Revd Dr Stephen Skuce to become new Acting Principal of Cliff College
08 April 2016
The Revd Dr Stephen
Skuce is to be seconded from working in the Methodist Connexional
Team to the role of Acting Principal of Cliff College in Derbyshire
from 1 June 2016.
The Revd Dr Stephen Skuce, currently Director of
Scholarship, Research and Innovation for Methodist Church, said of
his new secondment: "It is an honour to be stepping in as Acting
Principal of Cliff College in this interim period while a new
Principal is found."
In previous roles at the College, Stephen has been Postgraduate
Tutor, Director of Research and Academic Dean.
He added: "I've been privileged to serve at Cliff College in the
past and I look forward to this new opportunity to help lead its
development and ensure that the College continues to fulfil its
"My experience at Cliff, lecturing in a number of other colleges
and universities in Ireland and Sri Lanka and the insights gained
as an External Examiner are all helpful in the challenges of
contemporary academic leadership and enabling the College to make a
difference for the Church and in the world."
As well as the secondment to the role of an Acting Principal,
the College Committee and Methodist Council have agreed on further
action points to ensure the continuation and development of the
College's mission and ministry as it looks to the future, including
the creation of a 'clear and strategic vision statement' and
further provisions of pastoral support to College staff.
The Revd Rachel Deigh, Chair of the Cliff College Committee,
added: "I am delighted with the secondment of Stephen as the Acting
Principal of Cliff College and look forward to welcoming him back
to the College in this new role. I believe that he has the
experience and expertise that is needed at this time as we move
forward into God's future for the College. We assure Stephen
of our prayers during this time of transition and change for both
him and the whole College community."
Cliff College is a Methodist theological college in
Calver, Derbyshire, that teaches Biblical Theology and provides
training in mission and evangelism at an undergraduate and
postgraduate level, validated by the University of Manchester as
well as short courses. The College is currently made up of over 250
students and staff.