the organisation is reinterpreting its role in response to the challenges of the twenty-first century. He asked what is needed from the post-2015 education goals for equitable and quality education to be available for all by 2030, and explored the role of the UK National Commission in making UNESCO a more effective organisation.

Sara Atwood to give Roehampton's annual Ruskin Lecture

Posted on 07 May 2015

This year's annual University of Roehampton Ruskin Lecture at Whitelands College will be given by author Sara Atwood, a specialist in the renowned Victorian critic and philanthropist John Ruskin's educational work. Ruskin believed education meant: 'Leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them'. His methodology was anchored by his understanding of education as an ethical, transformative, communal process. It set forth a vision for the future which drew its strength from essential, enduring wisdom. It was this vision that Ruskin hoped to share with the teacher trainees at Whitelands. He was a great supporter of the College and their archives now hold a number of artefacts which he presented. Considering his ideas in light of the challenges of modern education, Sara Atwood will explore how Ruskin might help society rediscover the foundational elements of education. Her talk is entitled 'An enormous difference between knowledge and education: What John Ruskin can teach us'. The Ruskin Lecture will take place in the Gilbert Scott lecture theatre at the University of Roehampton's Whitelands College on Thursday 14 May. Tickets are free but places are limited, so please book quickly.

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Winchester alumnus pays tribute to alma mater in retrospective art exhibition

Posted on 06 May 2015

Winchester alumnus Brian Neish (BEd Art & Education, 1981-85) returns to the University this month with a nostalgic exhibition in tribute to his college days. A journey through his influences and inspirations, the '30 Years On: Brian Neish' exhibition juxtaposes Brian's early work completed at King Alfred's College with his later exploration and reinterpretation of surface decay on every day and painted objects. This month marks the 30th anniversary since Brian held his final degree show to complete his teaching course. Brian says the motive for the exhibition is 'to offer a public thank you to the University of Winchester for providing me with the foundation for such a wonderful life'. The exhibition runs from today (6 May) until 16 June at King Alfred's Campus, University of Winchester.

For more information about the exhibition see:

Acclaimed poet reflects on unique Chester art project

Posted on 06 May 2015

Introducing the University of Chester to local communities was the central motivation behind a unique and tasty community event staged by performance artist and curator, Mike Chavez-Dawson. 'Remixed Echoes: Voices of Chester v1 2015' formed the first part of an ongoing creative dialogue between the city's residents and communities, and the University's Faculty of Arts and Media. Published poet Philip Davenport voiced his thoughts on the project 'remixing' material generated from two social engagement projects involving final year Art and Design students into a multi-part event including a theatre-cum-construction site with concrete poetry-inspired artworks, alongside posters, audio and performances - and the launch of a limited edition sorbet using the Rubus Chester thornless blackberry. Davenport performed a five-hour long catalogue essay which was filmed by a documentary film crew.

Liverpool Hope joins EU RE-InVEST project to tackle social inequality

Posted on 05 May 2015

Liverpool Hope University's Department of Social Work, Care and Justice is one of only two UK universities to take part in a EURO2.7 million EU project that will attempt to deliver a more inclusive, powerful and effective EU-wide social investment strategy. RE-InVEST is aimed at gathering evidence to promote an inclusive EU through the development of a social investment strategy at EU level. It also adopts a particular approach that involves the voices of vulnerable groups and civil society organisations.

Find out more about the RE-InVEST project here:

New national asylum data released at launch of UK-IMR

Posted on 05 May 2015

Leading British professionals in migration came together last month for the launch of the UK Institute for Migration Research (UK-IMR). This new independent research institute, created from a unique partnership between Migrant Help and Canterbury Christ Church University, will provide a new source of asylum data, which will be regularly analysed, explained and reported. The UK-IMR will also conduct and report research findings on human trafficking and modern day slavery, migration and local governance. The launch event laid out the aims and research focus of the new Institute and provided highlights from the UK-IMR's first look at the new data source.

For more information see:

St Mary's postgraduate student awarded Fordham University scholarship

Posted on 01 May 2015

Second year MA Bioethics and Medical Law student at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Rebecca Brione, has been awarded a Santander Universities Ethics and Society Scholarship from Fordham University in New York City. The scholarship is for an intensive ethics workshop entitled 'Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics' in May 2015, and will cover Rebecca's tuition, travel and accommodation costs. In March, Rebecca was also awarded a Fran Trust grant. This award allowed her to present a paper at the British Association Forensic Medical Conference on Medical Ethics and the Criminal Justice society.

Gloucestershire student reaches target for Vietnamese school aid

Posted on 01 May 2015

Lisa, a Business Management student at the University of Gloucestershire, started her appeal in September 2014 after visiting the Compassion Vietnam Inc (CVI) school in Ho Chi Minh city. The previous year she was chosen to represent the UK at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Later in the year Lisa went to stay with a friend she met at the summit, who took her to visit the local English School. Shocked at the lack of resources, she pledged to make a difference and appealed for books, reading and writing materials. Lisa is currently on placement with ICT company Redsixty Ltd in Tewkesbury who have offered to support her campaign by paying the postage for the 130kg of books, exercise books, games and teaching aids. They have recently been despatched and will take a month to reach their destination. Local businesses, university staff and members of the public have donated books to the campaign.

CG students win Duke of York award for Yorkshire entrepreneurs

Posted on 29 April 2015

The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards are annual awards bestowed on the best new businesses to have emerged from Yorkshire Universities. This year students from 10 universities received awards, including three from CG Member universities. Ben Lawton from Leeds Trinity University received an award for Custom Controllers UK Limited together with Sean Smith and Dom Smith, Music Production students from York St John University, who won an award for their business venture S12 Productions that includes the creation of sports-fan-based CDs that can be sold in club shops. This is the third presentation of the awards by His Royal Highness, who is committed to the encouragement of enterprise and entrepreneurship amongst young people. The awards are given to the best business or social enterprise led by a student or graduate entrepreneur under 30, demonstrating commercial or social impact, and the best potential for sustainability and growth.

