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Pro Vice-Chancellor receives Doctor of Divinity degree

Kenneth Newport Monday 7 November 2016

Pro Vice-Chancellor, the Revd. Canon Professor Kenneth Newport, formally received his Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree from the University of Oxford at a special ceremony.

Presented at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, the degree is the highest awarded by the university, and Professor Newport is only the 79th person to receive the DD in the last 90 years.

During the first part of the ceremony, which was conducted in Latin, Kenneth wore his current Doctor of Philosophy gown and was presented to the Vice-Chancellor by the Dean of his Oxford College.

The degree was conferred using a near 900-year-old formula and ceremony that included being tapped on the head with a copy of the New Testament. Kenneth was taken to be dressed in his new Doctor of Divinity gown before returning to shake the Vice-Chancellor's hand.

The Doctor of Divinity is awarded on the basis of published works, which are considered by two judges. The work has to be judged to ‘constitute an original contribution to the advancement of theological knowledge, of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate an authoritative status in this branch of learning’ for the award of Doctor of Divinity to be made.  

Professor Newport submitted six books and eight articles for examination in the areas of Millennialism/Apocalypticism and Wesley Studies.  

Professor Newport gained his first Oxford doctorate, the Doctor of Philosophy, in 1988, before embarking on a career in research, teaching and scholarship including at the University of St Andrews and the University of Manchester. He has been at Liverpool Hope University for almost 23 years.

Professor Newport said: "I am delighted to have been given this distinction. I am very appreciative of all the support that has been given for many years by my colleagues at Liverpool Hope, and by the University itself, which has enabled me to continue with an active publishing career."

Liverpool Hope University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerald Pillay added: “Revd. Canon Professor Kenneth Newport has risen through the ranks of the University as a thoughtful leader dedicated to the mission and vision of our University. Good scholarship brings national and international recognition to our university. This is a distinguished and praiseworthy achievement.”

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