February Update

Monday 6th February, 2012

January saw three exciting pieces of news:

* Congratulations to Mark Harris on his appointment as Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.  This is a new post, the only one of its kind in the UK outwith Oxford and Cambridge, and Mark is eminently and uniquely qualified for this.  This appointment means Mark will step down as Vice-Provost on 1st April, but I am delighted that he will be staying on at the Cathedral as Precentor and continuing to contribute to the life of the Cathedral in many ways.

* The plans for the north side of the Cathedral, including building a new medical centre, stone masons workshop and complete re-landscaping, have been approved by the City of Edinburgh’s Planning Committee.  This is clearly excellent news both for the local community in need of 21st century medical facilities that are fit for purpose and for the Cathedral.  Meetings are scheduled with NHS Lothian in the coming weeks to progress this.

* Welcome to Hector Maclean who will be joining the Vergers’ team for a few months.

February sees the final stage in the selection and election of our new Bishop.  Please remember in your prayers the three candidates and their families and those responsible for voting in the election.