Leeds Trinity Religious Studies lecturer awarded Coolidge Fellowship

Posted on 29 April 2015

A Leeds Trinity University Religious Studies lecturer has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to investigate US Media representations of Muslim women who wear the niqab. Dr Anna Piela, who specialises in gender and Muslim identities in the West, was recently awarded the Coolidge Fellowship, an annual New York-based residential fellowship organised by the journal 'Crosscurrents'. The fellowship is based on participation in a four-week residential research colloquium in New York that will take place this July. The colloquium brings together fellows who have worked on questions of religion in society and offers an opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration of commonalities and differences. Selection for a fellowship is based on a competition.

Lecturer at Liverpool Hope to become visiting scholar in Montreal

Posted on 29 April 2015

Senior Lecturer in History, Dr Sonja Tiernan, has been invited to become the Peter O'Brien Visiting Scholar to the Canadian Irish Studies Centre at Concordia University, Montreal. Dr Tiernan will be taking up residence in Concordia for the Fall semester in September 2015 until December. She will be teaching on the Irish Studies programme. The Peter O'Brien Visiting Scholar in Canadian Irish Studies is jointly funded by Concordia University and the Canadian Irish studies Foundation. It brings a distinguished scholar to teach within the School of Canadian Irish Studies every fall semester.

Heythrop summer events programme

Posted on 28 April 2015

There is a full programme of conferences and study days this term at Heythrop College, University of London. Highlights include:
* Syndicate Theology Symposium - beginning on 29 April an innovative online symposium focusing on the research of Professor Johannes Hoff
* Vitality Project Presentation Day, Saturday 9 May - part of the International Symposium 'The nun in the world: a transition study of Catholic sisters and the Second Vatican Council'
* New Models of Religious Understanding, Saturday 13 June - an academic conference marking the end of a project funded by The Templeton Foundation/Fordham University
* Teresa of Avila 1515-2015: Mystical Theology & Spirituality in the Carmelite, 18 - 20 June - a major international conference to celebrate the Teresian Quincentenary
* Religious Epistemology, 19 - 20 June - a free, public conference making accessible recent exciting, cutting-edge work
* Vatican II and New Thinking about Catholic Education, 23 - 24 June - an international conference considering some of the enduring themes about Catholic education that have emerged since Vatican II.

For more information about all these events, see:

Marjon's Dean of Research says cell therapies are the future for elite sport

Posted on 27 April 2015

Professor Brendon Noble, Executive Dean of Research at the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon), highlighted medical progress and elite sport to renowned scientists on the international stage in Lithuania. In his keynote address to the 8th Conference of the Baltic Society of Sports Sciences last week, 'Elite sport as a driver of medical advance', Professor Noble discussed rehabilitation medicine, pharmaceutical and novel therapies. He discussed the occurrence of injuries to Olympic athletes, the biology behind maintaining musculoskeletal strength and resilience, and the development of new therapies based upon the use of living cells (cell therapies). Professor Noble said: 'As we drive elite and amateur sport into the future the development of exercise as a medicine should be highlighted, and will require a concerted global funding effort. In the general population, the burden of musculoskeletal failure through diseases such as osteoporosis, and physical trauma, such as sport and car accidents, is the second highest cause of disability worldwide. On a national scale, the financial and social cost is substantial, but the cost to a training athlete can be the loss of their career in sport.'

CCCU creates online SEASide photography exhibition

Posted on 27 April 2015

SEAS Photography, the South East Archive of Seaside Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), is celebrating its recent success at being granted £4,000 funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create a virtual online exhibition of prototype seaside holiday photographs. The virtual exhibition, which will be available on the AHRC's website from June 2015, is part of the South East Archive of Seaside Photography which has been collecting and archiving seaside photography since 2012. It will provide an engaging insight into commercial seaside photographic practice from 1850-1915, showing the British seaside through the lens of the 'beach' photographer.

To see some of the archived images, visit:

Newman hosting conference on diversity, equality and social justice in early childhood

Posted on 24 April 2015

Newman University, Birmingham and DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) are jointly hosting an international conference for practitioners, trainers, academics, policy makers and activists to explore critical questions at the centre of any discussion about 'quality' in early childhood. Entitled 'No quality without equality' the conference will be held at Newman University on 4 and 5 June 2015. Conference themes and strands will address the principles that underpin the work of DECET, an international network that works to empower early childhood educators, children and families. Keynote speakers come from Europe and the USA as well as the UK.

For the conference programme & booking arrangements, see:

St Mary's to host conference examining early Christian engagement with urban environment

Posted on 24 April 2015

The Centre for Social-Scientific Study of the Bible (CSSSB) at St Mary's University, Twickenham, is to host a conference examining early Christian engagement with the ancient urban environment on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May. The 'Cities of God?' conference will address and assess the growth and development of the early Christian movement in urban settings in the first two centuries, by assessing how city settings (physical, cultural and social environments) affected the Christian movement's development, and how the earliest Christians reflected on and understood the urban worlds of their day. The conference will feature interdisciplinary interaction between scholars in Classics (who have understanding of ancient cities), Early Christianity (who understand early Christian texts and thinking) and Human Geography (who understand how human live together, interact and develop culture in urban settings).

For more information see:

Bishop Grosseteste hosts community World Book Night today

Posted on 23 April 2015

It's World Book Night today at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln. This is the third such event at BGU and it promises to be the best and biggest yet. BGU has issued a reading list of 20 books and is inviting members of the local community to join in reading groups, seminars and conversations led by staff and students. The event starts at 2.30pm today (23 April 2015). It will also celebrate two literary anniversaries - the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 100 years since the publication of TS Eliot's poem 'The love song of J Alfred Prufrock'. April 23 is also UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare's birthday. 250,000 specially printed World Book Night titles will be given away for free by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts an institutions across the UK.

