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Current vacancies

1. Principal

The Directors of the Margaret Beaufort Institute wish to appoint a successor to Dr Oonagh O’Brien and are seeking a practising Catholic who is committed to developing the role of women in the Church through theological education.  The Institute, as part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate awards approved by Cambridge University, Durham University and Anglia Ruskin University and is making a significant contribution to the Catholic community in this country and worldwide through the theological and pastoral education of its students.

The person appointed will combine enthusiasm, energy and vision for the future with the management skills necessary to run an academic organisation and contribute to the ecumenical Cambridge Theological Federation.

The appointment is a permanent position with a probationary period of one year. 

The closing date is the 23rd of November 2016 and interviews will be held on 16th of December.

Here you will find: the job description (PDF) and an application form (in Word). 

2. Research Assistant for the Religious Life Vitality Project

A Conrad N Hilton Foundation grant has enabled the creation of a new Research Assistant role within the Religious Life Vitality Research Project, based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge. This is a collaborative project between the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge (MBIT), and the Religious Life Institute (RLI) at Heythrop College, University of London. The Project comprises two separate but related research projects focussing on the future sustainability of Religious Life for women in East/Central Africa and a second project: Discerning the Future of Religious Life in the UK and Ireland. The projects are staffed by one common team and co-ordinated from Durham University.

The appointee will support the work of both research projects and will work to the two Project Co-Directors. The post will involve contributing to the research design and aspects of implementation: inviting and increasing participation in the research through building effective relationships with congregations of women religious and their representative bodies in the UK and Ireland and also with the relevant standing conferences  in the project locations in East Africa; setting up appropriate administrative and record-keeping systems and working to ensure the project gathers and produces high quality data. Responsibility also covers communication within and across the research team, partner institutions and relevant external partners.

This is an exciting opportunity for an able researcher with experience of qualitative research methods at post graduate level who has energy and proven gifts for academic administration, organisation and delivery and who wishes to gain significant experience in supporting a major research project into RC women’s religious life in the UK/Ireland and Africa.

This is a full time fixed term post, to June 2019, at Grade 5, £23,000 to start as soon as possible.

Full details of the post can be found here (PDF file).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon Friday October 28th 2016.

Interviews will take place in Cambridge on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

Please note that only if you are in employment, one of your referees should be your current Employer, if possible. It is our practice to request references for anyone called to interview.