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Discovery Day 2024

Dr Linden Bicket welcomes you to join us for our 2024 Discovery Day taking place on 11 June.

Hello, my name is Dr. Linden Bicket, and I'm a lecturer here in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. I'm here today to tell you about our annual discovery day for RMPS pupils and their teachers, which this year is on 11 June. This is a really fascinating opportunity to discuss the disciplines of theology and religious studies in all their various different incarnations and contexts. Last year we had pupils come here and join in interactive taster lectures on topics like Buddhism, the history of witchcraft in Scotland, and faith and the climate catastrophe. So we really hope that you'll join us and that you will have the opportunity to feel what it's like to be a student here at the University of Edinburgh studying theology and religious studies. We'll show you some of the treasures from our new college collections. And we'll welcome you to spaces like this. Our beautiful Rainy Hall, which is at the centre of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. Come along, join us, and we can't wait to discuss these topics with you.

Event Description

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome schools from across Scotland to our Theology and Religious Studies Discovery Day which will be held at New College on Tuesday 11 June 2024. 

Our Discovery Day is a great way to introduce pupils to the wide and exciting range of topics and approaches available within Theology and Religious Studies. The day also allows us to discuss the value of studying these subjects and to showcase what it’s like to study them at university. Pupils attend taster lectures, and they engage in discussion about subjects that spark their interest and stir their passions.


The deadline for registering interest has now passed. To raise any questions contact Events Officer Pippa Innes

Provisional programme 

11th June 2024, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh 

Please note this programme is subject to change.

10-10.15 Arrival – gather in the Rainy Hall 

10.15-10.25 Welcome from Professor Jeremy Carrette, Head of School 

10.30-11.30 Session 1

11.30-12.00 Break in the Rainy Hall (teas, coffees, juice, biscuits)

12.00-1.00 Session 2 

1.00-2.00 Lunch in the Rainy Hall  

- Guided tours led by current students in the School of Divinity, with a chance to see some treasured religious artefacts, books and manuscripts from the New College Collections 

2.00-2.45 Session 3: Assembly Hall 

- Panel discussion between students and staff on the topic: ‘Why study Theology and Religious Studies?’ 

2.45 finish, depart 

Lunch and refreshments

Teas, coffee, juice and biscuits will be provided in the morning break. We ask that all attendees bring a packed lunch and a water bottle if possible. Urns will be available to refill water bottles however we have a limited number of glasses.

The closest places to buy lunch are 5 minutes walk away at Waverley Mall, however we have a busy schedule and entry to the building is by card access only so by asking attendees to bring their own lunch so we hope to minimise opportunities where pupils might get lost!

Transport and parking

We are a 5 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station therefore we recommend reaching us by train where possible.

We cannot provide parking at New College. You can find more information about parking spaces in Edinburgh city centre on the City of Edinburgh Council website

Colour photo of a Dr Linden Bicket stood behind a lectern in the Assembly Hall talking to a student panel
Discovery Day Discussion Panel 2023
Colour photo of Professor Helen Bond speaking to attendees in the Rainy Hall
Professor Helen Bond