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Dr Edward Epsen appointed as Teaching Fellow at King's College London

(27 July 2017)

Congratulations to Dr Edward Epsen, recent PhD student at the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), who has been appointed as Teaching Fellow in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at King’s College London.

“Within months of beginning the PhD course in Durham’s Department of Theology and Religion I felt affirmed that I had made the right decision. The overall atmosphere was lively, creative and inclusive, and the staff, distinguished for their own scholarship, were thoroughly supportive of student research. These impressions deepened as my course progressed. Membership in the CCS certainly intensified them. In my second year of study I was generously supported by scholarships from the CCS and shared the responsibility to further its work and vision.

“Shortly before graduating at the end of June I was offered a post as Teaching Fellow in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at King’s College London. I am delighted to have this opportunity and very thankful to the CCS community for the role it has played, and may well continue to play, in my development. The post will enable me to grow as an educator of the disciplinary subjects I love and to continue reflecting theologically and philosophically on the theme of creation, its role in the divine economy and significance for our lives.

I am especially grateful to the support of Karen Kilby and Paul Murray who have advocated for me in so many ways, providing pastoral support and strategic advice during my employment search. Through the CCS I was exposed to the interests of the local public and the diocese and encouraged to be responsible to them as much as to the Academy. This has been vital to my sense of vocation as a lay theologian and something I expect to nurture through regular contact with the CCS in the future. As I make the move south in September I only hope it will be followed by many happy returns north!”

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