The DSRC was established to promote academic excellence through scholarly collaboration in the study of the Catholic tradition and its influences and contexts, and to foster dialogue between the University and the wider Catholic community. It provides an interdisciplinary research forum for those working in areas relevant to the study of Catholic Christianity - in its history, values and beliefs, texts and traditions, forms of cultural and religious expression, and social, religious and political interactions.
The Centre offers a flourishing research environment for the support of collaborative research and for developing links and networks with other academic organisations working in relevant areas. It also acts as an interface between the academic community and those involved in faith groups, NGOs and other relevant institutions - particularly those concerned with the promotion of human dignity, social justice, gender and women’s rights, care for the environment, inter-religious dialogue, the arts and education.
Furthermore, the DSRC contributes to the ethos of the University by representing the Catholic history and identity of Digby Stuart College in a spirit of dialogue and engagement with those of other cultures, traditions and world views, both religious and secular.
The DSRC has an active Facebook page which supports this site in providing further details on events and news concerning the centre and its members.
For further information about the centre or to discuss opportunities to study with us please contact Centre Director Tina Beattie.
Catholic Women Speak
The Digby Stuart Research Centre is home to Catholic Women Speak– an international network for awareness raising, theological dialogue and the promotion of the role and representation of women in the Catholic Church. It is also closely affiliated with Catherine of Siena College, an online college based at the University of Roehampton offering courses in theology, gender and social justice.