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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Dr Sam Tranter Appointed as Academic Dean

Cranmer Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Samuel Tranter as Academic Dean. Sam joins the senior leadership team and will have oversight of teaching and research across our BA, MA, and Doctor of Theology and Ministry programmes. Sam, who currently serves as Director of Postgraduate Studies at Cranmer Hall, will take up post in January 2024 following his return from study leave.

Revd Dr Nick Moore, Warden of Cranmer Hall, commented: ‘I am thrilled to see Sam move into this post. He brings significant experience of programme direction, and of teaching in a range of cultural contexts. He is already widely known and well regarded as an emerging scholar, and will bring strategic direction to our research and teaching. As a lay Anglican he also brings his deep and thoughtful spirituality to bear on all aspects of his work.’

Revd Dr Emma Parker, Deputy Warden, added: ‘I am delighted about this appointment: Sam has already powerfully demonstrated a heart for enabling people from all backgrounds to thrive in an environment where they are encouraged and supported to delve into theological training, and I am confident that in this new post he will be able to do so more and more. Sam’s creative thinking, his ability to attentively listen to the local and the global, and his passion for the growth of the church means that he will bring many gifts and skills to the role of Academic Dean.’

On his appointment, Dr Sam Tranter said: ‘I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on serving at Cranmer Hall, and now in this new way. Cranmer inhabits a very special place at the intersection of Church and academy, fostering the integration of rigorous theological study and reflection on the practice of mission and ministry. Our rich community of worship, learning, and formation has already been a great gift to me.

‘Working with colleagues, I am eager to continue our work of seeking to offer a range of programmes and pathways where students of all backgrounds can flourish, and which equip God’s people for lives of faithful and fruitful service. I am also keen to see us build on recent exciting developments as we continue to grow as a centre of excellence in research, exploring together how we can serve as a resource for the wider Church.’

Following this appointment, Cranmer Hall is advertising for a Director of the MA Programme. Details of the role and how to apply are available here


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