16th Meriol Trevor Memorial Lecture with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

29th June 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Academy Hall, Prior Park College
Ralph Allen Drive
Father Bill M, OSM, Catholic Chaplain, University of Bath

John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University – What of today? 

The Bath Catholic University Chaplain, Father Bill, OSM, is pleased to present the 16th Meriol Trevor Memorial Lecture, to be given by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an Anglian priest, poet, theologian and later a Catholic Cardinal. He was also a Fellow of Oriel College Oxford, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, and was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland (now University College, Dublin). In the 1850s he published a volume of lectures entitled The Idea of a University, which explained his philosophy of education. Newman believed in a middle way between free thinking and moral authority, respecting both the rights of knowledge and the rights of revelation.

As the University of Bath celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP will present a contemporary perception of universities today in 2017.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Jacob Rees-Mogg was brought up in Somerset at Ston Easton and Hinton Blewett. He has been MP for North East Somerset since 2010, and has sat on the Treasury Select Committee, the Procedure Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee. Jacob read History at Trinity College Oxford before moving into finance. He is a cricket enthusiast and supports Somerset County Cricket Club.

Meriol Trevor Memorial Lecture series

This annual lecture programme was established in 2000 by the Bath Catholic University Chaplaincy. We welcome the communities of the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and our local community of Bath to attend our lectures.


Please note that places are limited. Please reserve your free ticket in advance by emailing Father Bill M, OSM.

A pre-lecture wine reception will be offered in the Mansion House entrance hall from 7:00pm. The lecture will begin at 8:00pm. PLEASE NOTE that this is a slightly later start time than originally advertised, due to changes in parliamentary business for the speaker.