Who We Are
The Sydney College of Divinity is a Higher Education Provider owned by an ecumenical consortium of private colleges, which are its Member Institutions.
The Sydney College of Divinity will operate as a leading theological education provider equipping people for effective professional and lay ministry in a rapidly changing environment.
The Sydney College of Divinity will:
- Provide high-quality, accredited courses in theology and related disciplines from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, including research degrees
- Encourage theological scholarship and train future theological scholars
- Prepare leaders who are well qualified to build up the Church
- Promote a theologically literate membership of the Church
Given that the Christian Gospel shapes the identity of the Sydney College of Divinity, the following values characterise its operations:
- Excellence in teaching and research
- Commitment to the academic achievement, welfare, and personal enrichment of all students
- Promotion of lifelong learning and reflective practice
- Mutual respect and support for the mission and ethos of fellow Christians
- Affirmation of unity in diversity
- Collegiality and co-operation amongst staff
- Celebration of faith in Christ and life in the Spirit
The Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) has been training theologians and equipping people for ministry for over thirty years. SCD was registered as a company in September 1983 and its first degree, the BTh, was accredited in February 1984 with retrospective validity to the beginning of 1982. The first Graduation was held in 1985, with 41 graduands. By the end of the 2016 Graduation ceremony, SCD had 5304 graduates.
SCD came into existence following the NSW Higher Education Board’s direction to theological institutions that they should rationalise resources and establish a degree-supervision authority administered collectively by the Member Institutions (MIs).
The SCD has embraced an intentionally ecumenical approach, through which the traditions and needs of individual MIs are addressed collegially, on a principle of flexibility within strong, clear frameworks.
The six founding MIs of the SCD consortium were the Baptist Theological College, the Catholic Institute of Sydney, the Churches of Christ in New South Wales Theological College, St Paul’s National Seminary, the Union Theological Institute, and the United Theological College. Institutional membership has changed over the years and extended beyond NSW.
The College was approved by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider on 26 November 2004, and granted Self-Accrediting Authority on 22 June 2016.
Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards are delivered in English medium through the individual MIs and in Korean medium through the Korean School of Theology, which was founded under collective ownership in 2010. The research degrees are delivered through another collectively owned enterprise, the Graduate Research School. All SCD awards are delivered on the basis of a single shared curriculum and central academic governance structure.
Sydney College of Divinity is pleased to announce its partnership with seven significant universities in the Republic of Korea and Macquarie University in Australia:
A fraternal relationship between the SCD Korean School of Theology and the Department of Christian Studies, Soongsil University, recognising and cooperating with each other as Christian Higher Education Providers and training faithful Christian workers. SCD-Soongsil MoU
A fraternal relationship between the SCD Korean School of Theology and Chongshin University and Theological Seminary, recognising and cooperating with each other as Christian Higher Education Providers and training faithful Christian workers. SCD-Chongshin MoU
A fraternal relationship between the Sydney College of Divinity and the Sungkyul Church Educational Foundation, recognising and cooperating with each other as Christian Higher Education Providers and training faithful Christian workers. SCD-Sungkyul MoU
A sisterhood relationship between the Sydney College of Divinity and Kosin University, to work with each other in order to strengthen the ties between the schools, to deepen our understanding to help train talented individuals, and to encourage a Christian life-style especially for young people. SCD-Kosin MoU
A co-operative relationship between the SCD Korean School of Theology and the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Changshin University) for the internationalization of higher education through academic and cultural exchange, with exchange of faculty, students, and projects to promote teaching, learning, and research. SCD-PUTS MoU
A fraternal relationship between the Sydney College of Divinity and the Seoul Bible Graduate School of Theology, recognising and cooperating with each other as Christian Higher Education Providers and training faithful Christian workers. SCD-Seoul Bible Graduate School of Theology MoU
A co-operative relationship between the SCD and Asia United Theological University / Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission(ACTS) providing the guidelines applicable and relevant concerning the exchange of students and faculty between the ACTS and SCD. SCD-AUTU/ACTS MoU
A co-operative relationship between the SCD and Macquarie University is in place for the promotion of mutual co-operation in the area of Coptic studies. SCD-MaquarieU MoU
Organisation and Governance
The Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) is listed on the National Register of Higher Education Providers as a Higher Education Provider with Self-Accrediting Authority. ‘Sydney College of Divinity’ is the trading name of the Sydney College of Divinity Ltd, a not-for-profit company owned by an ecumenical consortium of private colleges. For details of these colleges see Member Institutions.
SCD organisation and governance is laid out in the Constitution and supported by wide-ranging policies and procedures. Each Member Institution belongs to SCD by dint of a Memorandum of Understanding with SCD, according to which SCD takes ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the SCD operation and the Member Institution agrees to follow SCD policy.
The College is governed by its Council as set out in the Governance Structure.
Council is established by SCD Ltd to have responsibility for and exercise oversight of the entire SCD operation, including direct control of membership, legal and financial matters, and risk management, and management of the Office of the Dean, the Korean School of Theology, and the Graduate Research School, and, by delegation to the Academic Board, oversight of all academic policy matters and permissions to graduate.
The Council is led by its Chair, who is also President of the College. The Constitution provides for membership of up to five employees from Member Institutions, one student, and the Chair of Academic Board ex officio, but Council membership is not ‘representative’ and there is always a majority of external members, several of whom meet the TEQSA definition of ‘independent member’. For current membership see Council Members.
