The Dean of King's College London is an ordained person, responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff as well as fostering vocations amongst the worshipping community.
The Dean's responsibilities
The Dean and the Chaplaincy team are a pastoral resource for the whole College community. They are all available to see any member of College on any matter in complete confidence. They are available to people from all faith communities and beliefs.
On-going services and programmes co-ordinated through the Office of the Dean include the Chaplaincy, the Chapel Choir (including 25 Choir scholarships), the Associate of King's College (AKC) programme and the Vocations Group. In addition, there are many special programmes and speakers throughout the year.
The Revd 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 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!).