Ridley Hall, Cambridge

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Ridley Hall
Theological college
Cambridge Theological Federation
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Location Cambridge, England
MottoMartyrii Memores (Latin)
Motto in EnglishMindful of Martyrdom
Named for Nicholas Ridley
Sister college Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Principal Michael Volland [1]
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Website www.ridley.cam.ac.uk

Ridley Hall is a theological college located on the corner of Sidgwick Avenue and Ridley Hall Road in Cambridge (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.



Ridley Hall was founded in 1881 and named in memory of Nicholas Ridley, a leading Anglican theologian and martyr of the sixteenth century. The college's first principal was the theologian Handley Moule, later Bishop of Durham. [2] It was founded under the same Deed of Trust as its sister college Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and to this day both colleges have the ability to nominate two members to the Hall Council of the other.

Present day

Ridley Hall offers several Common Award qualifications, validated by Durham University. Although not a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, the school has ties with the university's Faculty of Divinity. Some students who are also in a constituent college of the university can be awarded qualifications by Cambridge. [3] Ridley Hall forms part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, along with Westcott House, Westminster College, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, and others.

Ridley Hall's teaching leans towards an evangelical theology. It is one of three Church of England theological colleges that self-identify as "Open Evangelical", the others being Trinity College in Bristol, and Cranmer Hall in Durham. [4] [5]

The current principal of Ridley Hall is Michael Volland. Volland succeeded Andrew Norman, who moved on to become Director of Ministry and Mission in the Diocese of Leeds.

It publishes an academic journal, Anvil. [6]

Notable staff and alumni

List of principals

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

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  1. "Michael Volland appointed Principal - Ridley Hall". www.ridley.cam.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. "Handley Carr Glyn Moule" in Samuel Macauley Jackson, ed., The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Volume 8 (New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls, 1910), p. 30
  3. "Study for the BTh on our ordained ministry programme". Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. FAQs - What does "Open Evangelical" actually mean? at Ridley Hall website. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  5. 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.
  6. "Hall web-site". Ridley.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. "Buxton, Arthur", in Crockford's Clerical Directory (1930), p. 190

Coordinates: 52°12′01″N0°06′40″E / 52.200219°N 0.110993°E / 52.200219; 0.110993