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What can the Western Church learn from Africa?

Dr Emma Wild-Wood
Among African Christian congregations, growth is normal. Dr Emma Wild-Wood discussed the variety of African expressions of Christianity with church, youth and mission thinkers in Sheffield.

Pioneering professor

Professor Helen Bond speaking at a lectern in 2018
“Frontier-crashing" Head of School, Professor Helen Bond, was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland, 14 October 2018.

Principal’s praise for the School of Divinity

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh, spoke about Divinity’s strong track record in student satisfaction during a visit to the School, 9 October 2018.

AHRC PhD funding opportunity

AHRC Scholarships
An information session will be held, Thursday 11 October 2018, for potential and existing PhD students who may be eligible for Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC) Scholarships.

“A compelling account of how the Bible became a global book”

Professor Brian Stanley has been interviewed about his new book, Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, by Professor Crawford Gribben of Queen’s University Belfast.

Professor Lim delivers distinguished lecture in Jerusalem

Professor Timothy Lim standing outside the Qumran Caves
Professor Timothy Lim will give a lecture on his current research, the Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk, at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 25 October 2018.

Edinburgh's first female Head of Divinity

Professor Helen Bond in the quadrangle of New College
Interview with new Head of School, Professor Helen Bond.

“It’s been a great privilege”

Professor David Fergusson standing in New College garden
After 10 years as Principal of New College, Professor David Fergusson reflects on past highlights and future opportunities as he hands over to Professor Susan Hardman Moore.

Siddiqui heads for Sandhurst

Professor Mona Siddiqui will be guest speaker at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Debating the future of democracy

Professor Mona Siddiqui will join a distinguished panel at the Scottish Parliament, 6 September 2018, for the John P Mackintosh Memorial Debate.

Borders and Boundaries, Belfast

conference chairs
Dr Steven Sutcliffe and Dr Chris Cotter have co-organised the first joint conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions.

Divinity academics in the media

A stack of newspapers
Our staff have been in the news again this summer, speaking on television, radio, in newspapers and through digital media.

Winning research grants

Professor Mona Siddiqui, Dr Arkotong Longkumer and Dr David Grumett have become the latest Divinity staff to be awarded funding for their research.

Celebrating Sacred Art

Professor David Fergusson
On 12 August 2018, Professor David Fergusson opened the Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts at St Vincent's Church, as guest preacher.

Bicket’s book shortlisted

Dr Linden Bicket's book, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination, is one of three chosen by the Ecclesiastical History Society.

RSE recognition for Matthew Novenson

Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced Dr Matthew Novenson as the winner of this year’s Thomas Reid Medal for early career contributions in humanities and social sciences.

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.