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Centre for Catholic Studies


The CCS is committed to ensuring that its research and teaching are fully engaged with the world of Church and social practice. Our commitment is to research for the sake of the common good.

The Bede and St Hilda Chairs

The CCS has created two pioneering academic Chairs, each of which commit 20% of their time to community outreach and engagement:

The Bede Chair in Catholic Theology stands in a special relationship to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Bede Professor serves as theological advisor to the Bishop, speaks at diocesan and parish level events, and engages with teachers and students in the Diocesan school system. More information about the Bede Chair's outreach activities can be found here.

The St Hilda Chair, specialising in Catholic Social Thought and Practice, works with faith based organisations, policy makers, activists, social entrepreneurs and Church groups (among others). More information about the CCS's outreach activities in the area of Catholic Social Thought and Practice can be found here.

Seminars and lectures

All of the CCS's seminars and lectures are open to the public. Our full programme of upcoming events can be found here and some of our recent seminars and lectures are available here as audio- or video-recordings.