This page shows projects that The Cathedrals Group are currently involved with.



Cathedrals Group video - Arts, Health and Wellbeing initiative

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.


View the Cathedrals Group video


Please contact Professor Stephen Clift for further information (


Cathedrals Group ITE Project

The Cathedrals Group of universities and the Church of England University and College Fund have together funded a piece of research (£43,000) to investigate features of Christian foundation universities' Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes that are particular or distinctive to their foundation.  The research is investigating why ITE students choose Christian foundation university teacher education programmes and why schools choose to partner with them.  It is exploring particular features of their provision and what difference this makes to students at the point of qualifications.  The research is led by the National Institute of Christian Education Research at Canterbury Christ Church University, working together with Chichester, Chester, St Mary's and Leeds Trinity universities, as well as others from within the Cathedrals Group.  It is due to report in early 2018.


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

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 September 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 (


Cathedrals Group Research and Education Meetings

We are in the process of holding a number of meetings of relevant staff in member institutions aimed at giving the Cathedrals Group a higher profile in both education and research.  The meetings explore ways in which the different institutions can work together to exert greater influence in the higher education sector while developing an inter-disciplinary approach to research, and sharing strategies and experiences.  It is hoped that these meetings will develop into a workshop or colloquium towards the end of the year, with a conference to follow in early 2017. A Teacher Education Survey is planned, working closely around ITT.


Article 26: Students seeking sanctuary

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The Cathedrals Group works with the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Article 26 project to enable suitably qualified individuals who have sought sanctuary in the UK to attend university.


In September 2010, student support costs were raised through private donations to fund the first three Article 26 students to commence undergraduate degree programmes at three Cathedrals Group universities.


Fifteen students are currently studying with the support of Article 26 at six Cathedrals Group member institutions, making The Cathedrals Group the largest UK supporter of Article 26.


A team of sixty-nine staff and students from Member institutions took part in the 2013 Basingstoke Half Marathon representing The Cathedrals Group. They raised more than £3,000 for the Article 26 project and enable more students seeking sanctuary to enter university in the UK, which was presented by retiring Chair Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, to Rebecca Murray for Article 26 and the Revd Canon Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, a Trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation.



View the Article 26 web page




Securing Distinctiveness

Steve Egan and Kath Thompson from HEFCE with the Chair Professor Wheeler and Ewart Wooldridge of the Leadership Foundation at report’s official launch

In 2011 the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, funded by HEFCE, completed a study of distinctiveness and identity in the Cathedral Group institutions. This highlights how faith based values:


  • Contribute to the student experience
  • Support a positive working environment for staff; and
  • Shape partnerships and community engagement


The study also identified messages for secular universities and colleges.



Copies of the full report and an executive summary can be downloaded here:


Full Report (pdf)  Abridged Report (pdf)






In 2011 a group of Cathedrals Group member institutions acquired the intellectual property assets of the Teacher Learning Academy (TLA). The new Teaching and Learning Academy, providing professional development for all staff working in schools, operates independently of the Cathedrals Group and has its own website at:




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