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Common Awards Team Contacts

The administrative and academic staff of the Common Awards team can advise on the details of Common Awards policy and practice.

Academic Staff

   
Professor Mike Higton

Professor in Theology and Ministry

Chair of Theology and Ministry (Common Awards)

Department of Theology and Religion

Prof. Mike Higton is on research leave during 2023/24. Please contact the Common Awards Team or Prof. Pete Ward.

Professor Pete Ward

Professor of Practical Theology

Acting Chair of Theology and Ministry (Common Awards) 2023/24

Department of Theology and Religion

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43824

email: peter.ward@durham.ac.uk 

Dr Emily Kempson

 

Lecturer in Theology and Ministry

Department of Theology and Religion

email: emily.s.kempson@durham.ac.uk

Dr Selina Stone

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theological Education

Department of Theology and Religion

email: selina.r.stone@durham.ac.uk

Dr Nina Kurlberg

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theological Education 

Department of Theology and Religion

email: nina.kurlberg@durham.ac.uk

Dr Olabisi Obamakin

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theological Education 

Department of Theology and Religion

 

email: olabisi.o.obamakin@durham.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

   

Ms Alyson Bird

Senior Quality Manager (Common Awards)

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43180 via Deborah Thompson

Email: common.awards@durham.ac.uk

Ms Rhianne Jones

Assistant Quality Manager (Common Awards)

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43180 via Deborah Thompson

Email: common.awards@durham.ac.uk

Mrs Emma Harrington 

Assistant Quality Manager (Common Awards) (Tuesday-Friday)

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43139 via Keli Smith

Email: common.awards@durham.ac.uk

Ms Deborah Thompson

Common Awards Administrator

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43180

Email: common.awards@durham.ac.uk

Miss Keli Smith

Common Awards Administrator

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Service

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43139

Email: common.awards@durham.ac.uk

 

TEI Contacts 

Each Theological Education Institution (TEI) has a single point of contact for all administrative, academic, and financial matters. If you are a student or a member of staff in a TEI, you may wish to direct your query to your ‘key contact’ in the first instance. 

TEI 

Principal Contact 

Cambridge Theological Federation 

 Charlotte Bentley

Cranmer Hall 

Paul Regan 

Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) 

Rachel Simons 

Emmanuel Theological College

Gemma Culverwell

Lindisfarne College of Theology

Jenny Burton 

Luther King Centre (LKC) 

Clare Richardson 

The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education 

Katie Cooper

Ripon College, Cuddesdon & Oxford Ministry Course (RCC) 

Mark Chapman

Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI) 

Linda Harrison 

St Augustine's College of Theology 

Alison Minton

South Central TEI (SCTEI) 

Academic Registrar

South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC) 

Cherryl Hunt 

St Mellitus College 

Lizzy Lewis

St Padarn's Institute

Gareth Longden

St Stephen's House 

Senior Tutor

Trinity College with Bristol Baptist College 

Barbara Bews 

Yorkshire Theological Education Partnership (YTEP) 

Lynne Gordon-Taylor 

Ministry Development Team Contacts 

The main body in the Church of England directly involved in maintaining the partnership is the Ministry Development Team (MDT). The members of this team with particular roles in relation to Common Awards are:

Keith Beech-Gruneberg Head of Formation  keith.beech-gruneberg@churchofengland.org 
Ken Farrimond  Virtual Learning Environment and Blended Learning Officer  ken.farrimond@churchofengland.org 
David Hanson 
Quality Assurance Adviser  david.hanson@churchofengland.org 

 

University Liaison Officers (ULOs) 

Each Theological Education Institution has a member of the Department of Theology and Religion from Durham University allocated to it as a University Liaison Officer (ULO). 

Our current ULOs are: 

Professor Mike Higton

[On Research Leave 2023/24]

Professor of Theology and Ministry

Prof. Mike Higton is on research leave during 2023/24. Please contact the Common Awards Team or Prof. Pete Ward.

Professor Pete Ward

Professor of Practical Theology 

Email:  peter.ward@durham.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43824

Dr Selina Stone Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theological Education

email: selina.r.stone@durham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Kempson Lecturer in Theology and Ministry Email: emily.s.kempson@durham.ac.uk
Dr Jane Heath Associate Professor 

Email:  j.m.f.heath@durham.ac.uk 

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43957

Canon Professor Michael Snape Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies

Email: michael.snape@durham.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43966

TEI Forum

The TEI Forum provides an opportunity for all TEIs offering Common Awards programmes to meet to discuss common issues and share good practice.  

The current Chair is:  

  • Lucy Dallas, Director of Pastoral Studies and Contextual Education, ERMC (elected April 2022-April 2025)