The Benedictus Academic Committee for Curriculum and Development

This team was first formed in 2012 to work on the creation of the Benedictus course and includes noted academics from leading UK universities. The meetings of the Academic Committee are chaired by Clare Hornsby. The Committee members have a wide range of expertise and years of experience in curriculum and course development behind them; we are extremely grateful to them for their continuing support.


Dr William Carroll

Bill Carroll is Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion of the University of Oxford. His special interests include the reception of Aristotelian science in mediaeval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and the development of the doctrine of creation. In addition, he examines the ways in which contemporary cosmology and evolutionary biology are used to deny or to affirm the doctrine of creation.

Having had extensive experience teaching in liberal arts programmes in North America, Bill is especially pleased to be part of the establishment of such a programme in the United Kingdom.

Professor Edward Chaney

Edward Chaney is Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts and Chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre at Southampton Solent University. He lived in Florence for seven years where he was Ricercatore at the European University Institute, an Associate of Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, and taught at the University of Pisa. He has a PhD from the Warburg Institute and has been made a Commendatore of the Italian Order of Merit. He was the Shuffrey Research Fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, Oxford, and subsequently lectured in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University and worked as Historian to the London Region for English Heritage. He has published several books on the Grand Tour and the history of collecting and is now researching the reception of ancient Egypt in Italy and England.

Dr George Corbett

George Corbett is Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in medieval philosophy and theology with a particular focus on Dante, and is the author of Dante and Epicurus: A Dualistic Vision of Secular and Spiritual Fulfilment. He is also interested in classical and medieval Latin literature, as well as medieval and Renaissance literature in English and Italian. He is co-director of Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy (a four-year Lectura Dantis series) and director of CePhaS (the Centre for Philosophy at Stone).

Dr Thomas D'Andrea

Tom D'Andrea is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge in Philosophy and the Human Sciences and the Director of the newly formed Institute for the Study of Philosophy, Politics, and Religion. In the past he has lectured in philosophy at Princeton University and the University of St Andrews and is the author of Tradition, Rationality, and Virtue: the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre, as well as articles and reviews in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.

Tom brings to Benedictus an interest in systematic philosophy in the Thomistic-Aristotelian tradition in dialogue with philosophy in the phenomenological and analytic traditions.

Dr Clare Hornsby

Clare Hornsby FSA was formerly Assistant Director at the British School at Rome and latterly Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Clare's academic work has focussed on the history and art of the eighteenth century. She has researched and published on French landscape drawing, Roman topography, Grand Tour studies and the 18th century art market. She has worked recently on the relationship between art and music in terms of patronage and aesthetics and has lectured in the USA and Italy on the central role of the Catholic artistic tradition in the development of European culture.

Rev. Dr Michael Lang

Michael Lang is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, where he serves as Parish Priest, and a lecturer in Church History at Heythrop College, University of London. He is a consultor of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, and a former official of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He has published in the fields of Patristics and liturgical studies, including the books Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer and The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language.

Professor Michael Liversidge

Michael Liversidge FSA is Emeritus Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol, where he has taught since 1970 and was Head of History of Art for 21 years. He specialises in British art, principally from the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular interests in landscape painting, landscaping and garden history, and classical receptions from the the Augustan to the Victorian periods. He is Academic Adviser for Art History and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of Buckingham, and a Governor of the British Institute of Florence and of Dauntsey's School.

Michael is committed to the concept of a liberal arts education as an ideal which will offer its students a unique experience and appreciation of the cultural foundations of the world we live in, and provide them with the intellectual skills they will need in their lives and careers.

Professor Anthony O'Hear

Anthony O'Hear is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham as well as a governor of a group of academies and free schools. He is the editor of the journal Philosophy and Honorary Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Anthony has published several books including Beyond Evolution: Human Nature and the Limits of Evolutionary Explanation, Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century and The Great Books. He also co-edited a book on liberal arts education, The School of Freedom: A Liberal Education Reader from Plato to the present Day.

It is due to his commitment to the ideals of liberal education that Anthony is very pleased to be involved with the Benedictus project.

Benedictus College Academic Advisory Group

Benedictus College will consult this informal group of academics and educators on our academic development. Some of these scholars will give lectures and tutorials. It includes:

Dr Stratford Caldecott (St Benet's Hall, Oxford)
Dr Fernando Cervantes (University of Bristol)
Prof. Guido Milanese (Università Cattolica, Milano)
Prof. Dennis Hayes (University of Derby)
Peter Björn Kerber (Getty Museum, USA)
Rev. Dr Ian Ker (St Benet's Hall, Oxford)
Dr Gerard Kilroy (University College, London)
Rev. Dr Aidan Nichols OP (University of Cambridge)
Dr Paul O'Reilly (Thomas Aquinas College)
Dr Richard Rex (Queens' College, Cambridge)
Rev. Prof. John Saward (Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford)
Prof. Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute, University of London)
Prof. Roger Scruton (visiting Professor of Philosophy, Universities of Oxford and St Andrews)
Sylvana St Andrews (St John's College, Cambridge)
Dr Rafal Szepietowski (University of Manchester)
Prof. John Took (University College, London)


The staff of Benedictus College will be selected for experience in teaching, academic achievement and a concern for bringing a deeper appreciation of our shared civilisation to a new generation. Although the College was founded by Catholics, we do not require our teachers to be Catholic and fully respect each person's freedom of conscience.

Benedictus students will enjoy tremendous opportunities to learn directly from our talented faculty. In addition to this, one of the greatest privileges is to engage directly with the individual works of great men and women. We offer a community of learning that stretches from Plato and Aristotle to the present day, including Augustine, Shakespeare, Milton, Dante and Eliot. The great minds of the past are honorary members of the Benedictus faculty.