The Revd Dr Jeremy Morris
I was elected Master in January 2014, and took up the position in the October of the same year. I am an academic and clergyman, active in my own Faculty, the Faculty of Divinity, though I also supervise and occasionally examine in the Faculty of History.
The role of Master, as Head of House, is to represent the College to the wider world, and especially within the University, to chair the College’s Governing Body and other significant committees, and in general terms to provide leadership within the collegiate structure of Trinity Hall. The challenges facing the College are many and varied. Higher Education in Britain is facing serious competitive and financial pressures, and if Cambridge is to maintain its standing as one of the world’s leading universities, its constituent colleges have got to work in close partnership with each other and with the University itself to provide the level of support our students, teaching staff and researchers will need in the years to come. Trinity Hall is one of the oldest of the colleges, has a long and distinguished history in Cambridge, and is a thriving educational community. The College is wholly committed, as I am, to playing its part in continuing to uphold the best traditions and standards of the University in the modern world.
I have taught in Cambridge for many years, but came here by a somewhat roundabout route. Having studied Modern History at Oxford, followed by a DPhil and temporary lectureship, I worked in management consultancy and university management in London for some years before training here in Cambridge for the ordained ministry of the Church of England. I served a curacy in inner London, and then returned to Cambridge as Vice-Principal of Westcott House, teaching in the Cambridge Theological Federation and in the Faculty of Divinity. Later I served at Trinity Hall as Dean, before moving across to be Dean of Chapel of King’s College, a role I sometimes compare to running a cathedral and tourist business rolled into one. So, one way or another, my career has straddled management, pastoral care, research and teaching.
My primary academic discipline is Church History. My doctorate, and my first book, concerned the impact of urbanization on organized religion in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the historiography of secularization has remained an interest. Subsequently I also developed an interest in modern Anglican theology, and in particular in the history and ecclesiology of Anglican high churchmanship. I have written on the social theologian F D Maurice, on the Oxford Movement and its continental critics, on the High Church revival, and on the history of the ecumenical movement, this last fuelled in part by participation in various ecumenical dialogues and bodies on behalf of the Church of England. My interests have, accordingly, widened to include the modern history of continental Christianity, and my current research is focused particularly on the history of the eucharist in Western Europe in the last two hundred years. I am also one of the editors of the projected Oxford History of Anglicanism. I maintain some wider church commitments, as Director of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology (the ‘Lambeth’ awards), and as a member of the Research Degrees Panel for Ministry Division. I am also one of the directors of the CRASSH project, ‘The Bible and Antiquity in the Nineteenth Century’.
Cambridge Heads of House come from a range of different backgrounds, disciplines and professional experience. Even as Master, I remain effectively an active researcher and teacher, with wide experience of the collegiate system and strongly committed to defending its combination of teaching and research in the ‘human-scale’ community that is the College, as well as its social, musical and sporting traditions. An integral part of that community is the wider penumbra of former students, and, with my wife Alex, I positively welcome alumni of the College back whenever opportunity arises.