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New College Student Recognition Awards 2020

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The School of Divinity is inviting nominations again for the following three awards to recognise students who have contributed the most to New College, the city of Edinburgh, or the promotion of Theology and Religious Studies, outside their academic work.

Welcome Week 2020

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The School of Divinity's Welcome Week took place this year, 14-18 September.

Dr Ulrich Schmiedel elected as member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Ulrich Schmiedel has been elected a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland.

Hans M. Barstad (1947 – 2020)

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Former professor of theology and nationally noted academic figure

Belief in the time of Covid-19

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Dr Emma Wild-Wood is Principal Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Urgency fund project, ‘Belief in the time of Covid-19.'

Comparative Buddhology in Indian narrative literature

Dr Naomi Appleton has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a collaborative three-year project, looking at the development of the figure of the Buddha in Asian religious literature from the early Common Era.

Berti and Jessie in University 3MT final

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Two of the nine PhD candidates in the University of Edinburgh final of this year's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition come from the School of Divinity.

Digital Church workshop

Dr Sandy Forsyth and Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie will be two of the leaders in an online Digital Church workshop, 11am-3pm, Monday 8 June 2020.

New podcast: Living gratefully

Professor Mona Siddiqui is hosting a new University of Edinburgh series in which well-known guests discuss gratitude, relationships and public discourse.

Contributing to a new worldview in religious education

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Dr Chris Cotter is one of 13 academics meeting online to share views on ‘religion and worldviews’ in an ongoing project to reform religious education in England and Wales.

Theology in a time of crisis

Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie and Dr Tripp Fuller have been awarded £5,000 to facilitate international, interdisciplinary theological discourse and reflection on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

One prisoner’s quest: a story for VE Day

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Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since ‘Victory in Europe’ or VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe. In 1945 alumnus David Read was a prisoner of war with a Christian purpose.

New! Buddhist Studies PhD scholarship

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Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network, University of Edinburgh, invites applications for a new PhD scholarship in Buddhist Studies.

Dr Grumett becomes Deputy Chair of Defra Animal Welfare Committee

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Dr David Grumett, our Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee in the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Unravelling the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Professor Timothy H Lim’s new book, The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk, will be the first major commentary on Pesher Habakkuk in 40 years.

Governmateriality of Indigenous Religion(s)

Dr Arkotong Longkumer is part of a core team of international researchers embarking on a new collaborative project, the Governmateriality of Indigenous Religion(s) (GOVMAT).

New scholarship funds honour Larry Hurtado and Lloyd Ogilvie

The School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, has established two new postgraduate scholarships in recognition of the late Professor Larry Hurtado and alumnus Dr Lloyd John Ogilvie.

Transatlantic DMin to welcome new cohort

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Applications are open for our next Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programme run in collaboration with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Postgraduate virtual open week 2020

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The School of Divinity will host an online information session for prospective postgraduate students, 3-4pm Thursday 19 March 2020, as part of the University’s virtual open week.

Winners! New College Student Recognition Awards 2019

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Students Jo Thor, Rachel Frost, Sofanit Abebe and Jessie Fubara-Manuel have been recognised for their contributions to our School, community or subject area.


A collection of past news articles from the School of Divinity.