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David Nussbaum Tells Us About His Role as Chief Executive of The Elders

David Nussbaum
Our alumni, David Nussbaum (MTh 1981), was appointed Chief Executive of The Elders in October 2016.  Founded by Nelson Mandela, The Elders is a group of about a dozen leading international figures committed to causes of peace, justice and human rights. Announcing David’s appointment, Kofi Annan (Chair of the Elders) described him as “a real leader in international development.”  David agreed to an interview about his new post

Alumni Rev Susan Brown becomes Church of Scotland Moderator

Rev Susan Brown
On the 50th anniversary of the historic decision by the Church of Scotland to ordain women as ministers, our alumni Rev Susan Brown becomes Moderator. In this interview, we talk about her experiences at New College and her hopes for the year ahead.

Meet Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel

Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel
Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. In this interview, we talk about patriarchy, gender equality and her role in the World Council of Churches.

Meet Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai

Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai
Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai is a first-year PhD student in Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Studies. His research focuses on places where Christians and Muslims coexist. He currently examines the causes of communal conflict between Muslims and Christians in Northern Nigeria.

Dr T. Jack Thompson (1943-2017)

Dr T Jack Thompson
James L. Cox remembers the life and work of Dr T. Jack Thompson

Three New College Students Sweep Up All ESSSAT Prizes

Three Edinburgh students won all of the prizes going at the ESSSAT conference.

Rev Dr Ian M. Fraser (1917–2018)

Ian Fraser
One of our most senior and distinguished alumni, Ian Masson Fraser passed away on 10 April 2018 aged 100

Richard Brash Wins Sir Peter Parker Award for Spoken Business Japanese at SOAS

Richard Brash, a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology at the School of Divinity, won the Sir Peter Parker Award Japanese Speech Contest.

From Thesis to a Book: In Three Easy Steps?

Wondering about how you will turn your forthcoming PhD thesis into a book? Find out on Friday 23 February, 2.00-4.00 pm, Senate Room

Dr Mark Harris Awarded Boyle Medal

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Mark Harris has been awarded the Boyle medal.

Professor Mona Siddiqui Leads Independent Review into the Application of Sharia Law in England and Wales by Sharia Councils

In 2016, the Home Secretary launched an independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales.

Dr Linden Bicket Discusses The Work of Muriel Spark On BBC Radio Scotland

Last Sunday, Linden Bicket joined Richard Holloway and the Scottish critic and author Stuart Kelly, to talk about faith in the work of the novelist Muriel Spark.

Zachary Purvis's Book Awarded Best First Book Prize from Ecclesiastical History Society

Zachary Purvis
We’re delighted to announce that Zachary Purvis’s book, Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany, was joint winner of the inaugural Best First Book Prize from the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Dr Robert Funk Lights Up the School of Divinity

New College Lights
Thanks to the generous donation of our alumnus Dr Robert Funk, New College now features prominently in the Edinburgh skyline.

Christian-Muslim Network Hosts Inaugural Conference

Christian-Muslim Network Logo
The School of Divinity, through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, recently established a new Christian-Muslim Studies Network to enhance scholarly and public discourse on Christian-Muslim relations. Joshua Ralston tells us about the conference.

Undergraduate School Representative Launches New College Society

New College Society Logo 2
Last September, Stephen Dolan, the School's Undergraduate Representative, launched the New College Society. In this interview, we discuss his plans for the Society:

PG Committee News Update

PG Committee New College Group Photo
As lot has been happening and changing since the new Board of the Postgraduate Committee was elected in May! Catch up with the latest news.

Away Day 2017

New College Away Day
At the end of September over 100 New College students, staff and family members went on a Day Away to Comrie in Perthshire. A new PhD student reflects on the day:

Lucy Schouten Awarded Innovation Initiative Grant

Lucy Schouten
Our student Lucy Schouten was awarded an Innovation Initiative Grant to conduct fieldwork on Christian-Muslim engagement in Jordan. She tells us about getting the grant and the upcoming project:

Dr Naomi Appleton Awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize

Naomi Appleton Granted Philip Leverhulme Prize
We’re delighted to announce that Dr Naomi Appleton has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize this year. The Prize recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Dr Sandy Forsyth Publishes 'Mission by the People

Based on his 2014 Edinburgh PhD thesis, Dr Sandy Forsyth's book, Mission by the People, was recently published by Wipf & Stoc

Very Reverend Professor Iain R Torrance recognised in New Year’s Honours

Reverend Torrance, Honorary Professor in Early Christian Doctrine, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Jolyon Mitchell: Redrawing boundaries: religion, violence and the search for peace

In this lecture, Professor Jolyon Mitchell explores how increasing numbers of separation barriers and dividing walls are represented and framed in a range of contexts

School Gets Top Marks in National Student Survey

The results of the National Student Survey are in and we're proud to announce that the School got 100% overall satisfaction. The survey gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses.

Dr Zachary Purvis Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Zachary Purvis
We're delighted to announce that Dr Zachary Purvis has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) in recognition of contributions made to historical scholarship.

Professor Mona Siddiqui Appointed Visiting Professor at Kings College London and the British University in Dubai

Professor Mona Siddiqui has been appointed Visiting Professor at Kings College London and the British University in Dubai.

School Appoints Two Teaching Colleagues

The School of Divinity is pleased to announce the appointment of two new colleagues who will take up post in the next academic session: Dr Emma Wild-Wood and Dr Simon Burton.

Luce Fund for Theological Education awards $425,000 grant to the School of Divinity to establish a Global Network of Christian-Muslim Studies

The Luce Foundation for Theological Education has awarded a $425,000 grant to the School of Divinity to establish a Global Network of Christian-Muslim Studies. The collaborative grant will be administered by the School and the Network is led by Dr Joshua Ralston, principal investigator, and Prof Mona Siddiqui, co-investigator, in conjunction with an international network of scholars and public leaders.

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