For more information, see BGU's media release:

Roehampton professor rolls out music programme for children in England

Posted on 23 April 2015

Adam Ockelford, the University of Roehampton's Professor of Music in the School of Education, has been awarded over £177,000 to expand the work of his children's music charity Soundabout to over 2,500 children's centres in the UK. Roehampton has been working in partnership with Soundabout since 2012 to enhance the music provision for children and young people with complex needs across the UK. Together, they design and deliver training packages to special needs schools and centres that promote the use of interactive musical and communication techniques to help self-expression and interaction as part of the 'Sounds of Intent' project. The new funding from Youth Music will enable Soundabout to deliver learning materials to children's centres in the UK as well as other music hubs and organisations over the next three years. These materials are based on Professor Ockelford's new research project 'Sounds of intent in the early years', a framework of musical development that covers all ranges of ability for children aged 0-5 years. The framework is designed to help practitioners and parents engage with their children through music, which research has shown is crucial to their well-being and development.

Leeds Trinity graduate recognised by Rotary International for outstanding contribution to community

Posted on 22 April 2015

A 2014 Psychology graduate of Leeds Trinity University has been recognised by Rotary International for the outstanding contributions she's made to her community in campaigning against honour-based abuse. Saliha Rashid was one of only 67 people in the UK to be nominated by Rotary International for a Young Citizen 2015 award. The Awards showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under 25. Saliha's nomination follows her receipt of a Rotary Club of Leeds Young Citizen Award in January 2015. She has also recently been nominated for a 2015 Sue Ryder Yorkshire Woman of Achievement award. Registered blind, Saliha achieved a first class degree alongside campaigning national for the rights of Asian women throughout her studies. A survivor of honour-based abuse, Saliha has supported campaigns to criminalise forced marriages and spoken at the House of Lords about Asian Women's rights.

UWTSD Professor receives Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion

Posted on 22 April 2015

Andy Penaluna, Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has been recognised for his UK-wide contribution to business and enterprise skills with the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. The Queen's Awards scheme is regarded as the most prestigious business award in the country and this year marks its 50th anniversary. The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is presented to people who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and attitude. The accolade comes 6 months after Professor Penaluna won the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative Enterprise Educators Award at the House of Lords. Professor Penaluna has made enterprise a valuable and significant part of the educational curriculum with UWTSD being the first in the UK to offer a fully validated PGCE/PCET teacher training module in entrepreneurship education.

St Mary's theologian to present at Catholic Education World Congress

Posted on 22 April 2015

Dr John Lydon, Programme Director for Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University, Twickenham, has been invited to present a paper at the November 2015 Congregation for Catholic Education World Congress 'Educating tomorrow: a renewed passion'. The Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education has invited Dr Lydon to present his paper 'Initial and continuing formation of teachers' at the Congress, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian education 'Gravissimum educationis' and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities 'Ex Corde ecclesiae'. The Congregation will be held in the Vatican and Castel Gandoldo. It offers an opportunity for speakers and delegates from across the world to examine fundamental issues of education.

Winchester hosts fashion photography exhibition

Posted on 21 April 2015

A photographic exhibition giving insight into backstage life at catwalk shows is on display at the University of Winchester's Link Gallery. Entitled 'Behind the Catwalk (No Smoke and No Mirrors)', the exhibition by award-winning photographer Neil Buchan Grant runs until 5 May. The launch event is on Thursday 23 April to coincide with Winchester Fashion Week which runs from today until 25 April.

For more information about both events, see:

Prince of Wales' speeches and articles published by UWTSD

Posted on 21 April 2015

For the first time, the speeches of His Highness the Prince of Wales are being made available in a two volume set in a collaborative project by the University of Wales, the University of Maryland and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). The publication includes a selection of speeches and articles by The Prince of Wales covering a period of over 40 years, gathered together under headings that cover his principal interests and activities: the natural environment (farming, forestry and fisheries as well as climate change); architecture and the built environment; integrated medicine and health; society, religion and tradition; education, The Prince's Trust and Business in the Community. They show how The Prince's ideas, knowledge and experience develop, from his first speech at twenty years old in 1968, to his more recent speeches up until 2012. Although the style may have changed the overall message has remained consistent, not only in terms of environmental degradation and climate change, but also in matters relating to healthcare, urban form, organic farming and the need for greater respect and understanding between religions.

For more information see the UWTSD media release:

Jimmy McGovern returns to childhood neighbourhood to celebrate Hopkins

Posted on 20 April 2015

'Banished' and 'Cracker' writer Jimmy McGovern is to return to the parish in which he grew up to celebrate the life of another great Liverpool-based writer - Gerard Manley Hopkins, one of Victorian England's greatest poets. Both Jimmy McGovern and Gerard Manley Hopkins have connections to St Francis Xavier's parish, which is now home to Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus. Jimmy McGovern was born and went to school in the parish, and it was also where Hopkins, a Jesuit priest there between 1879-1881, wrote two of his best poems, 'Felix Randal' and 'Spring and Fall'. Hopkins lived in the Presbytery at 8 Salisbury Street, and as well as serving St Francis Xavier's parish he was Chaplain to the St Vincent de Paul Brotherhood. The manuscript of his poem 'Felix Randal' - about the death of a blacksmith - is dated 28 April and Liverpool Hope University has chosen this date to celebrate Hopkins' life and work, with a day of free talks and a Q&A with Jimmy McGovern. Come along if you can - no booking required.

Find out more about the Gerard Manley Hopkins day here:

Science of cycling comes alive at Chester

Posted on 20 April 2015

A former local newspaper reporter turned cycling scientist is hosting a two-day biking bonanza at the University of Chester, in a bid to encourage students to make the most of pedal power. Max Glaskin trained as a journalist with 'Leader' newspapers in Wrexham, and his experiences of 'chasing' stories on a bike instilled a life-long curiosity about the science of cycling. Now Max is to share his passion in a series of interactive events that will give people a chance to find out why a bicycle is effective and fun. On Friday 24 April, Max will present a lunch-time talk to local school and University students about the aerodynamics, technology and physiology of cycling, before leading a short ride around the private, quiet roads of the University's Thornton Science Park. Members of the public are invited to take part in a similar event at the University's Chester Campus at Parkgate Road on Saturday 25 April.

