When considering options for your sabbatical, Cliff College is able to offer attractive opportunities to study and reflect within a stimulating academic community in the wonderful setting of the Peak District.

Cliff College is able to offer a range of flexible options for study, research and reflection or create a programme specific to your requirements.

This can be built around our increasing number of Short Courses – days, weekends and weeks covering a variety of vocational ministry and applied themes, or our part-time BA Mission and Ministry & MA in Mission unit options in the areas of mission, evangelism, leadership, renewal, mentoring, Wesley studies, Celtic mission, youth and children’s ministry, Third Age studies, creative arts, disability, globalisation, religious pluralism and emerging church. These are delivered in week long residential teaching weeks throughout the year, ideal for those wanting to access a concentrated piece of study as part of their sabbatical. You can take these weeks without the need for university registration or submission of an assignment.

Our BA Theology programme also gives you opportunity to sit in on individual lectures at certificate, diploma and BA levels.

In addition to these opportunities the college annually runs an exciting and expanding Summer School programme, should your sabbatical be over the summer months.

The costs can include all meals and accommodation in single en-suite study bedrooms, although the college would be happy to negotiate should your stay be longer, taking in several units. In these weeks you would join students and other ‘audit’ participants in the courses of your choosing, which are delivered by Cliff College Faculty and nationally renowned practitioners and teachers. You would have access to the Cliff College library, on a reader basis, as well as the computer facilities, and you can participate in as much or as little of the life of Cliff College as you wished during your stay.

You may alternatively wish to spend your sabbatical time in retreat and prayer, rather than study, joining the community for worship and shared meals, and using your time for personal reflection, reading and  walks in the area. Cliff College has a resident chaplain, Deacon Lynne Tonge who can offer opportunities for support and prayer during your stay should you need. Deacon Lynne is currently developing a retreat programme for the college.

For more information about any of the sabbatical options we offer please contact us by phone (01246 584200), or email

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Calver, Hope Valley,
Sheffield, S32 3XG

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