2013 Conference

The speakers this year were: Roy McCloughry, Donald Hay, Maithrie White, and Mike Clifford. The conference took place on the weekend of 21-23 June, and the location once again was Dovedale House.

Details of the talks are available on the 2013 Talks page.

Conference Theme

"Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1,2)"

  • What does it mean to have a mind renewed by the transformation of God's spirit: a mind that does not conform to worldly patterns of thinking?
  • How might our faith transform our subjects and research when we commit ourselves to the God who made all things?
  • Is Jesus lord of the university? What kind of intellectual rigour might come from the One in whom all things hold together?
  • "From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked," as Jesus said. How can we be good stewards in God's world, wisely using the privileges of study and research? What might be our responsibilities as postgraduate students and as future leaders?

The conference aims to enrich our life "In Christ" and "In the world" (be it academic, social, economic, cultural).


Who are you called to be, and what is God calling you to do in His world?

Speaker: Roy McCloughry

picture of royRoy McCloughry lectures in ethics at St John's College, Nottingham. He is Chairman of publishers Lion Hudson plc and Vice President of disability charity, Livability. He is the author of thirteen books and has published interviews with forty key opinion formers including Tony Blair, Helena Kennedy, Amartya Sen and George Stiglitz, and has presented, and participated in programmes for BBC1. He is Director of Kingdom Trust, a Consultancy on Ethics and Society. Ethics consultant to Tear Fund, World Vision and the Children’s Society, on subjects ranging from HIV/AIDS, Gender Issues, Population Ethics and Human Rights. He is convinced that Christian ethics is a vital tool in social and corporate change and believes that a discussion of contemporary ethical issues is the starting point for mission.


He is currently finishing a book entitled The enabled life: Christianity in a disabling world to be published this summer. He is married to Helen and they have three adult children.


Speaker: Donald Hay

picture of donaldDonald Hay was Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Jesus College from 1970 to 2000, and was then the first Head of the Division of Social Sciences in the University until 2005. He has researched in Brazil, China and the UK in the field of empirical industrial economics. Among his publications is an advanced textbook, Industrial Economics and Organisation (OUP 1991), co-authored with Derek Morris. He has had a long term interest in the relationship between economic analysis and a Christian understanding of human society. He published Economics Today: A Christian Critique (Apollos and Eerdmans, 1989): more recently in this field he has worked on climate change, and the economics of marriage and divorce. He is a member of St Andrews church in North Oxford, and a Licensed Lay Minister.

Speaker: Maithrie White

picture of maithrieMaithrie White is the Chair of Transforming the Mind, which she set up in 2003 during her doctoral studies in Nottingham. During her years as a lecturer in Literature in Sri Lanka, she was extensively involved as an Associate Staff worker and speaker with the IFES-affiliated FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students). She returned to Sri Lanka after her doctorate in Literature/Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in 2006, for a few years of frenetic existence as Head of the Department of English. She is married to Paul and now lives in Belfast – where the "more British than the British 'flegs' protesters" and Leprechauns caper virtually side by side, separated only by a "peace wall". She is training for ordination in the Church of Ireland, is involved in preaching and is pursuing setting up a TTM Ireland. She is also currently Editor of the International Journal of Ethics and Social Studies, Sri Lanka. Her first love is writing (fiction and poetry). She is interested in the machinations of culture and theology (and in this context has to watch a lot of Top Gear, Documentaries and Comedy). She is fascinated by the mystery of the Universe and what makes life tick, and dabbles with theology, theory, and the magic of words, and enjoys mixing them all up one way or another.