For more information or to book places, see:

CG universities shortlisted for four THE Leadership & Management Awards 2015

Posted on 16 April 2015

Congratulations to the CG Member universities shortlisted for this year's THE Leadership & Management Awards. The University of Chichester is shortlisted for the Outstanding Leadership and Management Team award; the University of Gloucestershire has been shortlisted under the Outstanding Student Services Team category; and the University of Cumbria is shortlisted for both the Outstanding Human Resources Team and the Outstanding Estates Team categories. In addition, three CG Member institutions (Liverpool Hope University and the Universities of Chester and Cumbria) are among the 22 university members of the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium which has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Procurement Team award. The winners will be announced on Thursday 18 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For more details see:

Leeds Trinity University granted 'Dementia Friendly' status

Posted on 15 April 2015

Leeds Trinity University is committed to demonstrating its commitment to the community by signing up to be come a local member of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), meaning the university is now actively raising awareness of the condition amongst students and staff, as well as in the local area. The DAA is attempting to bring about a society-wide response to dementia, a condition that affects the lives of more than 800,000 people in the UK and costs the economy £23billion a year.

Leeds Trinity is the first university in Leeds to apply for, and be granted, 'Dementia Friendly' status. It joins over 60 local organisations, including Leeds United FC, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Museums and Galleries, charities and businesses, as a member of the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, committed to improving life for people with dementia and their carers. The university will focus on general awareness-raising of the condition and supporting campaigns like Dementia Friends. It will also work to build partnerships within the local community.

CCCU outreach ambassador wins first-ever national Student of the Year award

Posted on 15 April 2015

A student from Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has become the first-ever winner of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Student of the Year award. NEON introduced the Student of the Year award for the first time this year (2015) to acknowledge commitment and hard work in widening access to higher education. The winning student is Emily Milne, a final year Primary Education student who has also worked as a Student Ambassador for the University's Outreach Team. With strong beliefs in equal access to higher education for all, regardless of background, status or school, Emily has developed new ways to interact with challenging students to enable them to take the steps they need to reach their 'dream job'. Also winning the NEON Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access Award was Kay Keyte, a progression mentor at Castle Community College in partnership with CCCU. NEON noted that in her last four years at the school, Kay's work has contributed to a 17% increase in university places for disadvantaged students.

Roehampton's Business School Director pledges to create centre of research excellence

Posted on 14 April 2015

Building on the University of Roehampton's strong research profile to become a centre of research excellence is the pledge from newly-appointed Roehampton Business School Director, Professor Sharon Mavin. The Business School has already built successful relationships with leading international educational organisations, seen rising demand from UK and international students, and has recently had 60% of its research assessed as 'world leading' by the most recent Government audit. Professor Mavin's appointment is intended to build on these achievements. Her own research on gender equality in organisations and society will further enhance this agenda. It has contributed towards advances in understanding women's experiences of organisations, management and elite leadership and the changes necessary to progress gender equality in business and management in the UK. Professor Mavin will join Roehampton from Northumbria University where she was previously Dean of the Newcastle Business School and Associate Dean for Research.

University of Chester features in High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise

Posted on 14 April 2015

Along with the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Susan Sellers, Professor Tim Wheeler, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, hosted this year's High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise. The University of Chester was one of this year's sponsors of the Awards. Chester Zoo received the overall prize, and won a place for a suitable candidate on the University of Chester's MBA programme, worth £10,000. The Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation was won by ESL Fuels Ltd, a blender and supplier that specialises in the manufacture of innovative fuel products whose Marketing Executive, Stein Trousdale, is a business graduate from the University of Chester. The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Cheshire and Warrington Young Entrepreneur went to the co-founders of TechnoSpark, Josh Brown and Tom Haworth, who both study at the University of Chester. TechnoSpark specialises in promotional electronic products, in particular focusing on USBs and is based in Chester.

University of Winchester research maps sustainable practice in small businesses

Posted on 14 April 2015

Highlights from a research project into leadership and sustainability in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) were revealed during a recent event at the University of Winchester. The year-long project, entitled 'Leadership in transition to sustainable business: a study of SMEs in South East England' was run by the Winchester Business School and funded by the British Academy of Management. The aims were to find successful business models that could be shared in the community and develop policies to support SMEs to become more sustainable. The event brought together regional business leaders, academics and policy makers to showcase research findings. It concluded by highlighting key recommendations for enhancing sustainable and responsible practice in SMEs. A report is now being drafted for policy bodies and business associations with a summary of these ideas.

UK first as Marjon partners with Diocese in teacher training

Posted on 13 April 2015

The Diocese of Truro is working with the University of St Mark & St John to develop a School Direct initial teacher training scheme, the first of its kind in the country. Led by senior headteachers, the first cohort of students are set to start in September and will undertake training places in schools and academies across the diocese. There are 44 church schools and academies in the diocese, ranging from very small village schools to larger town-based schools, and a range of school-to-school partnerships including several large multi-academy trusts. Trainees will be based at one lead school and will have the opportunity to work in at least one other, different setting during the course of their training year so they gather a varied experience.

Revd Simon Cade, Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro, said: 'We believe we are the first diocese in the country to develop a School Direct partnership in this way with our local church-foundation university. School Direct is one of several routes now available to train to become a teacher. Our schools need a healthy flow of new entrants into the teaching profession, and those in the community who may feel their vocation is towards teaching in a church school environment need ways in which this calling can be expressed and developed. Our faith underpins what we do and we are proud to offer Christian-based education to those who make this specific choice, but we welcome pupils from all faiths and none into our schools.'