Committees of Council
- Academic Board
- Audit Committee
- Institutional Membership Committee
- Standing Committee
- Strategic Planning Committee
Academic Board is delegated by Council to conduct all academic matters, including curriculum development, learning and teaching systems, research and research training, and student matters.
Academic Board membership as set out in the Constitution is not ‘representative’ but provides for ample participation by academics based in Member Institutions. It comprises the Chair, the Chairs of the Academic Board Committees, the four Discipline Coordinators, the Principal Librarian, the Dean, the three SCD Officers with academic portfolios, one student, and one to three external members.
Committees of Academic Board
- Coursework Committee
- Discipline Coordinators Committee
- Research Committee
- Standing Committee
- Student Support and Administration Committee
The Dean is appointed by Council to lead the management of SCD both directly and through delegation to the Academic Director, the Research Director, the Academic Registrar (who is currently also Associate Dean), and the Chief Operating Officer, all located together with support staff in the Office of the Dean. The Dean leads the management of the Korean School of Theology by delegation to the Dean of Studies (Korean School of Theology).
The Dean also has oversight of four committees and one advisory panel that support the work, variously, of Council and Academic Board.
Committees and Advisory Panel of the Dean
- Academic Classification and Promotion Committee
- Academic Classification and Promotion Appeals Committee
- Research Ethics Committee
- Library Committee
- External Advisory Pane
Office of Dean
Established in 2003, the SCD Press offers a significant program of publications, providing a range of peer-reviewed publication opportunities for SCD faculty, SCD research students, and other interested academics.
In addition to the Journal of Gospels and Acts Research, and the SCD Korean School of Theology’s Journal of Theological Reflections (articles are variously in Korean and English), SCD Press has reached an agreement with the editors of Early Christian Studies, previously published by the Australian Catholic University and St Pauls, Sydney, to take over publication of this important monograph series and to handle ongoing sales of the existing volumes. Successful SCD research theses may also be published by SCD Press.
Policy and Procedures Manual
The contents of the Policy and Procedures Manual is set out below in alphabetical order.
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Policy and Procedures Manual (with review dates):
|Policy||Last Reviewed/Created||Next Review (Latest Date)|
|Academic Governance Protocol||October 2015||October 2020|
|Addressing Attrition Policy||September 2016||September 2019|
|Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting Appointments Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Advertising Policy||January 2017||January 2022|
|Anti-Discrimination Policy||January 2017||May 2017|
|Cancellation of Enrolment Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Code of Ethics Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Communication Policy||April 2015||April 2020|
|Confidentiality and Disclosure Policy||February 2016||February 2021|
|Coursework Ethics Policy||January 2017||January 2022|
|Credit Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Critical Incident Policy||November 2016||November 2016|
|Curriculum Policy||September 2015||September 2018|
|Delegations Manual||May 2015||?|
|Delivery Sites Policy||May 2014||May 2019|
|Ecumenical Identity Statement||November 2016||November 2021|
|Enrolment Policy (English Awards)||November 2016||November 2016|
|Enrolment Policy (Korean Awards)||November 2016||November 2016|
|Ethical Review of Research Guidelines||January 2017||February 2020|
|Evaluation of Learning and Teaching Policy||January 2017||January 2022|
|Evaluation of Learning and Teaching Procedures||January 2017||January 2022|
|Free Intellectual Inquiry Policy||September 2012||September 2017|
|Honorary Degrees Policy and Procedures||May 2013||May 2018|
|Induction Policy||October 2013||2016|
|Institutional Academic Moderation Policy||January 2017||July 2021|
|Institutional Academic Moderation Procedure||January 2017||January 2022|
|Institutional Membership Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Intellectual Property Rule||February 2011||July 2017|
|Library Policy||May 2018||April 2018|
|Library Regulations||May 2018||April 2018|
|Marketing to Domestic and Overseas Students Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Memorandum of Understanding Template||February 2015||February 2020|
|Monitoring Course Progress of Overseas Students Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Non-Compliance Policy||February 2016||February 2021|
|Payment of Tuition Fees Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|PhD and DMin Commonalities and Differences Policy||November 2015||November 2020|
|Policies Policy||May 2015||May 2020|
|Professional Development of Staff in the Office of the Dean Policy||February 2016||February 2021|
|Recoginition of Prior Learning Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Record-Keeping Policy||November 2016||November 2016|
|Refund and Withdrawal Policy||November 2016||November 2016|
|Research Active in the SCD Policy||October 2012||October 2017|
|Research Policy||July 2012||July 2017|
|RPL between English and Korean Courses Policy||November 2016||November 2016|
|Special Review of a Member Institution Policy||May 2016||May 2021|
|Staff Grievance Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Student Disability Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Student Representative on Academic Board Policy||December 2016||December 2021|
|Student Support and Welfare Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Suspension, Deferment and Cancellation Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Communication Policy||April 2015||April 2020|
|Transfer between Registered Providers Policy||November 2016||November 2021|
|Workplace Learning Policy||January 2017||January 2020|
|Workplace Policy||May 2012||May 2017|
‘Sydney College of Divinity’ (SCD) is the trading name of the Sydney College of Divinity Ltd: ACN 002 653 036.
The Sydney College of Divinity Ltd is a not-for-profit company owned by an ecumenical consortium of private colleges, trading since its establishment as a company on 15 September 1983.
The three most recent SCD Annual Audited Financial Reports may be viewed here: