Some exciting news

I’ve some exciting news that readers of my blog may like to hear.

For the last three years I’ve been working to secure funding for a PhD. After a few set backs, numerous redrafts of my research proposal, and a lot of waiting, this week I learned I’ve been accepted onto the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This is funding for three and half years of full-time study, beginning in the Autumn.

Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled! I’ll be working with one supervisor at the University of Nottingham, and another at the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies at the University of Birmingham. I’ll be researching the Liberal Quaker understanding of the human person (theological anthropology) and asking how this helps or hinders the Quaker hope for racial justice.

This means that, sadly, my time as a member of the Learning and Research Team at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre will come to an end. I’m so grateful for the friendships and experience I’ve gained over the last seven years, and I’m excited about continuing my relationship with Woodbrooke as an Associate Tutor and a member of the Quaker postgraduate community.

When I started this blog nearly a decade ago, I had no idea my writing about theology would eventually lead me to this moment! Thank you, dear readers, for taking the time to read my stuff and the encouragement you give. It means such a lot! I look forward to sharing the fruits of my research with you, as well as other theological reflections, over the next few years.

[Featured image photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash]

20 thoughts on “Some exciting news”

  1. What joyful news, Mark! You will be a great loss to Woodbrooke but we will all be so glad you have followed your leading.

  2. Yippee! Dr. Mark! Sounds like you’re truly prepared for what’s to come, being already clear about your area of research (interesting!!) and having done so much work to get in! Love and hugs to you both. Dee

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