University of Roehampton
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.
The Susanna Wesley Foundation works alongside the academic departments of the University of Roehampton, with links particularly to the Department of Humanities, Education and the Business School.
The Methodist Church
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.
London District of the Methodist Church
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 the University of Roehampton.
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).
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.
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 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.
The Queen’s Foundation
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.
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.
Founded in 1995, Sarum College is an ecumenical study, conference and research centre.
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.
Catherine of Siena College
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