Sunday: Students and their families worship at their local context church, where they are engaged in their church placement experience.
Monday: A study day, usually free from formal college commitments so that students can have the time to read, write, and reflect on what they’re learning.
Tuesday/Thursday: Weekday mornings we meet for Morning Prayer in the chapel. Our main lecture days are Tuesdays, with additional classes on Thursdays and Fridays, depending on the student’s study programme and particular module choices. Our School of Leadership meets on Thursday afternoons, as do the postgraduate research seminars.
Wednesday: Safeguarded for personal spiritual development, with set time for quiet, small group worship and support through tutor groups, as well as personal contemplation and prayer.
Friday: The day includes Communion together in the morning, before our ordinands meet in groups to discuss Anglican Story, Ethos and Practice. Independent students are invited to participate in a tutor-led independent reading group.
The shape of the week is very different for dispersed learners as you are based in your context church and a lot of your teaching is concentrated in block weeks.
The balance of context engagement and study is designed to facilitate a high quality rigorous academic programme integrated with contextual engagement. This is organised as
The first block week is in September, at the start of the academic year, and is a welcome week with some teaching. There are four other teaching block weeks. The sixth block week in May is a retreat/formation week.
Block weeks start at midday on Monday and end at lunchtime on Friday to give you time to travel and to keep Sundays free for your context commitments. During block weeks, we make time for reflection and build community within our dispersed learning cohorts.
If you’re on Instagram, have a look at our DL takeover in our highlights to get a flavour of what block weeks look like.