About Us

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The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

As a lay Catholic Institute in the heart of Cambridge and part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, we resource lay people theologically both within and outside of the Catholic tradition. We provide specialist theological education and open learning opportunities for both individuals and groups.

We offer courses, study days, workshops, seminars and conferences that promote the study of theology, ethics, philosophy, pastoral practice, spirituality and theological reflection in dynamic ways that seek to meet and address twenty-first century global needs. In line with our foundational principles, we continue to promote the resourcing of women through a community life that is open to all. Through our teaching and learning we facilitate exchange with art, culture and social justice initiatives. We resource schools, parishes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions with expertise, training and pastoral support. Our theology engages with different professional and community-based (service) needs and perspectives. This is enriched and enabled by an interdisciplinary approach that is at the heart of our educational work. Many of our students gain qualifications from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University (DTM, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, DProf).

How We Are Governed

The Institute is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee registered with Companies House.

Under our Memorandum and Articles of Association, we have two governing bodies:

  • The Board of Directors comprises the Trustees of the charity. They have responsibility for financial management, the appointment of the Principal and the overall running of the Institute. The Board meets six times a year.
  • The Council of Members appoints the Directors and is responsible for ensuring the purposes of the Institute, including its Catholicity, are sustained. The Council meets three times a year.

The Board and Council meet together for the Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors

Mrs Roberta Canning (Chair)
Fr David Bagstaff
Mr Mark Broadbent
Mrs Joanne Coward
Dr Claire Daunton
Professor Eilis Ferran
Dr Jennifer Schooling
Revd Dr Janet Tollington

The Principal and the Bursar are in attendance.

Council of Members

Prof Janet Soskice (Chair)
Dr Anna Abram
Mr Paul Barber
Revd Canon Chris Chivers
Dr Jenny Dines CSA
Mgr Mark Langham
Mrs Janet Lash
Revd Professor John Morrill
Mr Arthur Naylor
Sister Helen Costigane

The Bursar is the Company Secretary.

Our History

We are now 26 years old, still youthful enough to be laying down its foundations but old enough to have a story to tell. To find out how we grew from an idea into a thriving community, read more about our story. To find out more about our Silver Jubilee celebrations click here.

The Institute is named after Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443-1509), who has been described by the historian Dr David Starkey as the most powerful woman in England of her day.

Margaret Beaufort was a scholar, an astute manager of resources and a very significant philanthropist.  As the richest woman in medieval England, she used her wealth to promote religion, learning and the education of clergy in particular.

She was mother to Henry Tudor, her only son from three marriages.  He became King Henry VlI, and in 1485 she assumed the title of the King’s Mother.

Cambridge became the focus of much of her philanthropy through her confessor St John Fisher, who was Chancellor of the University. Working with Fisher she founded two Cambridge colleges, Christ’s and St John’s, and endowed the Lady Margaret’s Professorships of Divinity at Oxford and Cambridge, to which she appointed her friend and confessor.

Margaret herself translated and published one of the most widely read devotional texts of all time, the Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. She was a sponsor of the printer Caxton and was, therefore, a major supporter of the new media of her day.

Further information about Lady Margaret Beaufort
Jones, M & Underwood, M. The King’s Mother, CUP 1992
www.tudorhistory.org/people/beaufort/

Institute Staff

Institute Staff

Dr Anna Abram

Principal

Institute Staff

Dr Sue Price

Acting Principal and Pastoral Outreach Coordinator

Institute Staff

Dr Férdia Stone-Davis

Director of Research

Institute Staff

Dr Louise Nelstrop

Director of Studies

Institute Staff

Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Director of the Religious Life Institute

Institute Staff

Margaret Sallis

Senior Administrator

Institute Staff

Lynda Turner

House Manager

Research Fellows

Research Fellows

Dr Claire Jenkins

Senior Fellow in Public Life

Research Fellows

Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford

Research Fellow

Research Fellows

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

Research Fellow

Research Fellows

Prof Patrick Hannon

Senior Fellow in Public Life

Research Fellows

Dr Liam Hayes

Senior Fellow

Research Associates

Research Associates

Prof Susan Docherty

Mary Ward Fellow

Research Associates

Prof Michael Barnes SJ

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Amy Daughton

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Adrienne Dengerink-Chaplin

Research Associate

Research Associates

Travis LaCouter

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Ela Łazarewicz-Wyrzykowska

Research Assoicates

Research Associates

Dr Christine Lai

Research Associate

Research Associates

Prof David Lonsdale

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Barnabas Palfrey

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Elizabeth Powell

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez

Research Associate

Research Associates

Dr Melanie-Prejean Sullivan

Research Associate

The Wider Church

We see ourselves as part of both the local and national Church, and also of the long and extensive tradition of Catholic theological education. The Institute is becoming known as a resource for local parishes and the diocese, both as a facility and a source of specialist theological knowledge:

As the Diocesan Centre for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, we welcome groups of teachers and catechists for training and discussion through the year, especially for those with little background in Catholic theology.

We run our own Quiet Days, Study Days and Public Lectures open to all, and are often invited to participate in events for the diocese organised by others;

Over the years, several prayer groups have met regularly in our oratory – for example, Youth 2000 local groups, Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Franciscan third order community – and we are always happy to provide hospitality, as in the case of Christian Life Community – a multi-denominational group that meets around a model of Ignatian spiritual life.

Academic staff play a full part in the life of the wider Church as teachers and researchers, policy advisers, preachers and retreat givers. Staff are members of the:

Staff act as external examiners in the UK and Ireland.

Contact Us

You can contact The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology for general enquires using any of the details below.

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology
12 Grange Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DU

Telephone : 01223 741039

mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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    Margaret Beaufort Institute is in the Newnham area of Cambridge, a ten-minute walk to the Sidgwick site, and near to Wolfson, Newnham, Darwin and Selwyn Colleges.

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