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The Dean

The Dean

RAB HeadshotThe Dean of King's College London is the Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge. Professor Burridge has been in post since 1993 and is the longest serving Dean of King's. He 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, teaching for the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.           *photo taken by Philip Halcrow

About the Dean 


The Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge has been Dean of King’s College London since 1994. He was appointed Director of New Testament Studies in 2007, and received a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation in 2008. (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).

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. 

Professor Burridge served as a member of the Church of England's General Synod representing the University of London (1994-2015) and chaired their Validation Panel for ordination training and theological education (1996-2004); he is currently serving on the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (he was a representative of the Church Commisioners from 2008 to 2013 and was also Deputy Chair from 2010 to 2015).  He is Chair of the Christian Evidence Society

The Dean is Sarum Canon Theologian at Salisbury Cathedral. He also takes study days regularly for clergy and lay people across England. He writes widely and publishes for both academic audiences and a wider readership. 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.

Professor Burridge was awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology and is the first non-Catholic to receive this prestigious award. His book, Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (2007), was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsay prize 2009.

The Dean enjoys skiing, music and golf (he is Chaplain to his local golf club!).

Longest serving Dean at King's!

After 8,026 days of service, the Dean, Revd Canon Prof Richard A. Burridge, became the longest serving Dean of King's College London. He started at King's on 1 August 1994.

The below photo was taken some 8,000+ days before the date on which Professor Burridge became the longest serving Dean of King's and shows him (left) with with the Rt Revd David Hope (centre), then Bishop of London, and Prof Arthur Lucas (right), then Principal of King's at the Dean's Licensing in front of the portraits of the two post-war great Deans, Eric Abbott (Dean, 1945-55)(above right) - and, Sydney Evans who served 8,025 days in 1955-1977 (above left).

The Dean says, "Thanks be to God for all his grace and mercy to me over these years - and for even more grace and mercy to all those who have had to put up with me! "

Read more here.

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Life of Brian and the Dean

On Monday 30 December 2013, the Dean spoke on BBC Radio 4's the Today Programme about the controversy sparked in 1979 by Monty Python's Life of Brian.  The Today Programme featured a conversation with John Cleese and Michael Palin as they prepare for the Pythons reunion later that year.

Life of Brian 2The Dean also gave a paper at a conference held in June 2014 organised by King's College London Department of Theology and Religious Studies entitled Jesus and Brian - or: what have the Pythons done for us?


You can catch up on the debates here:

John Cleese, Michael Palin and Richard Burridge Life of Brian debate reflections (YouTube)

BBC News article

Telegraph Interview

The Jesus Blog

Video of the Dean interviewing John Cleese and Terry Jones  (YouTube)

More recently, a book on the conference, Jesus and Brian, launched in September 2015. You can purchase the book on Amazon or from Bloomsbury.

Life of Brian

The Dean is awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Francis

RAB and PopeThe Dean was awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Francis 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)


Anglican recipient of the Ratzinger Prize (YouTube)

You can also read an article on this significant achievement written by The Very Revd Ian S. Markham (Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary) here.


RAB Award


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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Welcome to the Chaplaincy at Denmark HillThe 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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muslists-thumbThe 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

vocations groupOne 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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