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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Director of Postgraduate Studies – Cranmer Hall, St John’s College

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Samuel Tranter as Director of Postgraduate Studies at Cranmer Hall. Sam holds BD and MTh degrees from Aberdeen, and completed his PhD on Oliver O’Donovan’s moral theology under Prof. Robert Song at St John’s College, Durham. He brings teaching experience within the theological education and university sectors in the North of England and Malaysia, and has an excellent record in research and academic engagement.

Sam will begin in the post of Director of Postgraduate Studies in August (subject to the usual HR processes and checks), working as part of the Academic Team headed up by Nick Moore. Sam will take responsibility for directing the Cranmer Hall MA programme in Theology and Ministry and the Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme, which he will co-direct with Prof. Pete Ward from the Department of Theology and Religion. Sam will teach core modules in Practical Theology on both the MA and DThM, and will act as formational tutor to a number of ordinands. 

Sam has also been appointed Visiting Fellow at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, with effect from the beginning of the new academic term on 27 April. Sam will be holding the position for three months on a half-time basis; part of his focus will be on the development of, and recruitment to Cranmer Hall’s postgraduate programmes. 

The Revd Dr Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, said: ‘I am so thankful for Sam’s appointment to this exciting role at such a crucial time in theological education. Amidst a very strong field Sam stood out as someone of outstanding teaching ability, missional heart and entrepreneurial flair. I am excited about the contribution that Sam will make in leading the development of our flourishing postgraduate programmes, not least in the significant opportunities that lie before us in online as well as residential teaching and learning.’ 

The Revd Emma Parker, Deputy Warden of Cranmer Hall, added ‘It is wonderful to have someone of Sam’s ability, character and enthusiasm joining the Cranmer Hall staff team. As a young academic he comes with an impressive track record in theological education and I look forward to working with him very much.’ 

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Sam Tranter said ‘I am delighted to be joining the wonderful worshipping and learning community that is Cranmer Hall. I am excited to be collaborating in the formation of disciples who are confident in the gospel and equipped for faithful and fruitful service in and with God’s church. Alongside this, I am particularly thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the diverse and gifted postgraduates who study on the MA and DThM programmes. As a family, we are also thrilled to be returning to the North East.’


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