Ridley Hall, Cambridge

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Ridley Hall
Theological College
House of Cambridge Theological Federation
LocationCambridge, England
MottoMartyrii Memores (Latin)
Motto in EnglishMindful of Martyrdom
Named forNicholas Ridley
Sister collegeWycliffe Hall, Oxford
PrincipalMichael Volland [1]
Coat of Arms of Ridley Hall

Ridley Hall is a theological college located in Sidgwick Avenue in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, which trains men and women intending to take Holy Orders, as deacon or priest of the Church of England, and members of the laity working with children and young people, as lay pioneers and within a pastoral capacity such as lay chaplaincy. It was founded in 1881 and named in memory of Nicholas Ridley, a leading Protestant theologian of the sixteenth century. The first principal was theologian Handley Moule, later Bishop of Durham.[2]

Although not a formal constituent of the University of Cambridge, Ridley Hall maintains close ties with the university and some of its students are awarded qualifications by the university Faculty of Divinity, and until the introduction of the Common Award degrees were also awarded degrees by Anglia Ruskin University. Along with all other training institutions Ridley Hall is now offering a significant number of Common Award qualifications, accredited by Durham University (colleges on Oxford or Cambridge are still able to also offer degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge but institutions in other locations may only offer the common award). Ridley Hall teaching tends towards an evangelical theology. It is one of four Church of England theological colleges (the others being St John's College, Nottingham, Trinity College, Bristol and Cranmer Hall in Durham) which self-identify as "Open Evangelical".[3][4] The current principal of Ridley Hall is Michael Volland, succeeding Andrew Norman, who moved to become Direction of Ministry and Mission in the Diocese of Leeds.

Ridley Hall forms part of the Cambridge Theological Federation along with Westcott House, Westminster College and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (among others).

It publishes an academic journal Anvil.[5]

Notable staff and alumni[edit]

List of principals[edit]

Thus far, all the principals have been ordained Anglican clergy.


  1. ^ http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/news/sort-by-news-topic/ridley-news/1179-principal-appointment
  2. ^ The new Schaff-Herzog encyclopedia of religious knowledge, Volume 8, Funk and Wagnalls, New York and London, 1910, principal editor Samuel Macauley Jackson, p. 30, entry "Handley Carr Glyn Moule"
  3. ^ FAQs - What does "Open Evangelical" actually mean? at Ridley Hall website. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  4. ^ Kings, 2003. "Canal, River and Rapids: Contemporary Evangelicalism in the Church of England" Archived 2012-08-04 at Archive.today by Graham Kings, published in the journal Anvil Vol 20 No 3, September 2003, pp 167–184. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  5. ^ Hall web-site

External links[edit]

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