New Theological College Scholarship To Recognise Slave Trade Legacy 

Prompted by research revealing historical links with the transatlantic trade in enslaved people, Trinity College Bristol has launched a new annual scholarship for a Black undergraduate or postgraduate. 

At the time of Trinity College’s 50th Anniversary last year, research by Trinity’s Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Jamie Davies, into the history of the college’s main building, Stoke House, showed that the family who built it was actively involved in the transatlantic trade in enslaved people through the kidnapping, purchase, and sale of slaves, and was involved in promoting and defending the practice of transatlantic slavery from its inception. In response to this history, and in recognition of the ongoing benefits the college receives from the building, Trinity College has created the Jubilee Scholarship – an annual scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition fees for a Black, British undergraduate or taught postgraduate student.  

Trinity’s Principal, Revd Dr Sean Doherty, said, “The scholarship is named ‘Jubilee’ in celebration of our 50-year history and in echo of the biblical Jubilee in which debt was released and property was returned. Part of our vision to ‘live like the kingdom is near’ includes becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution. This is something we are actively working on. We have introduced a Black Theology module for all students on undergraduate programmes and are in the process of recruiting a Diversity Officer to help us.” 

The scholarship will be available for a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (up to three years) or an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (up to two years); it is not open to ordinands.  

More information about the scholarship, eligibility and how to apply can be found on our website, trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 12th May 2023. 

Written by: Patricia Carswell

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