It is with enormous sadness that the School announces the sudden death on Wednesday 25th May of our friend and colleague John Webster, Professor of Divinity.
John was amongst the leading English-language theologians of his generation. Twelve monographs, four major edited volumes, and a host of shorter publications would have established his reputation on their own; when his extensive service to his discipline and the wider academy—founding the International Journal of Systematic Theology; serving on many editorial boards; membership of peer review colleges and learned societies—is added in, the true magnitude of his contribution can begin to be seen.
John’s academic career began at St John’s College, Durham (1982-86), then continued in Canada, at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1986-96). His eminence was recognised in 1996 when he was appointed Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford, a post he held until moving to the University of Aberdeen as Professor of Systematic Theology in 2003. He took his chair here in St Andrews in 2013.
We remember John as a warm and generous colleague, whose penetrating intellect was combined with a down-to-earth attitude, a ready sense of humour, and a deep Christian faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow and family at this time.
If anyone wishes to be informed of the funeral arrangements, they are invited to contact the School.
Top in the UK...again
St Mary's College in the University of St Andrews is best in the UK for Religious Studies and Theology, according to The Guardian University League Tables 2017.
The University’s School of Divinity is once again ranked above Durham, Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter to take top spot in the subject area.
The University of St Andrews as a whole has been ranked the best university in Scotland and third in the United Kingdom. Read more on the University of St Andrews website.
£1.6 million for new Logos Institute
The Faculty has received a £1.6 million grant to launch the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology. Four new professorial fellows will include Oliver Crisp, Stephen Evans, Peter van Inwagen and Michael Rea and a new senior appointment is to be advertised. Six, full-fee doctoral scholarships are now available starting 2016 (see advertisement). There will also be a new MLitt programme in Analytic and Exegetical Theology.