Welcome to Benedictus

Catholic Liberal Arts Education in the UK

Benedictus represents a new concept in higher education in the UK and offers an education as unique as it is broad and deep, with a curriculum that formed the core of university education throughout Europe for centuries.

We invite students to participate in the continuing conversation of Western civilisation, a living dialogue with its greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

Our course is rooted in the classical and Catholic intellectual tradition and our principles centre on education as the development of the whole person through the joyful pursuit of wisdom.

We believe these principles can be shared by all cultures and so Benedictus encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.


Dr Stratford Caldecott

Benedictus has lost an adviser, a friend, and a guide in the person of Dr Stratford Caldecott, author and educator, member of our Academic Advisory Board, who has died in Oxford. He was an early sustainer of the project, a source of inspiration and insight. Listening to him talk about the need for renewal in education, about the Liberal Arts, about the True, the Good and the Beautiful sustained our project and enlightened us. A man of principle, a humble, subtle, intelligent gentleman. With his wife LĂ©onie he worked so hard for Catholic education in their own projects and yet still found time and energy to devote to Benedictus. Thank you Stratford.

The Research Forum
Report and photos

The Summer School
Programme and Public Events

What makes
Benedictus unique?

What is a Liberal Arts
education?

Where does a Liberal Arts education lead?

Future Plans for Benedictus