School of Divinity

About us

The School is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for theology, divinity and religious studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018). We achieved 93.1% in the Complete University Guide Ranking (UK, 2019). The School was also ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for theology and religious studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Teaching & research excellence

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We have a long and distinguished record in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Location and community

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New College sits in the heart of Edinburgh, a world-class university in one of Europe's most scenic, vibrant cities.

History

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Theology has been taught at the University of Edinburgh since its foundation in 1583. New College was established in 1843, and became part of the University of Edinburgh - merging with the Faculty of Divinity - in 1935.

Office bearers

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Contact details for key staff in our School.

Visiting Fellowships

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Each year the School of Divinity awards several Visiting Fellowships.

New College Library

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Founded in 1843 as the Library of the Free Church College, and now serving the School of Divinity, the New College Library is one of the largest theology libraries in the UK.

Equality, Diversity and Respect in the School of Divinity

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All members of the School of Divinity are expected to treat each other with respect, regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender (including transgender), age, sexual orientation, or beliefs (including lack of religion or beliefs).

Vacancies

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Job opportunities in the School of Divinity.

Privacy Policy

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The School of Divinity (the School) is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used. We will only record your personal details in the manner and for the purposes set out in this privacy statement.

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Web and social media resources affiliated with the School of Divinity.

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