Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers

The Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers is responsible for nominating Select Preachers for University Sermons in each Michaelmas Term.

The Committee also nominates the preachers of the Court Sermon, the Sermon on the Sin of Pride, the Macbride Sermon, the Sermon on the Grace of Humility, and the Ramsden Sermon.


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Membership as at HT 2022 will be as follows

  Name Office or Appointing Body Until
[1] The Very Revd Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester     A person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, who shall be chair of the committee MT 2024

Junior Proctor (Dr Linda Flores, Harris Manchester)

One of the Proctors or the Assessor, as may be agreed between them ex officio
 [3] Professor Carol Harrison, Christ Church A Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, elected by the professors in that faculty MT 2023
 [4] Professor Nigel Biggar 
Christ Church 
As above HT 2024
 [5] Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation MT 2024

The Revd Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

As above MT 2024
 [7] The Revd Dr William Lamb The Vicar of St Mary's Church ex officio

Co-opted (the Committee may co-opt up to three additional members, who may be internal or external, who shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible)


Dr Anthony Reddie, Regent's Park


The Revd Dr Jennifer Strawbridge, Keble


The Reverend Dr Andrew Bowyer, Magdalen






MT 2022

MT 2022

MT 2022

Secretary: Council Secretariat (Aristea Gkontra)

The Committee usually meets once per academic year in Michaelmas term.

Date Time Venue
20 October 2022 11.00 Harris Manchester


University Sermons - Trinity Term 2022

  • Thursday, 21 April, 8.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Jane Baun, College Chaplain and Welfare Officer, Wadham College. Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday, 24 April, 11.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Simon Cuff, Vicar, St Peter De Beauvoir, Diocese of London. St Mark’s Day Sermon. At Magdalen
  • * Sunday, 8 May, 10.30 a.m.: The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York. Commemoration Day Sermon. At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday, 22 May, 10.30 a.m.: The Right Honourable Dominic Grieve QC, Temple Garden Chambers. University Sermon. At St Mary’s.
  • * Sunday, 5 June, 9.45 a.m.: The Venerable Jennifer McKenzie, Archdeacon of Wigan and West Lancashire. University Sermon (Whit Sunday). At the Cathedral.
  • * Sunday, 12 June, 6.15 p.m.: The Reverend Dr Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology. University Sermon (Trinity Sunday). At the Queen’s College.
  • Sunday, 19 June, 10.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Melanie Marshall, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher, Merton College. At Magdalen

* On this day Doctors will wear their robes.


For the regulations of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers please click here:


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Aristea Gkontra

Administrative Officer(Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat