Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Durham University's Centre for Catholic StudiesDurham Uni

Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies is the UK's first permanent centre devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. The Centre operates within the UK's premier research Department of Theology and Religion and works in close partnership with the Catholic Church to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally.

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The Centre for Catholic Studies programme of events for 2017–2018 is available here.


Next events


Ushaw Lectures:

Ushaw Lecture Series

A conversation with Roy Hattersley on his 2017 book, ‘The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day’.

On Monday 16 October 2017. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6.00pm - 7.15pm in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College.

All welcome, but registration is required online or for further enquiries email or tel: 0191 334 1656.

Press release from Durham University.


Dr. Anna Rowlands announced as the St. Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University.

This endowed research and teaching post was made possible by a number of benefactors and supporters across the UK, Europe and the US. These benefactors include major foundations, women’s religious congregations, and business executives.

All are passionate about encouraging fresh research that will contribute to the constructive development of the Catholic social teaching tradition. All are also passionate about encouraging the imaginative practical application and dissemination of this tradition.

As a result, the holder of the St. Hilda Chair devotes a significant portion of their time to outreach and engagement beyond the University community.

Dr. Rowlands’ appointment in the University’s Department of Theology and Religion will take effect in September 2017.

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