The Susanna Wesley Foundation works with and alongside the academic departments of the University of Roehampton. Its location in Southlands College and the nature of its research work means that its primary involvement is with the University’s Business School, particularly its Centre for Organisational Research, whose interests accord with those of SWF, but the Foundation is also connected to theology research groups within the Department of Humanities, and collaborates, too, with individual lecturers in the Education Department.
The University of Roehampton in South West London is the home of the Susanna Wesley Foundation. The University has four constituent colleges, including Southlands, which began its life as a Methodist teacher training college. The Foundation is based in Southlands College and is associated with it through Southlands Methodist Trust.
As a project of Southlands Methodist Trust (SMT), the Susanna Wesley Foundation is in partnership with the Methodist Church. The Head of the Discipleship & Ministries Cluster of the Methodist Church’s Connexional Team is a trustee and is thus involved in the work of the Foundation.
One of SMT’s purposes is to provide support to the Church’s Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network (DLMN) and the Foundation is committed to working with the Network and its officers.
The Methodist Church is the largest Wesleyan body and fourth largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom, with congregations across Great Britain. Congregations in the Channel Isles, the Isle of Man, Malta and Gibraltar also form part of the British Methodist Church. It is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, and other religious associations.
Catherine of Siena College (CSC) seeks to promote gender justice by offering online courses in gender studies, justice, religion, and theology. Established in 2007 by a group of scholars concerned about the marginalisation and oppression of women across the world, the college became part of the University of Roehampton in 2015. CSC aims to:
(1) Support women and men as they seek to become aware of, understand and analyse injustices that people experience in personal, public, and religious spheres as a result of their gender identity, and to acquire skills necessary for the struggle for gender justice.
(2) Offer cutting edge, research-based courses on topics related to gender studies, justice, and theology.
(3) Undertake research into causes, consequences, and possible responses to gender-related situations of marginalization and oppression in society and religion.
CSC believes that facilitating the full contribution and leadership of women is not only crucial for the well being of women. It is also vital for the flourishing of men, children, societies, nations, churches, and religious communities.
The Foundation collaborates with Methodists across the country, but particularly those within London, and works to make available to the district, circuits and churches some of the opportunities which come from SWF’s partnership with Roehampton University.
MODEM’s interests in leadership, management and ministry align with those of the Susanna Wesley Foundation.The SWF supports MODEM and looks for opportunities for collaboration. The Foundation’s Assistant Director is a MODEM trustee.
MODEM is a national ecumenical Christian network, which encourages dialogue between exponents of leadership, organisation, spirituality and ministry.
It is a membership network made up of individuals and affiliated organisations, and is in association with Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (CTBI).
The Foundation is connected to Cliff College through its partnership with the Methodist Church and its involvement in the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network. As a Methodist centre for learning and the location for a range of courses in discipleship and ministry, a number of Cliff College’s activities accord with the interests of the Susanna Wesley Foundation.
Cliff College provides education and training with a particular focus on mission and evangelism. Historically, Cliff was a Methodist Lay Training college.
Today their student body is both lay and ordained and from a range of denominational backgrounds.
As the institution responsible for the training and formation of Methodist ministers, and as a centre for scholarship in a range of areas, including Black Theology and leadership, the Queen’s Foundation plays a significant role in developing practitioners and in furthering theological understanding in aspects of study relevant to SWF’s strands of research.
The Queen’s Foundation is an ecumenical theological college committed to serving the churches of the West Midlands region, and to enabling the mission and ministry of today’s Church. All Methodist students undertake their ministerial training through Queen’s and the Foundation has a substantial number of students who are completing higher degrees.
The Sarum College community is one to which SWF connects through its association with some of those who work there. One of Sarum College’s specialist areas, ‘leadership and ministry’, is of particular relevance to the work of the Foundation.
Founded in 1995, Sarum College is an ecumenical study, conference and research centre.