Advanced Study Skills for Research Students

We offer supportive study skills seminars for MBIT research students.  We warmly welcome those outside of the Margaret Beaufort Institute student community also.   Please contact

Dr Sean Ryan for more information.

Thinking Beyond the Particular: Regenerating Academic Practices through the (Extra)Curricula

In this course we will read and discuss intersectionality in academic research practices.  Our goal is to examine this topic by questioning strategies of knowledge production.  To do so, we will invite in voices less heard in academic spaces, exploring the politics of citation.  How and who do we cite in our research and curriculum?  We will encourage you to think beyond shibboleths, sharing pragmatic strategies on how to move beyond borders and boundaries in teaching and research. Drawing from bell hooks’ theoretical explorations within the book, Teaching to Transgress, we will subject out knowledge practices to a decolonizing critique.  See more about bell hooks here.


Seminar Series: Research Skills in Theology

Academic writing in theology. How to begin?

Lent Term

19 January 2022, 1pm–3pm: What is a PhD anyway? Identifying a research question and getting started.

2 February 2022, 1pm–3pm: Academic writing: working within a discipline, building a structure and crafting the appropriate style.

16 February 2022, 1pm–3pm: Project and time management: discipline, deadlines and planning ahead.

2 March 2022, 1pm–3pm: Methods, methodologies and being methodical: identifying and ordering the material.

Theological Writing. Theology in dialogue 2

Easter Term

27 April 2022, 1pm–3pm: Political Theology in dialogue with society and centres of power

11 May 2022, 1pm–3pm: Pastoral Theology in dialogue with catechesis, leadership and the life of community

Course Leader: Prof Michael Barnes SJ

Where: Online via Zoom (additionally in person when possible)

Cost: Free