Sarum College Principal, The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, has been appointed Visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Winchester, which validates some of the College’s postgraduate study and research programmes.
‘At Sarum College we continue to be confident about the place of theology in the nurture of wisdom,’ Professor Woodward said. ‘This appointment is a personal honour as well as an important recognition of the high standards of education at Sarum. I hope and expect our valued connection with the University of Winchester will be strengthened through this new relationship.’
Professor Woodward is an expert in the theology of death, dying and illness, areas of research and teaching within the Sarum Centre for Human Flourishing. He advocates a renewal in the value society places on older people, and the spiritual implications of vulnerability, particularly at the end of life.
The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, congratulated Professor Woodward on the post and said:
‘Salisbury Diocese is fortunate to have in James Woodward a highly respected theologian with an international reputation for excellence in his scholarship and teaching. This appointment is a tribute to James’s contributions to the field of theology and affirms the deep commitment to theological learning shared by Sarum College and the University of Winchester’.
Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester, said:
‘The University of Winchester is delighted to appoint James Woodward as a Visiting Professor. He is a world-renowned Practical Theologian devoted to changing the world for the better. We know that his appointment will enrich the University. It will also further strengthen our partnership with Sarum College, a partnership which grows ever stronger and which the University treasures.’