The Synod’s Trust Officer, Andrew Atkinson, is about to embark on a two-year course of study at the University of York.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric is run as a distance-learning course, so he can combine it with his work in the Synod. From the end of September, Andrew will be devoting some time on Fridays towards his course, as well as evenings and weekends. This means that he may not be quite so available as we are used to, although he plans to catch up with work at various points during the day on Fridays.
Andrew said, “I am grateful to the Synod for giving me the opportunity to learn more about what I am sure it will be an interesting and demanding subject, and one which will hopefully also produce some useful learning. I am very much looking forward to starting the course. Thanks also to Wendy Watson and Melanie Campbell for helping with some of my work with the website, social media and Synod Executive Committee during this time.”
Topics will include sources for historical research, art, architecture, changing patterns of worship, the relationship between church and community, churchyard management, conservation and changing use of church buildings. Although the course deals mainly with the established church in England, Andrew will no doubt take every opportunity to bring in a Nonconformist perspective!