School of Divinity

Impact and engagement

We have a direct, positive impact on society as a result of our research, knowledge exchange, public engagement activities and schools outreach.

The impact of our research outside academia is one of three key elements evaluated through REF - the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 

Our School was ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for theology and religious studies in REF 2014. The next REF assessment will be REF 2021.

Knowledge exchange

As a member of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School plays a part in delivering the College's Strategy for Research and Knowledge Exchange, which aims to create research that is recognised by our peers as world leading, contributes to major advances in knowledge, and has impact.

Staff share their research findings and experiences inside and outside the university to a range of audiences. Examples of our activities are promoted and reported in School news and events.

College of Arts Humnanities and Social Sciences Strategy for Research and Knowledge Exchange [PDF on the University website]

School news and events.

Public engagement activities

We work with the media and film makers to inform and engage communities in our work. As well as academic lectures and seminars, staff regularly deliver talks, take part in public debates and feature in popular broadcasts.

We spread the word about our activities through social media.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' (CAHSS) Public Engagement Strategy 2017-2021 is available as a PDF on the College intranet.

CAHSS intranet

School social media.

Schools outreach

The School of Divinity supports school teachers of religious education by offering pupil visit days, CPD events and resources.

Find out more about schools outreach.