Primary school pupils graduate from University of Gloucestershire

Posted on 13 April 2015

The first graduation of the year at the University of Gloucestershire took place on 27 March as Year 6 pupils from Oakwood Primary School in Cheltenham completed their Primary Projects programme. This sees second year BEd students from the university partner with subject ambassadors to create modules for the pupils. This year's modules saw pupils make a short advertorial film about the wonders of Vietnam and a news programme looking at the Ebola crisis, the Villaricca volcano eruption in Chile and the correct way to use emergency telephone numbers. The 7 week programme culminated in a culminated in a graduation ceremony at the University's Park Campus when each student, wearing an official gown, was presented with a certificate.

Winchester launches 175th anniversary celebrations

Posted on 10 April 2015

The University of Winchester has launched a series of commemorative projects and events to mark the 175th anniversary of its foundation, which dates back to 1840 when the Winchester Diocesan Training School was founded. These include a book launch on Monday 13 April for 'Alumni Voices: the changing experience of higher education' by Dr Stephanie Spencer, Dr Andrea Jacobs and Dr Camilla Leach from the university. The book captures the memories of students before World War II to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Drawing on personal accounts of day-to-day experiences from those who studied and worked in Winchester, the book offers an insight into how the higher education community has changed over the years.

On Tuesday 14 April over 500 University of Winchester alumni and their families are to visit the city for an honorary graduation service to mark the institution's 175th anniversary. Former students who left King Alfred's College - now the University of Winchester - with a Certificate in Education between 1935-79 are taking part in two ceremonies at Winchester Cathedral where they will be conferred with Honorary Bachelor Degrees of the University. Attendees are travelling from as far away as the USA, Canada, France and Spain for the event.

Other anniversary celebrations include a special planting of Victorian-style bedding plants, the refurbishment of the Chapel, a student selfie campaign, a virtual timeline, and a variety of events and exhibitions. The Cathedrals Group 2016 annual conference and Choirs Festival next February forms part of Winchester's anniversary celebrations.

Find out more about Winchester's 175th anniversary celebrations here:

Successful authors and editors offer insights on becoming a published writer at Chichester

Posted on 09 April 2015

A panel of successful authors and editors will be answering questions and offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of publishing at the University of Chichester. The free event, organised by the institution's Department of English & Creative Writing, is open to members of the public as well as staff and students, and will be held on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester at 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 April. This will be a rare opportunity to hear six leading professionals discuss their profession. The evening, which will be chaired by Senior Lecturer Dr Karen Stevens, consists of a panel discussion and a question and answer session where the audience can ask questions on getting published.

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Heythrop lecturer will be speaking at world's largest philosophy and music festival

Posted on 09 April 2015

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, Dr Stephen Law, will be speaking at How The Light Gets In, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, this May. The festival will return to Hay-on-Wye to explore the theme Fantasy and Reality. Stephen will be contributing to three sessions at the festival - 'Belief and the Gods' when he will debate whether belief in God indicates something essential to the world, 'Return of the Pagans', and in the 'Evil God' session Stephen will present his argument for atheism. The How The Light Gets In festival is famed for bringing together thought-provoking debate and entertainment, including music, cabaret, and circus, with world-leading philosophers, musicians, scientists and politicians.

Comedian Katie Mulgrew wins Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize

Posted on 09 April 2015

Rochdale stand-up comedian Katie Mulgrew has won the £10,000 prize and the opportunity to have her work considered for production by the Royal Court Liverpool, with a comedy that examines the effect of soap operas on our lives. Katie, the only woman shortlisted for the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, won for her play 'Omnibus' which centres on four housemates who are enjoying a soap opera marathon on what they think is a typical Sunday afternoon, until an unexpected visitor arrives to give them an episode to remember. The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the UK's second largest playwriting prize.

New campus developments at Leeds Trinity University

Posted on 08 April 2015

Leeds Trinity University has announced its latest stage of campus developments, which includes a new student accommodation block and new outdoor changing facilities. The university has received planning approval to carry out updates to the Horsforth campus. Work begins with the demolition of the old Students Union HQ block in May 2015 to make way for the new 228 bed student accommodation block which will include a courtyard area and coffee lounge providing internal and external student social areas. This is due for completion by September 2016. The new outdoor changing room, sited next to the All-Weather pitch, is due for completion by September 2015.

University unveils vision for growth in Gloucester

Posted on 08 April 2015

The University of Gloucestershire has announced plans to work with partners to develop facilities for higher education, business services and sport in Gloucester. The University's Oxstalls Campus, which is already home to the Growth Hub, would become the new base for the University's Business School. This would see the School relocated from the Park Campus in Cheltenham, bringing business education, economic development and business services under one roof. Integrating the Business School and the Growth Hub would expand teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities, creating a strong centre for business support, innovation and enterprise in the county. At the same time, the University proposes to invest with partners in sporting facilities for the benefit of students and the community. Working with the City and the County Councils and a range of sporting bodies, the University is looking to link together and expand the sporting facilities available on the Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Sports Park and the school playing fields at Bishops College.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury to speak at BGU tomorrow

Posted on 06 April 2015

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Rev Hon Lord Rowan Williams, will be in Lincoln tomorrow to give a lecture at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU). He has been invited to speak by the Lincoln Theological Society and the subject of his talk will be Centenarians, Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton. Lord Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His lecture will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 April in the Robert Hardy Building at BGU. Tickets (priced £5 including refreshments and car parking) can be booked from the Lincoln Minster Shop (email: shop@lincolncathedral.com).

First script reading for UWTSD graduate's award winning play takes place today

Posted on 02 April 2015

The National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales are today hosting the first reading of the 2014 Wales Drama Award-winning play 'Tammy', written by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate Kelly Jones. The script, which won the Wales Drama Award in December 2014, draws on Kelly's own life experiences. The reading takes place at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, at 6pm. Tickets are complimentary.

