08 April 2016

Revd Dr Stephen Skuce to become new Acting Principal of Cliff College

Stephen -SkuceThe 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 mission. 

"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.

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