Learning and Living at Cuddesdon

About a third of our students study full-time and live in Cuddesdon, either as single students or here with their families, for one, two or three years. A few students choose our context-based pathway where they join the full-time students for part of the week, and spend the rest of the time gaining real-life experience in a context.

The rest of the student body train part-time for two or three years at one of our four teaching centres: Cuddesdon, Gloucester, Ludlow and Portsmouth. 

Through our partnership with Church Mission Society we also offer training for Ordained Pioneer Ministers preparing to work in fresh expressions of church and other ground-breaking areas of mission.

Cuddesdon community

We delight in the wide theological and liturgical background, and experience of our students, a breadth we believe enriches all members of the community.

Cuddesdon worship

We rejoice in the opportunity and responsibility we have to foster an open and inquiring attitude as we pray, learn and share in each and all of our pathway communities.

Cuddesdon Pathways

Ripon College Cuddesdon
Ripon College Cuddesdon
Full-time training at Ripon College Cuddesdon
Our rural setting allows for a strong sense of community, which becomes an inseparable part of training for ordained ministry as we live, pray, study and eat together.
Part-time training at Ripon College Cuddesdon
Flexibility to train alongside other commitments of work or family, with the wide range of resources of Cuddesdon available.
Cuddesdon
Cuddesdon Gloucester & Hereford
Part-time training for ordinands, Readers-in-training and independent students at centres in Gloucester and Ludlow.
Cuddesdon
Portsmouth Pathway Cuddesdon
Part-time training for ordinands, Readers-in-training and independent students based at St Luke's Church in inner-city Portsmouth.
Dual-track Training
Part-time students at Cuddesdon who have additional time available for more intensive study can complete training in two years.
Context-based Learning
Combining the structure and community formation of full-time training with experience in a local context.
Cuddesdon Stories

My Time at Cuddesdon

I've felt called to ministry for a long time now, but never imagined when I first met with a DDO that I would be studying for an Oxford degree, training for ordination and mothering our two little boys here at Cuddesdon. It all felt a bit like an impossible dream!

Before coming to Cuddesdon, I worked for eight years in London on major transport and infrastructure projects, most recently as a project sponsor with Crossrail. I enjoyed the frenetic pace of life, and I do miss it sometimes but the skills I gained in my career are serving me well as I train here. I've always loved academic study and I'm enjoying the rigours of the Oxford BA. It's stretching and challenging both academically and personally.

All in all, I couldn't imagine a warmer environment for living and training, as we work out God's callling on our lives.