University of Divinity

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University of Divinity
Melbourne College of Divinity logo.jpg
Established 1910
Type Theology
Chancellor Dr Graeme Blackman OAM
Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Sherlock
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Website divinity.edu.au

The University of Divinity is an Australian collegiate university of specialisation in divinity. It is constituted by ten theological colleges from eight denominations. The University of Divinity is the direct successor of the second oldest degree granting authority in the State of Victoria, the Melbourne College of Divinity. The University's chancery and administration are located in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

The Melbourne College of Divinity was constituted in 1910 by an Act of the Parliament of Victoria. The Act was amended in 1956, 1972, 1979, 1990 and 2005. From its beginnings the College was a self-accrediting issuer of degrees, while not becoming a university until 2011. Representatives appointed by several churches formed the College to provide tertiary level theological education. The first president was the Right Reverend Henry Lowther Clarke, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, and the first registrar was the Reverend John Mathew, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.[1]

In 2010 the Melbourne College of Divinity, under the leadership of then Dean, Prof Paul Beirne applied to the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority for approval to operate as an "Australian University of Specialisation". The Victorian government announced on 30 August 2011 that the application had been approved and on 1 January 2012 the college began operating as a university. Professor Peter Sherlock was elected the inaugural vice-chancellor in April 2012.[2]

Accreditations and affiliations[edit]

The University of Divinity offers awards in theology, philosophy and ministry.

In 2001 the institution was listed as a Schedule 1 Higher Education Institution by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. It receives federal funding for research, Australian Postgraduate Research Awards and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

The Higher Education Support Act (2003) (HESA 2003) listed the institution as a Table B (Private, Self-regulating) Higher Education Provider, which allowed its students to access federally funded loans under the FEE-HELP scheme.

The University of Divinity is the only Australian University of Specialisation listed on the National Register of Higher Education Providers maintained by TEQSA.[3]

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Coordinates: 37°48′20.27″S 145°02′12.20″E / 37.8056306°S 145.0367222°E / -37.8056306; 145.0367222