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Canterbury computing student awarded national £25,000 scholarship

Posted on 02 April 2015

A Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) student has won a prestigious British Computing Society scholarship worth £25,000 allowing him to fulfil his dream of becoming a computing teacher. Stephen Dodds is in his 3rd year at CCCU studying a BSc Computing degree, after completing a Foundation Degree at the university. The scholarship was awarded after a challenging three month process involving subject knowledge testing, assessment of a teaching session in a local school, and a formal interview which tested his subject specialism and educational aptitude for teaching computer science in schools.

Cumbria students handle 'major incident' exercise in Ambleside

Posted on 02 April 2015

The Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria was recently the scene of a 'major incident' exercise. Over 80 undergraduates from policing, paramedic and forensic science courses were involved in the two-day scenario designed to test all their resources and skills. A complex situation involving a series of major crime scenes was revealed to students over two days, and they had to react quickly and put their classroom training into practice. Students were called upon to search, secure and investigate up to eight potential murders, one unsuccessful suicide and numerous casualties and crime scenes across campus. The fast-moving situation was managed from an incident room on campus, manned by policing students. Lecturers and other staff took on the roles of witnesses, suspects and casualties.

York St John appoints new Vice-Chancellor

Posted on 01 April 2015

The new Vice-Chancellor of York St John University has been announced. Professor Karen Stanton, who is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University, will start her new role on 1 September 2015. Professor Stanton said: 'It is a great honour to be appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of York St John University which has enjoyed significant success in recent years under the leadership of Professor David Fleming. The University is recognised for its outstanding student experience and has built a reputation for its commitment to the region's economic, social and cultural success. At such an interesting time for the HE sector I believe York St John has a great opportunity to develop further as a University focused on quality, community and aspirations.' We look forward to welcoming Professor Stanton to our AGM in November.

Leeds Trinity retains Investors in People Gold Award

Posted on 01 April 2015

Congratulations to colleagues at Leeds Trinity University which has retained its Investors in People Gold Award following a rigorous assessment process. Investors in people is the UK's leading people management standard, and Leeds Trinity has been accredited since 2000, first receiving Gold status in 2012. Fewer than 8% of Investors in People accredited organisations hold Gold status. Vice-Chancellor Margaret House said: 'This award is testament to our outstanding university staff community and builds upon the original Investors in People Gold accreditation that we achieved in 2012.'

Cathedrals Group universities score in HEFCE research funding allocations

Posted on 31 March 2015

All 14 Cathedrals Group universities in England who participated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment saw their 2015/16 recurrent research funding allocations from HEFCE increased last week in recognition of their excellent performance in the REF. Compared with their recurrent research funding for 2014/15, Cathedrals Group universities as a whole will receive an additional £4.6 million in 2015/16, bringing their total research funding for the year to £11.95 million. Although the scale of increase is small in cash terms for some universities, both Canterbury Christ Church University and Roehampton University will each see their recurrent research funding increase by more than £1 million while allocations to the University of Chester and Liverpool Hope University will increase by more than £500,000 each.

HEFCE's announcement of funding allocations to universities and colleges in England for 2015/16 published on 25 March included information about recurrent research funding allocations which will be maintained in cash terms at £1,558 million. HEFCE funds research selectively, focusing on world-leading and internationally excellent research based on the assessments made under REF2014. In comparison with Cathedrals Group universities which all increased their research funding allocations for 2015/16, 48 other universities in England will lose recurrent research funding next year.

See full details of HEFCE's 2015/16 funding allocations here: HEFCE 2015-16 research funding allocations

Cathedrals Group universities active in 'Changing the Learning Landscape'

Posted on 29 March 2015

The report of 'Changing the Learning Landscape', a HEFCE-funded programme led by the Leadership Foundation, which was published on Friday, included participation by all Cathedrals Group universities in England. Students, practitioners and university leaders from across 145 universities and colleges took part in this programme to advance technology-enhanced student learning.

The programme created a ground-breaking partnership between the Association for Learning Technology, the Higher Education Academy, JISC, the National Union of Students and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The partnership was funded by HEFCE in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and provided leadership development and consultancy services to institutions. The programme recognised that the student experience can be enhanced by technology in a number of ways including opportunities to collaborate and learn with other students remotely; improved interaction with lecturers; access to new and cutting-edge 'live' content; and creating a more flexible, mobile and personalised approach to their own learning.

Eight of the forty five institutional case studies included in the report were from Cathedrals Group universities (Bishop Grosseteste, Cumbria, Gloucestershire, Liverpool Hope, Newman, St Mark & St John, and St Mary's) across the range of ten key project themes. These included student engagement; strategic planning and change; digital literacy; TEL practice; distance/flexible learning; employability; culture change; feedback and assessment; virtual learning environments; and infrastructure (estates/facilities). The external evaluator of the project, Professor Patsy Cullen, is Emeritus Professor of Learning Innovation at CG Member York St John University.

Find out more and download the report here:

Good luck to all CG runners tomorrow!

Posted on 27 March 2015

Best wishes to all staff and students taking part in the 2015 CG Run tomorrow, Saturday 28 March, as part of the Mash March Madness 10k forest trail race in Cannock Chase. The team of CG runners is aiming to raise money for Article 26 - a charity set up to promote access to higher education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

Professor Peter Lutzeier, Chair of The Cathedrals Group and Vice-Chancellor of Newman University, who is leading the team of CG runners, said: 'The route follows a beautiful forest trail so it promises to be an inspiring experience for all those taking part. We hope that by completing the course, we can raise money for this excellent cause, offering a future to talented individuals who would not otherwise be able to access higher education. Raising £9,000 would enable us to offer a full fees scholarship to a talented individual, while just £500 could help students with day-to-day study and travel expenses.'

It's not too late to support our CG runners. Sponsorship pledges currently stand at about £2,000 including a generous £1,000 pledge from the Group's Chair Professor Lutzeier. Help us support Article 26 students via our Virgin moneygiving page.

