SCIO’s offices at 8 Norham Gardens

SCIO was founded in 2002 as the UK subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities  (CCCU), but, in previous guises, it has been in Oxford since 1991.  In that year the CCCU began to host a summer programme in Oxford.  By 1998 it was involved in a joint semester programme in Oxford and since 2002 it has been providing its own, independent scholarly programmes.

The University of Oxford’s commitment to serving high achieving students and fostering scholarly excellence made location in Oxford the ideal place for SCIO to achieve its aims.  The organisation’s connections with Wycliffe Hall, one of the colleges and halls of the collegiate University of Oxford, have strengthened substantially over that time and it has progressed from offering summer programmes and associate student semester programmes, which gave only limited access to Oxford’s rich resources, to offering students the chance to attend Oxford as Registered Visiting Students and mix with British and international matriculated students at University events and in University libraries.

Building on contacts established with the John Templeton Foundation in 1999, SCIO continues to strengthen its research activities.  2012 saw the start of scholarly work with the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative based around the study of ancient manuscripts, and of further collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, and The Blankemeyer Foundation, focused on science and religion.