Canon Malcolm Grundy
My Research - ‘Episkope as a model for
oversight and leadership in the Church of England examined in the
dioceses of Yorkshire’
I am retired after 40 years as a Church
of England clergyman. I wanted to make sense of my experiences as a
Director of Training, Team Rector, Archdeacon and Director of the
Foundation for Church Leadership through an accompanied piece of
study. In February 2013 I began my fifth year as a part-time
research student at York St John University
My other interests are: writing – I already
have seven published books of church life, social ethics and
leadership. Otherwise I have a MGB Roadster which I maintain and
drive with pride.
Why did you choose this programme at this University?
It gave me the opportunity to reflect on a
lifetime’s work experience. The staff of Education and Theology is
able to support and encourage me in this with professionalism.
How long have you been studying at YSJ?
As of February 2013, I am in my fifth year of
How did you find combining your ‘work & home’ life with
Since I am retired I can manage my diary, plan
study and other activity time with ease. All my previous work has
depended on disciplined forward diary planning and I continue with
What did you find most helpful about the programme, resources,
The staff are exceptionally supportive and
helpful, as are my PhD research student colleagues. The facilities
in the Graduate Centre are excellent and I try to come in and use
them once a week. The seminars on research and study skills have
What is the best thing about being a student at YSJ?
It is in the town where I live and can come in
without difficulty of travel. The additional lectures and seminars
offered are interesting and I try to attend relevant ones.