Our Interests

Our interests reflect The Cathedrals Group's mission to present a distinctively ethical perspective in higher education consistent with our Church foundations. We undertake a number of collaborative activities and projects that reflect our core values and support our partner charities. For example, we sponsor an annual public lecture series (the Dearing memorial lecture) and Choirs Festival when the choirs from the different institutions come together to meet each other and share their love of choral music.

 

In 2013 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Cathedrals Group Choirs Festival, with a massed choir of 350 singers drawn from eleven Cathedrals Group universities performing the 'German Requiem' by Brahms in Birmingham Symphony Hall. This year also marks the first Cathedrals Group sporting event, with a team of more than eighty runners competing in the Basingstoke Half Marathon to raise money for one of our flagship projects, the Helena Kennedy Foundation's Article 26 project, which supports students seeking sanctuary in the UK.

 

Another annual residential event is The Cathedrals Group Chaplains' Conference, when staff from Chaplaincy centres in Member universities come together to reflect on a chosen theme and share experiences and good practice. Chaplaincy plays an important and valued role within all Cathedrals Group institutions and at least once each year Cathedrals Group Vice-Chancellors and Chaplains meet together for a joint seminar or working session.

 

Professor Joy Carter, VC of the University of Winchester, opening the 25th Choirs Festival, hosted by Newman University, in the Birmingham Symphony Hall in March 2013.

Professor Joy Carter, Chair of The Cathedrals Group and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, opening the 25th Choirs Festival, hosted by Newman University, in the Birmingham Symphony Hall in March 2013.

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