Periodic External Review (PER) Outcome

22 April 2020

We are pleased to report the publication of the recent Periodic External Review (PER) recently undergone by the Foundation. The PER process, enacted by a team of reviewers from both our sponsoring churches and Durham University, is a comprehensive review of the life of the Foundation; reviewers meets with staff, governors, students and key denominational partners to inform their findings and decisions. The PER scope is thus wide – it assesses key areas of teaching, formation, community life, continued ministerial learning, and governance.

We are delighted to say that the Foundation has emerged with an unqualified ‘Confidence’ verdict in all these areas. This is the highest possible commendation, and a rare accolade.
In particular, the inspectors praised:

  • the Foundation’s pioneering work in Black Theology and the broadening of the curriculum to include non-Western perspectives and voices;
  • its success in modelling a genuinely inclusive formational community of faith, encompassing all theological traditions and a breadth of cultural backgrounds; and
  • its excellence in teaching, research, global partnerships and scholarship.

The current Principal, the Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett says:

“We are very pleased and greatly encouraged. All these factors mark Queen’s out as an institution in the vanguard of theological education in the UK and beyond.”

The full report may be accessed here:

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