A collaboration of staff and students from across the University interested in using contemplative methodologies and practices to inform their work.

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About the Institute

Launched in Sept. 2019, this innovative project, unique in the UK, is a network of more than 20 academic and professional staff from across the University who are keen to develop alternative forms of teaching and learning, a robust research base and practical tools for both personal and professional practice. The Institute is an independent extra-department unit within the Senior Management Group.


The aim of the Institute’s work will be to create a robust, inclusive and sustainable community of practice that includes academic and professional staff and the membership and work of the student Contemplative Community.

The institute aims to enable students and staff from the University’s five faculties and its professional services to work together to develop the presence and effectiveness of contemplative disciplines, pedagogies and studies in the life of the University community, and thereby to support the mission of the University.

The Institute will promote:

  • The development of contemplative approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Alternative and embodied ways of knowing;
  • The integration of contemplative practices within both academic learning/teaching and personal spiritual development/awareness;
  • the development a robust research and publication agenda.

Director: Revd Dr Terry Biddington, Dean of Spiritual Life

Assistant Director: Jo Trelfa, Head of Academic Professional Development


Membership is open to anyone within the University. Current members come from Psychology, Archaeology, Business, Education, Performing Arts, Chaplaincy, Academic Quality & Development, Theology, Religion & Philosophy, student wellbeing, and Health & Wellbeing.

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