Coronavirus [COVID-19] Updates

14th May 2020: Click here to download a letter from the Chairman regarding the cancellation of 2020 Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge.

6th April 2020: Click here to download a letter from the Chairman regarding the postponement of balance payments for 2020 Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge bookings.

1st April 2020: The payment of outstanding balances for 2020 Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge bookings will be postponed until further notice due to the uncertainty of the programme going ahead in light of the current Coronavirus [COVID-19] situation.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

In 2020 Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge runs from

Sunday 26th July to Friday 31st July 2020


Sunday 2nd August to Friday 7th August 2020

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment, as the discount period closes on 31st December 2019 and places are limited

The Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) was inaugurated in 1903 and delivers Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge, an annual school for all who wish to develop their understanding of the Bible through academic study.  It is known for the quality of its courses and has been addressed by many biblical scholars of national and international repute.  From its earliest days, VTBS has enabled teachers, students, ministers and laity to deepen their knowledge of biblical literature and keep abreast of current research.

The annual summer school runs for two weeks in late July and / or early August.  Each week is complete in itself, so that it is possible to attend either one or both weeks of study.  The programme also leaves time to socialise with fellow participants, relax in the College gardens, explore the historic city of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, or engage in private study.  Participants have access to the library at Westminster College for reference and study, subject to opening times.



President: Professor Morna Hooker

The Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity Emerita

University of Cambridge


Term & Committee Chairman: Dr Timothy Winder 

Lectures Sub-Committee Chairman: Professor Keith Elliott

Treasurer: Dr Jane McLarty

Bursary Secretary: Rev Canon John Westwood


Professor Edward Adams

Janet Cowen

Professor Judith Lieu

Nicola Pittam

Rev Richard Wyber


Term & Committee Secretary: Anna Fleisch, LLB, BA

Lectures Liaison & Publicity Secretary: Rev Frances Jeffries, MA

Prayers Secretary: Beryl Palmer

Lectures Sub-Committee

Chairman: Professor Keith Elliott

Professor Edward Adams

Professor Morna Hooker

Professor Paul Joyce

Professor Judith Lieu

Dr Nathan MacDonald

Professor Hugh Pyper

Dr Timothy Winder