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All We Can - Cliff College MPhil Scholarship


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All We Can: Methodist relief and development MPhil Scholarship at Cliff College

One MPhil scholarship is offered by All We Can: Methodist relief and development (, in conjunction with Cliff College, for research to consider the development work of Methodist Churches in one or more countries where All We Can implements its Church CAN project. The successful applicant will research the understanding of the church and the relationship between development and mission - thereby developing a baseline for the evaluation of the program after five years. The MPhil is awarded by the University of Manchester. Research is to start in either September 2015 or January/September 2016.

Scholarship scheme for an overseas-based student

The scholarship will cover all MPhil fees payable to Cliff College over the one-year period of a full-time MPhil. The first three months of this study will be spent at Cliff College. Additional funds will be available for the student to cover some of their living costs over the period of study (while carrying out this research). In exceptional circumstances this research may be taken part-time.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

1. that they have earned a ‘good MA' plus an undergraduate degree; the MA should be in a theological discipline

2. a suitable research proposal.

In addition, overseas candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

1. proficiency in English at IELTS7.0 or equivalent

2. ability to meet UKVI visa requirements, currently for a Student Visitor Visa.

Inquiries to: Academic Registrar, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, S32 3XG, UK. Email:


For more information on Postgraduate research at Cliff College, click here.


College Principal to change in 2016


The Principal of Cliff College, Rev Dr Chris Blake, has recently indicated that, in response to the call of God to return to local pastoral ministry, he will be leaving the College in the summer of 2016.

In his letter to the Cliff College Committee, Chris said, "My initial sense of God's call over 35 years ago was to a circuit based form of ministry. I have sought to be obedient to God's call as discerned by the Church, and over the last 30 years, I have been involved in various other roles, including that of Principal at Cliff College. However, I do sense the call to return to circuit ministry for what would, I imagine, be my final appointment. In 2016 I will have served the College as Principal for eight years and, after much thought and prayer, Joy and I believe that this would be the right time for us to move on to a new appointment. Next year I am due to reach my 60th birthday, and leaving the College at that point would enable us to offer an appropriate period of time to ministry in a new context. It remains a tremendous privilege to serve as the Principal of Cliff College and I will continue to offer all I have to the College over the next 18 months".

Rev Rachel Deigh, the Chair of the Cliff College Committee, said, "We are thankful to Chris for the leadership he has given, and will continue to give, to the College - and thankful to God that he has been the right person in the right place at the right time. We pray that, by God's grace, we will identify the next person to lead the college through the exciting, though challenging, times that lie ahead as we look to the future".

The Cliff College Committee will begin the process of seeking to identify a new Principal over the next few months.

Your prayers for the College in this time of transition and for Chris and Joy as they prayerfully seek God's guidance for the future will be much appreciated.

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