School of Divinity

The Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland is an important part of our heritage.

At present, New College is one of five colleges where candidates for ministry in the Church of Scotland may study theology.

Principal and Assistant Principal

The Principal of New College is Professor Susan Hardman Moore. The Principal of New College is a minister of the Church of Scotland, and is appointed by the General Assembly of the Church from senior academic staff in the School of Divinity. The Principal seeks to interpret the Church to the University and the University to the Church. This involves a range of activities, from oversight of the academic training of ministry candidates to liaison about historic books and manuscripts that belong to the Church and are housed in New College Library. The Principal works closely with the Head of the School of Divinity.

Dr Alison Jack is Assistant Principal.  She works closely with the Principal to support candidates, to plan College worship, and to organise short courses and CPD events that New College can provide for Church.


The Principal, with the New College Senate, is responsible to the Church for the academic training of its candidates.  The Senate of New College is composed of the Professors of the School of Divinity (together with the Head of School, if not a professor).  Assisted by the New College Financial Board, the Principal and Senate are also responsible for investments held by New College.


Church of Scotland

Professor Hardman Moore's staff profile

Dr Jack's staff profile

Short courses for Church people

History of New College