Robin Barden

Contact information:

  • A Staircase,first floor, Room A10
  • 01223 741065
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Role at Ridley:

Assistant Director of CYM at Ridley Hall (Institute for Children, Youth and Mission)

robin bardenRobin became acting director of CYM at Ridley Hall in September 2015, having previously held the posts of deputy director and senior lecturer.

Robin’s first youth work experience was ‘an amazing time’ on a youth retreat aged around 11 years of age.  He was a volunteer youth worker from the age of 16 and following a number of jobs in catering and administration ‘while he was working things out’, he worked as a full-time church youth worker before undertaking the then new CYM degree as a mature student. 

Following graduation, Robin stayed with the local faith-based charity he had been placed with during the course, working in a number of senior youth work positions and even returning to them following a stint in a maximum security prison as a substance misuse worker.  Robin’s practice specialisms include working with NEET young people, detached youth work, and facilitating open youth groups.  He also has experience working with high risk offenders and facilitating solution-focused therapy.

Research Interests

Robin’s academic career could be considered unconventional, having been ‘asked to leave’ school at 17.  However, following successful completion of the CYM degree as a mature student, Robin has gone on to complete a PgDip in Oral Life History, an MA in Philosophy and Religion, and is currently undertaking a Prof Doc in technology-enhanced learning within theological education.  Robin retains an interest in philosophy, in particular its relation to hermeneutics (theory of interpretation - http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hermeneutics/).

Robin’s interest in hermeneutics informs his interest in discipleship of young people within the church.  Robin is a firm believer that while the church has become better at communicating with young people its approach to discipleship is less well developed.  Robin is committed to working with youth workers and all in the church, in developing the church’s ability to nurture and disciple young people at all stages of their faith journey.


Resources by Robin Barden

Robin Barden

Contact information:

  • A Staircase,first floor, Room A10
  • 01223 741065
  • abd08fd7e1d4d5ac91dcd0d8dbe3dea9e1d1a3a8a8afd2d0dc9dd0d29de4da91ade1d1a3a8a8afd2d0dc9dd0d29de4daab9ed0ad x4IhdBMEYJKGCH1vssaGjh8v4k7QZAMV caesar rb499@cam.ac.uk

Role at Ridley:

Assistant Director of CYM at Ridley Hall (Institute for Children, Youth and Mission)

robin bardenRobin became acting director of CYM at Ridley Hall in September 2015, having previously held the posts of deputy director and senior lecturer.

Robin’s first youth work experience was ‘an amazing time’ on a youth retreat aged around 11 years of age.  He was a volunteer youth worker from the age of 16 and following a number of jobs in catering and administration ‘while he was working things out’, he worked as a full-time church youth worker before undertaking the then new CYM degree as a mature student. 

Following graduation, Robin stayed with the local faith-based charity he had been placed with during the course, working in a number of senior youth work positions and even returning to them following a stint in a maximum security prison as a substance misuse worker.  Robin’s practice specialisms include working with NEET young people, detached youth work, and facilitating open youth groups.  He also has experience working with high risk offenders and facilitating solution-focused therapy.

Research Interests

Robin’s academic career could be considered unconventional, having been ‘asked to leave’ school at 17.  However, following successful completion of the CYM degree as a mature student, Robin has gone on to complete a PgDip in Oral Life History, an MA in Philosophy and Religion, and is currently undertaking a Prof Doc in technology-enhanced learning within theological education.  Robin retains an interest in philosophy, in particular its relation to hermeneutics (theory of interpretation - http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hermeneutics/).

Robin’s interest in hermeneutics informs his interest in discipleship of young people within the church.  Robin is a firm believer that while the church has become better at communicating with young people its approach to discipleship is less well developed.  Robin is committed to working with youth workers and all in the church, in developing the church’s ability to nurture and disciple young people at all stages of their faith journey.


Resources by Robin Barden