Find out more about CG support for Article 26 and access our web donation page here:

University of Cumbria offers care leavers helping hand into higher education

Posted on 26 March 2015

The University of Cumbria has won a National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Award for its work to encourage care leavers to study at the university. Hannah Pears (Widening Participation Access Officer) and Melanie Baker (Widening Participation Retention Officer) masterminded the new scheme which also last year achieved a Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of its commitment to young people in and leaving care. The university takes a two pronged approach to encourage more care leavers progress into higher education, including providing unique support and training to the wider care community as well as supporting the care leavers from initial enquiry right through to graduation. Currently 56 care leavers are studying at Cumbria.

York St John entrepreneurs win business support

Posted on 26 March 2015

Thirteen finalists were selected from entries to this year's SEED (Support Entrepreneurs Explore & Develop) competition at York St John (YSJ) University. The competition offers an opportunity to show off imaginative ideas and win support from businesses. The 13 were invited to pitch their ideas to a judging panel of local business people and take part in Venturefest 2015 regional business event at York Racecourse. The SEED competition was open to all YSJ students and graduates (up to five years) and the top prize included more than £8,000 worth of business support including design, sales and legal services and training.

DfE announces Expert Group supporting development of new ITT content framework

Posted on 25 March 2015

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced yesterday (24 March) that in response to the recommendations of the Carter Review of the quality and effectiveness of ITT courses in England, an independent expert group had been commissioned to develop a core ITT framework. The group, chaired by Stephen Munday CBE, Chief Executive of Comberton Academy Trust, includes representatives from the sector and is tasked with developing a core ITT framework. Nicky Morgan also announced that the Teaching Schools Council had been commissioned to develop a new set of aspirational standards for school-based ITT mentors, in response to another recommendation by the Carter Review.

See the DfE press release here:

BIS call for evidence for review of UK research funding

Posted on 25 March 2015

The Government has asked Sir Paul Nurse to lead a review of UK research funding, which aims to ensure the UK continues to support world-leading science and invests public money in the best possible way. The review builds on the recent triennial review of the Research Councils. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a call for evidence. Organisations and individuals are invited to provide the Nurse Review with any additional evidence they believe to be relevant by 17 April 2015.

Find our more about the call for evidence here:

Roehampton offers 50 fully-funded PhD scholarships

Posted on 24 March 2015

The University of Roehampton is offering 50 high-achieving postgraduates the chance of a fully-funded PhD scholarship, with opportunities in all 10 of the University's academic departments available for research students. The 50 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships will provide studentships covering tuition fees (worth £4,052 per year) and a salary of over £16,000 for three years, or spread over five years for part-time students, with projects starting in autumn 2015. The deadline for applications is midnight on 5 May 2015.

Find full application details here:

Winchester writers' festival launches with festival scholarship scheme

Posted on 23 March 2015

The University of Winchester Writers' Festival (19-21 June) launches its programme of events and invites young writers aged 18-25 to apply for one of ten Festival Scholarships. The Festival, now in its 35th year, aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers from around the UK and overseas working in all forms and genres. All attendees may choose from 18 all-day workshops, 32 talks and over 750 one-to-one appointments with literary agents and commissioning editors. This is the second year the Festival Scholarship Scheme has been on offer, giving successful candidates free access to all of the Festival's activities, including seats at this year's keynote address by award-winning author Sebastian Faulks.

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Still time to join the CG Students' Union conference at BGU next week

Posted on 20 March 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 next week. If SU colleagues from your university haven't signed up yet, there's still time to get involved. The event, with workshops, plenary speakers and networking sessions, runs from 11am on Wednesday 25 March until 12 noon on Thursday 26 March. Participation is free but delegates need to meet their travel and accommodation expenses.

BGU CG student leadership conference

CCCU develops new UK Institute for Migration Research with national charity

Posted on 20 March 2015

A unique partnership between a national charity and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has led to the development of a new migration research institute. The UK Institute for Migration Research aims to provide independent, credible and evidence-based research to support policy makers within the highly sensitive and hotly contested area of immigration. Migrant Help has been providing services to migrant and refugee communities across the UK for more than 50 years, working with asylum claimants and refugees, victims of modern day slavery, EU nationals, foreign national prisoners and detainees. CCCU will work in partnership with Migrant Help to translate academic and research expertise into policy and programme outcomes to help transform individuals, communities, society and the economy for the better.

St Mary's academic wins BASES applied practitioner award

Posted on 20 March 2015

Congratulations to Academic Director for Research in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Dr Charles Pedlar, who has been awarded the British Association of Sport and Exercises (BASES) Applied Practitioner Award for 2015. The award acknowledges outstanding and innovative service delivery in the sports and exercise sciences from BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists. It is judged on examples of a practitioner's experience in providing science support services to client groups and an evaluation of a practitioner's philosophical approach, problem solving skills, professional development and self-evaluation skills.

Liverpool Hope student creates change through art

Posted on 19 March 2015

Rebecca Feeley, a Fine Art student at Liverpool Hope University, knows first hand how art can change lives - because it has helped change hers. In July she will travel to India to meet young people from around the world as part of the World Merit Fellowship Programme, which aims to empower young people to tackle global issues likes gender equality and climate change. In January 2016, she will also visit Washington to mark the end of her year as an ambassador with the organisation. Rebecca is one of the 23 World Merit participants, chosen from around the world to follow the intensive year-long leadership and social justice awareness programme.

A young carer from the ages of 14 to 18, Rebecca has signed up for Liverpool Hope's Service and Leadership Award and she is a leader with Big Love Sista, which aims to empower communities through creative activities. Rebecca also volunteers at Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she helps with arts and crafts. As part of her social action for World Merit, Rebecca led her own community arts project, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds (including unemployed people, homeless people and people with dependency issues). She provided the materials, led the sessions and curated the final exhibition in Knowsley, before auctioning the art work to raise money for the community. Rebecca is hoping to study for an MA, with the ultimate aim of becoming a professional artist and Art Therapist. She is also documenting her year as a World Merit ambassador through a series of drawings and paintings.

