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University of Divinity

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University of Divinity
Latin: Universitas Divinitatis
Former name
  • Melbourne College of Divinity (1910–2011)[1]
TypeCollegiate theological university[2]
Established1910; 114 years ago (1910)[3]
Religious affiliation
Christian denominations
ChancellorGraeme Blackman
Vice-ChancellorJames McLaren
CampusNational collegiate with multiple sites[5]
ColoursRed Gold

The University of Divinity is an Australian collegiate university with a specialised focus in divinity and associated disciplines. It is constituted by twelve theological colleges from seven denominations and three schools. 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 Box Hill, 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, 2005 and 2016 and is now known as the University of Divinity Act 1910 (previously the Melbourne College of Divinity Act 1910).[6][7] 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.[8]

In 2010, the Melbourne College of Divinity applied to the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority for approval to operate as a self-accrediting "Australian University of Specialisation"[9] (a category of higher education provider[10]). 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. Peter Sherlock was appointed the inaugural vice-chancellor in April 2012.[9] In May 2019 TEQSA extended the seven-year licence to operate as a university for an additional three years to the maximum possible of ten years before a review. On 1 July 2021, TEQSA changed the provider category of University of Divinity from Australian University of Specialisation to Australian University, with self-accrediting authority in the broad field of Society and Culture’.[11]

In the 2022 Student Experience Survey, the University of Divinity recorded the highest student satisfaction rating out of every Australian university, with an overall satisfaction rating of 91.[12]

Accreditations and affiliations[edit]

The University of Divinity offers awards in theology, philosophy, counselling, ministry, leadership and professional supervision.

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.[13]


  • Pacifica, an academic journal (1988–2017)


The colleges of the University of Divinity are:[14]

Past members[edit]

The three schools associated with the University are: the School of Indigenous Studies, the School of Graduate Research, and the School of Professional Practice.[19][20][21]

Associated churches[edit]

In 1910[edit]



Students at the university have access and borrowing rights to a number of library collections including the Mannix Library at Catholic Theological College, Geoffrey Blackburn Library at Whitley College, the Leeper and Mollison Libraries at Trinity College Theological School, as well as the Dalton McCaughey Library, the Patrick Murphy Memorial Library, the Redemptorist Seminary Library, the Dominican Studium Library, the St Pashcal Library and the Sugden Collection at Queen's College.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://divinity.edu.au/about/history/
  2. ^ https://divinity.edu.au/about/colleges-and-schools/
  3. ^ https://divinity.edu.au/alumni/
  4. ^ https://divinity.edu.au/about/colleges-and-schools/
  5. ^ https://divinity.edu.au/about/colleges-and-schools/
  6. ^ "University of Divinity Act 1910, section 35". austlii.edu.au. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  7. ^ "University Act". divinity.edu.au. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  8. ^ "University of Divinity: History". Archived from the original on 7 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b "MCD achieves specialist uni status". The Australian. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Australian higher education". Universities Australia. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Provider Category Change 1 July 2021. Provider: University of Divinity (formerly Melbourne College of Divinity)". TEQSA. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Student Experience Survey". QILT. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  13. ^ "Federal Register of Legislation". Higher Education Support Act 2003. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  14. ^ "University of Divinity". Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "UFT to close at end of 2014: Two New Colleges Approved for 2015 by University of Divinity" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  16. ^ "St Barnabas College joins the University of Divinity". VOX. University of Divinity. 17 November 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  17. ^ "St Francis College joins the University of Divinity". VOX. University of Divinity. 12 September 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  18. ^ Uniting College for Leadership and Theology joins the University of Divinity, (5 August 2022), Vox: News, Articles and Events from the University of Divinity community
  19. ^ Introducing the School of Indigenous Studies, retrieved 16 November 2023
  20. ^ "School of Graduate Research – University of Divinity". divinity.edu.au. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  21. ^ Divinity, University of (9 February 2023). "Introducing the School of Professional Practice". VOX. Retrieved 16 November 2023.

External links[edit]

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