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The Dean

The Dean

Treverend professor richard burridgehe Dean of King's College London is the Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge.  Professor Burridge became Dean of King's in 1993 and is responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff.  

The Dean is also a world-renowned biblical scholar and is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at King's.  He teaches for both the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Theology and Ministry Programmes in the Department of Education and Professional Studies.


The Dean's Office is the first point of contact for any queries about religious provision at King's.  The core services and departments coordinated through the Office of the Dean include:

Associateship of King's College

Thprayere AKC Course enables all students and staff to study philosophical, theological and ethical themes alongside their main programme of study or role at King's College London.

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Tmuslists-thumbhe Chaplaincy is a pastoral resource for the whole College Community. The Chaplains are available to see any member of College on any matter in complete confidence. They are available to people from all faith communities and beliefs.

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TChoirhe Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England and sings a wide and varied repertoire.  The Choir's principle role is singing for Chapel Services but also performs regularly across the UK and abroad.

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Vocations Group

Ovocations groupne of the Dean's roles in King's is to encourage and foster vocations to the Church of England priesthood as well as helping people to discover what God is calling them to do.  The Vocations Group is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on God's call on their lives.

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About the Dean 

the dean with the pope


The Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge has been Dean of King's College London since 1993 and was appointed to a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation in 2008.  Before coming to King's, he was Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, where he also taught New Testament and Ethics. He was originally a classicist and schoolmaster before being ordained in 1985.  The Dean has been Director of New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 2007.  (For more details on the Dean’s work as Professor of Biblical Interpretation and in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, please visit the Dean's Theology & Religious Studies staff page).

Richard Burridge is a member of the Church of England's General Synod and chaired their Validation Panel for ordination training and theological education (1996-2004); he is currently serving as a representative of the Church Commisioners and as Deputy Chair on the Ethical Investment Advisory Group.  He is Chair of the Christian Evidence Society. He also takes study days regularly for clergy and lay people across England. He has acted as a writer and Consultant to the Millennium Dome at Greenwich and for the National Gallery, London and appears regularly on national TV and radio.

He enjoys skiing, sailing, music and golf (he is chaplain to his local golf club!).

2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology

The Dean has been awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology and is the first non-Catholic to receive this prestigious award.  The Dean received the Ratzinger Prize from Pope Francis at the end of a Conference about Ratzinger’s books on Jesus held in Rome in October 2013. 

You can read the King's College press release here.

The Dean on receiving the Ratzinger Prize (YouTube)

The announcement from the Vatican (YouTube)

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