Find out more about Rebecca on the World Merit website:

York St John helps local business build on success

Posted on 19 March 2015

A successful Bubwith-based arts company is working with York St John University, supported by £28k research funding from the Yorkshire Innovation Fund (YIF), on a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. KMA develops cutting-edge technical pieces of film, music, theatre and public art installations combining digital technology and performance which have been shown around the globe. Thanks to this funding grant, the company will undertake a research development project with York St John University to re-develop their business model to capitalise on the company's reputation within the public arts market. The university has supported projects across Yorkshire through YIF, including those in the creative, manufacturing, product design and business development sectors. This latest award takes the total funding the university has received under the YIF scheme to over £150,000.

Just 10 more days before the 2015 CG Run

Posted on 17 March 2015

It's now just 10 more days before this year's CG Run takes place as part of the Mash March Madness 10k forest trail race in Cannock Chase on Saturday 28 March. Even if you're not part of the team of CG runners entered for this event, you can support staff and students running from CG member institutions by pledging money to support Article 26 via our Virgin moneygiving page.

Find out more about this event and sponsor CG runners here:

Leeds Trinity fund-raising cross-code rugby fixture

Posted on 17 March 2015

Leeds Trinity's BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) men's rugby league and union teams will take on each other in a cross-codes fixture on 27 March to raise money for Marie Curie, in honour of former Leeds Trinity Journalism student Matthew Huggett. Rugby league fan Matthew sadly passed away in December 2013, after being diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer, and the cup that the two teams play for is named after him. One half of the match will be played with union rules and the other under league rules. This will be the second edition of the event following the inaugural match last year.

CCCU sponsors and Kent Cricket Women's team

Posted on 17 March 2015

Kent and England Women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards was in Canterbury last Friday to see Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) sign as the major sponsor of the Kent Cricket Women's team for a further three years. Charlotte, the most successful England captain of all time, is an Honorary Fellow at the University and reached the honour of captaining her country for the 200th time during the recent New Zealand tour.

Liverpool Hope's School of Health Sciences holds 'lecturethon' for Diabetes UK

Posted on 16 March 2015

A team of clinicians and Health Sciences researchers from Liverpool Hope University invited the public to a day of diabetes-themed lectures today in aid of Diabetes UK. Talks covered both type I and type II diabetes and topics such as the evolution of the disease, its genetic basis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia, nutrition and managing symptoms. The lecturethon ran from 9am to 5pm in the University's EDEN lecture theatre and people were invited to stay as long as they liked for a suggested donation of £1 with refreshments provided. Last year the team ran a successful day of lectures for students on the topic of heart disease, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Jean Vanier awarded 2015 Templeton Prize

Posted on 16 March 2015

The Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier, who founded a network of communities for people with development disabilities, has been awarded the Templeton Prize valued at £1.1 million. Mr Vanier established the worldwide L'Arche movement of homes, where people with and without disabilities live together. The Templeton Prize, which was established in 1972 by Sir John Templeton, honours 'a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension'. Previous winners include the Revd Dr John Polkinghorne (in 2002), who delivered The Cathedrals Group annual lecture, the Dearing Memorial Lecture, in 2010.

For more information about the prize and prizewinners:

BGU appoints three new subject heads

Posted on 13 March 2015

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln has made three new senior academic appointments following a major restructuring. Dr Graham Basten has moved to BGU from De Montfort University to head up the new School of Social Sciences which is launching a suite of new courses including Health & Social Care, Psychology and Counselling. Dr Nicholas Gee will move from the University of East Anglia next month to become Head of Teacher Development and Dr Andrew Jackson, who was formerly Head of the Department of Culture and Creative Arts at BGU, now leads the School of Humanities. BGU's new academic structure has been put in place as part of the university's five year strategy announced in October 2014.

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New university technical college for Gloucestershire announced

Posted on 12 March 2015

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and the University of Gloucestershire have today received approval from the Department for Education to create a state of the art University Technical College (UTC) specialising in Digital Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing. The UTC will open in September 2016, creating a purpose-built training centre for 14-18 year olds. Programmes at the UTC will offer students a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning, which meets all national curriculum requirements. Courses on offer will support progression to higher education, apprenticeships and employment with careers guidance and support an integral part of the curriculum as well as mentoring by the University and employer partners to help facilitate an informed decision concerning career opportunities. The learner experience will mimic a typical working day with full-time working hours and a professional business dress code.

Winchester hosts event to improve support for young adult carers in Hampshire

Posted on 12 March 2015

Young adult carers aged 16-25 across Hampshire are invited to share their experiences of health and social care services at a free event being staged at the University of Winchester this weekend (Saturday 14 March). 'Who Cares For You?' has been funded by Healthwatch Hampshire in partnership with the University of Winchester, Carers Trust, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, and Hampshire Young Carers Alliance, to give a voice to this under-represented group.

For more information and to register for a free place see:

Globally-renowned communicator to deliver prestigious lecture at Chester

Posted on 12 March 2015

The role of corporate affairs in an increasingly complex and fast-moving 'digital world' is the subject of this evening's 2015 ICCPAR (International Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs Research) keynote lecture at the University of Chester. One of the world's most experienced communicators will deliver this year's lecture. Truus Huisman, Vice President, Sustainable Business and Communications Europe at Unilever, will draw on her extensive knowledge of handling corporate affairs for one of the world's largest and best known consumer goods companies.

For more information about this event see:

St Mary's celebrates its 165th anniversary

Posted on 12 March 2015

This year St Mary's University, Twickenham celebrates its 165th anniversary. The milestone will be marked by a number of high-profile events, including the co-sponsorship of a series of public lectures on the theme of 'Ethics in Public Life' with the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund's College Cambridge and Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars, University of Oxford. The University will also host the formal installation of Cardinal Nichols