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Study Skills Lecturer


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I began my academic career with a BA in Theology at the University of Oxford before completing an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Bristol. In 2019 I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the British School at Rome, before lecturing for several years at the University of Bristol. I returned to Oxford in 2022 and joined Lady Margaret Hall as Study Skills Lecturer, with a focus on supporting students from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis examined the representation of leprosy (both real and imagined) in early Franciscan life and thought. More recently, my research has explored the intellectual culture of medieval Europe and my current work focuses on the reception of translated Greco-Arabic medical knowledge in Latin religious literature, especially in thirteenth-century preaching. I am Editor for Book Reviews for the journal Medieval Sermon Studies.


I teach a wide range of academic and study skills to LMH students, including essay writing, note-taking, effective argumentation, and time-management. I have substantial experience of teaching medieval history, medieval Latin, and religious studies and theology at Bristol and Oxford, and my teaching interests relate to premodern Christianity theology, Church History, and the religious and intellectual cultures of medieval Europe.


Edward Sutcliffe, Leprosy in Early Franciscan Life and Thought: Saints, Sermons, and Suffering, 1207–1257 [forthcoming]

Edward Sutcliffe, ‘Medical knowledge in thirteenth-century preaching: The case of Lucas Apulus’, Journal of Medieval History [forthcoming February 2023].

Edward Sutcliffe, ‘A Poissy Processional in Somerset: Downside ms 61166’, Downside Review, 137 (2019) 89– 125.

Mary Bateman, George Ferzoco, Carolyn Muessig, and Edward Sutcliffe, The Bibles of Downside, Catalogue of public exhibition, (Stratton-on-the-Fosse: Downside Abbey Press, 2019).

Edward Sutcliffe (ed.), Voices from Cloister: Medieval Treasures from Downside Abbey, Catalogue of public exhibition (Stratton-on-the-Fosse: Downside Abbey Press, 2019).

Edward Sutcliffe, ‘Kiss’, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 15 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2017), pp. 362–64.

Edward Sutcliffe, ‘Kiss of Judas’, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 15 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2017), pp. 369–71.