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Undergraduate prize winners 2019

Gunning prize winner Douglas Graham with Professor Helen Bond
Congratulations to all our students who graduated today and to all those undergraduates who have been awarded prizes by the School of Divinity.

Royal appointments for Professor David Fergusson

Head and shoulders portrait of Rev Professor David Fergusson standing in a garden in a suit
Rev Professor Fergusson has been appointed Dean of the Chapel Royal and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.

£2.4 million grant to explore theologies of nature

Dr Mark Harris and Dr Sarah Ritchie standing outside New College
Dr Mark Harris and Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie have won funding from the John Templeton Foundation for a major international research project, God and the Book of Nature.

Jewish Orthodoxy in early 20th century Scotland

Edinburgh Synagogue. Image: Kim Traynor [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Dr Hannah Holtschneider’s new biography of Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches explores a period of dynamic change for the ‘tartanised’ and incoming Jews escaping from war.

Aiming to unlock the power of Gaidinliu

Head and shoulders photograph of Dr Arkotong Longkumer
A collaborative project led by Dr Arkotong Longkumer could be the first step on the road to greater understanding of the ‘magical’ notebooks of teenage Indian activist and prophetess, Gaidinliu.

Educating 'fallen women' in 19th century Scotland

Modern sepia-look photograph of Springwell House, previously Edinburgh Magdalene Asylum
In contrast to their infamous Irish counterparts, early Scottish Magdalene Asylums aimed to reform rather than punish, says PhD candidate Jowita Thor in a paper published by Studies in Church History.

Baseball ace Sam Davidson

MTheol student Sam Davidson was awarded the title of Best Pitcher in a ‘Battle for Britain’ tournament in Kent, 25-27 May 2019.

New! Theology and Religious Studies PhD by Distance

Our Distance option allows international students to study part-time for a PhD from their home country, as long as they visit Edinburgh at key stages.

Media coverage as Church agrees to Professor Fergusson’s reforms

Professor David Fergusson
As chair of the Church of Scotland’s Special Commission on Structural Reform, Professor Fergusson has been in the news.

Nuam Hatzaw awarded prestigious studentship

PhD candidate Nuam Hatzaw has won an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training award through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2019

Front of New College with two large banners saying Church of Scotland General Assembly
Radical new reports by Professor David Fergusson and Dr Sandy Forsyth, commissioned by the Church of Scotland, will be considered by the General Assembly when it meets at New College, 18-24 May 2019.

Postgraduates publish updated translation of Bavinck

Cameron Clausing and Gregory Parker’s version of Herman Bavinck’s The Sacrifice of Praise will be available in print 1 June 2019.

Calida Chu wins EASSSR essay prize

The East Asian Society of Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) has awarded its 2019 essay prize to PhD candidate Calida Chu.

American Academy welcomes Mona Siddiqui

Professor Mona Siddiqui has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science.

New media talent

Dr Linden Bicket in the Martin Hall with a colourful cross and stained glass window behind her
Dr Linden Bicket has won a coveted place on the University's MediaTalent scheme.

Help us shape our exciting new programmes!

Looking up at New College from the Mound steps
We would like to hear your views on our potential new on-campus Masters programmes: MSc Ancient Mediterranean Religions and MSc/MTh Literature and Religions.

Lambeth Palace award for Professor Siddiqui

The Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation on Professor Mona Siddiqui.

Popular picks on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Divinity postgraduate Chuck Williams in the Blackie MacKinnon study room
Which are the most popular research publications produced by Divinity staff?

Prophecy and indigenous knowledge in a digital age

Dr Arkotong Longkumer has been awarded funding from the Edinburgh Futures Institute to digitise an important archive about the Naga conflict in North East India.

Religion and relationships in ragged schools

Dr Laura Mair’s research on evangelical Christian schools for poor Victorian children is being published in a book.

Understanding Apolo Kivebulaya: “African Saint” and “apostle to the pygmies”

Dr Emma Wild-Wood and research assistant George Mpanga working in the archives at Makerere University, Uganda
Research led by Dr Emma Wild-Wood has uncovered fresh insights into the life of influential Ugandan evangelist, Apolo Kivebulaya (1870-1933).

Nico receives funding for his PhD research in Tanzania

Low buildings and trees near the foot of Kilimanjaro
PhD candidate Nico Brice-Bennett has been awarded funding from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) for fieldwork in Tanzania.

Films from Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces

Black and white photo showing the Ladies’ Guild cheder picnic
A research project led by Dr Hannah Holtschneider has produced a series of short films, ‘Points of arrival,’ each telling the story of a 19th/20th century Jewish immigrant.

Professeurs interviewés sur Saint Pierre

Professors Helen Bond and Larry Hurtado
French discovery channel RMC Découverte is interviewing Professors Helen Bond and Larry Hurtado for a documentary about St Peter.

Theology of the Quantum World

Dr Mark Harris in the Martin Hall at New College
Dr Mark Harris has been awarded a grant from the Issachar Fund for a project on the 'Theology of the Quantum World.'

First in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

In November, Emmanuel Kwame Tettey became the first student to graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree by research in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Christianity Today 2019 Book Award

Professor Brian Stanley standing in front of a cross and stained glass window in the Martin Hall, New College, November 2018
Professor Brian Stanley’s 'Christianity in the Twentieth Century' has been chosen as one of the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought and culture.

Apocalypses now: modern science and biblical miracles

Dr Mark Harris in the Martin Hall at New College
Boyle Medal winner Dr Mark Harris suggests that scientific explanations for Bible stories do not disprove miracles so much as offer new retellings.

Jake Hale

White roses
The School has been shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Jake Hale, who was in his third year of an MA in Philosophy and Theology.

The Bible in crime fiction and drama

Dr Alison Jack in the School Office, Divinity
Dr Alison Jack has co-edited a collection of essays about the influence of the Bible as a ‘murderous text’ in modern day media.