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Theologian Appointed to Oldest Cambridge Professorship

Thursday December 12 2020

A renowned Church of Scotland theologian and former parish minister has been appointed as the new Regius Chair of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

The Rev Professor David Fergusson will take up the position, the oldest professorship at the university, at the start of April next year. His duties will include lecturing, researching, supervising students and supporting the administration of the Faculty of Divinity,

Professor Fergusson, who retired as Principal of the University of Edinburgh's New College in 2018 but stayed on as Professor of Divinity, said: "Though I shall be sorry to leave New College and the University of Edinburgh next spring after more than two decades in the Divinity Chair, I'm excited at the prospect of this new challenge in Cambridge for the final phase of my academic career.

"We'll be maintaining a base in Edinburgh, and I look forward to fulfilling various church commitments in the years ahead. It's already been pointed out to me that I can attend Presbytery meetings by Zoom!”

He will also continue to fulfil his duties as Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, a position he has held since last year.

Originally from Glasgow, Professor Fergusson studied in his home city as well as at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford before being ordained as a Church of Scotland minister.

The Regius Chair of Divinity was set up on the instructions of King Henry VIII of England in 1540.


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